Wow! What a week!!

Firstly, thank you so much to all the parents, carers and family members who came to our Christmas performances of ‘Babushka’. The children have worked so hard and I am incredibly proud of how well they did. Your support is always appreciated so thank you.

Despite the busy rehearsals and performances, back in the classroom we have enjoyed cooking some vegetable curry to conclude our topic ‘Kolkata’. We tasted a variety of curries cooked by the teachers and rated the taste, looks, spice and texture. This helped us plan our very own as we thought about ingredients, equipment and method we’ll need to follow. When preparing our vegetables for the curry we focused on the skills peeling, grating and cutting. After making the curry we tasted and evaluated to reflect on what we liked and how it can be improved. What fun we had! Maybe you can make a vegetable curry at home to show off your new skills!

We have also been looking at human features in topic this week. We compared transport in Kolkata and England. We found Kolkata still have human rickshaw pullers and put ourselves in the shoes of one. We carried out some drama and thought about their feelings and hazards they may face. We then wrote a diary entry as a rickshaw puller of their busy, tiring days using the knowledge we gained.

I look forward to a another fun filled week next week to end the term. 🎄

Welcome to India

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?

Crash Landing!

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?