Whirlow Hall Farm 2019

The moment we’ve been waiting for since Y2 began, was finally here… time for our holiday to Whirlow Hall Farm!

To say we were excited was an understatement and we couldn’t wait to get started and enjoy ourselves!

When we arrived, it was time to unpack and have some lunch!

After lunch, we were able to go and explore the farm with our tour guides. First up was the pig unit. Inside were lots of piglets of all different shapes and sizes. Some were newborns while others were getting ready to go to market.

Did you know a male pig is called a boar, a female pig is called a sow and a baby piglet is called a piglet?

Female pigs are pregnant for 3 months, 3 weeks and 3 days.

Pink pigs can get sunburnt really easily so they like to have a wallow in the mud for protection.

Next up, it was time to see the hens. The hens at Whirlow can roam wherever they like. We were lucky enough to be able to stroke a hen too!

There were lots of other birds down at Whirlow too. Do you know what these animals are called?

We met Frankie the Shetland pony and gave him a stroke.

Can you remember how many hands high he was? Can you remember what he felt like when you gave him a stroke?

We also met some of the other ponies on the farm.

Once the farm tour was over with, it was time for tea!

After tea, we had a wander around the farm and found lots of different things to do.

Mr Little even brought his dogs out to see us!

Soon it was time for hot chocolate, marshmallows and crumpets before bed! Everyone went to bed, dreaming of all of the lovely things they saw that day.

Everyone was up bright and early the next morning, excited for what the day had in store!

With breakfast finished with, it was time to start with some farm jobs!

First up was feeding the rabbits, guinea pigs and goats! Everyone needed their breakfast and water bottles cleaning. The best bit was pulling out the brushes from the water bottle because the water splashed everywhere and gave us a bit of a shower!

Next up, it was time to groom the rabbits and guinea pigs.

Our final farm job was to go into the hen house to collect some eggs! They are sold on the farm at Whirlow so you can have fresh eggs whenever you like!

Our final job at Whirlow was to ride a pony. The ponies were called Brandy and Ruby and it was so exciting as many of us had never ridden a pony before.

We had to wear a special helmet to keep us safe and a lady called Alison told us how to make the pony turn left or right, stop and start.

To make the pony stop, we had to say ‘Whoa!’

To make the pony start walking again, we had to say ‘Walk on!’

Whirlow Hall Farm was by far the best school trip we have ever been on! We would like to say a massive thank you to all of our teachers for taking us and thank you allowing us to have the best time ever!

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Kandinsky Inspired Art

We have been learning about the artist Kandinsky this half term and we loved looking at some of his work and we were inspired by it to create our own.

This piece of work by Kandinsky is called ‘Squares with Concentric Circles’ and was painted in 1913.

Here are our versions:

Y2 Class Assembly

Last week, it was our turn for the Y2 Class Assembly.

We told our audience lots about what we had been learning about in class, including Ramadan and Eid, the artist Kandinsky and our residential trip to Whirlow Hall Farm.

We would like to say thank you to all of our parents and carers who took the time to come and watch us. We really appreciate it!

Book Gifting

You might remember last week we went to visit a famous author called Caryl Hart. Click here to see our previous post.

Well we had a lovely surprise at the end of the week. A lady came into school to give us a book as a special treat for us to take home and keep as part of the SSELP Y2 Reading Festival. We were so excited and couldn’t wait to choose a book to read and keep forever!

Visiting an author

Today we were really lucky as we were able to go to another school to visit an author.

We have been reading the story ‘The Invincibles – The Beast of Bramble Woods’ written by Caryl Hart and illustrated by Sarah Warburton in class and today we walked down to Norfolk Park school to meet Caryl.

When we arrived at Norfolk Park school, we met Caryl and saw just a few of the books that she has written.

Before we got started, we learnt a poem by Eve Merriam called Toaster Time. Can you remember how it goes?

Tick tick tick tick tick tick tick!

Toast up a sandwich, quick quick quick!

Hamwich or jamwich, lick lick lick!

Tick tick tick tick tick tick — stop!

POP!

Can you remember the actions too?

Caryl told us a bit about her life and her childhood. Lots of her books are written about funny things or events that have happened to her in real life. Caryl told us that the character Nell was based on herself as a little girl and the character Freddie Spoon was based on her best friend growing up called Richard.

In ‘The Invincibles’ there is a map that looks a lot like Sheffield. Can you spot any familiar places on the map?

Caryl told us that she hadn’t always wanted to be an author and that it was only in the last 12 years that she decided that she would write books for a living. We were really lucky as she read another one of ‘The Invincibles’ book to us to listen to.

We had a fabulous time meeting Caryl today and it has inspired some of us to be authors when we grow up!

Miss Varley has ordered the other books in the series for us to read back at school. We can’t wait to read about what mischief Nell and Freddie Spoon get up to in the future!