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Year Two Willow

Hello and Welcome to Willow class webpage.

In Willow class PE is on a Monday and Thursday, so your child will need their PE kit in a named bag hanging on their peg. We try to go outside when the weather is dry, so as well as a pair of shorts and a t-shirt, your child will also need a pair of jogging bottoms or leggings, they will need plimsols or trainers to run around in.

Forest School happens fortnightly on a Thursday for Willow class. This term this will be on the 23rd April, 7th and 21st May, 11th June and 9th July. Your child will need a warm change of clothing that you don't mind getting muddy, a pair of wellies or old trainers, a waterproof coat and a spare bag for muddy boots.

We visit the school library on a Friday. Please encourage your child to share their book with you at home and return it to school each week to be changed. They can choose either a fiction or non-fiction book.

Homework is given out on a Friday in a named folder and needs to be returned to school the following Thursday at the latest.

If you have any questions please feel free to speak to Mrs Mountney, Mrs Fisher, Mrs Parmar or Mrs Dutton.

Sky Ride

Sky Ride 1 We had a special visitor.
Sky Ride 2
Sky Ride 3
Sky Ride 4
Sky Ride 5

Drama Workshop

Drama Workshop 1
Drama Workshop 2
Drama Workshop 3
Drama Workshop 4
Drama Workshop 5
Drama Workshop 6
Drama Workshop 7

We had a fantastic time at Shepreth Wildlife Park.

We had a fantastic time at Shepreth Wildlife Park. 1 Red Panda
We had a fantastic time at Shepreth Wildlife Park. 2
We had a fantastic time at Shepreth Wildlife Park. 3 Coati
We had a fantastic time at Shepreth Wildlife Park. 4 Otters
We had a fantastic time at Shepreth Wildlife Park. 5 Meerkats
We had a fantastic time at Shepreth Wildlife Park. 6 Hissing Cockroach
We had a fantastic time at Shepreth Wildlife Park. 7 Bunny Land
We had a fantastic time at Shepreth Wildlife Park. 8
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Delta Saxophone Quartet

Delta Saxophone Quartet 1 The children listened carefully.
Delta Saxophone Quartet 2
Delta Saxophone Quartet 3

A muddy forest school session.

A muddy forest school session. 1 We visited the co-operation tree.
A muddy forest school session. 2 Making seasonal friendship bracelets.
A muddy forest school session. 3
A muddy forest school session. 4 Working well together.
A muddy forest school session. 5
A muddy forest school session. 6
A muddy forest school session. 7
A muddy forest school session. 8
A muddy forest school session. 9
A muddy forest school session. 10 Blue for Winter, orange for Autumn.
A muddy forest school session. 11 Fishing for leaves.
A muddy forest school session. 12
A muddy forest school session. 13
A muddy forest school session. 14 Jumping in puddles.
A muddy forest school session. 15 Jumping together to make a bigger splash.
A muddy forest school session. 16 Even Mrs Mountney had a go!
A muddy forest school session. 17
A muddy forest school session. 18 Painting with mud.
A muddy forest school session. 19
A muddy forest school session. 20
A muddy forest school session. 21 We made wind socks!
A muddy forest school session. 22 Pouring the water out of our boots.
A muddy forest school session. 23 Working together.
A muddy forest school session. 24
A muddy forest school session. 25
A muddy forest school session. 26 We had a fantastic time making mud pies.
A muddy forest school session. 27

Puzzle Workshop

Puzzle Workshop 1 We listened carefully to the instructions.
Puzzle Workshop 2 We worked together as a group.
Puzzle Workshop 3
Puzzle Workshop 4 We took turns.
Puzzle Workshop 5
Puzzle Workshop 6 It was tricky!
Puzzle Workshop 7
Puzzle Workshop 8
Puzzle Workshop 9 We co-operated.
Puzzle Workshop 10
Puzzle Workshop 11
Puzzle Workshop 12
Puzzle Workshop 13
Puzzle Workshop 14
Puzzle Workshop 15 Our finished puzzle.
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Puzzle Workshop 17
Puzzle Workshop 18
Puzzle Workshop 19
Puzzle Workshop 20

Forest School

Forest School 1 memory stick
Forest School 2 leaf bingo
Forest School 3 leaf identification
Forest School 4
Forest School 5
Forest School 6 minibeast hotel
Forest School 7
Forest School 8 stick quill

Gymnastics with Mr Maydom.

Gymnastics with Mr Maydom. 1 warming up
Gymnastics with Mr Maydom. 2 balancing on one leg
Gymnastics with Mr Maydom. 3 A new balance.
Gymnastics with Mr Maydom. 4
Gymnastics with Mr Maydom. 5
Gymnastics with Mr Maydom. 6 Holding the balance for a count of 3.
Gymnastics with Mr Maydom. 7
Gymnastics with Mr Maydom. 8
Gymnastics with Mr Maydom. 9 Trying our new skills on the apparatus.

Castle Day

Castle Day 1 Lady Ruth told us all about castle life.
Castle Day 2
Castle Day 3 Lots of different skills to learn.
Castle Day 4 We visited the wise woman...
Castle Day 5 .. and had a go at making our own medicines.
Castle Day 6
Castle Day 7 catching rats
Castle Day 8 We made finger protectors from leather.
Castle Day 9
Castle Day 10
Castle Day 11
Castle Day 12 We tried illumination.
Castle Day 13
Castle Day 14
Castle Day 15
Castle Day 16 Friend or Foe?
Castle Day 17
Castle Day 18 making pies
Castle Day 19
Castle Day 20
Castle Day 21 Clay gargoyles to protect the castle.
Castle Day 22
Castle Day 23
Castle Day 24
Castle Day 25 Soap balls to keep us clean.
Castle Day 26
Castle Day 27
Castle Day 28 A leather pocket to hold money or teeth.
Castle Day 29 Collecting firewood for cooking.

