Wow! What a busy week we have had, albeit a short week, celebrating the end of our Westbury Topic. We started the week with a wonderful visit to Westbury Heritage Centre, where we found out some amazing information. Did you know that millions of years ago, Westbury was submerged under water and a sea dragon called a Pliasaurus (that looked a bit like a dinosaur) swam in the waters!? We saw a model of its jaw and held a tooth. We also found out that Westbury Church is around 600 years old! We enjoyed a tour of the town and saw where the old wool mills used to be and even noticed the separate entrances for men and women to Westbury Swimming pool.
On Tuesday afternoon, we were out and about again and this time visited Westbury Library. We were surprised to discover that this building is 200 years old. We found out how we can borrow books from the library and you should find an application form for a library card (if you do not have one already) in your book bags. Well done to those children who remembered their library cards and were able to borrow a book to enjoy over the half term holiday. On the way back from the Library, we stopped off at Westbury Park as a treat for collecting so many gems in our pot last week. The children had so much fun....although one or two looked incredibly dizzy after a VERY fast ride on the roundabout!
Finally, this afternoon (Wednesday) we were thrilled to be joined by so many parents, grandparents, friends and siblings for our topic end point. You worked together imaginatively and creatively to create the most amazing models of buildings in Westbury. Our models included the Church, the swimming pool (inside and out), our own houses and even the White Horse. We will allow the models to dry over the half term break and will enjoy displaying them in the hall for everyone to see. Thank you to every adult who has supported our events throughout the week, including those of you that managed to pop your head in at the end of the day to see what your children had been up to! We appreciate that it is not always easy to attend these events, but do look out for other dates later in the year.
We hope that you all have a wonderful half term. We have not set any formal homework so that the children can enjoy a well deserved rest but please, if you are able to, continue to read at every opportunity. You may even manage a visit to the Library ...the children are now experts and will be able to show you around! We hope that you enjoy our video which captures some of the excitement, effort and wonderful team work that went on in Dolphin Class this afternoon.
We have been learning about and looking at maps this week. We have looked at the different features on a map and how a key is used to help us identify those features. We have looked at aerial photographs of our school and the white horse and have talked about how things look different from a birds eye view. We have done some super sketching of these images. We have also done some orienteering on the trim trail using a compass to help us find our way around. We have learnt lots of rhymes to help us remember the points on a compass.
We hope you can all join us next Wednesday for our fun parent event to celebrate the end of our topic.
We have had another wonderful week in Year 2 and as well as working incredibly hard, we have thought about the importance of Harvest. The children shared their ideas about where our food comes from and the journey it takes before reaching our mouths and tummies! We thought about how lucky we are to have plenty to eat and we wrote our own special Harvest 'Thank You' leaves for our Harvest tree in the hall. Reverend Ian came to lead a special Harvest assembly and he explained to us that our tins of food will be donated to a local food bank to help others. Thank you for all your generous donations and 10 pence pieces.
In Maths this week, the children have been working very hard in their Maths groups to partition numbers. We feel far more confident now discussing the number of tens and units in a 2 digit number and we hope that this week's homework will consolidate the children's knowledge even further.
In English, we have been continuing with Read, Write, Inc as well as recounting our trip to the White Horse. The children have been thinking carefully about the key features of recount writing and have practised using past tense verbs, noun phrases, conjunctions and wonderful exclamations in their writing.
We look forward to sharing the children's work with you at Parents Evening next Wednesday and Thursday (11th and 12th October). If you have not yet managed to sign up for a consultation, please speak with the T.A on the door or with ourselves as we would love to see as many of you as possible.
We have had another busy week learning all about different habitats and how animals are suited to the environment in which they live. This has followed on from our visit to the White Horse last week where we were able to see lots of different habitats around us.
We had lots of children completing their homework this week so well done everyone for that! We have also tested their spellings today in their homework books so you can see how well they have done and practise the ones they found tricky. We will do this each week so you can see how they are doing.
Remember if there is anyone who would like to help out in the class or hear readers the extra help would be really appreciated.
We have had a fantastic day up at the White Horse and have returned home with red faces! all that fresh air and sunshine!! We had a super time exploring the top of the white horse and the ditches around it. We did some beautiful sketches of the Wiltshire landscape and noticed lots of landmarks from the top. We flew our kites and evaluated which materials were best to use. Some flew really well!! We used the balls to practise our throwing, catching and kicking skills. It was great to have so much space around for us to run in! Overall we had a brilliant learning experience and the children really enjoyed themselves!
We have enjoyed another great week in Dolphin Class, preparing for our trip to Westbury White Horse. We thought about the kinds of materials that would be the most suitable (and unsuitable) for making our own kites, before designing them in our sketch books. We had some great ideas and decided that the kite material needed to be waterproof (just in case!!), strong and light. Mrs Rockey visited Wiltshire Scrapstore and found some balloon fabric which some of us decided to use, whilst others chose bin bag liners as these seemed to fit the brief very nicely! We are going to evaluate the success of our kites in flight next week! Watch this space for photographs from the trip......
Also, this week, in the mornings, the children have been changing classrooms and getting used to their new teaching groups for English and Maths. It is a lovely way for them to experience being taught by all of the Year 2 teachers, as well as provide them with a chance to mix with different friends and social groups. We have been very proud of the children as they have adapted to this quickly, sensibly and with maturity.
In the afternoons, the children have been working in three key groups to develop their skills across other curriculum areas, including Science, Geography, History, Art and DT. The children have been working in both guided groups with the Teacher or TA, as well as independently, applying key skills to a range of activities.
The children have continued to settle in really well and are getting used to their new classroom environment.
We have officially started our new topic wonderful Wiltshire and have been thinking lots about human and man made features in our local environment. There have been some amazing sketches of Stone Henge and Stourhead!
Thank you to all the parents who were able to attend our 'meet the teacher' session, it was lovely to see you all there. If you couldn't make it and you have any questions or concerns about anything please come and see us!
It's our school trip next week so lets hope for some better weather. If you are able to help it would be very appreciated!
Have a lovely weekend!
Welcome to Year 2- we are thrilled to be back!
The children have had a fantastic week settling into their new classroom and have been a delight to teach. They are demonstrating how sensible, hard working and mature they are, especially now that they are the oldest children at Westbury Infant School. We are confident that we are going to have a very happy year ahead of us all :-)
This week, we have been finding out about dolphins and have written some facts about them. Did you know that a dolphin is in fact a mammal, it has a blow-hole for breathing, a melon for communication and also its dorsal fin helps it to steer? We have our own class dolphin mascot, which we have named 'Moonlight'. We will be sending Moonlight home with the chosen Star of the Week every Friday to be cared for. We know that the children will have some super adventures with Moonlight and we hope that they will draw, write, or even add photographs in our 'Dolphin Diary' to tell us about the fun they have enjoyed together. We would ask that Moonlight is returned each Friday ready for the next Star of the Week to enjoy please.
We are inviting parents along to a 'Meet the Teacher' session on Friday 15th September at 2.30pm to find out a little bit more about being in Dolphin Class and Year 2. This will take place in your child's classroom and it will be a chance for you to talk to us and ask any questions that you may have, as well as acting as an opportunity for us to share information with you about the year ahead. We look forward to seeing as many of you there as possible.