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This page will help explain some of the awesome learning taking place in our class!

Wow! On Monday I was overwhelmed with the delivery of cards from my class. 


You are all amazing, we might not have had a full year together but you guys will be in my heart forever. 


Thank you MY Mangoes!



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Hello my Magnificent Mangoes, Mr Bowie here! I thought I would put something on our class page to let you guys know how I am getting on in isolation. 


It has been a strange time for us all and I think about you all every day, I wish we could be together as the awesome team that we are, but unfortunately we can't do that at the moment but we are still the Mangoes and still the best class ever!!!! 


I have been trying to keep myself busy, I am very lucky that I have a beautiful dog who keeps me busy, we love to go on long walks near where I live, it is great to be outside in the fresh air, here is a picture of us both...

I also love to go out cycling, I have used my daily exercise to ride all around Hythe and Dibden Purlieu, you might have even seen me without realising! Keep your eyes peeled and give me a wave if you see me out and about, I would love to see you all!

I have been trying new things too, it is always great to try new things and push yourself to do something that you have never done before. I have been cooking lots of tasty treats for my family and doing some DIY jobs around my house, I am hoping wonky wallpaper will become trendy soon!!


Oh, I have also shaved my hair off! Lockdown haircut 2020!


I also love to go running, I find it clears my head and makes me feel really positive and full of energy, I decided to run the Virtual Lepe 5k Run at Easter, it was really fun and I took some pictures, it is amazing all of the beauty we have in our local area...

I wish I could see pictures of you all but I can assure you I have you all in my thoughts, I love looking at our class picture every day and it brings the biggest smile to my face!


Well that's it from me for now, keep checking our class page for more Mango updates, I have a little funny surprise for you all too, watch this space. 


Keep safe, always smile and be kind. 


I miss you all terribly!


Mr Bowie


PS, It is my birthday today. May the fourth be with you!

Our habitat display in the school hall is looking absolutely incredible. Great effort from all the Year 2 classes!

World Book Day 2020. Incredible effort from the Mangoes!

Wow look at these awesome home learning habitat boxes made from children in the Pineapples class for our big display in the hall. They are going to look incredible when we showcase them for our Orchard Wildlife Park. Mr Bowie is looking forward to seeing all the amazing creations that the Mangoes make!

We LOVED our day at the New Forest Wildlife Park. It was incredible meeting all the keepers who are animal experts. It has inspired us to become animal experts too! We are going to open our own wildlife park here at school... watch this space.

We had some surprise furry visitors arrive at school this week. The New Forest Wildlife Park sent them to us to get us ready to meet all the creatures at their park.

WHO COMMITTED THE CRIME? Mrs Pillon's favourite vase has been broken and no one has confessed, all they left was a sorry note! Some scientists arrived at school to investigate, they are crime scene investigators. They look for clues in finger prints, handwriting and foot prints. They investigate and analyse. They invited us to help them solve the crime.

When we came to school Monday we had a special assembly with Mrs Gallimore who is a science expert. We found out that scientists can take all sorts of roles including a Vet, Astronaut, Nurse, Animal expert and many more. We were challengeed to become scientists all week so we decided to find out about colours, sunlight and rainbows. Check out some of our investigations so far.

It was incredible to have all our parents in class for our public meeting to find a solution to all the pollution. We told everyone all about our learning and the pledges we are going to make. It was inspiring that all the grown ups made a pledge too. Did you know small changes make a big difference!

Keeping fit and healthy is super important to us at Orchard Infant School. We love PE and the Golden Mile but we wanted something energetic to finish our week. We do a 5 minute Joe Wicks workout every Friday morning now, even the teachers join in! Keep active keep moving!!

Our class recycling bin was overflowing by the end of the day. Although this rubbish is being recycled we decided we would try to reduce the size of the rubbish to make more room in the big bins outside. We decided to become scientists and sorted and classified our waste before using different forces to reduce the size. Amazingly we managed to fit a big bin bag full of rubbish into a small carrier bag.

