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Term 2


Thank you so much to all of the children and grown ups who contributed to our wonderful end of topic celebrations.  Emotions ran high when the children said a fond goodbye to their grown ups and, judging from the amount of tissues used, a few tears were shed (great amateur dramatics)!

The welcome back brought great celebrations from children and adults alike and a feast of marmalade on bread, cheese and pineapple sticks and fish and chips was very well received.  Well done for all for the superb WWII costumes ..... what a creative lot you are!


Our topic this term is World War II and we are looking at the question 'What was it like to be a child during World War II?' 


So far we have been thinking about what it would be like to be an evacuee - what would we pack, how might we travel, where would we go, how would we feel?  We were very lucky to have a WWII evacuee coming to talk to us about his real life experiences, as well as several parents who have managed to bring in family memorabilia to show the children.  Have a look at our wonderful photos!


Thank you to all of the children and parents for the amazing contributions to our role play and information area this term (and well done to Mrs Raymer for displaying it all so beautifully!).  Personal favourites are the exploding rat, ration books and photographs of visits to local museums.


So far we have been thinking about how an evacuee felt, the journey they may have taken and how they may have been treated by their host family.  There has been lots of thoughtful writing going on.  We are also looking at question writing in anticipation of our visit from a World War II evacuee.  


The children have shown some wonderful speaking, listening and role play skills during our drama lessons at the beach.  They have taken full advantage of the WWII topic and have practised being evacuees who are getting to know a new life outside of the city.  One of our favourite lessons was when we invented beach games to play with children who had never been to the seaside before.


Over the first few weeks we have been taking a look at repeated addition as multiplication.  The children have showed a great understanding of this and have loved using the 'X' (lots of) sign!  We have also looked at the properties of 2d shapes and 3d solids.  We are now moving on to the use of an empty number line to help us with our calculations.


The children are really enjoying our problem solving challenges and are very independent in choosing their resources to help them in finding a solution to the problems!


Wow, what fun we had at the Christmas Fair! All of the children had the opportunity to decorate a biscuit, make a Christmas decoration and have a go at the reindeer hoopla as well as have a photograph.  Later in the morning we had a special visit ..... I wonder if you can guess who it was?!  We were all a bit exhausted afterwards but it was well worth the effort.  A big thank you to all of the parents and the Friends of Westmeads for organising the event.


A big thank you and well done to all of the children and grown-ups that managed the trek from the library to St Alphege church on Saturday 29th November to take part in the big switch on of the Christmas lights!  It was great to see so many friendly faces and beautiful 'house' lanterns in the crowd!


Well done to every child for contributing so well to our Children in Need day -  myself and Mrs Raymer were envious of some of the incredible outfits such as 'Mr Westmeads' and 'Cuddle Hero'!  During the afternoon all of the children took part in some superhero challenges which (fingers crossed) sent them home fairly exhausted!


Thank you to Whitstable Junior School for inviting our Year 2 children to take part in some art activity workshops.  The children had a great time and really enjoyed seeing some of their old friends!  There was a lot of excitement about all of the wonderful artwork the children were able to take home!


Well done to all of the children for taking part in the 2 minute silence during the assembly on Remembrance day in conjunction with the BBC images.  All of us wore our poppies with pride and enjoyed singing our beautiful song.  The school raised approximately £78.00 for the Poppy Appeal so a big 'pat on the back' for all concerned!