This morning, a very excited Year 2 visited Pizza Express in Hastings to find out more about where foods come from and take part in a cooking session! When we arrived, the children all donned hats and aprons and washed their hands. The first part of our session was looking at many popular ingredients, discussing where they come from and having lots of little tastes. I was surprised at the number of children this year that liked the olives and basil leaves and Caleb even expressed a like for anchovies! They were surprised at some of the textures, such as mozzarella and the smell of the oregano. The children were all eager to try many of the foods and there weren’t many samples left over after the tasting session. The children very confidently followed the chef’s instructions and made their own pizzas which they all enjoyed for lunch, back at school. The pizzas were delicious and the chef at Pizza Express was kind enough to make two spares so that all the children in Reception and Year 1 were able to enjoy a slice of pizza with their lunch today too! Thank you to the staff at Pizza Express in Hastings for such a warm welcome and such an informative and enjoyable morning.
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!
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.