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Emperor Penguin (Year 2)

Welcome to Emperor Penguin class! 

Key Dates:

PE - Every Tuesday and Friday

*Please ensure children come into school wearing PE kit every Tuesday and Friday.

*Earrings must be removed before school, unless your child can remove them by themselves

Tuesday 28th June 12pm - Join your Year 2 child for a free school dinner! (must complete and hand in the slip)

Thursday 7th July - Whole school Opening Evening 5-7pm

Friday 8th July - Year 2 Assembly 2.15pm

Our classroom!

Outdoor Learning

This week, we enjoyed a fabulous day of Outdoor Learning with Mr Moore! We investigated different animal footprints and thought perhaps they may have belonged to some animals from the Big Five! We had fun trying to camouflage ourselves in various places, such as the long grass, just like predators do when hunting their prey.

As part of our geographical learning, we revised North East South and West directions and played Pirate Ship to see if we could remember which direction was which!

We worked as a team to make the longest piece of string, making knots and tying them together. We then used this long piece of string to make lots of different 2D shapes to reinforce our maths learning on sides and vertices!


Our trip to Colchester Zoo

Year Two had a fantastic day at Colchester Zoo this week. We got to see so many animals, including some of the Big 5! We are excited to continue learning about animals from Africa and will be doing lots of follow up work from our trip to enhance our knowledge even more . The children demonstrated excellent behaviour and were a credit to Eastwood. Well done all. 

Diving Taster Session

On Thursday 16th June, we were lucky enough to enjoy a diving taster session led by Southend Diving Club. The children thoroughly enjoyed it and got a lot from this experience, thank you! 

Jubilee Week

Wow - what a busy week it has been! We have absolutely loved learning all about the Queen and her special jubilee. The children created some beautiful portraits, completed some thoughtful pieces of writing and we even had a picnic on the field with our friends. Did you enjoy our singing of The National Anthem on Friday afternoon? We hope the children have made lots of new memories this week that they will treasure for a long time. 

Film Night

We had a fabulous time at our fundraising event, snuggling up in our onesies with some popcorn to watch a film! So far we have raised over £100 which all goes towards our fast-approaching school trip! Thank you so much for all your support and donations.

Don't forget we are still selling raffle tickets to win a cuddly toy (see post below for more details).

We will be drawing the raffle after the half term holiday.

Star of the Week - Friday 10th June 2022

This week, the SOTW goes to... Reggie for his incredible focus this week, especially during our Art lessons where he created an amazing portrait of the Queen in the style of Guiseppe Arcimboldo. Well done Reggie. 


Who will be our next Star of the Week? yeslaugh

Week beginning 16th May 2022 - Walk to School Week

We enjoyed learning about the importance of keeping healthy and active. Look at our road safety posters! 

Disney Day - Thursday 19th May 2022

You can see by these photos that we had so much fun! 


As part of our fundraising in Year Two, we are holding a raffle to raise money towards our trip to Colchester Zoo. A strip of raffle tickets is £1 and you have the chance to win this monkey. We are also very excited for our film night on Tuesday 24th May. 

Week beginning 9th May 2022

It’s been another busy week in Penguin class. We loved our Outdoor Learning session with Mr Moore, where we focussed on habitats and tree identification. One of our class friends brought in some caterpillars and frogs for us to discuss. On Friday, we were lucky enough to be visited by a fire fighter and we learned lots of new things about fire safety. 

Putting out the Great Fire of London!

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Whilst we didn’t win the battle this week, all children in Emperor Penguin class have made progress practising their times tables. These 3 children in particular have achieved their times table award. 

We have been learning about different landmarks in Africa and sorting them into human and physical geographical features. We have been researching different habitats in science, in particular the desert and the various animals that can be found here. 

Our Class Councillor

Here is our Class Councillor, as voted for by the rest of the class. We are confident she will do a fabulous job on the School Council Team. 

Week beginning Tuesday 19th April 2022

On Friday afternoon we enjoyed our first Cricket lesson of the term. Look at our throwing, catching and batting skills! 

Week beginning 28th March..DOJO shopping, Outdoor Learning and more! 
What a fun last week of term! Thank you to Mrs Hayden for setting up the attendance shop so that we could spend our DOJO points. Every time we come into school on time, we receive DOJO points which we get to spend in the shop at the end of term. Look at the brilliant items we got to choose from. On Friday we were lucky enough to enjoy yet another amazing Outdoor Learning session with Mr Moore. The cheeky Easter bunny had hidden some eggs, which we managed to find before the snow came down. We took this opportunity to warm up  around the fire in Hagrid’s Hut, whilst sharing our nature names. 

Chicks 🐥 

To extend our learning on life cycles, we visited reception to see the chicks that have recently hatched! We each got to stroke and hold them - they were very cute as you can see! 

This week, the children have been apprentice gardeners and have been planting seeds under different conditions. Over the next couple of weeks, we will observing which seeds germinate the best. 


Burning the houses- The Great Fire of London!

We re-enacted the Great Fire of London to demonstrate how the fire would have spread so quickly. The children passed down buckets of water to try and put out the flames, however this was not an efficient strategy! Finally, Mr Moore starting pulling down the houses to prevent the fire spreading further. Mrs Woollcott was very pleased that her house was saved!

DT- completing our Tudor Houses

The children worked exceptionally well in their groups to complete the finishing touches to their Tudor houses. As you can see from the pictures, they created some very intricate designs. We didn't worry too much about the beams being completely straight, as in the 17th century they would have been cut by hand. We thought this made them look more authentic!

DT- making Tudor houses

Today we began sifting through the huge pile of cupboard boxes (thank you!) to begin building our Tudor house. In groups, we selected a bigger box and a smaller box to create the overhanging 'jetty' effect. We have measured, cut, glued and painted to create a basic structure. Whilst the paint (or should we say limewash) was drying, we created the windows by drawing diagonal lines with our rulers. Next week, we will start to decorate our houses with Tudor beams, windows and doors!