In Science, we have been learning all about different materials and their properties. We investigated absorbent materials and not absorbent materials. The children tested materials to see if they were absorbent.
We had a mini magic show but the wizard dropped his magic potion. The children had to choose and test 3 different materials to see which one was the most absorbent to help the wizard save his magic potion.
Wendy Scott Visit
The local author, Wendy Scott, published her second book “Billy’s Submarine Adventure”. She visited Year 2 to read her new book and to answer the children’s questions about life as an author. She showed the children the process from draft to the finished published book. She also brought along knitted puppets of all the characters in the story to bring it to life. The children loved the new book and she signed some special copies for the classroom. The children asked lots of questions to find out more about being an author. We learnt that it takes Wendy about 1 year to write a book. She is currently writing a third book about Billy.
We have had lots of fun in Forest School this half term.
First we learnt about the leaves changing colour in Autumn. We found lots of different leaves that had fallen to the ground. Some children made pictures using the leaves.
We also learnt about conkers (horse chestnuts). We went on a conker search. We used our conkers to make a snail. We painted spirals on the conkers and used clay to make a body. They looked just like the snail from The Snail and the Whale by Julia Donaldson.
We also enjoyed role playing some of our favourite Julia Donaldson stories. We made a bridge so the dog could get across the muddy bog like in The Smartest Giant in Town. Some children used the branches to make broom sticks like in the story Room on a Broom.
Some of the children from Year 2 went on their first ever residential to Whiteley Woods. We walked down to Forge Damn and ate our dinner in the lovely countryside. The children had lots of fun on the adventure playground and some children learnt how to swing. We walked through the woods and looked at lots of creatures in their natural habitats. In the evening the children enjoyed eating their scrumptious tea outside and drank delicious hot chocolate before bedtime. They rolled down the meadow on the following day and enjoyed playing lots of different games in the orchard.
Science Week 2018
Yorkshire Wildlife Park
As part of the topic, Africa, we have been learning about African animals focussing mainly on the African lion. We travelled to the Yorkshire Wildlife Park to see the African animals in real life. We saw the huge, powerful lions and we heard them ROAR! We also saw lots of other animals from Africa including meerkats, painted dogs, babboons, giraffes and the lemurs. The children loved seeing the lemurs as they were being fed and as they jumped and swung through the tall trees. What an amazing day we had!
We visited King Edwards School to learn all about Science. Mr Fehler, the secondary school teacher, taught us about animal habitats and how animals have adaptations. During the session, we hunted for minibeasts in leaf litter and looked at animal specimen samples to see the adaptations animals have. We then conducted an experiment to see which habitat woodlice would prefer. We put the woodlice into a choice chamber. They moved around it and we recorded if they were in the light or the dark part. We had to use our number bonds to 5 to work out how many were in the dark.
As a special treat, the Computing teacher and some KS3 students, taught the children how to make music using algorithms on the computer. The children really enjoyed their day and learned a lot!
Year 2 went on an adventure in Ecclesall Woods. When we arrived, we went on a trail through the woods and heard birds tweeting and saw the beautiful bluebells. While we were there, we made dens in groups or pairs. We had to balance the branches carefully so they didn’t fall over. After dinner, we made dream catchers using twigs and some wool. Then we added leaves and feathers that we found in the wood to decorate them. They were really hard to make but we all tried really hard. We got to take them home after.
This half term in Year 2 the children have been learning all about castles. They visited Consibrough Castle where they had a talk to learn about the medieval family who lived in Conisbrough Castle and about the visit from King Henry II. Then they walked up the keep to see what the rooms were like and went up on the roof to see the amazing view. They had a fantastic day and learnt a lot about life in a castle.