Welcome to Year 2, Willow Class!
Snow Globe Stables
Following their visit to Southwell Minster, Willow Class has been thinking about the Nativity and writing creatively to explore what they might have witnessed with all their senses that very first Christmas. They have created beautiful ‘snow globe stables’ using paper plates, felt, card and glitter.
Here are some of their wonderful ideas.
In my snow globe stable…
I can see a gold, shiny and very old star, I can touch the grey, dusty wall. EZRA
I can hear the loud bell of the donkey, I can taste excitement in the air. SAMUEL
I can smell the myrrh from the third king, I can feel the soft, brown fur of a donkey. LUCY Sp
I can feel the silky texture of Jesus’ clothing, I can taste the holy dust. ABIGAIL
I can smell the beautiful breath of a new born baby king who is hope, I can see a baby who will give love. LUCY St
I can hear a cricket in the long grass, I can see the prickly hay around the special baby. HOLLY
I can taste the hay wafting around, I can hear the angels singing beautifully. EVELYN
I can see a newborn baby’s sparkling eyes, I can taste the fresh bread made by the innkeeper. WILLIAM
I can touch the donkey’s fluffy ears, I can taste the light of the stars! I can feel the love of the baby Jesus. TAHER
I can smell the fresh harvested hay, I can feel God’s wonderful message. HETTY
Festive Science Day
Willow Class became engineers for the day! They were tasked with creating a Jingle Bell Maze toy.
The class followed the design process. After looking at maze designs, they sketched out their own ideas and collected junk. The ‘walls’ of the maze were then created in a box, a box lid or on a paper plate. After checking that the jingle bell would roll through the maze, the children made adjustments such as increasing the height of the maze walls. Then the fun really began as the children had to decorate their maze to include a Start and Finish and a reason for rolling e.g. the elf has lost a bell off his shoe, can you roll it through the maze to return it to him.
What attractive finishing touches and decorations everyone used!
Finally everyone wrote a detailed explanation to inform others about how to go about creating a similar toy.
‘God’s Special Gift’ was the theme of Willow and Maple’s class trip to Southwell Minster at the end of November. The children worked on five different activities to learn about the true meaning of Christmas with wonderful volunteers from the Minster Education Team. The children met a shepherd and heard his tale of the events that very first Christmas. They re-enacted the Wise Men’s journey and met Herod and an angel. They developed their understanding that Jesus is the light of the world and lit virtual candles and made clay candle holders. Awe and wonder were inspired by the Angel Window as the children heard about angels’ roles in the Nativity and made their own angel. Every child made a beautiful beaded decoration where the different coloured and shaped beads represented the key parts of this wonderful story
Thank you to the Minster Team and all our parent volunteers for a really special and memorable day and a wonderful start to our countdown to Christmas.