Sharing our own storybooks with Reception

This morning we went to share our own story books with Reception. We worked hard earlier this term inventing our own stories about the character of Lars from all the Little Polar Bear books by Hans deBeer. We went through all the processes a real author does: we planned our story, wrote our story, edited and improved our story, had feedback then edited again and finally published it into our own little books. When we published we used our very best handwriting (we wanted to impress!) and we also added illustrations to keep our readers interested.

Swans were very good listeners! We paired up with different children to share our stories and even asked them some questions to check they had understood. The teachers were very impressed with our reading aloud. Mrs Sabir said we read with great intonation, expression and real passion! We really enjoyed the whole process of making our very own books.

Great Fire of London drama journey

This afternoon Year 2 had a very exciting experience. A visitor from Freshwater Theatre Group came to work with us about our History topic of the Great Fire of London. Mary was a real eyewitness! She told us she was there at the time of the fire and took us on a Drama journey through the story of how the fire happened. We learnt it happened in 1666 when all the houses in London were built very close together. We got into two lines to become the houses on the streets of London. We learnt one of the reasons why the fire spread so quickly was because the sparks leapt from one house to the next.

The fire started with one small spark in a bakery on Pudding Lane and was soon spreading all over London. Callum C acted as Samuel Pepys and other children were his maids. They woke him up to tell him all about the fire and he was shocked! Then some other children joined in with the Drama and acted out what might have happened when the fire started. They had some excellent ideas for what the people might have said!

We followed Mary around the streets of London and discovered how devastating the effects of the fire were. We saw all the houses on fire, the streets were full of people trying to escape and even the churches were burning. We tried to escape the fire by getting on a boat – the cheeky man even asked us to pay! The fire burnt for four whole days until the blew the houses up to make fire breaks.

After the fire King Charles (Keelie) and the Lord Mayor (Leo) were asked about their plans to rebuild London. We gave them some good advice:

What a wonderful workshop!

What a wonderful workshop!

Using atlases

Today, Year 2 Toucans have been using atlases to find the country of origin on certain foods. The children had to find where mangoes, cucumbers, plums and sweet potatoes came from on maps of the world. They used the index of the atlas to find the page where the country could be located. We also discussed where different foods came from around the world.

Primary and secondary colours

In our Art lesson today we learnt about primary and secondary colours. Primary colours are red, blue and yellow and they are the colours that can’t be made. From these colours we can make secondary colours which are orange, green and purple. Then from these (plus black and white) we can make all different colours!

We experimented with colour mixing for ourselves. Some colours were easy to make and some were trickier. We persevered until we were happy with out colours.

Texture and shading

Today we started our new Art topic. Our learning objective was to draw with texture and shading. We shared some ideas and worked out different ways we could use our pencil to meet the objective.

We all first tried to draw a polar bear. We had a guide sheet to help us to draw the correct shape. We then added our own detail and texture.

Next we had pictures of different polar animals. We started by focusing again on the shape and outline. We then added detail, texture and shading. We really tried our best!

Video: Reporting from the North and South pole

Today we are making our own videos from the North and South Pole! Of course we are not really going to travel all that way but we are going to use the magic of technology to send us there! This morning we used our non-chronological reports as a basis for our presentation. We planned together what we were going to say and then practiced until we were ready. We had to rehearse to ensure we knew what we were all saying and we also had to practise using loud clear voices.

When we were ready we went to the media centre a group at a time and Mr Baddhan recorded us in front of the green screen. We hope you enjoy our reports.