Our Art Fortnight – Week 1

This week has been a very unusual and creative one! We have been spending our days in the art studio, working with Mrs Johnston on our exciting project all about trees. Our learning has ranged from poetry writing, to measuring and finding the difference, and of course, lots of art!

Here is a selection of photos, showing some of the things that we have been getting up to so far:

We have been dancing, painting, collaging, writing, measuring, sketching and even beginning to learn about photosynthesis! It has been a fabulous few days so far and we are already excited to share all our learning with you next Friday during our celebration assembly.

Trip to Leeds City Centre

This week was a very exciting one for our class, as on Thursday we set off on our eagerly anticipated trip to Leeds city centre. After several weeks of exploring the human and physical geography of Leeds, as well as discussing the history of famous landmarks such as Leeds Bridge and Briggate, we were all set to go.

We set off in the morning, catching the bus into town. We passed the Leodis building on our way, which some of us found very exciting! Once we arrived in town, we began the first leg of our walking trip around Leeds, heading towards Leeds City Museum. 

We were very impressed by the grand architecture and spent some time sketching the outside, as well as the Broderick buildings across the street. 

We also explored inside the museum, discovering more information about the history of Leeds in the Leeds Story exhibition. We learnt about the wool trade and how wool was turned into cloth, as well as finding out more about the lives of the merchants who sold it, even trying on the wigs that they may have worn.

Next we walked to Millennium Square to count how many owls we could spot on Leeds Civic Hall, before heading to Mandela Gardens for a snack and a chance to do some sound mapping.

 After that we headed to the Town Hall to complete a quiz all about the features of the building. We carefully counted the pillars and lions, and looked closely at the carvings and flags.

Then it was time for lunch! We were very hungry after all our exercise and enjoyed some food outside the Art Gallery.

The next part of our journey took us along Briggate which we have been learning lots about. We looked closely at the types of buildings and the materials used, as well as discussing what we could smell, see and hear.

After Briggate, we arrived at Leeds Bridge and saw the photograph that we had been looking at in class, come to life before our eyes.  We even saw a passing taxi boat who gave us a wave hello!

Our last stretch of the journey took us to the Corn Exchange, where we admired the glass ceiling and thought about what it used to be used for.

Finally it was time to head home on the bus. It was fair to say we were all very tired after a long day out! We had a fantastic day and can’t wait to learn even more about Leeds back in class!

Week beginning 24th September

This has been a super busy week as always in Year 2!

In particular, we have been getting stuck into our topic for the half term based all around Leeds.  Eric the alien crash landed in our school playground, searching for a place called Leodis. We think he might have been looking for Leeds. We have been using our geography skills to think about the human and physical features of the city. This week we have focused on the human features.

At the start of the week we looked at the different shops and shopping centres in Leeds. Miya carefully selected which shop would be suitable to buy each item and then considered the benefits of out of town shopping centres.

We then explored the transport links to Leeds, thinking about trains, planes, coaches and roads.

Ali used the transport maps to find which destinations could be reached by each form of transport.

Zoe also used the tranport maps to carefully answer the questions.

Finally we looked at how the population has grown over the years, and the impact that it has had on the size of the city. We used aerial maps to track how much Leeds has expanded.

Sara thought carefully about what the numbers in the table were showing her and reflected on why this may be the case.

We noticed that the River Aire and Briggate were there on all 3 maps.

Next week on our school trip to Leeds we will be looking out for all the things we have been investigating in our topic lessons. We can’t wait!

Visit from poet Tony Peek

This week we had a very exciting visitor in Year 2! Children’s poet Tony Peek came into school to deliver a poetry workshop to the class. He shared lots of his very entertaining poems with us and everyone found them highly amusing!

The children had a chance to write their own poems, thinking of words that alliterated or rhymed and creating some very funny pieces of work.

Pupils then had the chance to buy Tony Peek’s poetry books and were lucky enough to get them signed by the man himself!

It’s fair to say that we all greatly enjoyed the visit!