We have been learning about materials and their properties. We have also talked about how long materials take to break down if they are sent to landfill. Instead of throwing used items away, we should try to reuse or recycle them. Our Christmas tealight holders are made from used glass jars. We think they will look wonderful on the table on Christmas day.
Cedar Class were very excited to have a visit from Father Christmas this week. We were very lucky to receive an adopted polar bear from the North Pole! Father Christmas has asked to look after this bear. We have decided that he will be called Snowflake! As part of the adoption, we will receive updates about Snowflake’s friends back in the North Pole!
Thanks to the PTA who showed Father Christmas the way to our classroom and took some photos!
We have all been very busy preparing for this year's nativity, 'Lights, Camel, Action!'. We have had lots of lines and new songs to learn and we have all had great fun doing so. We hope that you all enjoy our performances. We think you are in for a treat! Everyone in the Year 2 team would like to wish you all a very merry Christmas and a happy new year!
As part of our History work on Remembrance, Year Two enjoyed a day out at the Fleet Air Arm Museum in Yeovilton. We took part in a Poppy Trail, where volunteers showed us around the museum, talked to us about the exhibits and helped us to answer questions. We saw medals that had been won for bravery and there were planes for us to look at that had been involved in wars. Later, we made ‘sweetheart pin cushions’. These were often made by injured servicemen to send home to their loved ones. We got to take ours home. Some of us also made poppies to add to the display at the museum. In the afternoon, we all had another chance to have another look around the museum. Some of us went on Concorde and some of us experienced what it would be like on the deck of an aircraft carrier. We all had a great day and everyone behaved themselves – a real credit to themselves and the school. See above.
Hobbycraft Art Display
As part of our Arts Week activities, Preston Primary were invited to create a new piece of artwork to be displayed in the local Yeovil branch of Hobbycraft. Key Stage 1 pupils worked together to produce a colourful mixed media portrayal of 'The Three Little Pigs' using a variety of textures, colour and materials. The canvas will be available to view in Hobbycraft in Yeovil.
Today we got to meet a group of alpacas. We learnt lots of interesting facts about the animals. Alpacas come from Peru and can live to be 20 years old. They have two toes on each foot and they do not have teeth in their top gums! Alpacas eat hay and grass and are also given extra foods that aren’t normally available in the United Kingdom. Some of us were able to feed the alpacas. We had to remember to keep our hands flat! See above.
Year 2 received a visit from Reverend Ruth today who came to join us for our Singing Assembly. The children were given the opportunity to ask Ruth some questions and they did not disappoint! Mrs Rich and Mrs Mann were very impressed with their knowledge of the Bible and the depth of their questions. Ruth will be coming back to see us again soon, and we are all looking forward to it!
A big “well done” to Brooke in Cedar Class for winning this amazing trophy. Brooke took part in a dance competition in Taunton and won first place with her street dance routine. Thank you for bringing your trophy in to share with us, Brooke. We are very proud of your achievements! See above.
Year 2 have been taking part in a six week workshop with Stuart Kennard from Somerset Activity and Sports Partnership. The sessions are linked to our Science curriculum objective of learning how we can keep our bodies healthy.
This week the children were learning about how to keep our teeth healthy. We first sequenced drinks in order of how much sugar we thought they had in them, then we set up an experiment using cola, vinegar and water. We put a fresh egg in a cup with one of the liquids, and we will wait for seven days to see what happens to the shell on the eggs. This will help us to see what happens to the enamel on our teeth when we consume a lot of sugar. We cannot wait to see the results!
Arts Week (and Illustrator Visit)
As part of our Arts week celebrations, the children in Key stage 1 welcomed author and illustrator Mike Brownlow. Famous for his bestselling ‘Ten Little..’ Series, Mike enjoyed spending time with all the children and sharing his drawing knowledge and skills with them all. The children particularly enjoyed learning how to draw their own robots in the style of Mike’s TV series ‘Little Robots’. See below.
Year 2 have enjoyed our first Healthy Futures session with Mr. Kennard. Today we learnt all about our senses and took part in a rotation of activities to explore them. We taste tested healthy drinks, played circle of whispers to test our hearing, described objects in a feely bag, used our sense of smell to identify the scents of different shampoos and used our sight to label the parts of the body. It was great fun and we are all looking forward to the next five sessions to develop our understanding of how to live a healthy life.
See above and below!
Welcome to the new children in Cedar Class
Everyone is settling in nicely and we have already done lots of work in class. Today, we thought about our first few days in Year Two and have written about our experiences.
On Tuesday I was nervous of the other children because I had forgotten what they were like. We made four rules. We had a class assembly and we had lunch and then we had a playtime.
On Tuesday I felt excited because I wanted to see what it was like in year two. We put everything away. We did some English, science and maths. At the end of the day we read a book called ‘The Twits’. We had some playtime. I was very happy that day.
On Tuesday I felt a bit nervous about having a new teacher. On Wednesday I was happier than Tuesday. We have done some fun stuff, like counting straws.