On Thursday the 5th of July, Year 2 went on an amazing trip to Yorkshire Wildlife Park, as part of their animal learning in science! Eventhough the temperatures were through the roof, the children went around the park, looking at all the different animals, and learning some fun facts that they could use for their topic when they got back to school. Some of the animals they saw were: baboons, painted dogs, lemurs, wallabies, tigers, lions, rhinos, giraffes, polar bears and meerkats.
They moved onto a fantastic workshop all about polar bears, and learned some interesting information about their lifestyle. Polar bears are becoming endangered due to the ice caps which are melting because of global warming. Not only that, but some polar bears have sadly had to swim for 9 days non stop, just to find the next iceberg, and because they are melting, their food, seals, are also disappearing. The children found out that they could help the situation by turning off lights and electricity when we are not using them. They also learnt some facts about the polar bears appearance: they have small ears to keep the heat in; black skin to absorb heat; their fur isn’t white – its transparent; they weigh the same as a small car and they have large paws to stop them falling through the ice!
Year 2 said they had a fantastic day and they had a brilliant time although it was really warm! They enjoyed learning all about the different animals and the polar bears, and really enjoyed their workshop – Oscar even said it was the best trip ever!
On Thursday 28th and Friday 29th June, Year 2 took part in the fun mindfulness art day, which was all about developing art skills and learning how to draw and colour, carefully, but also it linked to their science topic, habitats.
The children used graphite and charcoal to draw to some music, which was called Vivaldi. They looked at how to shade pictures to give them depth and texture. They also used some similar materials, like charcoal and pastels to colour in different lines and patterns and shade to make them look real and professional: not only this, but they used shells and twigs to draw. However, they couldn’t look at them instead they had to draw from what they felt like! At the end of the session, the artwork they had created was amazing, full of bright colours and textures from ink and symbolised how they had worked together to create something fantastic!
Art day was a brilliant day and the children really enjoyed it, and some children said they would rate it 100% it was so amazing!
This afternoon, 2P gave us a brilliant assembly, all about ‘Together We Can’, (the school motto) and how they had been working together in different activities as a class, and helping each other do everything they needed to do. They thought about the time they work together in school, in every subject like science, maths and art, and that working as a team sometimes can be fun and helpful too.
They also told us about the book they had been reading, which was called The Day The Crayons Quit, and how all the crayons were very unhappy, until they started to work as a team to create beautiful, and brightly coloured pictures! Some of the children dressed up as the crayons, looking fantastic, and acted out how the crayons would feel, and that they felt they weren’t getting used enough, and wanted their colours to be shown off more! During art day, Year 2 had created a huge piece of artwork using brightly coloured inks and graphite, working together, and the outcome was amazing, all different textures and colours and patterns, which also symbolised how they had done it together, as a team to make something beautiful and brilliant, while enjoying doing it!
To finish off their fantastic performance, the children sang a fun song about being kind and helpful to eachother, and that it doesn’t take a lot to brighten someones day! Well done 2P!
This Tuesday, Chae Stathie came into talk about his experiences as an author to Reception, Year 1, Year 2 also Year 3. He talked about his stories and showed the children the story plan for one of his books. He read the his story before explaining what his other stories were all about, who the people in the story where and what their jobs were, as well where it was mainly set .
After he read all of his books to them, he worked with each year group to do a role play of the story. The children also go the chance to learn a dance and song linked to his book before having a closer look at his story plan.
Today, 2S performed an amazing assembly all about the book that they had been learning in class. They told us that it was all about teamwork and so linked to our school motto of ‘Together we can’. It was so good that people clapped regularly throughout it and there were lots of laughs. Linked to the theme of different coloured crayons, they sang two fantastic songs about the colours of the rainbow. Their singing was very clear and lovely to listen to.
They acted out the story with children dressed as the crayons! Each of the crayons read out the letter they had written to the little boy who used them. These letters were funny! 2S explained about working together during sports day and cheering/motivating each other so showed that they had learnt from the teamworking in their book.
It was a very good assembly everyone spoke clearly, fluent and loud so everyone could hear them!
Well Done 2S!
