Year 2 children visited the Natural History Museum. We have been learning all about Mary Anning the fossil hunter who discovered many amazing things in her lifetime. Her biggest achievement was discovering a massive Ichthyosaur fossil and the children got to see her amazing discovery in real life.
We couldn’t believe how big the fossil was! Children also got a chance to learn a little bit more about dinosaurs in our Dippy the Diplodocus workshop.
Hampstead Heath Visit
Hampstead Heath is one of London’s best loved green spaces. The heath has some of the best views and highest points in London for everyone to enjoy. Year 2 had the opportunity walk to the top of Parliament Hill and observe London’s impressive landscape. They also explored the forest area and playground. The children challenged themselves by seeing who could climb the highest on the trees! This experience enabled them to compare the forest landscape to a cityscape – a great way to enrich their vocabulary and first-hand experience.
Year 2 Camping
The year two children at Odessa Infant school went to Debden campsite with their teachers on June 15th-16th.
We camped under the stars, made our own barbecue food and toasted marshmallows on the fire. Everybody had a fantastic time in the woods climbing trees, exploring the environment and collecting wood for the fire.
We sang campfire songs and enjoyed a story in our tents before bed. We learnt about the best wood to use to start a fire and how to enjoy ourselves without a screen in sight!
A really great time was had by all!
Year 2 learned about the significance of Shrove Tuesday and why it’s also known as pancake day. They learned about the tradition of using up the eggs, milk, flour and sugar in preparation for the 40 days of Lent. Then, of course, they enjoyed some pancakes! Then they learned about the Christian tradition of Ash Wednesday. To really bring it alive, we burned real palm fronds and leaf pictures to symbolize the palm fronds lining Jesus’ path into Jerusalem. To finish, we collected the ash from the cooled fire and used it to make a special paint to anoint some faces with a cross. A great start to our learning about the Christian story and celebration of Easter.
To finish, we collected the ash from the cooled fire and used it to make a special paint to anoint some printed out faces with a cross. A great start to our learning about the Christian story and celebration of Easter.
Debden Camping Visit
Year 2 had the most amazing camping adventure in Debden. The children got to experience the great outdoors, climbing trees, orienteering, barbecuing food, eating alfresco and practising their rolly-polly skills down a hill! All who came fully participated in the whole experience. The teachers were super proud of them. In the evening every sat around the camp fire toasting marshmallows whilst the teachers told spooky stories, before settling down for the night.