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.
Our DT project was to research, design, make and evaluate mill carts. We measured the chassis and then sawed the lengths of wood we needed before sticking them with reinforcing triangle corners. The we mad a net for the base – we are really proud of our models as you can see by our faces.
We were thrilled to see so many parents, carers and family members come to view our ebooks and share our learning. It was a great way to end our exciting topic.
As we came to the end of our topic about the Industrial Revolution, we visited Trowbridge Museum to bring all of our learning to life. We had fun dressing up and looking at artefacts. Seeing the looms and machines made us realise how hard children worked back then.