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Purple Class - Year 2

We had a fabulous time at Bamburgh today. We visited the Grace Darling Museum, her memorial at St Aidan's Church across the road and had a short walk around the village to see the house where Grace was born. After lunch we spent the afternoon on the beach. We paddled in the sea, made sandcastles and played games. It was a fantastic day from start to finish!!

What a fantastic afternoon we had at Forest Adventurers last week. We used flint and steel to start fires, climbed trees, swung in hammocks and tyres, rolled in tubes and toasted marshmallows around the campfire. Many thanks to Mrs Goodwin!

Having fun playing in the sand at Saltwell Park

In Maths, we have been working on 3D shapes. We used playdough, cocktail sticks and straws to make cubes, cuboids, prisms and pyramids. We knew that the balls of playdough represented the vertices of each shape and the cocktail sticks represented the edges. This activity helped us to describe the properties of the 3D shapes we made.

To celebrate Chinese New Year, we made Chinese lanterns and decorated the classroom.

Our Fire and Dragons Topic fitted in perfectly with Chinese New Year celebrations so we thought we'd make Chinese Dragon puppets. Once we had made them, we wrote instructional texts on how to make them.

We have been learning about The Great Fire of London and the fact that it all started in a baker's on Pudding Lane. We decided to make our own bread - it was delicious!

The Fire Brigade came to show us their fire engine and all the various tools they use.

We kicked off our Fire and Dragons topic with a day spent making sock puppet dragons, dragon masks and a huge dragon to display in our classroom.

Christmas Jumper Day

Christmas Jumper Day 1

We've been learning about another local hero - Joseph Swan. We learned that he invented not only the light bulb, but also fairy lights. We built our own circuits and lit up bulbs.

Our challenge was to build the strongest bridge possible using only 20 sheets of paper and some sellotape. We came up with some fabulous designs and the winning team's bridge managed to support 3.75kg!

As part of our Local Heroes theme this half term, we've been learning about William Armstrong, the man behind Newcastle's famous Swing Bridge. We decided to do some investigating into bridges ourselves to see how the design structure of a bridge affects how much weight it can carry.

We have been looking at the work of Antony Gormley in our art lessons and have sculpted our own Angels of the North.