Castle and Sun by Paul Klee

Castle and Sun by Paul Klee 1 We used a ruler to draw geometric shapes.
Castle and Sun by Paul Klee 2
Castle and Sun by Paul Klee 3 We carefully added blocks of colour.
Castle and Sun by Paul Klee 4

Making a seige weapon.

Making a seige weapon. 1 We used rubber bands and lolly sticks.....
Making a seige weapon. 2 ....to make a catapult.
Making a seige weapon. 3 We worked together to achieve our goal.
Making a seige weapon. 4
Making a seige weapon. 5
Making a seige weapon. 6
Making a seige weapon. 7 We enjoyed testing them!

A den for a dragon.

A den for a dragon. 1 We used willow to make a home for a dragon.
A den for a dragon. 2
A den for a dragon. 3 It was hard work!
A den for a dragon. 4
A den for a dragon. 5 A dragon trap!
A den for a dragon. 6 We tied 3 pieces together to make a frame...
A den for a dragon. 7 ..then added more and more to make a cosy den.

We made mobiles using natural materials.

We made mobiles using natural materials. 1 We practised clove hitches.
We made mobiles using natural materials. 2 It was tricky!
We made mobiles using natural materials. 3 "They spin in the wind."
We made mobiles using natural materials. 4 "They move like fireworks."
We made mobiles using natural materials. 5 We persevered!

Burn Up Night

Burn Up Night 1
Burn Up Night 2 The fire started in Pudding Lane.
Burn Up Night 3 It spread quickly!
Burn Up Night 4
Burn Up Night 5 We sang London's Burning as we watched the flames.
Burn Up Night 6
Burn Up Night 7
Burn Up Night 8

maths - multiplication

maths - multiplication 1 We used arrays to solve multiplication problems.
maths - multiplication 2
maths - multiplication 3 Using a range of objects.
maths - multiplication 4
maths - multiplication 5
maths - multiplication 6
maths - multiplication 7
maths - multiplication 8 We made a discovery!
maths - multiplication 9
maths - multiplication 10
maths - multiplication 11 We even used the PE equipment!

Art and Music Workshop with James Mayhew

Art and Music Workshop with James Mayhew 1 listening to the story of The Sea King's Daughter
Art and Music Workshop with James Mayhew 2 Sadko and Princess Volkhova
Art and Music Workshop with James Mayhew 3
Art and Music Workshop with James Mayhew 4
Art and Music Workshop with James Mayhew 5
Art and Music Workshop with James Mayhew 6
Art and Music Workshop with James Mayhew 7
Ten Pieces

Today we went to Cineworld in Stevenage to  listen to a musical production by the BBC called Ten Pieces. It aims to open up the world of classical music to children – and inspire them to develop their own creative responses to the pieces through music, dance or digital art. It included a range of music from baroque to contemporary. Ask them to share their favourite piece of music from the production with you and explain why they enjoyed it.

The clips can be viewed at: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p01vs08w

Beethoven: Symphony No. 5 (1st movement)

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Beethoven continued to compose as he became deaf. He remembered the sound of each instrument in his head which helped him to continue composing.

'Storm' by Benjamin Britten

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Close your eyes and listen to the music clip. Can you imagine what is happening?

Forest School

Forest School 1 We were explorers for the afternoon.
Forest School 2
Forest School 3
Forest School 4 Using natural materials.
Forest School 5 We found some interesting things.
Forest School 6 "I wonder what lives in this hole."
Forest School 7 We tried to identify any leaves we found.
Forest School 8 "Look at these!"
Forest School 9
Forest School 10

We had lots of fun in our first Forest School session. We played 1,2,3, Where are you? and found lots of good places to hide. We also used magnifying glasses to explore the school grounds and made some interesting discoveries, a birds nest, leaf skeletons and seed pods. We also found a hole in the meadow bank and even though the children spent a long time watching for something to appear,  nothing did - maybe next time!

At the end of the session we played mammoth, hunter, mouse, it was great fun. Ask the children to teach you how to play, I'm sure you will enjoy it too!

Art

Art 1 Inspired by the works of Piet Mondrian.
Art 2 Exploring a range of media.
Art 3 Cézanne

practical maths

practical maths 1 We used Dienes to make two digit numbers.
practical maths 2
practical maths 3
practical maths 4
practical maths 5 using Numicon to solve problems
practical maths 6
practical maths 7 writing number sentences
practical maths 8
practical maths 9
practical maths 10

This week (22.9.14) we have been learning about Helen Keller. After listening to a story about her life we had a go at writing a biography. We have also learnt about Louis Braille and how he invented the Braille system we still use, when he was only 15.

We wrote our names using the Braille alphabet, looked at a selection of 'Magic Key' books which contain Braille writing and tried to send a 'bell ball' round the circle with our eyes closed. We have had lots of fun!

Picture 1 Braille alphabet
Picture 2 We wrote messages in Braille.
Picture 3 Our names in Braille.
Picture 4 We tried to read the Braille writing.