Year 2 are … Artists!

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.

Dear Parents,

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! 

 

 

A Day at a Victorian School…

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

 

Year 2 are… Historians!

 

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?