Today we dressed in sports clothes and took part in the Big Morning Move led by Joe Wicks to raise money for Children in Need.
We also wore odd socks as this week was anti bullying week. The theme this year was #changestartswithus and we discussed how we are all unique, worthy and beautiful. We worked in trios as a Team Ant to make posters for a picket which was held on the playground with the whole school.
To launch our new topic ‘Kolkata’ we had a welcome to India afternoon where we came in from lunch to a candlelit classroom and Indian music. We tried a cup of traditional chai tea and compared it to English tea thinking about the smell and taste. We also tried traditional foods such as roti and popadoms dipped into mango chutney and rice made from different Indian spices that we smelt. Lastly, we tried on some traditional Indian clothing. What an exciting afternoon it was!
This week we have also launched our new learning behaviour for this term ‘Team Ant – Collaboration’ by working together. First we worked together using our atlases to locate Kolkata on the map and found it was in India which is in the continent of Asia. After, we then located the surrounding countries and bodies of water.
We done further collaborative work using the iPads to research India for our non chronological reports.
In science we carried out an investigation to see if nocturnal animals came to school at night and our results showed that they do! First we planned our investigation and then we set out our trap. We waited over night and collected the results the next day. We were very excited when our results showed footprints on the paper and less bread than we had put in, meaning some had been eaten! We concluded that the footprints looked similar to a cat but thought the tube wasn’t big enough to fit a cat so we done further research on nocturnal animal footprints. What do you think it could be?
It all started with our school trip to Leeds on Monday. Despite the dreary weather at the start of the day we didn’t let it dampen our spirits and had an enjoyable time exploring Leeds City Centre. We spotted lots of Cuthbert Broderick buildings on our route and used our child friendly maps to help us get to each destination. On our travels we saw the Museum, Town Hall, Art Gallery, Briggate , River Aire, Leeds Bridge and Corn Exchange. What an exhausting day it was! Thank you so much to all of our volunteers for helping on the day!
We then spent the rest of the week designing, building and evaluating our own Leeds bridge. We started with a challenge to build a bridge using paper straws, glue sticks and lollipop sticks. We soon realised it wasn’t sturdy enough so reflected and decided stronger materials and reinforcement methods were needed.
We then discussed how we could manage risks when using the saw and glue gun as well as a practice go at reinforcing edges and corners making a photo frame in our groups. We made sure we worked as Team Ant so that everyone in the group could have a turn.
In our groups we came up with our final design and built our bridges using communication and collaboration skills. I was so impressed with how well the groups worked as a team and managed risks so that they could stay safe. Well done Year 2!
It was then time to test the bridges to see if a car will travel over them. This was also a good opportunity for us to reflect for our evaluations where we stated what went well and what could be improved like our learning character Beautiful Butterfly.
We had so much fun with our DT project and hope you like the final outcomes below!
Last week in topic we compared the old and new Corn Exchange with some drama. We learnt that it was designed by Cuthbert Broderick in 1858, however still looks similar today with its glass dome roof known as the balloon.
We learnt that it was originally used for trading corn and merchants would hold the farmer’s corn up to the light to examine the quality. If it was good corn it was traded for money.
In the modern day Corn Exchange it is very different as you would find lots of fancy shops, salons and cafes for some lunch.
We then used our drama to help us write a comparison on the Corn Exchange. Take a look at Edward’s below!
Last week our class also recieved 100% attendance and was the only class to in the whole school!! This is a fantastic achievement that I am really proud of! I wonder if we can achieve it again this week?
This week in Science we explored the school grounds to see what habitats we could find and the animals that live there. We then thought about different habitats around the world and animals living there.
I wonder what habitats you could find at home. Were the animals that lived there the same or different to those at school?
Some of us also had a chance to collect natural materials and decorate our class bird box. I was very impressed with the end product!
Lastly, this week John came to take our class photo. Take a look below!
Last week we had the opportunity to bake apple and blackberry crumble in the cafe with Mrs Walker. The apples we used for this were from the orchard! We focused on measurements on the scales and checking these were accurate.
Did you enjoy your crumble? Can you use an adjective to describe how it tasted?
This week we started our new topic Leeds with an alien called Eric crash landing in our playground. Eric thought he landed in Leodis so we used our atlases in Geography to help him locate Leeds.
We then looked at the course of the river Aire and worked as ‘Team Ant’ to map out our own using Google maps to locate the towns.
In maths this week I have been very impressed with how we have been partitioning numbers in different ways other than tens and ones. Well done Year 2! How many ways can you partition 75? Can you show your adult at home?
What a lovely first few days we have had! The whole class has settled incredibly well into Year 2 as we have jumped straight into our learning.
This week we have been looking at the story Gorilla by Anthony Browne. We acted out the different parts on a story trail in drama before creating a story map to help us write a retell. I was very impressed with the stories produced.
In guided reading we looked at some questions and compared some illustrations in the story Gorilla, commenting on the authors choice for these. This led to art where we used warm and cold colours to express how we feel when we are happy and sad.
I look forward to another exciting week next week in Year 2! Take a look at some photos from our story trail below.