Welcome to Year 2
To stay up to date with what is keeping our Year 2 children busy, why not take a peek at our Facebook page www.facebook.com/NewtonHallInfants .
Also don’t forget to have a look at our Good Sports page to see how active we have been.
Commando Joe to end the first week!
Year 2 finished their first week with Commando Joe. Their mission was to work as a team, use their imagination and design a space suit!
The ideas they came up with blew us away and when it came to discussing their design they were so enthusiastic. They all worked so well as a team and it showed in the final designs.
2021 – 2022 Below
We Deserve an OSCAR!
What an amazing performance our families enjoyed. Our Year 2 Leavers’ Performance, Stella the Starfish, brought tears and cheers from our audience. The children were word perfect, their timing and volume was sp0t on, their singing was wonderful and their dancing was inspired. Let’s not forget to mention the costumes too. It was wonderful to see so many brilliant, homemade costumes this year. Big shout out to our grown ups for that!
Here are our fabulous cast:
Walk to School Campaign
Newton Hall Infants made their voices and opinions heard as they walked around the local area campaigning for better, safer facilities to encourage more participation in walking to school.
Our Queen’s Platinum Jubilee
We were going to have a fishy Friday picnic lunch to kick off our Jubilee celebrations but the weather was a bit GUSTY and CHILLY. We decided to eat indoors.
In the afternoon, each class took turns play different traditional games. We had big rope skipping, hopscotch, hoop games, parachute games and lots more. We enjoyed it a lot and the afternoon went by very quickly.
God save our Glorious Queen Elizabeth.
Year 2 Trip – Hurrah!
Covid prevented school trips for the last 2 years so it was with great excitement Class 1 and 2 took their seats in a very nice Weardale Motors coach to go to Durham Cathedral. The children had been learning earlier in the year about the life of St Cuthbert so were interested to find his shrine, but also this was a history trip as Year 2 have been looking at significant buildings over time in their history lessons and Durham Cathedral is a very significant feature in our local area.
We had a lovely lady called Alice showing us round who told us really, really interesting facts and tales with such terrific enthusiasm that we soaked it up and she was genuinely impressed with our knowledge and curiosity. We acted out the life of Cuthbert and performed some of his stories. We also got to visit the Treasures and went into places we had never visited before.
For mummies and daddies reading this page, can we just say the children were commended by the Reverend for their respectful behaviour and conduct. We are very proud of them.
All in all we had a grand day out.
Look Listen Draw
How impressive are these sketches of Notre Dame Cathedral. After all their hard work doing “special” maths and english jobs all week, Class 1 relaxed with a spot of sketching. Not only were their drawing skills tested out but their looking and listening skills as they followed step-by-step instructions. Clearly their eyes and ears work very well as the results were quite staggering.
Our Special Visitors
We enjoyed meeting Ben and Jet, when our local community officer called in to give a reminder about people who can help us and also to remember lots of people are nice but sometimes there are naughty people about and what we need to do.
Last week we learned to use a ruler correctly and were measuring things around the classroom in centimetres. This week we moved onto bigger things and discovered the metre stick which is 100 cms. So we moved outside to find BIG things to measure.
Before we started measuring we were challenged to draw a line 1m long; a couple of people were spot on! Some of us measured how tall the teachers were and do you know?… Mrs Gallon and Mrs Ramsay have shrunk.
The other fun thing was using the measuring wheel that clicked each time it clocked up a metre. The tricky part was not to walk too fast or it was difficult to count the clicks correctly.
Gala Dance Festival
Class 2 have been working so very hard to perfect their dance routine for the Gala Dance Festival. Dancing to “Surface Pressure” from the film Encanto, the pupils looked fabulous in their dress rehearsal to the whole school. We hear the performance at the Gala went really well too and parents were SO proud of them and also incredibly impressed.
Well done Class 2. Hopefully we will have some performance pictures when the dvd is released by the SSP. Meanwhile, here is a photograph of Class 2 looking fabulous and just a little bit excited (and nervous) for their trip to the Gala theatre.
Spring arrived and so it must be skipping time.
Gail came in to give us some tips on improving our skipping and also to show us some tricky steps we might try.
We really enjoy skipping and you will never guess what Gail said…we are better than the Year 4 children she was teaching the day before! Must admit, we are pretty awesome.
Getting ready to skip.
Off we go.
Some of us did a demonstration.
Maths of the Day
Learning maths at our desks doesn’t always mean we can apply our knowledge when we need it. Maths of the Day allows us to practise what we learn in the classroom.
Solving money problems is a good example. Mrs Gallon has also noticed our maths vocabulary improving lots as we discuss tasks with our partner. She is so pleased.
Christmas Sing Song
How lovely to see so many parents at our outdoor Christmas sing song. We weren’t too sure if Storm Barra was going to upset arrangements so the children recorded an indoor performance too which has been shared on Seesaw.
We are sure you will agree, Year 2 were in fine voice and wonderfully entertaining.
The Joy an Atlas Can Bring
Learning about the continents, Class 1 were given atlases to look at and use. The excitement and interest generated was delightful to see. The children loved exploring the maps and seeing what was where, sharing their discoveries with each other. A teacher’s dream.
