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Oriental Museum

On Monday 19th March Y2 had an action packed day at the Oriental Museum in Durham.  After a fun journey and lots of shouts of, “Are we nearly there yet?” We arrived at the museum. Our guides had lots of action packed activities to keep us busy.

We worked in small groups to create our very own clay warrior.  Our creations were very impressive and some would not have looked out of place alongside the real terracotta army.

Re-telling the story of the Chinese Zodiac using costumes and props was very exciting too.

Our guide gave us some questions that we had to find the answers to by exploring the artefacts in the museum.  We found out lots of interesting facts.

We were also given the opportunity to explore the museum to find our favourite artefacts.

Soon it was time for lunch!  We were all very hungry after our busy morning.

In the afternoon we were lucky enough to navigate a huge dragon around a room creating our very own dragon dance.  We used musical instruments to create a carnival atmosphere.

Later we looked at some amazing artefacts from China.  Some of the items were very beautiful.

Finally it was time for the journey home, which was a lot quieter on the way back than it was on the way there somehow…

Year 2 Space Writing

Year 2 have thoroughly enjoyed their topic of Space over the last term.  We enjoyed reading a set of books by Simon Batram which were all about Bob, the man on the moon.

A mysterious pod appeared in our classroom too.  We wondered whether it could be an alien egg but there’s no such thing as aliens….is there?

We looked at the planets too and created a mnemonic to help us to remember their names.

Tim Peake, a British astronaut, was someone we researched. Our day at the Openzone in October allowed us to create mini news reports all about Tim Peake.

The children all really embraced our half term Space project and they brought in all manner of amazing pieces of art work and writing.  Our teachers were thrilled with everyone’s hard work.

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On Tuesday, Year two had a visit from a firefighter.  She reminded us about how dangerous fire can be and we discussed household objects which could cause a fire.  The most exciting part was when some children were able to dress up as a firefighter.  The boots were really heavy.  The children also watched a short video showing us what to do if there is a fire in our homes.  We were fascinated.

The Word Visit

This week Class 3 and Class 4 visited The Word.  We worked with Mr Robert to produce some short animation videos based on a book we had been reading called ‘The Magic Paintbrush’ by Julia Donaldson.

First we created a number of characters to use in our animation.  We used the Ipads to photograph each scene.  We had to be really patient as we needed 10 photographs to produce one second of film.

We worked well as a team and were amazed at the end results.