Roman Trip

Year 4 had a fantastic time at Castleshaw learning about the Romans in our local area. We looked at different Roman artefacts, learnt about the Roman army and tried out some different formations and also explored the Roman fort.

 

Experience Harvest

Today, the children were welcomed across to St Mary’s Church to take part in our ‘Experience Harvest’ event. There were five interactive stations where the children were encouraged to reflect upon the harvests of the sea, the garden, the grain, the flock and the earth. They had the opportunity to create a clay pinch pot, and an origami boat and work together to create a weave. Throughout the activities, the children thought about what we could learn from the harvest. For example: being patient like the farmers waiting for the perfect time to harvest their crops. We also thought about how we could be faithful to God, show humility to others (by putting their needs first) be joyful givers and be generous to those in need. Above all, the children learnt about being thankful for all that God has given us and learnt how to fill ourselves with peace. It was a truly lovely day.

The Great Fire of London

Year 2 enjoyed a drama re-enactment of the Great Fire of London. Transported back in time, to Sunday 2nd September 1666 and to London, they had the challenge of putting out the fire. However, by the time they had got water from the River Thames the fire had spread! They had great fun learning why the fire started and how hard it was to stop it spreading.  They also considered the problems that people faced at the time.

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Welcome to the Year 2 Class Page!

Year 2 have made a wonderful start to the year and look forward to sharing their learning adventures with you here.

 

Mrs Thomas and Mrs Williams

School Day

Our current school opening times are 9:00am – 3:30pm.
This meets the Department for Education minimum requirement for all children to be in school for 32.5 hours per week

Arrival at school
The gates to the playground open at 8.40am. Children should arrive punctually between 8.45am and 8.55am. Children will be supervised on the playground from 8.50am and then asked to enter school through the Reception, Key Stage 1 or 2 entrances at 8:55am.

Morning Session:
KS 1 and KS 2 9:00 – 12:00
School starts at 9:00am. Please ensure your child is in their classroom before the door is closed at 9.00am. If your child is late, please take them to the main office and sign them in. If your child is ill, please inform the school office before 9.30am.

Morning breaktime
10:25 – 10: 40am – KS 1
10: 40- 10:55am – KS 2

Lunchtime
KS1 12.00- 1.30pm KS2 12.00- 1.00pm

Afternoon Session
1:30 – 3:30pm KS 1 1:00 – 3:30pm KS 2

Afternoon breaktime
2:35 – 2: 50pm – KS 1
2:15 – 2: 30pm – KS 2

Children should be picked up from their classroom door.
If you are going to be late picking your child up please ensure you contact the school office
as soon as possible so the teacher can be informed. If your child has not been picked up by 3.40pm they will be brought to the school office to be collected.

Year 3 visit to the Manchester Jewish Museum

As part of their learning on Judaism, Year 3 visited the Manchester Jewish Museum. During the workshop, they enjoyed the opportunity to look around and learn lots about the different parts of a synagogue.  They also enjoyed a detective themed scavenger hunt around the museum and handled many interesting artefacts to help them learn about the Sabbath, the Torah and the Ten Commandments.

 

Gurdwara Visit

Year 5 visited the Sikh Gurdwara in Manchester. They enjoyed learning about the Sikh faith, listening to Sikh music and hearing a reading from the Sikh holy book- The Guru Granth Sahib.

Blackpool Zoo

Year 2 had a wonderful day learning about animals and their habitats at Blackpool Zoo. There have been so many awe and wonder moments today. Such smiling faces and squeals of delight!!! It has been a privilege to witness the happiness today and to finally take them out on a class trip.




Bolton Museum Trip and Ancient Egypt Workshop

Year 3 had lots of fun on their trip to the Bolton Museum this week.  A great opportunity to revise their learning  in our Ancient Egyptian topic and they loved being able to see so many artefacts first hand.  A real life mummy being one of their favourite!  After the workshop, they enjoyed exploring the rest of the museum and aquarium, and even enjoyed  a spot of reading in the library. What a great day they had!

Chicks

Year 2 have waited patiently for 3 weeks to see if the 7 eggs that we put in an incubator would hatch. 6 new lives have joined our world and have been named. We have all enjoyed cuddling and caring for them and are sad to see them go to their new home. It inspired us to write great information and instructional texts linked to this science topic.

Circle Time

Year 2 had a reflective session with Father Paul today. We all enjoyed a peaceful and spiritual Circle Time.

Music

Year 2 have enjoyed using vocal sounds, body parts and musical instruments to accompany music inspired by British myths and Legends.

Year 3 Tomb Raiders

Today we had lots of fun learning about the archaeologist Howard Cater and recreating his discovery of Tutankhamun’s tomb. After reading his diary extracts, we took turns to explore the tomb and observe the many wondrous artefacts.  Taking in as much detail as possible, in a limited time due to the build-up of poisonous gasses over thousands of years, we described our finds to our expedition team members and then sketched these into our log books. Following this, we took a virtual tour of a Tutankhamun exhibition to see the artefacts in a real life context and generated questions to help us answer the next question in our enquiry, ‘Who was Tutankhamen and how did he die?’

Working as historians, we reflected on our understanding that our knowledge of the past is constructed from a range of sources, and that people in the past represent events or ideas in a way that persuades others. We also discussed the reliability of photos, accounts and stories and explored the idea that there can be different accounts of history.

 

Geography Fieldtrip to the Castleshaw Centre

Year 3 loved completing some fieldwork to help identify the features of a local river. A great hook to start us off our new geography topic.

We explored how rivers are formed, where they begin, where they end, what effect they have and how we use them. We also had great fun exploring and identifying the different organisms that live in a local river.

We are historians

Year 3 enjoying developing their disciplinary knowledge by using different sources of information, including interactive timelines, to  understand where and when the earliest civilizations appeared, and explain their achievements.  Also great to see one of our pupils, who came dressed as Neil Armstrong for World Book Day, finding themselves on our new timeline!

Year 3 Dance Video

As part of their PE unit, Year 3 have enjoyed performing a dance about life by the River Nile. You can enjoy watching our video by clicking HERE

Experience Church

The children from Year Two to Year Six have spent time at St Mary’s Church, to participate in the ‘Experience Church’ event. This gave them the opportunity to reflect, discuss and learn about the importance of the different parts of the Church and the role that they play in the life of the Church. The stations included: the entrance, Lectern, Font, Altar, Votive Stand, Kneelers and the stories in the windows. The children really enjoyed creating their own stained glass windows, to create candle holders to reflect that ‘Jesus is the Light of the World.’ They also created origami birds, in which they folded their worries, and flew them away. Lots of deeper discussions were held about Christians being disciples of God and about the importance of prayer. The children learnt about the Christian values and the value of what we can bring to the Church and take away into the wider world.

 

Year 3 Mock Christian Wedding

As part of their RE topic ‘Called by God’, Year 3 took part in a

Mock Christian Wedding Service  at St Mary’s Church.

This wonderful experience helped the children understand the

promises that a couple make when they marry and how making

these promises to each other and to God  can help a Christian couple

in their married life.