Commando Joe Mission
Having heard we have been learning lots about space, Commando Joe recruited us to go on a special space mission. The first task was to design a space suit and represent it with items from his box of kit. There wasn’t enough kit for each of us so we had to share everything and co-operate with our team mates to make the best suit possible.
Our next team mission was to get some spaceships from our base to an orbiting space station. This took some thinking about but we got there. BOTH MISSIONS ACCOMPLISHED! Commando Joe was very impressed.
Here is Year 2 getting ready to film their assembly on the topic of Space. Keep your Seesaw app to hand as it will be beamed through to you very shortly.
From behind the blue curtain selecting the music tracks, the singing sounded wonderful; I am sure you are familiar with the songs by now yourselves! The children wrote their own lines telling us space facts, reciting poems and showing their DT models of moon buggies, so it truly is all their own work.
We hope you enjoy it as much as the children enjoyed putting it together. Well done, Year 2.
One of the things that fascinates us is space. We love finding things out about space, which we did to support our writing in English and our powerpoint creations in IT. In addition to that, we made moon buggies, like the ones in the photographs of the first moon landing, in our DT lessons. Here are some photographs showing the finished product.
The Selfish Ladybird
Well, this year’s Y2 Leavers’ production hasn’t been a straightforward affair. Not only were we lacking an audience this year but also various characters at one time or another. Grrrrr to covid! In addition, our technology for filming the performance had a few gremlins and the wonderful Mr Robson is trying right at this moment to splice various editions together to capture the full show. Details of where and how to view will be sent out via Dojo.
Meanwhile, here are photos of the characters taken at the last two performances so may include different children.
By the way, the cast were superb…whether doing their own role or additionally covering lines for missing friends. Be very proud of them…we are.
Three legged Children
Year 2 children wondered what was afoot when Mrs Gallon and Mrs Ramsay started tying them together. They should have known we only had good intentions and soon showed their enthusiasm for three-legged racing. This was in preparation for our school sports day… take a look at the pics.
Seaside Fun Run
Well we didn’t go to the seaside but we still managed a seaside fun run organised by our School Sports Partnership coaches. After warming up, we had to jump over the waves (hurdles) and dive into the big blue wave (crawl under a big blue plastic sheet). Then it was onto the donkey rides (space hoppers) followed by some fishing (hook a duck) and jumping for joy at the catch (10 star jumps). We had to keep running round the course while the music played. Phew! it was hot, but thankfully the sea spray (water pistols) helped to keep us cool. At the end, we all got together for a photo on the beach (imagination). Good fun though and no sand between our toes.
Thank you to Pippa for taking these great pics, too.
This week we have practised skipping every day – we love skipping so we didn’t mind doing it every day. On Friday, 8000 children around the country took part in the Schools Skip into Spring Festival. We joined in and achieved some of our best skipping all week. We demonstrated our individual skills then had a big skipping rope challenge between Class 1 and Class 2 to see which class could get the most skips while the adults turned the big rope. It was really, really good. A lot of us got a personal best score which just goes to show practise, practise, practise does work. We have some photos but Mrs Ramsay’s camera finger couldn’t click fast enough to keep up with us – so good luck with those. Here are a few anyway…
Year 2 QuadKids Sports Competition
Class 1 and Class 2 took part in the QuadKids competition organised by the Durham and Chester le Street Schools Sport Partnership. Called QuadKids as it called on 4 sporting skills: speed, endurance, jumping and throwing; revealing to the children that being good at sport doesn’t always have to mean being the fastest – good lesson and a boost to self-esteem.
Fun with Maths
Year 2 are revisiting 2D and 3D shapes in their maths lessons. Class 1 have been investigating how they can make 3D shapes from 2D shapes.
World Book Day 2021
We decided to celebrate World Book Day by coming to school in pyjamas! “Why?” you ask. Well, doesn’t everyone enjoy a book at bedtime? It also meant those children home schooling could just get up and they were ready instantly for the day ahead and for zooming with their teacher.
You can see from the pictures how the children enjoyed telling us about their book choice.
It’s a Wrap
Children at home sent in some fabulous photographs of their make-it, wrap-it, eat-it challenge – I just haven’t managed to get them from your class dojo onto the website yet. However, the children in school also had a go at making tasty wraps. As you can see they got creative laying out their fillings but then had to sweep it all to the middle to wrap it up.
Locked Down Again
It’s great to see everyone keeping in touch on the Class Dojo also via Zoom and to see how hard you are all working! Some of you shared your puppets on the last class zoom meeting but for those who couldn’t join here are a few of the homemade puppets you made for your DT topic. The children in school really enjoyed making their puppets, it seems you did too. Just to say we are all impressed with your sewing skills. Maybe you can use this skill to create something else.
Well, we can’t travel to Hamsterley Forest at the moment but that doesn’t mean we can’t learn orienteering skills. Mr Beverage laid out a complicated system of coloured cones to confuse us all. But with a map and some good teamwork we were able to navigate to follow a given pathway. Unfortunately, they weren’t treasure maps, so no gold if we succeeded but we did enjoy our map and team work.