This morning, two teachers – Miss Lea and Mr Harding- did a cook off in different teams in front of the school. On the red chilli’s team were:
On the green pea team were:
They all cooked a meal (in their teams) in ONLY fifteen minutes using healthy foods. The red chilli team made a vegetarian curry whereas the green pea team made a Thai chicken curry. There was lots of chopping, lots of sizzing and lots of stirring. it smelt amazing! Then their time was up – the votes were in. The winners were… the red chilli team! It was a great assembly to finish off our Health Week and we loved cheering for our teams as they cooked
Tuesday 6th February 2018 was Safer Internet Day 2018. This is a very important date in a school were we learn about the internet and how to stay safe online. Throughout the school year we do lots of E-Safety lessons in our classes but this week was extra special as it focused on making the internet a kinder place starting with us. In the morning, Mr Lowe and Miss Lea held an assembly all about this years theme and how to make a kinder internet.WE played a game about how what we thought was appropriate behaviour when using technology. After the assembly, children returned to their classes to continue their learning about how to make the internet a safer place and how to behave nicely whilst using technology. Everyone in school as made a Safer Internet Day pledge which they will try follow to make the internet an even better place and we will be displaying throughout school.
Remember everyone, a safer, kinder internet starts with YOU!
On Thursday, Year 2 travelled all the way to York on a trip to the York Chocolate Story. Over the past few weeks, the classes (2S and 2P) have been reading and basing their work on the book Charlie and The Chocolate Factory, enjoying reading about Charlie and his trip to the Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory. Once they had arrived, they did a tour of the history of chocolate, how it was originally made and what was really used to make it. After, Year 2 learned how to make chocolate lollipops, doing it along with a professional, who worked at the Chocolate Story. The children got to eat it afterwards, and it was yummy! Mrs Philips said, “The chocolate was amazing and so delicious!”
Going further into the factory, the children did a fantastic workshop on making edible wallpaper! Imagine having that in your bedroom! Yum Yum! They learnt more tips and tricks on making the perfect chocolate to eat and made their own little wallpaper with different chocolate designs.
After an amazing time at the chocolate factory, on the way back, the year group visited the York minster, having a quick look and learning of information before it was time to go home. They looked at all the incredible architecture of the building and wondered how long it might have taken to built.
The children loved visiting the chocolate factory, learning all different ways of making delicious chocolate creations. Best of all, the chocolate was yummy!
By Mckensey and Daniel
On Tuesday, Mr Lowe hosted an E-Safety assembly for the whole school were he explained to the school how important being safe on the internet is.He started off by talking about what time of year it was and how he was starting to feel rather festive, we were all wondering where he was going with it. However, he then said he had bought 3 people early Christmas presents and wanted to give them out during his assembly which got use all really excited! He asked the audience for 3 glamorous assistants who were:
They were each given a gift from his bag which turned out to be… plain white t-shirts. He gave each of them a t-shirt and asked them to personalise them to make them their own. They took suggestions from the audience on how to do this. They drew their family, school (Blakehill), hobbies, homes and wrote their full names and addresses as well as their telephone numbers. Mr Lowe then asked them to put their new tops on and said he was going to take them to Broadway Shopping Centre to wear them but they said they wouldn’t like to because it had so much personal information on it. Mr Lowe then explained how we often put all this information online and don’t think anything of it and that it is important to keep this information safe. He stressed to keep your private information private! Remember to stay safe on the internet and in public.
This afternoon, 2P showed off their fantastic assembly that they have been working on over this week on the topic ‘Saltaire’. The class has researched what life was like in the Victorian era – they found out that the living conditions were awful and they even threw their wee and poo in the river. But the most disgusting thing of all was that they drank from it! Back in those days, there were no toilets or running water so they had to get it from the nearby river or the mill. People who worked in the mills were at work for a long period of time every day; it was in awful conditions and everybody had to start at 6 o’clock! Could you imagine?
Children were usually half-timers (they went to school for half they day and worked the other half) but some even worked full time. After a few years, a disease called Cholera was beginning to spread and more and more people were beginning to get ill and unable to work and even keep themselves healthy. The children learnt about Titus Salt and how he wanted these laws to change for the better so he moved out of Bradford, bought some land and that is when he built the whole of Saltaire. He named it this because of Salt, his last name, and Aire, from the name of the river near his land. Over time, he developed and built Salts Mill, houses, a hospital, which got rid of the disease after a long period of time, and a park, where people could go to get fresh air and spend time together instead of being cooped up in the house and just doing the same thing every day.
This topic was very interesting but fun for the class to learn about over this term and loved learning about Titus Salt and his man-made town!