This Monday, Year 2 have had an exciting trip to Eccleshill Cenotaph to remember the soldiers who sacrificed their own lives for the protection of Great Britain. When they arrived after a long walk, everyone was bursting to catch their breath. The first thing they did was started another walk around the whole places to see what was there.
This trip was based upon their work for the Armsitice about the terrible and tragic World War 1. They walked the tall, stone cenotaph and when they had placed their homemade wreath on it, they had a go at drawing the large cenotaph. After they stood up in a large square so they could all join in and they lowered their head and said a prayer. Next they had 2 minutes silence to remember The Great War and what happened. The other class had a great search for names that they recognised. Florence had found the name of her Great Granddad who had sadly died in the war! The children had loved the topic and really enjoyed their visit. When it was time to go the classes couldn’t wait to go home and tell their parents all about it .
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 week, as part of National Health Week, every year has attending a boot camp.The point of the camp was to get the children moving, have fun and get more exercise. Lot sof children were inspired to do even more exercise. Steve had th children doing all kinds of exercises including : jumping, bear crawl races, lunges, squats, sit ups, press ups, planks and high knee running.
We all had a great time and were very tired by the end of it.
This week everyone from Year 2 to Year 6 enjoyed Maths Mastery Week and so got to do lots of maths mastery challenges in the hall. There was a range of different activities. In fact, 26 problems of all different levels! Some off the problems were: Tangrams, Rubix cubes and towers of Hanoi which were fun and challenging. We found them really hard but wanted to solve them all so we gave it a go. Years 1 to 2 got to work together to solve some of the more difficult problems. All of the school enjoyed the workshop and learnt new maths challenges and some even wanted to do it again!
All of the classes got to take some time off their normal lessons and did extra fun maths. We loved it and would do it all again.
By Pasha and Taylor
Today, Year 2 did a fantastic assembly all about Bonfire Night and the Gunpowder Plot. Their aim was to make people remember not only the 5th of November but how everyone follows different religions and beliefs which it is important to understand. They explained that we should listen to everyone’s point of view and be kind to each other- if we do this we all live peacefully.
They exclaimed how people celebrate Bonfire night:
Bonfires with a model Guy Fawkes on top.
Guy Fawkes wanted England to be catholic again so he and a group of friends planned a plot of gunpowder in the Houses of Parliament to kill the King. Fortunately, he failed and got caught by the king’s guards. With his friends, he was sentenced to be hung and quartered.
Year 2 did a wonderful job and we definitely learnt the importance of listening to and accepting other people’s views.
On Tuesday 16th May, weather permitting, Reception, Years 1 and 2, will be holding their Sports Day at 1:45 PM.
Year 3 and 4 is on Wednesday 17th May, weather permitting.
Year 5 and 6 is on Thursday 18th May, weather permitting.
You can come and watch your child by going through the gate on Doctor Hill.
For Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 your child may come to school wearing their house colour and suitable sports clothing. However, Year 3, 4, 5 and 6 your child should be sent to school in their normal uniform and bring their sports clothes to change into.
On the day, please make sure that any younger children/toddlers are kept off of the race track where Sports Day is taking place as we don’t want them to get hurt.
And please do not give your children snacks in the afternoon because we don’t want to distract them from the events.
If it is a warm day please send your child to school with a bottle of water and a sun hat and please make sure to put sun cream on your child if necessary.
By Adam and Alex
This afternoon, 2P performed their assembly for Blakehill and thier parents. It was a wonderful assembly about a book they have been looking at over the term called Orion and The Dark. It is about a little boy called Orion, who is scared of many things, and his up-most fear is the dark. One day, the Dark comes down from the sky when he is about to go to bed and scares Orion a little bit. However, the Dark helps him come over his fear by showing him that there is no monster under the bed, nothing in the wardrobe and nothing outside his door to get him. Everything was ok and there was no need to be scared. In the end, Orion was no longer scared of the dark and was happy again. There was brilliant acting and a very funny Granny who Orion was scared of! Also, there was alot of brilliant writing from Year 2 to Orion to tell him everything was ok. Overall, it was a fantastic assembly and everyone loved it.
This week KS1 had their amazing nativity called Lights Camel Action! It was based on a popular show called Strictly Come Dancing mixed with the Christmas Story. They had three judges: Donkey (Lucas), The Innkeepers wife ( Flo) and Caesar Augustus (Alex). There was also 3 narrators and host, who did an amazing job. It also included a lot of the characters from the Christmas story such as: the Three Wise Men and the Three Camels , the Angels, Mary and Joseph, the Innkeepers and finally the Shepherds and the sheep. They all had different styles of dancing and they were given a score by the fantastic judges after they completed their dance. They sang lots of songs and learnt lots of amazing dance moves taught to them by the teachers .
We are happy to hear some fantastic comments about the show from their parents. There were lots of happy faces in the audience. They all did an amazing job and they worked very hard. Well done KS1!
By Emily and Brooke
This week Year 2 were extremely lucky to be able to visit St Cuthbert Church to look at different bibles both new and old. It must have been very interesting as they looked at not just bibles that belonged to the church but old bibles that belonged to soldiers and lots of others! Some were so precious that they had to wear gloves and some of the bibles were written in different languages, I would love to see one of them. They looked at new bibles and bibles that were hundreds of years old!
Mr Froud was there, he often comes to our school to do songs about the stories in the bible. At the church they put on some clothes to get into the character of the people that were alive when the bible was written which sounds very fun! After all that they did a very fun bible quiz that challenged the children on all that they had learnt throughout the session. Even the teachers had fun as they were spoilt with a cup of tea and slice of cake!
It’s sounds like year 2 had a fantastic time and we hope they learnt lots from it.