In Year 2, we are all getting ready for the celebrations at the end of, what has been, a very busy term. The children in Stourhead and Wardour have learned so much about Antarctica, that they feel confident in putting all their learning into practice when we have a joint explorer’s Day on Wednesday 19th December. They have also been working hard on their Nativity and look forward to seeing everyone there to celebrate their efforts.
Silbury and Wylye children have had an exciting start to their new classes. An amazing dinosaur egg has been found and this led to lots of wonderful speculation from the children about where it came from and how it got there. Children were eager to give their ideas – “A Pterodactyl dropped it”, “A dinosaur has lost it and will be really sad”, “I think its from a T-rex because it is the same colour as a T-rex – all spotty!”
As part of World Environmental Day all children in our school joined together in a big project to think about our use of plastic. Eco club started the day with an assembly which shared facts about the growing problem of using single use plastics. These plastics include plastic water and fizzy drink bottles, plastic straws, plastic cups and plastic bags. We found out that plastic easily gets washed out into the sea and has a dramatic impact on wildlife. In 2050 it is estimated that there will be more plastic bottles in the sea than fish. This is something that made many of the pupils sad. “If we have no fish, the sea will lose all of its colours.” We want to make a change.
The World Environmental Committee has asked everyone to reduce, reuse, recycle or refuse our use of plastic. We found how we can help by buying reusable cups and bottles, paper straws and reusable bags.
To help remind us of the amazing fish in the sea we made our own.
We love fish not plastic.
Key Stage 2 parents are invited in to see the exhibition on Monday 2nd July at 3:10pm.
We ended the term with a morning of art and design in Wardour class. All the children were sculpting penguins out of clay, lots included the all important egg that sits on the dad’s foot. We are going to let them dry leather hard over half term before firing them. Once bisque fired we will glaze them, fire them once more and then they will take pride of place in our exit point.
On Monday, Y2 had an exciting time building dens, lighting fires, toasting marshmallows and trying their hand at archery. The drizzle did not dampen anyone’s spirits as all the children immersed themselves into team building skills and survival. This amazing day was part of our Antarctica topic where we are learning about Ernest Shackleton and his heroic skills in keeping all of his team alive and rescuing them after they were stranded on Elephant Island. The children certainly enjoyed all the activities (and the adults enjoyed them too) that had been arranged for them and were buzzing with excitement back in the classroom.
We took lots of photos of this fantastic day but can only share a few with you as parental consent to share these for many children in Y2 has not been given. Throughout the year, it is going to be a highlight of our learning to share photos with you via the school’s FaceBook page through this blog and it would be amazing if we could include photos of all the children (or as many as possible). Please re-consider allowing us to do this if you have previously not given your consent to do so. If you would like to talk further about this to Mrs Newbury or Mrs Porter, then please do not hesitate to contact us.
Wardour and Stourhead class were lucky enough to have a special guest visit them today, this was to support their learning for their topic ‘Race to the Pole!’ Sir David Hempleman-Adams is one of the most successful adventurers in the world, travelling far and wide, leading more than thirty expeditions to the Arctic. After researching some facts about Antarctica we composed questions to ask him to further our learning and understanding about the continent; the children asked some great questions and Sir David was most impressed with the behaviour of the students. His early role model and inspiration was Sir Ernest Shackleton, I wonder who in Wardour and Stourhead will be Wiltshire’s next explorer?
On Monday, for their entry point. all of Y2 children experienced an amazing drumming workshop with authentic African drums. Josh came in to school with all his African drums to teach the children various rhythms and beats. It was exhausting but so much fun fro all. Here are some memories of that session.