Year Groups: Year 2
special because everyone is talented and kind. I
think all of the teachers are superb.’ Class
In Year 2 the children have
been learning about living things and their
habitats. During Wild Wednesday we explored
microhabitats within the school grounds and talked
about creatures that we might find there. As a
result, the children used a range of materials to
create their own imaginative and thoughtful
microhabitats. They showed super teamwork and
This term, Year 2 have enjoyed
walking up Kelston Roundhill as a part of their Wild
Wednesdays. We have been really lucky to have had
beautiful weather and parents who have given up
their time to join us. We have enjoyed playing some
maths games and sketching the view from the top. One
child said, "it was really hard walking up the hill
but when we got to the top I felt like I was on top
of the world".
Florence Nightingale Day
On Wednesday, Year 2 pupils
from Abbot Alphege and WASPS joined together to
celebrate their work on Florence Nightingale.
Children were invited to dress as a soldier or a
nurse from the Crimean War and they looked fantastic
in their costumes. Mr Hancock gave the children an
informative brief on the events of the Battle of
Inkerman before we proceeded outside with flags and
cannons. The children split into groups of Russian
and Allied troops, each division of relative size to
the numbers in the actual battle. The children
re-enacted the Battle of Inkerman under the guidance
of Mr Hancock and the other teachers and were amazed
to see how the vastly outnumbered Allies so
skilfully beat the Russians. After that, the nurses
set up hospitals showing the conditions before and
after Florence Nightingale arrived. The children had
been learning about tying bandages and slings in
class and were able to tend to the wounded soldiers.
The afternoon finished with the children marching
back. It was a brilliant day and was enjoyed by all.
Year 2 really enjoyed
learning about the history of Weston and the
schools in the village over the past 200
years. A particular highlight was our
Edwardian Day when children and teachers
dressed up and experienced life as a school
child as it would have been then. We sat in
rows in alphabetical order. We chanted our
times tables, alphabet and had to stand when
an adult came into the room. It was a great
way to imagine how children at school in
Weston used to learn and we all had fun.
In Class 2P we are
currently trying to hatch some chicks out of
some eggs generously supplied by Mrs
Harding. We are hoping that the eggs will
hatch on Monday. All of the classes in
school are watching a live feed of the
incubator in their classrooms. Mrs Harding
very kindly came in to the class and
demonstrated how we go about candling eggs
to check they have been fertilized and is
helping us to keep the incubator working
Click on the picture to see more!
Florence Nightingale- Battle of Inkerman
As part of our outdoor
learning we have been learning about
Florence Nightingale and combining it with
our Design & technology topics. We have been
busy sawing, screwing, painting and building
different props ready for us to attempt to
re-enact the Battle of Inkerman.
So far we have built two stretchers, flags
and a huge cannon! We still have more things
to make and will be learning how to be just
like Florence Nightingale and apply bandages
and slings too!
Please click on the image to the left to see
some photos and keep your eyes peeled for
more as we get closer to the battle!
RUH Thank You Surprise
As part of our 'History of
Weston Village' topic we have been learning about
the importance of the Royal united Hospital to the
local area. We soon realised that the hospital is a
vital part of the community and at some point we
have all known someone who has been helped by the
hospital. The children decided they wanted to say
"Thank You" to the staff, particularly the
Children's ward, for all they do for us.
Please take a look at the
pictures that were taken on the day we took a group
of 30 children, ten from each class, to represent
Year Two at the RUH and to hand them over to the
staff and Big Ted.
We made the biscuits with the
help of Hannah Wiltshire, a parent at school who
runs her own business. We used the 1,2,3 recipe and
created White Chocolate, Chocolate Chip, Lemon &
Poppy Seed and Chocolate Orange biscuits for the
Every single child in Year Two
was involved in baking these and the RUH were very
grateful indeed. They have given us a lovely card to
say thank you which is hung up in the window of
As part of or outdoor learning
we have been visiting Kelston Round Hill and working
on a few projects in the year 2 playground. We
decided that we wanted to make our playground more
colourful and exciting so we have been painting the
fences, sanding the benches ready to be varnished
and some of our boys even painted a football pitch
Click on the image to
the right to see how we researched and made
structures from spaghetti.
with Jim Cole
On Thursday Year 2 joined in
our whole school run with Jim Cole who is running
across America until he has run 20,000 miles! We
joined in with him as he came to visit us to tell us
all about his run. Please click on the image to
enjoy looking through our photos.
As part of our Literature and
Arts festival and our current topic, Year Two held a
‘Katie Morag Dress Up Day’ in which you could come
dressed as your favourite character from the story.
We had every character from the books covered over
the three classes, with children and adults getting
into costume! Here are some photos of the children
Pollock meets Katie Morag
We decided that we should try
and combine modern art with our Katie Morag stories
for the Literature and Arts festival and so we
created our own Jackson Pollock style piece inspired
by the book “Katie Morag and the Wedding”. We have
named our own piece “The Wedding Feast” as we were
trying to recreate the huge range of colours on show
in the illustrations from that part of the book.
Click on the image to see some pictures of class 2P
enjoying creating it!
Over the Literature and Arts
festival we have been lucky enough to have some
fantastic dance workshops with Debbie Bellinger
teaching us some freestyle dance and Joanna teaching
us some ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ style ballroom
dances too! In Class 2P we have been learning the
foxtrot and how to barn dance while in 2C & 2B the
children were learning different dances including
the Charleston! Click on the image to see more
pictures to enjoy!
