This week in science we have been learning about the life cycle of a frog.
We also were reliably informed, by the school gardener, that there is some frog spawn in the new school pond, that is just outside our classroom! We were instantly intrigued and had to go for an explore!
Unfortunately, we couldn’t see the frog spawn, but we did see some snails!
Which was pretty exciting, they were really big!
In the classroom, we watched this really interesting video of how frogs change through their lives.
Then, carefully, we drew the life cycles in our books.
FUN FACT – Did you know that as a tadpole turns into a frog, it absorbs it’s tail back into it’s body!
Wow! What an exciting (and exhausting!) week back together as a whole year group!
We couldn’t be prouder of how all children have settled back into the routines. Enjoy the short video below, you’ll see a snap shot of our first week back, including art, science, English and of course playtime!
Thursday 4th March, World Book Day 2021! Whether we are at home or at school we have been reading books, talking about books and sharing stories!
Children (and staff!!) loved coming to school in their pyjamas! We had batman pjs, leopard print pjs, minecraft pjs and spiderman onsies! Amazing!
Why are books important?
We started the day thinking about why we love books, Ellie G loves books because there are books about lots of different things! Sameer loves to read books before bed with his his special light on. Murewa said that books are important because we can all learn from reading books.
Julia Donalson is a truly amazing Author and through our time in Key Stage 1 we have explored a lot of her incredible stories! Today, we have created a fact file all about Julia Donaldson. Did you know that Julia Donaldson plays the piano and sings!
What are we reading?
Take a look below to find out what some children in Year 2 are reading at the moment!
Share with us what books you are reading in the comments below!
Today, our challenge was to perform the poem ‘The Owl and the Pussycat’, we thought about how we wanted to do this and decided that we should work collaboratively to create one performance. Rowan thought we should have a stage, so we worked together to create a stage, scenery, props and puppets for our puppet performance!
We used so many different skills to create all the different parts of our performance; painting, paper folding, cutting, sticking, collage, building and more! Have a look at our design process below!
Finally the stage, complete with see, hill, curtains, stars, moon, bong tree and working theatre wings was set!
“The owl and the pussycat went to sea in a beautiful pea-green boat.”
We were intrigued to begin our new topic this week ‘In the Light of the Moon’. Before reading the poem, we began our work on owls. Lots of us remembered from our work on habitats in the Autumn term that most owls are nocturnal which means that they sleep during the day and come out to hunt at night time. Our challenge was to write an informative fact file all about owls. Knowing that fact files are non-fiction (they are full of facts and accurate information unlike a story that is made up), we had to do some research. We were resourceful, just like Helpful Hen, and used the internet, videos, books on EPIC and an owl information sheet to find out lots of interesting facts. How fascinating these animals are!
After this, many of us had quickly become owl experts and were ready to create our fact file. We tried hard to use the conjunctions ‘but‘, ‘so‘ and ‘because‘ to extend our sentences and add extra information. Did you know a baby owl is called an owlet or a fledgling? We were also surprised to find out that owls live on all of continents except Antarctica because it is too cold there.
We always love to express our creativity in Year 2 so had lots of fun producing a piece of owl art work. Some of used coloured pencils, pastels or paint whereas some of us decided to make a 3D model of an owl. How amazing our creations are!
Some of the children working in school thoroughly enjoyed using plasticine to create a model of the owl and the pussycat in their pea-green boat. In fact, some of us were so excited, we even thought about where they traveled to to get married. Of course, including the pig who provided the ring and the turkey who married them.
The children working in school used newspaper and magazines to create a collage of an owl or used chalk to draw a very detailed picture, remembering the different parts: large eyes, beak, sharp talons, feathers.
This week we have been learning about 2D and 3D shapes.
We reminded ourselves of the differences between 2D and 3D shapes, and noticed that while we can touch and pick up 3D shapes, we cannot do the same with 2D shapes as they are not physical shapes and are often on a page or screen.
Then we began to make shapes of our own, using playdough, we moulded our own 3D shapes. We found making a sphere much easier than making a cube which needed 6 identical square faces.
When we looked closely at 2D shapes, we used our reasoning skills to solve problems like the one below.
We tried to draw 2D shapes with two straight lines but realised that it couldn’t be done.
Year 2 have worked incredibly hard this half term and have been fascinated to learn about some wonderful explorers.
After finding out that Captain James Cook was a sailor and explored the world on his three voyages, we started our work on oceans. How amazing they are! We now know that there are five in the world and learnt some very interesting facts about them. We were fascinated to find out that oceans have 5 layers and enjoyed learning about the creatures that live there.
We enjoyed making a model of the ship Captain Cook used for his first voyage The ‘Endeavour’ and of Tahiti, the island he visited to observe the Transit of Venus.
After learning all about the adventures of Captain Cook and Neil Armstrong, we were very keen to find out about other explorers including Mae Jemison and Amelia Earhart. To conclude our ‘Explorers’ topic, we were set the challenge of completing a project of our own about an explorer of our choice.
To do this, we were very resourceful just like Helpful Hen and carried out lots of research so that we could create a fact file.
Thinking like a geographer, we plotted the explorer’s journey on a map of the world. Those of us who researched Neil Armstrong or Mae Jemison drew our own map showing their journey into space.
We had lots of fun making models, drawing/painting pictures and portraits of our chosen explorer. How creative we are in Year 2!
This term we have learnt about two amazing cities with two great bridges; Leeds and Kolkata. As ACE Designers we showed how we can COLLABORATE and worked in small groups to design and create our own bridges. This was a big task that required a lot of important skills, notably using a SAW and GLUE GUN safely!
Take a look below at our journey to become ACE Bridge Designers!