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Welcome to the our blog!  We hope to share all the wonderful things we are learning about in Year 2.

Our Class Teacher is Ms King and our Teaching Assistants are Mrs S. Smith and Mrs Parker.  Click here to see our topic bubbles for each term.

October 2018

Westbury Visitor Centre

Year Two were very lucky to have a visitor from Westbury Visitor Centre this afternoon. Liz came in and told us lots about how Westbury has changed over time and she had lots of old images of some of the buildings that we have been studying. She even had a photo of herself when she was at the old Westbury Infants.

As well as answering lots of our own questions, Liz was very impressed by how much we already knew about the history of Westbury and particularly our knowledge of Abraham Laverton. It is clear that the year twos have really enjoyed our historical theme this term- well done everyone!

Our Wonderful New Library

We have been busy celebrating the opening of our brand new library this week. Mrs Rylands and her team have been very busy over the holidays to make our library come to life and we cannot wait to spend more time in there relaxing and reading.

On Wednesday we were visited by the author, Eileen Brown who we know wrote one of favourite books 'Handa's Surprise'. We watched her cut the ribbon to officially open the library  and had a little look around.

On Thursday, Giraffe Class spent some more time in the library enjoying the comfy places to sit (our favourite was the tree house) and having a look at some of our favourite stories.

Tour of Westbury

On Tuesday afternoon, year two had a lovely, sunny walk around Westbury. We have been talking lots about the different buildings and landmarks in Westbury and how they have changed over time. We used our scavenger hunt list to find all the pictures of the buildings and then we tried to name them. Then we found out a little bit more about the history of each building- did you know that Westbury Library was a house until 1970?

We have also been learning about Mr Laverton and how he helped the people of Westbury hundreds of years ago. We stopped off at the Angel Mill on our travels (it is all flats now) and found out about the work that Mr Laverton did.

We are looking forward to showing you all of our fantastic facts at our Tourist Information centre on Tuesday 23rd October for our parent event :)


 Another Busy Month Begins

We finished off September with a lovely visit from The Life Bus and Harold the Giraffe (he felt right at home in our class!). We learned all about how to stay healthy with diet and exercise but we also talked a lot about how to look after each other's feelings. We helped Harold to solve some friendship problems and thought about how to spot how someone is feeling.

We have started October with a bit of Local History. We have been looking at old photos of Westbury and thinking about how the town has changed. We were surprised to find out that Westbury Pool used to have a diving board - we would love it if that could return. Next week, we are going on a walk around Westbury to see if we can spot some of the different buildings that we described in our History lesson.

If you have any old photos of Westbury at home, we would love to have a look!


September 2018

Welcome to Giraffe Class

We have had a fantastic first week in Giraffe Class and we are looking forward to an amazing year together.

We have spent some time learning about our class animal using non-fiction texts- did you know that Giraffes have the same number of vertebrae as humans even though their necks are much longer than ours! The children have produced some wonderful fact files that are already on display in our class. We have also produced some Picasso style artwork using shapes, lines and coloured pastels and paints. We have created the most funky giraffe pictures.

I hope that you can make it to the Meet the Teacher afternoon this Friday at 2.30pm where you can have a look at some of this week's super learning!

Wet and Windy White Horse

On Friday, year 2 made an intrepid journey up to the top of the White Horse. Despite the wet and windy conditions, we still managed to do a bit of landscape sketching from a bird's eye view and found some items from our Autumn scavenger hunt (before our sheets blew away!).

After battling the elements, we came back to school for a picnic lunch and flew the kites that we had made on the playground- the wind came in handy in the end! Pictures to follow :)

We are looking forward to learning lots more about our local area and how it is changed over time.


Author Visit to Year 2

Today has been really exciting as we had a real author in school reading us stories from her book.  Karin Celestine writes books with themes of kindness and trust where she creates felt characters and then takes them out to the countryside where she takes photos of them to illustrate her stories.  She brought in a range of the characters she has made o show the children.  We all then made paper boats which we will take home to decorate and test in the bath.