As you can see we have been
rehearsing for our performance of 'Whoops-a-Daisy
Angel'. The songs are sounding lovely and our acting
is getting better by the day! We look forward to
sharing it with our parents!
Click on the picture to see more images.
Weston Village Topic
As part of our Weston village
topic Year 2 this morning went on a walk to identify
local landmarks and interesting places. We were able
to spot some of the unusual places from the 'Where
in Weston?' book, too. We stopped at Weston All
Saints church and looked back over Weston village
trying to spot clues as to what parts of Weston were
old and what were new. We went to the Weston War
Memorial as we have been learning about this
recently, too. Click on the image to see more
photographs of our walk.
Isabella from 2P said: "I
have never noticed some of these things in Weston".
Mabel from 2C said: "You
can see some buildings are old and some are new
because of how they were built and how they look".
Our Year 2 Trip
On Tuesday year 2 went on their class school trip to
Bristol to visit SS Great Britain and Clifton
Suspension Bridge or CSB. We were visiting these
places because we were learning about Isambard
We got on the coach at 9.30
which then took us to Bristol. When we got there we
had our snack. After we had finished our snack it
was time to explore the ship!
First we went onto the weather
deck, we saw a bell, cow, pig, chickens, ships
wheel, pistons and the ships funnel. The animals
were kept for the people on the ship to eat. There
wasn’t many smells on the weather deck.
Next we went inside the ship.
Our first stop was First Class Dining Saloon, this
was for the rich people. On the dining tables there
was food that they would have eaten such as, a pig's
head, bread and butter pudding and fruit. Then we
went down to the cargo deck. This was where they
kept barrels and boxes of cargo. There were horses
down there too. Sadly the ship couldn’t sail anymore
as it had too many holes in the bottom. From the
cargo deck we made our way to where the 3rd class
people would have stayed. They stayed in horrible,
cramped tiny rooms. The toilets however, were clean
on the outside but dirty on the inside. In one room
a lady was being sick and there was a rat on her
bed! In another room in 3rd class a baby boy had
been born, his name was John Gray Britain Donaldson.
First class passengers got to stay in much nicer and
bigger rooms. Near the entrance there was the ships
kitchen where they made the food. There were smells
of raw meat, beef and chicken. This was the last
stop before we got off the ship.
We then went down to see the
bottom of the ship from the outside. We saw the
propellers that would have powered the ship. They
Finally our last thing to see
was the museum. There was a film playing on the T.V.
showing the ship being brought back to Bristol in
1970. We got given some leaflets that we had to
stamp, we had to find these around the museum.
It was time to get back on the
coach to go and have lunch. We arrived at a lovely
park. After getting off the coach we all sat down in
the beautiful sunshine to enjoy our lunch. In my
lunch I had a ham and cheese sandwich, some fruit
and some fruit cake it was all very yummy. While we
were sat there Mrs Badger told us some facts about
the SS Great Britain. The park where we had lunch
was next to the Clifton Suspension Bridge which was
where we were going next.
sure everyone was ready and had their bags
we headed for the bridge. It was very high
and we were all just about to walk over it!
While we walked over the bridge you could
see for miles.
Some of us were a little
scared of walking over because it was so high but we
all made it without getting too upset. The bridge
was very well made and looked brilliant. The bridge
was built in 1864 by Brunel. Brunel died in his
We walked back to the park
where we had eaten our lunch and everyone had a play
in the park for half an hour. Mrs Badger took
pictures of the children while they played. Soon it
was time to leave and the coach came to pick us up.
We started our journey back to school. Some of us
were very tired by this point. We went past Temple
Meads train station in Bristol on the way home. When
we got back to school our parents were waiting for
us. It had been a tiring but smashing day!
I really enjoyed my school
trip. I learnt about the things that happened on the
SS Great Britain and when it got brought back to
Bristol. Also I thought the ship was very smart and
would have liked to have been a first class
passenger because their rooms were much nicer and
fancy and they would have eaten the best food. My
best part of the day was going on to the ship and
travelling on the coach.
By Joseph Class 2B
Year 2 Drama workshop 17th
Today we were very lucky
to take part in a drama workshop with a nice lady
called Catherine. We did the drama in the Key Stage
First we did some warm
ups. The first warm up was when we went around the
hall shaking each others hands and imagining that
their hands were sticky and we were complaining
about how sticky they were. The second warm up was a
one with a spot where we needed to stand in a
circle, and then we pretended that the spot had
taken our favourite toy and we told spot off. The
colour of the spot was bright orange. Then we told
the spot our secrets and after that the bright
orange spot jumped up to the ceiling. Next we asked
the spot to come down again and he did it.
The first piece of drama
was when we pretended that we were in a boat and
telling each other about what we could see on the
lake and suddenly some holes appeared in the boat
and we tried to fix the holes but it didn’t work we
started to sink but it was good that someone was
standing next to the lake. Then we started shouting
help all the time. Our second drama activity was
about the start of the great fire of London that was
in a bakery. I was some fire; the next piece of
drama was about a campsite where a tent caught fire.
There were children collecting wood, making
breakfast and some children being the lazy people, I
was one of the lazy people; my favourite piece of
drama was the activity where I was some fire in the
bakery. My least favourite part was none of it. We
learnt to perform and to do expression on out faces
when we perform doing drama.
Olivia Class 2B
The Great Fire of London