Year 2 were extremely busy before the end of half term being Artists, focussing on the beautiful work of William Morris. William Morris’ designs were extremely popular during the Victorian Era and are still well-known today. The children created 3 pieces of art (decorative tile, wallpaper and a clay sculpture) to display in their very own art gallery. The art gallery took place on Thursday 24th October and was a huge success! Both the children and staff want to say a MASSIVE thank you to all that came and for your generous donations. A total of £75 was raised! Below is a recount written by a child in Year 2 which explains the stages and skills the children had to develop in order to create their masterpieces.
Year 2 have been very busy creating William Morris art for our gallery. First we enjoyed making tiles which were based on William Morris designs. We used our colouring skills to make sure it looked neat. We were only allowed to use four colours.
Next we enjoyed making wallpaper using an old-fashioned shape stamp. My stamp was a leaf because William Morris liked people to think they were always in the garden.
Finally we made our clay sculpture in the shape of an apple, pear or a strawberry. We used our hands to make sure the shape was realistic and covered them in glue to make them nice and shiny. My favourite part was the clay because I have never done it before and it was slimy. We hope you enjoy the art gallery!
This term Tewkesbury Library sent us a letter telling us that they did not have enough books about the Victorian Era. So, over the last few weeks Year 2 have been putting on their historian hats and learning all about what life was like when Queen Victoria reigned. Each class compiled all of the information they found into class books and sent them off to the library. Last Friday, Librarian Rachel invited us to see our books on the shelf. We had a brilliant morning exploring the library, sharing stories and even creating our own Penny Black stamps.
A huge thank you to Rachel and Tewkesbury Library for allowing us to visit, we hope to come back soon!
On Friday, Year 2 went back in time to the Victorian era. The classrooms were transformed to resemble a Victorian school and the teachers and pupils dressed up for the occasion. In the Victorian times, boys and girls were made to line up and enter school in separate entrances. They also had to pay a penny a day for their education, so poor children could not afford to go to school. Throughout the day we completed activities such as reciting the alphabet and writing numbers to 100 on our chalk boards. We also completed a nature study and learnt more about Queen Victoria. The pupils were surprised at how strict the rules were in Victorian schools and we all agreed that we would prefer to be a pupil now. Did you know…
- The school day usually began with prayers
- Morning lessons began at 9:00am until 12:00. Children often went home for their lunchtime meal and then returned for afternoon classes from 2pm-5pm.
- If pupils were unable to answer a question, they were made to sit in the corner and wear a dunces’ hat. This was to show everyone else that they were ‘dumb’.
- If pupils were rude or misbehaved, they were to receive the cane. This was a large stick that would strike them across the hand or back of the legs.
- If pupils wished to answer a question, they had to stand up and wait for permission to speak. If they called out, they would be punished.
- Students had to stand every time an adult entered the room.
All the children and teachers had a great day and we were amazed at how wonderful they looked in their outfits. Thank you for all your efforts!
Miss Withers and Miss Cheal
This week, Year 2 have launched their ‘Rags, Riches and Royalty’ topic which is based on the Victorian era. On Tuesday, they discovered a letter from the local library asking the children to create a historical fact book on the Victorians, due to the many complaints they had been receiving. The children were given four questions to answer to ensure that their book was exactly what the library wanted. To kick start our research, the children had to turn into archaeologists for the afternoon and dig for clues and guess who the artefacts and pictures belonged to. The children did amazingly well and surprised Miss Cheal and Miss Withers on how much they already knew. After piecing together a family tree, closely examining a silver coin and studying a crumpled picture, the children correctly guessed that ‘Site 1’ was all about Queen Victoria. The children were rather excited about this site so decided that Queen Victoria was the first person they wanted to learn about.
Did you know Queen Victoria was only 18 years old when she became queen?
Did you know she only wore black after her husband’s death?
Can your child tell you anymore facts about Queen Victoria?
What shall we do with all this recycling?
I know, let’s make some bugs!
What do you think?
This week, Year 2 have been busy becoming Eco Warriors. They have made their own Eco Warrior T-shirts ready to spread the message about how to Re-use, Reduce and Recycle.
Year 2 had a very special visitor this term. Paddington Bear dropped in on his way to London and he made quite a mess in the Year 2 classrooms.
He asked the children to help him to find his way to London and also to make some more marmalade sandwiches for him, as he had run out!
The children then wrote back to him as a class with everything they had found out and even got to taste some yummy sandwiches.
He’s now in London and we’re hopeful for a postcard soon.
Welcome to our school Paddington.
What a mess Paddington and you’ve left marmalade on the door handles!
I hope you find a book you like – I love the David Williams books myself!
I hope you’re enjoying our letters and the yummy marmalade sandwiches we made.
Don’t leave any crumbs Paddington!
Thank you for visiting us Paddington. Come back again soon.
Well done to the C of E football team, who have been crowned the Tewkesbury Schools League Champions!
C of E began the last round of league games in first place after putting in some excellent performances before Christmas. This time around, it was a much tighter affair, but with a 2-0 win in their last match, they finished top with 48 points, 2 points above Tirlebrook in 2nd, followed by Twyning, John Moore, Mitton, Queen Margaret’s and Hopeland School!
The win means C of E completed the League and Cup double after winning the Tewkesbury District ESFA Cup earlier in the season.
An excellent season and fully deserved, well done to all involved!
Well, what a great day we had for World Book Day!
It all started with Burglar Bill sharing a story with us – it was his favourite one!
Then we got to see all of the amazing outfits that the children (and teachers) got dressed up in.
We had characters from Roald Dahl.
We had characters from David Walliams.
We had characters from Fairy Tales.
We had characters from Harry Potter.
We had characters from Dr Seuss.
We had many Where’s Wallys’ but we couldn’t find them anywhere!!!
We had Superheroes.
and we had many other amazing outfits.
Next, the children went back to class to carry out many exciting activities all to do with books, books and more books! Before rushing off at 2 o’clock to beat the snow.
The children were fantastic all day. Thank you to everyone for helping us out and sorting out the children’s costumes!