What a busy week!

In between performing our Nativity for our parents we managed to find time to continue with our Kolkata topic work. This is a very exciting part of our learning as it involves food!

We looked at the traditional foods they have in India and tasted different curries before scoring them on taste, smell, texture and looks. We then voted and decided on which one we liked the most.

After understanding the different tastes, textures and looks of curries we planned our own healthy vegetable tomato curry. We thought about our ingredients, equipment and method.

We then practiced the different skills we needed to make a curry including grating, chopping and peeling. We practiced these using carrots.

It was then time to cook! We remembered to wash our hands and all of the rules in order for us to stay safe when cooking.

 

 

Are we nearly there yet!?

2HL have been looking at the Christmas story and work around advent.

We began by reenacting the long, hot journey Mary and Joseph took from Nazareth to Bethlehem through drama and freeze frames.

We then hot seated Mary after thinking of some question we would like to ask to her to understand the journey some more.

We then thought about Mary and Josephs feelings on the journey and recorded these before writing our own diary entry as Mary or Joseph. Take a look at Mohamad’s and Tilly’s below.

Lastly, we finished the week off by thinking about our hopes for this advent linking to our value.  We came up with some great ideas (aside from presents) including giving to charities, making Christmas cards for those less fortunate and donating to food banks.

What are your hopes for this Advent?

Pass!

This week 2HL have enjoyed continuing our rugby sessions with John from Leeds Rhinos. We have been learning lots of different skills and sportsmanship. Take a look at some of this learning below.

   

 

Would you like to be a rickshaw puller?

This week in topic we have been comparing different modes of transport in Leeds and Kolkata. We learnt in Kolkata they have hand pulled rickshaws and the problems a rickshaw puller can face. We then acted out being rickshaw pullers in the playground and discussed what it must feel like to be a rickshaw puller.

We then used this learning to write a diary entry of a rickshaw puller. They were fantastic!

Our Maths Bear also enjoyed its first week out of the classroom and into the homes of Year 2. Look how busy Macy and our Maths Bear were in their maths at home learning!

Can you think of a name for our Maths Bear?

Choose Respect!

This week we took part in a picket for odd sock day as part of Anti-Bullying Week. We came up with our own chant “Don’t hate appreciate. Respect don’t bully” that we shouted as we went around the playground.

  

As we marched around the playground we held our posters that we created in pairs.

This Anti-Bullying week we focused on ‘Choose Respect’ and done some writing on different ways we can show respect to others. Ask me for a way that I can show respect.

And our new topic is…

…Kolkata!

This week 2HL have thoroughly enjoyed getting stuck straight into our new topic. We thought about what we already knew and came up with some interesting questions about what we would like to find out. We found out Kolkata is in India and located it on the map well as New Delhi and all of the surrounding countries and bodies of water. I was super impressed with their use of Atlases to do this.

We then learnt all about the River Ganges and how it changes as it flows from the Himalayas to Kolkata.  We found out that when it reaches Kolkata it is full of rubbish and pollution.  When we investigated further we discovered there were many reasons for this.  We discussed these reasons and had a debate for and against changing how the river is treated.

 

In science we have been enjoying carrying out various investigations linking to materials including a durable test and a tearing test. This week we planned our own test before carrying it out. This was to find which material was the most waterproof. We found the material which was the most waterproof was the least absorbent.

Ask me what our test was and what were the results!

What a way to end the half term!

This week we have been busy designing and building bridges taking inspiration from the structure and designs of the bridges we have been learning about in Leeds.

We began by attempting to use lollipop sticks, glue sticks and sellotape but soon realised the bridges weren’t strong enough and kept falling apart.

We then decided using stronger wood and a glue gun would be better so we practiced our joining methods creating photo frames after talking about the safety of using a glue gun and saw.

After designing our bridges in our groups it was time to begin the building! Each team worked well together taking turns and communicating effectively to make the task a success.

We then tested the bridges to see if a car could drive over it. This made some of us reflect what could be changed when we wrote our evaluations.

Don’t they look great? Well done 2HL!

This week in 2HL…

This week in topic we have looking at the Corn Exchange and how it has changed throughout the years. We started by looking at pictures to see if the appearance of the Corn Exchange had changed and found that it looked very similar. Then we did some drama of what the Corn Exchange used to be used for and what it is used for now. We had so much fun being corn traders exchanging our corn for money with the merchants and eating in the fancy cafes and getting our nails and hair done in the salons.

 

We have also been having a go at renaming in our addition work during maths. Well done Ezra, Macy and Shi Ying whose super workings can be see below!

Trip into the city of Leeds!

This week 2HL went on our long awaited school trip to Leeds city centre. The children were so excited to link their learning in topic lessons to the actual city. After catching the bus into Leeds we took a short walk to the museum where we learnt more about the life of Leeds from the 1800’s to present as well as sketch some Broderic buildings that we could see.

 

 

We then visited millennium square and town hall before having some well deserved lunch!

In the afternoon we took a stroll down one of Leeds oldest streets, Briggate, and saw all the fancy shops, cafes and even listened to some pleasing music! Then we reached what the children had been looking for all day- the River Aire! We took a look at the buildings around the bridge and compared to those that used to be there.

Finally we went to the Corn Exchange before catching the bus back to school. What a busy day we had!

The Once-ler wrote to us!

This week 2HL have continued to work on ‘The Lorax’ as part of our arts fortnight. We have developed our understanding of the story more through drama, comparisons and writing. The children each wrote a letter to the Once-ler voicing their frustration that he chopped down all the Truffula Trees and why he shouldn’t as trees are important. On Friday, to conclude our fortnight the children each received a letter from the Once-ler apologising and 4 chestnuts for us to plant. We can wait to watch our trees grow!

 

The children have also shown great team work and collaboration this week when building their Once-ler’s Lerkim using scrap shed materials and practicing their dance routine. I was super impressed. We have also enjoyed creating our own pompom tuffula tuffs and printing our very own Truffula Trees!

What a lovely two weeks we have had!

Thank you to those who came to join us in our celebration. I hope you got to see how much the children have got out of ‘The Lorax’ and enjoyed it as much as we did! We love sharing our learning with you.