We decided our first job before we can implement some new recycling rules in the school, was to locate where all the bins were in the school. We did some field work around the school using a map and located all the bins and bin areas. We then decided to add these bins to our school map and created a key to make the information easier for people to use.

When we arrived back at school we had to attend a very important assembly with Mrs West. Our caretaker was pulling his hair out over Christmas because the school had produced soooo much waste. Mrs West needs our help to try to find out where all the waste is coming from and has asked us to find a solution to all the pollution. We can't wait to find ways to be more eco-friendly.

Wow!! We hope you enjoyed our performance as much as we did. What an incredible end to the term. Bring on Christmas!

We used our D&T knowledge and skills to create a Nativity scene with a winding and lever mechanism.

We are feeling festive in the Mangoes. We have created Christmas cards for our parents with a moving mechanism.

It is a busy time in Year 2 rehearsing for our Christmas Production!!

We are learning all about levers and how they are used in everyday life. We are creating some awesome Christmas cards with a moving mechanism attached to a lever. We are following our plans and our list of resources.

We arrived in class and there was a bag full of clothes and other trip/holiday items. We emptied the bag with Mr Bowie and decided someone was going on a journey. We discussed lots of different journeys and how people might feel at the beginning and at the end of their journey. We are going to be learning about some very special people during this project and their journeys, which will end with an awesome Christmas production at the end of term.

Miss Sidney was over the moon with all the books we made for the Pippins. We spent the afternoon reading with them and letting them enjoy our books and puppets. We also invited our grown ups in to class so they could see our incredible work. It was very special.

It is official. We are Awesome Authors in the Mangoes Class. We are so happy with our books and puppets. We can't wait to share our books with the Pippins.

What an awesome morning we have had doing our Joe Wicks live workout. We were so worn out by the end but it was so much fun. Everyone looked so cool in their Pudsey outfits. Even Mrs West couldn't resist joining in!

As well as becoming Awesome Authors, we are also making puppets of our favourite toy to go with our amazing books. We love Design and Technology in the Mangoes class.

"Should Emily Brown hand over Stanley?" That was the question for our class debate. We thought of valid arguments 'for' and 'against' and presented our ideas to the whole class... we even stood on a podium!

Wow we had an amazing week. It all began with an exciting visit from Miss Sidney. She needs new books for the Pippins and she has challenged us to create them...she also wants us to create a puppet to go with the story. We decided we would base our stories on the adventures we might go on with our favourite toy... watch this space for the final product!

We did some sketching and learnt how to make different shades with one pencil. We sketched our local historical people. Can you guess who's who?

Mrs Johnn delivered some interesting pictures to our classroom on Monday. We found out that they are connected to significant historical people. Using our Investigating skills we found out these people have a connection to our local area. This week we are going to become Historians and learn all about these amazing people who had an impact on the world!

We presented our New Zealand tour guides to Mrs Johnn. She was super impressed with all of the geographical knowledge we provided in our books. Her favourite destination is the Bay of Plenty because she loves warm, sandy beaches and eating lots of ice cream.

Look at our awesome home learning!

Did you know that New Zealand has volcanoes? Today we all went outside and erupted a volcano Sophia from Strawberries Class had created for home learning. It was so exciting!

We had such an awesome day at Lepe Country Park. We are becoming expert geographers! We looked at the different geographical features of Lepe and detected the difference between human and physical features. We created some amazing sketches and went on a treasure hunt too. Check out our pictures...

We are learning about Mount Ruapehu in New Zealand. Did you know it is one of the most active volcanoes in the world? We thought we would become magnificent artists and create collages of Mount Ruapehu erupting!

What a fantastic morning we have had in Year 2. Mrs Johnn has won a golden ticket to go on holiday to New Zealand at Christmas. The only problem is she doesn't know where to visit or what to do. She has set us a challenge to create a tour guide of exciting destinations for her to visit. We are going to become expert geographers!

What an incredible first day back at school we have had. It was super duper seeing all our friends again and we have loved getting to know our new teacher. We decided to have some relaxing time in the Library, reading is awesome, in the words of Dr Seuss: The more that you read the more things you will know. The more that you learn the more places you'll go.