As part of our topic this term, Key Stage One enjoyed a day out in Hastings. On Tuesday morning we parked in Rock-a-Nore and walked past, and discussed the fishing huts and fishing boats on the way to the Lifeboat Station. Since Year Two have been studying local history this term, there was a great deal of excitement to see cave entrances in the East and West Hill cliffs and much conversation about smugglers ensued! The children were also pleased to see the funicular railways and the miniature train that runs along the seafront.
Upon our arrival at the RNLI Lifeboat Station, Mike greeted us and took us upstairs to the educational room to show us a video of sea and river rescues and tell us all about the amazing work that the RNLI do every day. Some of the children decided that they would like to be real-life superheroes with the RNLI when they grow up. Following a brief dress up session, the children were given a tour of the Lifeboat Station and found out more about the vessels that our Hastings Lifeboat Station currently uses.
Next the children stopped for lunch and a playtime in the Pelham Place Play Space. Although we started our lunch on the nearby picnic tables, we had to move as the seagulls decided to help themselves to our lunch!
After lunch, we spent the afternoon in the Blue Reef Aquarium. I was very pleased with Year Two as they impressed the other visitors with their knowledge of the sea creatures. Over the last week, Year Two have been learning about some of the amazing creatures housed by the Blue Reef Aquarium and have independently researched a marine animal. The children were very excited to find and identify the animal that they had found out more about and share their knowledge with the rest of the class and other members of the public that had decided to join our unofficial tour! We were also lucky enough to take part in the reptile handing session, where the children were able to stroke a millipede and watch the ocean feed take place in the big tank. The children were fascinated to stand amongst the sharks and other marine creatures in the underwater sea tunnel.
Everyone was very well-behaved and the weather was beautiful!
Well done Year 2.
Year 2 have been learning about habitats of animals around the world and have focused on birds in our local area this week. We have learned the names and songs of some of the birds that live in our school area and gardens and done a spot of bird watching. We did some research on oviparous animals in the computer room and printed some pictures of the birds that we saw and heard on our school grounds. The children were amazed that all the birds had different songs and we had great fun trying to copy the different sounds that the birds make. Year 2 managed to identify the blackbird (male and female), common gull, wood pigeon, collared dove, chaffinch, house sparrow, crow, starling, robin, blue tit and magpie!
In English this week, we have learned how to use a thesaurus and the children have composed a class poem If I were a Bird. The children spend some time imagining they were a bird and dreaming of the things that they would do. I was very impressed with their beautiful descriptions and fantastic ideas. All the children chose their favourite line from their work and copied it onto a piece of paper, which they stuck to our display to create our poem. The children also illustrated their work with a drawing of the bird they became whilst they were meditating.
It was with heavy hearts that the children waved goodbye to the chicks today as they left our classroom to return to Middle Farm. The chicks have been a large part of school life for the last 2 weeks. Every child, from age 2 to age 11, has had the opportunity to hold one (or more!) of the chicks and Year 2 have lived and breathed chicks for the duration!
Everyone has enjoyed their time with the chicks and it always amazes me how much the children can learn in such a short period of time. As a result of our conversations about how to look after the chicks, Year 2 have even started to work on an assembly based around animal rights and how to look after our pets that they will share with the whole school in a few weeks.
Here are some of our favourite photos that have not yet made it onto the blog. I’ve also included a few pieces of their writing this week.
What did you learn, Year 2?
What was your favourite aspect of hatching chicks in the classroom?