Summer 2 – Butterflies of Britain Visit

Last week the Year 2 children at Toftwood Infant school were visited by Lindsey and Steve from Butterflies of Britain and a group of Painted Lady butterflies. This was part of their topic Habitats and Environments, through which they are learning about insects, their life cycles and how they survive in the wild.

During this visit the children had the opportunity to go into the butterfly tent where they could hold the butterflies giving them the opportunity to see this beautiful insect up close. They were also able to watch them feed on a selection of fruit and fly around the tent.

The children learnt a lot about the butterflies throughout the day. They learnt the different names of the most common butterflies in Britain, by taking part in a name matching activity and butterfly trail outside the tent.

The Reception children were also able to come and meet the butterflies as they have been growing their own butterflies in the classroom, observing the life cycle from caterpillar to cocoon to butterfly!

At the end of the day the children helped to release the butterflies into our school grounds and the children were excited to wave goodbye to them as they flew away.

One child said “It was amazing to hold a butterfly; I’ve never done that before!”

Kirsty Ponder, the Science subject leader said “It’s very important to have enrichment opportunities in school to give the children real life, up close experiences. It helps them learn in a practical and exciting way!”

 

Summer 2 – 2017 – Toftwood Tate Art Exhibition

This year, the Year 2 children have been working really hard on lots of different pieces of art work to share at our art exhibition ‘Toftwood Tate.’

The exhibition included Pop Art in the style of Andy Warhol, paintings of our school pond using watercolours, African clay mud huts, African fabric bags, Chinese name printing and Egyptian paper featuring hieroglyphics.

We had lots of visitors, including our parents, grandparents and siblings of the children involved, children from our school, and children from Toftwood Junior School. We were also joined by governors and previous members of staff of the school.

One governor commented ‘It was fantastic to see all of the children’s artwork. They all worked so hard and should be very proud of their amazing results.’

Summer 2 – 2017 – Trip to Easton Farm

In school our topic is ‘Habitats and Environments’ and we have been learning about habitats and the animals that live in different habitats and how they survive.

As part of our learning, the year group went on a trip to Easton Farm to look closely at different habitats. While we were there we looked for and identified minibeasts in different places, went pond dipping, used a key to identify the creatures we found and made bug hotels to put in our gardens at home using natural outdoor materials.

Spring 2 – 2017 – African Printing Art Workshop

The year 2 children have been focusing on the topic ‘Art Around the World’ this half term. They have learnt about different continents and countries as well as different artists and the artwork they create. They have painted their own ‘Concentric Circles’ paintings in the style of Kandinsky and created their own Andy Warhol portraits of themselves using wax crayons.

As part of this topic the children took part in a workshop run by Amy Brewster from Amy’s Artbarn. The children looked at different African fabrics and patterns and discussed what they could see.

The children then created their own African style patterns on fabric bags using different objects and fabric paints.

All the children really enjoyed the workshop and were pleased with their finished bags. The bags will form part of the year 2 art exhibition ‘Toftwood Tate’ in the Summer term, which will feature all the artwork the children have created.

 

 

 

Spring 1 2017 – A visit to the Theatre Royal

On Thursday 12th January the year 2 children visited the Pantomime of Jack and the Beanstalk at the Norwich Theatre Royal.  This was an excellent opportunity for the children to experience live theatre and it built on the visit from Ben Langley, one of the actors who came to school to do a workshop with the children before Christmas.

The much loved classic tale was told with a country and western twist and starred ballet dancer Wayne Sleep who played the Pantomime Villain.  Ben Langley who visited the school in the autumn term played Jack’s brother Silly Billy and was involved in many of the children’s favourite scene when Silly Billy and his mother, Dame Nigella Trottalot were dropped into a bowl of porridge and a boiled egg! The trip was enjoyed by all,  including those children who it was a new experience for.

As always, we were so proud of all of the children who were superbly behaved!

Autumn 2 2016 – Year 2 Pantomime

Year 2 perform the pantomime ‘Aladdin Trouble’

Year 2 have worked extremely hard this half term to produce a pantomime of Aladdin Trouble and have performed this to the school, Toftwood Junior School and Fred Nicholson children, parents and members of the community including the Mayor of Dereham.

All children were given a role to play in the pantomime and made everyone who was part of the production very proud! The children learnt songs, lines and made costumes as well as being very professional on stage. They all enjoyed being part of the show and worked really well as a team.

The teachers and TAs worked incredibly hard too, to put the show together and make all of the props that brought the tale to life.

The finished show was fantastic and was enjoyed by every audience that came to see it. One member of the community said “I enjoyed Aladdin and a big thank you for the invitation. We don’t know how you all do it – but all the hard work paid off once again. Another brilliant production.”

Some of the main characters from the show: Genie, Widow Twankey, Abanazar, Wantu (Abanzar’s sidekicks), Wishy and Washy, the King, the Oracle, Jasmine and Aladdin.

Medieval Day – 17.10.16

As part of their Medieval Norwich topic, the Year 2 children at Toftwood Infant School took part in an exciting Medieval Day.

The day included many different activities such as jousting, jestering and an archery session and the children thoroughly enjoyed the learning. The sessions were run by Goldcrest Outdoor Education and taught the children how to hold a bow and shoot an arrow into a target board. All of the activities gave the children the opportunity to try something and have lots of fun applying newly acquired skills.

The afternoon was especially exciting as the children were able to dress up as a medieval character and attend a banquet in the school hall. Lords and Ladies were chosen to sit at the top table and the children ate cheese, bread and grapes. Each class had been learning a medieval dance over the past few weeks and these were performed to the rest of the year group at the end of the banquet.

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Year 2 Norwich Castle trip

Year 2 had a very exciting day out to Norwich Castle linking to their topic ‘Medieval Norwich.’ Many of us hadn’t been to the castle before so we were very excited!

We were greeted by characters that may have lived in the castle 800 years ago and we all took part in different activities during our visit.

These activities included: a tour of the castle including thinking about the differences between the castle and the homes we live in, handling real objects and deciding what they were used for, making a flag for a jousting competition and an outside walk around the castle discussing what the castle is made of and the different shapes we could see on the building.

Some children said:

“It was an awesome day out.”
“It was fun looking out for the rats.”
“It was exciting going up the spiral staircase.”
“We discovered different tunnels.”
“I enjoyed the trip because we got to make flags for the jousting competition.”

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