Chestnut Class Year 2

Today we had 'Dr Paul Bones' visit us. He taught us all about pirates and smugglers. We found out some really interesting facts. Did you know that parrots would not have been the best pet to have on a ship? That's why pirates didn't have parrots as pets. We also know that pirates usually didn't speak with a West Country accent or say "ooh arr!" We discovered some of the interesting items a smuggler would have carried and used. We have had a full day of art, history, geography, literacy and computing! What a day!

A Recount of our visit to the SeaCity Museum

On Tuesday 9th January we went to the SeaCity Museum in Southampton to learn about the Titanic.

First, when we got off the coach, we split into small groups and went into the museum. We were nervous and excited at the same time because we had never been there before.

We had a self-guided tour where we went into different rooms in the museum and tried out different activities. Our favourites were the boiler room where we shovelled coal, and steering the Titanic out of Southampton docks.

Next Andy gave us a tour of the museum where he showed us a wall of all the people who had lived in Southampton and were on the Titanic. We found out that 549 of them were lost at sea.

Then, after lunch some of us dressed up as people who were on the Titanic, we did a floating and sinking experiment and some other activities with Jo.

Finally we said thank you to Andy and Jo and got back on the coach to return to school. We really enjoyed our day at the SeaCity Museum and learnt lots of interesting facts about the Titanic.

Happy New Year!
Thank you so much for all the lovely cards and gifts we received at Christmas. We hope you all had a lovely break. We have a very busy term planned and we start if off with our exciting visit to the SeaCity Museum. We will be learning all about the Titanic, writing recounts, becoming masters of multiplication, conducting science experiments during Science Week and to finish off we will be learning about Arctic explorers before we break up for half term! Take a look at our learning journey and curriculum map for further details.
Maths Week
We have been reading 'The Wolf's Story' by Toby Forward and linked our maths learning to this brilliant book.
We have enjoyed learning more about 2 digit numbers and 3D shapes this week through lots of different exciting activities.
We visited Chestnut Market to by food for Grandma. Before we could go shopping, we had to visit the bank. We counted out money carefully and some of us started working out what change to give.
Farm to Fork at Tesco
We had a brilliant afternoon at Tesco learning about healthy food. We went on a food hunt, finding different coloured vegetables and fruit, made our own healthy 'food face' and we discovered there are 8 teaspoons of sugar in one can of cola drink! Jackie took us on a 'behind the scenes' tour of the warehouse and back door areas. We felt very chilly in the huge refrigerator room and then we froze inside the freezer! Mrs Morris even got locked in! Take a look at our photos. 
Thank you so much to all the wonderful staff at Tesco who helped us during our visit.
From Field to Fork
Autumn term 1
We have had a lovely first few days in Chestnut Class and the children have settled in very well. We are beginning Year 2 learning about plants, animals and where our food comes from. This half term we will be scientists conducting an investigation into what plants need to grow and visiting Tesco to learn more about healthy eating. Take a look at our learning journey to find out more about what we will be learning this term.
Useful Information for Parents and Carers
PE: Tuesdays and Fridays. Please ensure P.E kit is in school, named and earrings removed on these days.
Homework: will be set every Friday and due in by the following Thursday.
Spellings: We will send home a copy of the Year 1 and 2 common exception words that we are learning to spell (also available on this page). These are words that are not easily decodable that the children are expected to spell correctly by the end of Year 2. We will also have a spelling rule of the week that the children will be learning. 
Reading: Book bags containing reading books will be sent home each day. Please support your child as much as possible with their reading at home. We will also be reading daily at school so remember to send their books back in each day.
Show and Tell: Will be on the last Friday of each month (this is not compulsory). Children may wish to share or show something they have discovered but it must be related to what we are learning at school please.
Please feel free to ask us if you have and questions or concerns.
Mrs Morris and Miss Farndell