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Chinese New Year

Year 2 were extremely lucky last week as we got to take part in a Chinese New Year workshop. We were introduced to the 12 different animals of the Chinese calendar and were excited to find out that this year we are celebrating the year of the Tiger. The fun didn’t stop there though as we got to perform a traditional Chinese dance and even form our own class dragon! The Chinese believe that the longer the dragon, the more luck you will get.

Story Sticks

This week we listened to the story and music of Peter and the Wolf by Prokofiev. We loved learning about the different characters and their personalities. Part of our learning is to retell the story and this is why we created our story sticks. We used different fabrics and wools to represent the characters and places in the story. If you look closely at our sticks can you see the different characters and events that happen in the story?

Christmas Assembly

Today we were lucky enough to be joined by some Portway parents and grandparents for our Christmas assembly in the hall. The grown ups impressed us with their musical talent and we could name many different instruments. What a lovely way to come together and sing some well known Christmas carols. Thank you to our wonderful performers for joining us.

Penguin Bottles


We had such a great time designing and creating our own type of penguin. We carefully planned which penguin we wanted to make. We used paper and paste carefully to mould our penguin shape and then chose suitable materials to match our plan and decorate. We are very proud of the results. Have a look at our wonderful photos!

Recorder Concert!

This term we have been learning how to play the recorder with Miss Thompson from Hampshire Music Service. This week we were excited to perform in a concert with a full audience! We hope everyone enjoyed the music as much as we did! A huge thank you to Miss Thompson who has shown such hard work and dedication throughout every Music lesson.

Penguin Day

Today was Penguin Day and what a great day we had! We were each given an egg to look after for the entire day. We created our brood pouches using a range of materials to help keep our egg safe, warm and dry. It was so lovely reading some of our favourite books to them during the school day. We then practised our penguin sketching by creating a mood board thinking carefully about the colours that matched our penguin. We finished the day by learning the first part of a 'Penguin Dance' which was made all the more exciting because we were dressed as penguins!

Diwali Dance 

This afternoon we were treated to some expert dancing tuition. As part of the celebration of Diwali, the festival of light, the company West End in Schools presented a workshop based on the story of Rama and Sita. Take a look at the smiles on our faces in the photos! We had so much fun

Roald Dahl Day

Year 2 enjoyed a special Roald Dahl day where we all dressed up as our favourite Roald Dahl characters including the teachers! Following our designs, we selected materials to decorate our Roald Dahl character puppets. We took part in an Enormous Crocodile drama workshop then finished our day with some crocodile art using watercolours. What a fantastic day we had!

Let's Play the Recorder!

This term have started learning the recorder with the wonderful Miss Thompson from Hampshire Music Service. We have learnt to hold our instruments and play the note B. We have loved learning lots of new songs to sing alongside playing our recorders or clapping to different beats. We are excited for our term ahead!