As part of our ‘Art around the World’ topic, year 2 were fortunate enough to be visited by Lorraine Theobald who ran a Samba workshop. Lorraine talked to the children about how dance is a form of art and how Samba dance moves link to African dancing and are used in Brazilian carnivals. The children learnt the basic moves and then developed them into their own routine for a mini Toftwood carnival! It was lovely to see the children dressing up in traditional headdresses and masks. The children and staff thoroughly enjoyed it and they all joined in with the spirit of the carnival atmosphere.
As part of our RE learning this half term, Year 2 have been learning about the Jewish celebration of Shabbat. The children were very lucky to have visitors from the Norwich Synagogue come into school and share information about Shabbat and demonstrate what it is like to be part of the celebration. Each year 2 classroom was set out for the celebratory meal of Shabbat. The children were able to bring their RE learning to life by recreating what a Jewish family would do on Friday night and how they finish celebrating on Saturday. Ann Reeve, RE KS1 subject leader said, ‘Having visitors to enhance the Religious Education lessons really enables children to be immersed in the cultures and beliefs of others.’
The year 2 children have been working really hard this term to practise and perform their pantomime of ‘Cinderella’. The children have been learning lots of lines and practising songs, as well as dance routines.
The story is based on the classic tale of Cinderella but with a twist! It features Prince Charming as a rock star named Rockerfella and Cinderella who wants to go to his concert but can’t because of the many jobs that she has to do for her Royal Step Sisters, Catherine and Philippa. Luckily, the fairy brigade help Cinderella and get her to the concert where she meets Rockerfella. Unfortunately, Fairy Nastyboots ruin the plan and change the clocks so that Cinderella has to leave but she leaves her shoe behind allowing her to be reunited with Rockerfella when he tries to find the girl that the show fits.
The children were excited to share their hard work with the rest of the school and their grown ups, as well as some members of our community.
Year 2 had a very exciting day out to Norwich Castle. Lots of the children had never been to the castle before so they 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. The children experienced what it would have been like to live in a castle by creating their own pennants for a jousting competition. They enjoyed handling real objects and deciding what they were used for, learning about some of the different jobs inside a castle and listening to a storyteller.
The children said:
“This trip is fantastic, I love seeing all of the arrow slits around the castle.”
“When I’m 7 I can be a knight!”
The children behaved impeccably and were a credit to our federation! Visiting the Castle brought our topic, Medieval Norwich to life. The children are now really excited for our forthcoming Medieval day which will include archery and a Medieval Banquet.
In school our topic in year 2 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 and went pond dipping where we used a key to identify the creatures we found and met various animals and discussed why their habitats were suitable for them. We also made bug hotels and bird feeders to put in our gardens at home using natural outdoor materials.
As always, we were so proud of all of the children who were superbly behaved during this visit.
The year 2 children at Toftwood Infant School enjoyed their visit from Mini Monsters as part of their ‘Habitats and Environments’ topic. The children were able to meet some captivating creatures and reptiles and could look closely at them. Some children were even brave enough to handle them! The children learnt about the different habitats that these creatures live in and how they have adapted to live there. They were not only able to meet Salsa the snake but also look closely at the skin that she had previously shed. They learnt that snakes shed their skin in order for them to grow.
The children were fascinated when meeting Trinny the Tarantula and learnt about how some creatures like Trinny have an exoskeleton. This means their skeleton is on the outside of the body. Although many of the children wanted to hold Trinny, she was the only one that they couldn’t (although others were very relieved about this!). They learnt that Tarantula’s are so fragile that if they were to be dropped, even from a short height, that they would shatter to pieces.
The children all really enjoyed it and found it very interesting, which resulted in them having lots of questions!
The Year 2 children have had a really special addition to their classrooms linking to their topic of ‘Air, Land and Sea’ this month. On Monday, 22nd January ‘Living Eggs’ delivered twelve eggs, and the children waited in anticipation for them to hatch.
The classes didn’t have to wait long, as the first chick hatched on Tuesday evening! Eight hatched in total, and Year 2 were fortunate enough to record a clip as one of the chicks worked hard to break free from their egg.
The children have used this experience to enhance their Science learning, as well as in their Literacy lessons. They have kept a diary of the ‘journey’ from an egg being laid to a chick hatching and written fact files about chickens and the different stages of the life cycle of a hen. The work produced has been fantastic.
One child said, ‘It was really exciting to see them hatch.’
Another added, ‘I’ve really liked watching them move around and they look so cute. It was good to touch them and they felt so soft.’