This week Year 2 have been immersing themselves in all things Venetian as part of their work on celebrations!

The story of Marcello Mouse and the Masked Ball provided the children with great inspiration for planning and writing their own Big Write stories set in this amazing city. Some children’s imagination has been captured so much by this tale that they have also worked on creating illustrated front covers for their stories featuring a very dashingly dressed mouse ready to attend a Grand Masquerade Ball.

More eye-catching even than Marcello’s costume are the detailed and decorative masks that the children have themselves created which are a sight to behold! Their painted backgrounds have been embellished with many decorative features including glitter, sequins and even
feathers and would be fit for any Venetian carnival ball or even the Milan cat walk!!! The Year 2 teachers are really enjoying learning all about the many and varied celebrations that are important to different families and how key moments are marked and commemorated with friends and families. Thank you for providing the photographs that have helped spark such interesting and informative discussions in class!

In Maths we have continued to work on adding and subtracting near tens. This is a key skill that would benefit from ongoing practice at home as it is important for the children to have speedy mental recall as well as to understand the method using apparatus such as hundred squares.