What was life like when the Queen came to the throne in 1953?
This half term we have been learning about what life was like in the 1950s. We visited our local library where we completed several challenges linked to Queen Elizabeth and her coronation. It was lovely to spend time in the library and enjoy reading books for pleasure. Did you know that you can get a library card for free and take books home to read? What a super morning we had!
Where would you prefer to live: England or China?
This half term we have been learning about an area outside Europe – we decided to look at China. For one of our weekly questions, we took part in a dragon dance workshop to learn more about how Chinese New Year is celebrated. Did you know that the dragons are paraded through the streets during the celebrations? What a fun-filled morning we had!
On Friday 9th November two Year 2 children from each of the Seven Stars schools took part in an Art afternoon at Werrington Primary School. We arrived at lunchtime and went outside looking for items that we could use to create our piece of ‘wild art’ based on the natural work of Andy Goldsworthy. The teachers took our photographs and we transformed ourselves into different creatures using the leaves and twigs that we found. When we finished our creations we looked at each other’s and talked about what we had done well. We all got a sticker for using our imaginations and for working hard. We will now be teaching the rest of our class at school how to create a wild creature using their own photographs.
This half term we have been learning about our local area. In class, we identified a number of human and physical landmarks and talked about why landmarks are important. One day, we received a letter and inside there was a set of instructions for us to follow. Each instruction sent us via a landmark until we arrived at the big blue clock by the Intu Potteries Centre. Did you know that all of these cool places are in our city? What a great day we had solving the puzzle!
This week we spent some time in role as first and third class passengers. We made sandwiches and then Mrs Colclough served us afternoon tea. During the tea party, we learnt about a classical waltz dance. On 15th March, we spent the day exploring the Maritime Museum in Liverpool. During the afternoon, we took part in a fantastic storytelling workshop all about Polar the Titanic Bear. It was a true story about one of the survivors and his teddy bear. We had great fun acting out the story in role.
How is Chinese New Year celebrated?
We had lots of fun looking at this question. First we took part in a dragon dance and the lady told us lots of facts about Chinese traditions. Then we had a Chinese banquet where we tasted rice, chow mein and spring rolls. Some of us loved it but others did not like it at all. The important thing is that we tried something new!
This half term, Year 2 have had fun learning to be Historians and finding out about what life was like in 1953. Through acting out a Coronation we learnt what it is and why it happens. We were lucky to have a visit from the Queen and we prepared her an afternoon tea which consisted of cucumber sandwiches and scones. We learnt how life is very different now to when Princess Elizabeth was crowned Queen in 1953. Did you know she is the longest reigning Queen? The children played games that a child would have played in the 1950s and learnt how the shops were not like the ones we have today.
Our learning challenge question for this half term was “What is cool about Stoke-on-Trent?”
To support our learning we went for a walk around our local area. The Lord Mayor sent us a set of directions to follow and a riddle to solve. We found a number of physical and human landmarks and talked about how they help us to find where places are. We had great fun looking at what we can do in our town centre.
Our learning challenge question for this half term was ‘Why do we love to be beside the seaside?’ During the first lesson we received a postcard that had been sent from Formby. It looked amazing so we decided to go on a trip to Formby Beach to learn more about the coast. We talked about the features of an island and compared it to where we live. Once we had finished looking at the geographical features we had some time to explore the different reasons why people love visiting the coast. What fun we had!
This year 2G have taken part in a 12 week research project to find out if the arts has a positive impact on a child’s literacy skills. At St Mark’s we identified that language was an area for development. So through planning with our artists Ann and Holly we created learning that focussed on having new experiences and exposing the children to new language. Throughout the project the children took part in drama activities, they were taught how to use equipment to create art that expressed their feelings and learning about a topic. They were lucky to visit the theatre, Liverpool museum, the Art shop and Spode Gardens.
As a result of these new and exciting experiences we have seen the children make progress in their writing skills. The children have applied new vocabulary and have written with more accuracy because they understood the language they were using and had experienced what they had to write about. Along with this, we have had two family workshops where the children taught their parents the skills that they had learnt in school and the children shared what they had been learning about. The feedback from parents was very positive. Here are some of the comments left by the parents of St Mark’s Primary School.
“I really enjoyed the session, especially the quiz as it made me aware that my child is learning about different topics and she was excited about it and wanted to tell me about it”
“Thank you, I really enjoyed it and I liked spending time with my daughter.”
“Very good, I liked learning about other cultures.”
“Enjoyed this, more of these activity afternoons would be great.”
“Enjoyed coming to the family learning activity there should be more like this so children get the opportunity to show what they have been learning.”
We would like to say thank you to Ann and Holly from ‘Letting The Light In’ and the PiCle team for making the experience a positive one, 2G have had a fabulous time learning through the arts. Look at the fun we had!
During February, we explored how inventors have changed the world. We became inventors and explored how to fix a problem. We visited Hanley library to research who the best British inventers are and we wrote a story about a boy who loved inventing monsters.
2G have had a great time this half term working with our 2 fantastic artists Anne and Holly. The children learnt why Captain Smith is still talked about today and what he is famous for. Through the exciting art project with Anne and Holly, 2G have learnt why the Titanic sank and explored who was to blame. They got into role and experienced what it was like to be on board the Titanic as 1st and 3rd class passengers. During our family learning session, the children had a great time teaching their parents about what they had learnt and together they created a piece of memorial art to remember all who died on the Titanic. Year 2 also had a great time at the Liverpool Maritime Museum where they saw the harbour and learnt more about the people who were on board the ship when it sank (see gallery below for more pictures from the Liverpool Trip).
On Tuesday 6th December, Year 2 went to visit the Maritime Museum in Liverpool. Our learning challenge question was: ‘Why did the Titanic sink?’ During the first part of the day we explored the Museum. As a class, we found out lots of information about Captain Smith and debated more about who we think was to blame for the sinking of the ship. During the afternoon, we took part in a fantastic storytelling workshop all about Polar the Titanic Bear. It was a true story about one of the survivors and his teddy bear. We had great fun acting out the story.
This half term Year 2 have been exploring our city and learning what geographical features it has. We found lots of human and physical features on our walk around the city. We used our DT skills to create 3D models of the different landmarks and used them to create a 3D map.
We used the walk to write our own poem based on ‘The Sound Collector’ By Roger McGough. We have been fortunate to have our poem performance filmed by some students from the Sixth Form College so look out for our videos.
Year 2 have had fun learning about Stoke-On-Trent. We walked around our city and used our eyes and ears to create words to describe it. We wrote our own poetry and shot our own videos!
We have been learning about the events in the past that have changed the world. One of the events we have been learning about is when man landed on the moon. The children had a talk from Mrs Stone who remembers watching the historical event on the television. The children also learnt lots about space and had a visit to the Space Centre in Leicester.
Year 2 had great fun learning about China and England. They learnt which continent each country is part of and which words can be used to describe the land of each country. We also learnt about how New Year is celebrated and to help learn about the traditions of New Year in China we took part in a dance workshop. Children were taught the importance of the dragon and the roles of the boys and girls in the traditional carnival dance. We also tried Chinese food and designed and made our own carnival costumes.