Black History Day
On Monday 1st October, during our weekly assembly Ms Owen introduced us to Black History month which is celebrated in the UK during October. She told us briefly why it's celebrated and named a few famous people we may be aware of. We loved listening to the Michael Jackson track, it was very catchy! We were told we would be learning much more about these famous people when we celebrated Black History Day on Friday.
On Friday, we began by discussing what makes ourselves special along with what we are good at and what we aren't good at yet! The children wrote and drew some excellent responses. After break we completed our own self portraits to recognise our 'wholeness.' Once finished we repeated our portraits but used multi-colours to reflect and celebrate our differences. We have some fantastic artist in Year 2W we can't wait to share these with you all in our SMSC book on Parent Open Day!
In the afternoon we listened to Miss Watterson read the story 'Amazing Grace' once discussed we wrote our own narrative of the story to share. Amazing Grace is all about a little girl who is told by her peers she could not be Peter Pan in the school play because she was a black and a girl! With the help and support of her family along with her own determination she amazed her teachers in the auditions and was given the role of Peter Pan.
To end our lovely day we went on the iPads and researched famous black people from history, picking out key facts to share with each other, the children were very sensible and found some extremely interesting information out about Nelson Mandela, Michael Jordan, Muhammed Ali and Barack Obama.
European Day of Languages
On Friday 28th September we celebrated European Day of Languages at Irk Valley. In Year 2 we do not learn a modern foreign language but we wanted to join in with the day and celebrate the languages we and those around us speak!
We talked about languages and why they were important to us, we practiced saying hello in lots of different languages just like we do when answering the register each morning then we each made a poster to share the different ways of saying hello to other classes whilst listening to some of our favourite Nursery Rhymes in foreign languages; it was so funny trying to guess which rhyme it was.. Here's a short video from the day!