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!
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?