Welcome to Year 2!
The children have been exploring the artist Leonardo Da Vinci and his portrait of Mona Lisa. The children then explored graded pencils and the different effects they create. Which one produces a bold and dark line? Which pencil would you use for a faint line? At home, explore the artist Vincent Van Gogh, which was studied in year 1. Can they find out how he produced portraits and look into the effect of cross hatching?
What a fabulous day we had in London. The children's behaviour was outstanding and they were a credit to our school. Comments from the public illustrated the children's brilliant behaviour. We are so proud of year 2- well done!
As Year 2 prepare for their Off-site Visit for London, they have begun making poppies to create a poppy wreath. Some of the pupils will lay their wreath at the cenotaph in London, the site of the National Remembrance Day service which is attended by the Prime Minister, as well as the Royal Family.
Twelve geographers and historians from year 2 visited Portsmouth and Southsea. Their challenge was to find out about work, leisure, travel and history. The children enjoyed spotting different types of transport and linking it back to their learning about the Victorians. Would the Victorian's have used a bus or a taxi? What would they have used instead? They then noticed things that people could do for leisure and why Portsmouth and Southsea is attractive for people to visit. The children thought that the fun fair and Gunwharf was attractive to families and adults. We also noticed that some people work in Portsmouth and Southsea and investigated how people commute to work. Has the new Park and Ride decreased congestion and pollution? The children spotted historical clues all over Portsmouth and Southsea. They noticed that some roads were not made from tarmac but they were made from cobbles instead. Some buildings were made from stone instead of bricks, but we were careful to notice which buildings were new, but were made to look old.
Can you find any more information about the history of Portsmouth?
Some budding Artists from Year Two went to Chichester Cathedral to find out more about Gargoyles. We now know that they are grotesque figures and are used as a source of plumbing! We turned our hands to making clay gargoyles, settling for a straw to be used instead of a metal pipe. Why not compare our finished results here (now on display in Year 2) with our clay heads of Guy Fawkes and King James I from last term (now on display outside Year 3).
Staff at the Cathedral felt that the children were "well behaved and focused and listened well", making "individual gargoyles which they should be proud of". Well done to those children who attended the visit!
Some of Year 2 had a wonderful writing workshop about the BFG at Marlborough Infant School. They had a morning of drama where they explored caves, pretended to be dreams and acted as giants. In the afternoon they produced some wonderful writing.
Staff at Marlborough Infant School (and Miss Melly) agree that the children "worked really hard and did some lovely writing". Well done you!
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Year Two had a fantastic trip to Butser Ancient Farm where we explored life in the Iron Ages. We had a chance to sit in a replica Iron Age House and took part in some brilliant activities including chalk carving, archaeology, spinning and wattling. Despite the weather we had a really enjoyable day and came back with some new historical knowledge.
Staff at the centre were very impressed with our pupils saying they were both "enthusiastic and well behaved". Well done Year Two!
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We had such a successful trip to London, the children truly loved it. Each group had their own special day, where they went off in expert groups to explore various events in London. When we arrived, everyone was blown away by the London Eye, a really special experience for the children. They even got to enjoy the 4D experience! Some went off to the cenotaph and Horse Guards to watch the changing of the Guards. Others went off to explore the Houses of Parliament and take part in some Guy Fawkes Drama.
Some lucky commuters were helped by the Springwood Geography team, by helping them navigate their way to Tower Hill on the London Underground. We went on a short trip on the underground from London's busy Waterloo station to the darkest depths of the Jubilee Line. From there we travelled a short hop, skip and a jump to Westminster where we got off to see Big Ben.
Children also paid their respects at the Battle of Britain RAF war memorial, where they also laid a poppy wreath which they made in school.
The Thames Clipper was an exciting journey off up the Thames to Greenwich Market. Whilst some children got to explore the hustle and bustle of the local market stores and taste some exotic cuisine, others where monitoring London's busy traffic by conducting a traffic survey.
A truly brilliant day!
Open Box Theatre
Year 2 had a fantastic day exploring the Victorian Seaside with the Open Box Theatre group. We travelled back in time to 1887, travelled on a steam train, ate penny licks, rode donkeys and watched a Punch and Judy show.
We even had a chance to explore real life Victorian artefacts which we decided belonged to a Victorian child who had travelled to the seaside.
Portsmouth and Southsea
Welcome to our cool trip to Southsea and Portsmouth! The kids really did have a fab day.
Throughout the day the children really started to get to grips with the human and physical features of our local environment. We looked beyond the obvious and really tried to get to grips with why Portsmouth is such a fab tourist location.
children flourished as they interviewed the public at the Train station, asking them where they had come from and how much their journey had cost them. As the day went on, their confidence continued to grow, which allowed them to interview the public at Gunwharf Quays to find out what method of transport they had used to get there, as well as the purpose for their visit.
Some groups went off to find out how much it would cost to get to London Waterloo, whilst others surveyed the busy bus station hub at the hard. The children were worked hard and walked a fair few miles with a well earned rest on the common. Mr Wood was delayed as the fire service asked his group to take part in a demonstration all about smoke alarm safety and house rescue. To those parents who have seen them, good luck with the pokers!
The children enjoyed the hustle and bustle of the diverse city and really got to grips with the trade and commerce that centres around the seafront area. They spent time looking at various sea traffic and tried to find out the purpose of its journey! We did chuckle when we spotted a fuel tanker and a few of the children's reply was "my mum buys her fuel from there!'' We never new so many of our parents had amphibious vehicles.
It was a really good day and there are lots of other photos around the school and on the dragonflies page! Do come and enjoy them soon.