Year 2 have had an exciting start to the year with a brilliant ignite day for their topic, the Great Fire of London. We were lucky enough to be joined for the day by Mistress Victoria and Master Ian who brought with them plenty of activities and knowledge! We started the day by getting into role and imagined that we were in London in 1666 and the fire had just broken out. Throughout the day we had regular updates about how the fire was spreading and also learnt lots of new skills by making apothecary bags, writing with quills and learning all about medicine at the time.
After lunch we became archaeologists and carefully dug in soil to see what was left after the fire and how we could tell who the items belonged to. We found pots, cups and shells! Finally, the children were able to watch Victoria make a button out of pewter. Next week we will be continuing our learning by writing recounts of the day and using our items that we made to help us. When we have finished this the children will be able to take them home to show their families.
On Wednesday 20th June year 2 were so excited to attend the primary music festival. It was held in the Ridgway Centre and year 2 children from across Milton Keynes were included.
We traveled there on a bus, which also caused much excitement! And once there, we were were directed to the seats labelled for Great Linford.
Once our voices were warmed up by the vocal coaches we sang the songs we had learnt; accompanied by a real band. We also learnt new songs with actions.
It was a fantastic experience to sing as a giant choir with other schools and year 2 were amazing and really showed true Great Linford values when out representing our school.
So we have started our final summer term! For our English work we have been learning to write instructions, so the children made their own ham and cucumber sandwiches (or jam!) and followed their instructions on what to do next.
They then took the sandwiches home to enjoy!
We have all been practicing hard to learn the songs ready for the Primary music festival, including the song 'Wake up' that you can hear recorded on our very own Great Linford CD! (More details of this to follow)
During PE we have been practicing ready for Sports day next week and look forward to seeing many of you there!
Next half term our home learning will be a whole school challenge. To mark the launch of our fantastic board game cafe, our competition will be for children to create their very own board game. See below for more details.
We can't wait to see all the fantastic entries come "rolling" in. (Sorry for the awful pun)
Recently, as part of our explorers topic, year 2 visited Hazard Alley. The excitement of the day started when a double decker bus came to collect us!
Hazard alley is a purpose built centre, where children can safely experience hazards that they may come across. In our groups we worked our way around the various hazards, which included; what to do if you found someone in deep water, if a fire started when you were home, how to cross a road, staying safe around railway tracks and around building sites. The children were able to make 'real life' calls to emergency services and were given guidance about what information to share and ensuring that they stayed calm and spoke clearly.
We all had a fantastic day and the children were amazingly well behaved and showed true Great Linford values to the volunteers at Hazard Alley, who helped us with our day. Thank you again to the parent volunteers that accompanied us.
Welcome back! We hope that you all enjoyed your Easter break.
We have started our summer term by a lovely wet walk around the local area! We set out to be explorers for the morning and use our different senses to discover what we would see, hear and smell. On our walk we saw different house styles, spring flowers and even a narrowboat. We listened to the birds and the wind rustling the tress and felt the rain!!
Thank you to the parents that helped us with the walk, these things wouldn't be possible without you.
We have continued our explorers theme by looking at what an explorer actually is and the skills they would need. We created a bank of questions that we are hoping to answer over the course of the topic. The children enjoyed using google maps on street view, to look at where they live and the local area and then find other countries they might want to explore.
On Thursday 15th March, some Year 2 and Year 3 children were lucky enough to have the chance to visit Stantonbury Theatre to watch a special performance. We left just after our lunch and walked across to the theatre, once we arrived we took our seats and had a fantastic view! The whole show was performed by just one lady, Danyah Miller, who had the audience captivated. We listened to several stories all from the perspective of a small boy called Thomas, who certainly had a few adventures during his life. We left to return just before the end of the day and as the time ticked on we had some very tired legs and some competitive walking from Miss Lovelock and Mrs Regan. All in all the children and adults had a brilliant time and definitely came away believing that unicorns exist!
Over the last two weeks we have been continuing to enjoy our 'Green Fingers' project in Year 2. The children have been learning how to write letters based on our story, 'The Selfish Giant' and have even been including possessive apostrophes. In order to do this, we acted out the story and pretended that we were the children in the garden so that we could imagine how they might be feeling.
In our maths lessons we have been learning how to divide. We began this practically by working out how many trips it would take to carry a certain amount of passengers across the river, before we learnt to work out the answers via drawing arrays.
Check out our first edition of the Roving Reporters news! It was really interesting coming round to interview you all. Keep watch for future editions published here!
Read Issue 1 Here
We are loving our new topic of Dinosaurs. Hopefully the children are coming home and telling you lots of new facts.
We have been lucky enough to have Andy the potter join us and make clay dinosaurs with us on a Monday afternoon. Larch class have painted theirs this week and Beech class will get the opportunity next week. Once these have been painted, glazed and fired in the kiln these wonderful art pieces will be brought home.
Our writing this week has been looking at learning to write an information text about dinosaurs, including subordination in our sentences.
Maths is continuing with the challenge of multiplication! We have now moved on to converting an array (a repeated addition) into a multiplication.
Next week we move onto our 'roots' fortnight where we will concentrate on the values of our school. We will be basing our learning on the book Mama Panya's Pancakes
Thank you for all of the children that have brought in home learning so far, we look forward to seeing more before the deadline of Monday 5th February