Welcome to Wriggle and Crawl!

Yesterday we welcomed Chloe from Zoo Lab into Year 2.  Chloe brought lots of different species of mini-beasts to share with the children.

We found out lots of information which will be useful this term as we investigate all about different mini-beasts and their habitats.

Can you remember how long Garry the Madagascan hissing cockroach can survive without his head?


How many eyes does Charlotte the tarantula have is it 8, 10 or 16?

We also met Speedy the Giant African land snail who can grow as big as a football and has more teeth than a human.

Barry  has 240 legs, two heads but no eyes.  Can you remember what type of mini-beast this is?


Ziggy was Mrs Saveall’s favourite visitor and even Miss Fretton stroked him!

Ziggy is a corn snake and he uses his tongue to smell, he can open his mouth so wide that he can swallow his prey whole.


Can you blog back the answers to our questions and also tell us who was your favourite visitor?

We hope you had as much fun as the teachers did yesterday and we can’t wait to find out more in our exciting topic of ‘Wriggle and Crawl’





Muck, Mess & Mixtures!

Well what a fabulous and fun start we have had to the second part of the autumn term.

This morning all of the children in Year 2 enjoyed a morning of using three of their senses as we dived hands into lots of different types of goo!

The children were encouraged to use different adjectives to describe what they could see, smell and feel.  We were astonished at the vocabulary that they came up with to describe paint, paste, cornflour, clay, hand cream, shaving foam, jelly and soap flakes.

We know that the children thoroughly enjoyed their morning and believe that they will remember this because it was so much fun which will aid their learning so much this half term.


Star Writer

Since the beginning of the autumn term we have been looking at nouns, verbs and adjectives.  We have also looked at the use of imperative verbs and when an how they are used.

Last week we wrote directions to help Little Red Riding Hood find her way back home from Grandma’s house.  Our Learning Objective was to include anything that Little Red Riding Hood might need for the journey and also to use that all important imperative verb. To make our writing more interesting we were challenged to use time connectives and directional language in each instruction.

Our Star Writer this week is Ellie who has managed to include all of the above in her instructions and has also remembered all of the non-negotiables for writing in year 2.

Very well done Ellie you are a superstar.

Race for Life

We have to say a massive well done to all the children in both Y1 and Y2 who took part in this afternoon’s Race for Life.   Even though it was incredibly warm for a late September afternoon everyone of these very young children took huge pride in being able to run and complete the three laps of the Chelmsford City Stadium.

All of the children appeared to have a great understanding of why we were running today cheered and encouraged each other.  They are truly an inspiration and showed our school values in lots of ways today.

All of the staff in KS1 are extremely proud of them and we have to say a huge thank you to Miss Lyndsay, Mr Pearson and Miss Chittick for organising the event for us.

You will be able to see from the photos below how much the children enjoyed this event.


Star Writer

We are having so much fun with our topic of Street Detectives this year.

Over the last week we have been looking at the different types of shops that are in our local area, both now and back in the past.

We found out in history that before supermarkets like Tesco and Morrisons became popular we had to visit lots of independent shops like the baker, greengrocer or the butcher to get our food.  We also learnt that because the food was fresh that we would visit these shops more often.

On Thursday we had the opportunity to be bakers ourselves. We spent the afternoon weighing flour, chopping butter and adding all the other ingredients. We carefully followed a  method and produced some wonderful jam tarts, shortbread biscuits and gingerbread men.

On Friday we used the knowledge we had gained from our baking on Thursday to write some brilliant poems using adjectives, verbs and nouns.  Although our poems didn’t have to rhyme we had to be careful that they made sense.  Our star writer this week used all of the input she had been given to produce an outstanding poem which Miss Fretton then asked her to copy up in ‘best’ onto one of the baking writing frames.

Miss Fretton was especially pleased to see that Stephanie had been thoughtful when she wrote the lines ‘ I can get half a teaspoon of spice.  I can get the grams right’ Miss Fretton was also impressed that Stephanie remembered that each line of her poem had to start on a new line, and that she had to include capital letters and full stops in her work.

What a brilliant start to Year 2, keep up the good work Stephanie.

Miss Fretton and the Y2 Team.


Welcome Back Street Detectives

Welcome back  it looks like you’ve have had a lovely and exciting summer as the children have told us all about their adventures.

This half term we are going to be ‘Street Detectives’.  We are investigating the local area to find out all about the different types of houses, commercial buildings, churches, the types of vehicles that use our roads and the local amenities, and this has changed over time.

This morning we have enjoyed a walk along Melbourne Avenue and through the park.  We were fortunate with the weather and saw many different things on our way.  During DT this afternoon we made a street map of the route we took and have started to make the different types of buildings that we saw on our route.

Over the next few weeks we will be exploring the different buildings, their uses and why our local area is made that way that it is.

You can see how enthusiastic the children are to begin this topic in the photographs below.

Can you tell us what your favourite building or place is in the local area and why you like it?

Ms. Tuck, Miss Fretton and the Year 2 Team.


Florence Nightingale

What a wonderful experience we had yesterday travelling back in time to the Scutari. We were lucky enough to meet the ‘Lady of the Lamp’ and she showed us how to take care of the soldiers after they had been injured. She also taught us how  they raised money to fund the hospital and to keep it clean. We had great fun making pill boxes, sashes and candle holders. Here are some photos to show you what we did.

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We learnt a lot yesterday, what was your favourite part of the day?

Mrs Tuck and Miss Fretton

Science Week

Today in Year 2 we were investigating ‘How to make the best Parachute’.  We tried using different materials cut into different shapes and then tested them to see which material travelled the slowest to the ground.

Can you remember which material made the best parachute.

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Busy Busy Lawford Mead!

Busy Busy Bethlehem!

What a busy week we’ve had in Key Stage 1.  We’ve not only been learning about coding, times tables, phonics, letters to Santa and writing exciting stories.  We’ve also made lots Christmas decorations, cards and folders.  Somehow in between all of this we have eaten a wonderful Christmas lunch served by the teachers,  some of us have sung in the choir to an audience at school and in our Lawford Mead community.  ‘Busy Busy Bethlehem’ was a very apt title for our very busy week rehearsing ready for our performance next week.  Talking of next week we are all really looking forward to our Christmas party day on Friday with a DVD in the morning and then party food and games after lunch.  Look out for a sticker to collect from each class so that you can help provide a savoury, sweet or healthy snack to enjoy at our party.

Silverbell Christmas Lunch Birch Christmas Lunch

Sycamore Christmas Lunch   Bonsai Christmas Lunch

Mrs Baxter likes Christmas jokes, here’s one she told me…

“Why was Cinderella no good at football ”

“Because she was always running away from the ball”

Do you know any better jokes?