Well done Eco-Science club!

This week the last week of Eco-Science club for KS1. Miss Reid and Mrs Gritton have been blown away by the eagerness and enthusiasm the children have shown over the last 6 weeks. If you can remember, in the first week we planted some seeds in pots which the children have been checking on each week.

This week they had the opportunity to draw what has happened to their seed. We hope the children remember to water their plants at home and hopefully soon we might have some small vegetables appear! Everyone left yesterday with a special Eco-Science certificate to show what an amazing job they have done. Let’s hope KS2 are just as enthusiastic!

Eco Science Club

This week at Eco Science Club, the children were back outside – this time collecting air from around our yard. Why were you collecting air, I hear you ask. Well, we have taken a sample of our air to send to be inspected. Hopefully, we will receive some data from the scientists explaining what is in our air and if we have “clean” or “dirty” air. The children were fantastic and thoroughly enjoyed getting the samples.

Eco Science Club

This evening, Eco Science club went outdoors! The children were able to get stuck in this week with some weeding and planting. We were extremely sensible and very grown up as we used trowels, rakes and forks to dig out small weeds and make little holes for our seeds. Mrs Gritton and Miss Reid were both very impressed by the children’s behaviour. We hope that are little plants can survive the winter!

Welcome Back Year 2A

Year 2A have been amazing this week in their first week back at school. It has been lovely sharing all of our holiday stories and adventures and catching up with friends. The children are certainly ready for all of the Year 2 challenges ahead. Welcome back boys and girls. I’ve missed you lots during the holidays.

Egg and cress sandwiches

Year 2 enjoyed using their cress that they have been growing, as part of a science experiment, to make yummy egg and cress sandwiches. The children followed instructions carefully and were very sensible when using cutlery. We had lots of fun making them and the children couldn’t wait to try them once they got home!

 

Science experiment

Year 2 have had a very fun afternoon today. In Science, the children have been learning all about plants and in recent lessons, they have been learning about the plants we eat. Today, we planted our very own cress in the hope of it growing. As part of our experiment, we will be looking into the correct conditions for plants to grow and we will compare how well the cress grows when they have water and sunlight compared to those that have no water or sunlight, have water but no sunlight and sunlight but no water. We will be keeping a cress diary over the next week or two to see how our plants are developing. We can’t wait!

Year 2 Liturgy

Year 2 shared their final KS1 liturgy this morning with their families. The children read beautifully, sang amazingly and even performed their drama with great enthusiasm. Year 2 focussed on the Holy Trinity and how the Holy Spirit guides each and every one of us. We remembered how Pentecost was a very special time when the disciples received the gift of the Holy Spirit to overcome their fears. We used this to reflect on what we would like to receive from the Holy Spirit and wrote these down on our fruit of the Holy Spirit. The children and staff were delighted with the support shown from families, which we are hugely thankful for. Well done Year 2!

 

Meeting astronaut, Michael Foale.

What a fantastic morning Year 2 have had today! At 9:20am, the children set off to the Xcel Centre in Newton Aycliffe to meet astronaut, Michael Foale. We learnt all about how Michael became an astronaut, what inspired him and taught us that in life you may not get everything you want first time but it’s important to keep a positive mindset and keep trying and trying until you succeed. We watched real footage of Michael’s amazing experiences as an astronaut and saw what Earth looks like from Space. From the videos we also saw some of the amazing rockets Michael used to travel to Space – they were very noisy during blast off! Michael was very inspirational and answered some of our questions on what we need to do to be future scientists and astronauts. This experience was an fantastic way to recap our Space Camp activities from this year, which I’m sure the children will remember for a very long time. Year 2 were very well behaved throughout the day and were a fantastic representation of our school.

 

Open Day Fun Day

Year 2 have had a very fun day today. In the morning, the children were learning all about time in numeracy and were eager to recap all of their SPaG knowledge in literacy in a class quiz. In the afternoon, the children were introduced to our new Creative topic, ‘explorers’ which is all about the famous explorer, Christopher Columbus. The children then made an explorer’s telescope and designed it individually using paints, stickers and glitter. Next, the children then wrote instructions on how to make a model ship that an explorer could use to set sail. We will use these instructions to help make an explorer’s ship next lesson. What fabulous explorers you would make, Year 2! It was lovely to see family members visit our classroom today to see what the children were getting up to. A big thank you to all who were able to make this very creative day.

 

Lintz Hall Farm

Year 2 had a fantastic morning at Lintz Hall Farm in Burnopfield. The children were involved in lots of fun activities such as learning all about the production line and how eggs are checked using a range of machinery and packaged ready to be taken to shops and supermarkets. They also had a go at cracking eggs into a bowl, whisking them and examining them carefully and had a discussion about what we use eggs for such as making cakes etc. Next, the children sat on the back of the tractor and held 10 day old chicks. We even met ‘George the chicken’ and we all told him to ‘get back to work!’ The children all came away with a goodie bag, including a free box of eggs to be enjoyed at home. In the afternoon, the children ventured to Dunston Leisure Centre where they had their first school swimming lesson. The children never stopped smiling the whole day. What a fantastic start to the week, Year 2!