Hello and welcome to the Year Two Blog where you can keep up to date with all the wonderful learning that your children are doing in school.
Our teacher is Mr Searson. Our teaching assistant is Mrs Chadfield.
Our thematic project this half term is Up, Up and Away. We are learning all about flight.
We have been investigating kites. We looked at the different parts, how they are put together and how they fly.
We all had a go at building a kite from a kit and then disassembling them to explore the parts and structures. We will use this knowledge and understanding in our own kite designs.
We had great fun…
We had to problem solve, show resilience and determination. We will now design our own kites, write instructions about how to make our kites and then make them!
To further our understanding of flying, Mr Danny Clerkson brought in his hand glider to show us. We got to learn about the materials it was built from and how a glider flies. Danny showed us the flight instruments that he uses to measure how high he is flying and explained how the glider stays in the air with no engine. He said it is like a huge kite.
In Science we have been exploring materials and their everyday uses. We looked at materials around our school and things we use at home.
We grouped some items based upon the material that they were made from.
We will be investigating what materials are most suitable to make our kite sails.
DAVID HOCKNEY ART EXPERIMENTS
We watched a video clip on youtube about David Hockney and his pool painting and how he enjoyed experimenting with water, the sunlight on the top, the movement of it and how things looked through the water. We carried out our own experiments with objects floating on, falling into and submerged under the water and used these as inspiration for our own art work.
We also investigated another technique of David Hockney – his joiner technique. This is where he collaged lots of smaller photos or pictures together to create a large scale picture. We took photos of our school and collaged them together either in a realistic style or an abstract style based on 2 of his famous pieces of work.
As we are putting the images together:
Some of our finished work:
BIRD FEEDER PROJECT
We used the results from our science experiments to design and build our own bird feeder.
ART AND HISTORY PROJECT
We have a joint art and history project in class. We are looking at the work of a local (Yorkshire) artist – David Hockney. He has been described as one of the most influential artist of his age and his art ranges from oil paintings to photo collaging and ipad apps. His art fits into the cubist movement and pop art genre and others. He painted portraits, landscapes and is most famous for his pool paintings from the 1960s, especially A Bigger Splash.
We looked at a range of art and began to group it into similar themes, similar techniques, use of colour or anything we felt appropriate. Jack and Harry made us think outside the box. Jack thought about dividing the artwork into colourful and not colourful but then Harry wanted pictures with water and without, which led us to using chalk to create venn diagrams and categorising the art that way.
Mrs Potts asked us to think about grouping based on the artist that might have created them. Imagine our surprise when we realised they were all created by the same artist – David Hockney!
PROJECT BIRDFEEDER – SCIENCE EXPERIMENT
We have a Design and Technology project to design a bird feeder. We have investigated what a bird feeder needs to be successful and chosen a design to copy. We now have to investigate the materials suitable to make a bird feeder from. It needs to be weather proof so we have designed a rain testing and wind testing experiment. We decided that lightening was not likely enough to happen to be included in this experiment. We have been pouring water on the materials tied to the tree every day and will evaluate the results at the end of the week. The wind experiment worked overnight. We place all the materials together at the end of the school day and then we checked on them the next morning. The laminated picture of Ella had moved the furthest and the glass jar had not moved at all. We decide that the glass jar was the most windproof but the reason why was to do with weight so our bird feeder does not need to be made of glass but does need to be the weight of glass. Watch this space for our final product.
THE FIGHT OF THE YEAR BY ROGER MCGOUGH
We have loved this performance poem by Roger McGough. It sees Spring fighting Winter and winning. There are lots of references to a boxing match such as “Winter comes out of its corner looking groggy…” and Roger uses lists of Spring flowers and animals to show how Spring is landing punch after punch to kill Winter off. We thought of our own poem between Spring and Winter. Our poem was a football match where Spring won so we had to think of lots of footballing language to show Spring winning over winter. We absolutely loved doing poetry!
REPLY FROM THE DEPARTMENT FOR EDUCATION
Our letters to the Prime Minister were forwarded to the Department of Education who deal with matters of schools. They have replied sharing our thoughts on a shorter school day but also suggesting that having time with our teachers is a good thing. They ended by saying that it is the Governing Body of our school who are ultimately responsible for the length of the school day so we will have to write to the Governing Body and see what they say!
We have found a froglet!
Our Parent Voice organised a sponsored circuit to raise money for the school. We had a great, if exhausting time!
A LETTER FROM 10 DOWNING STREET
As part of our persuasive writing, we wrote letters to Mrs McLaughlin trying to persuade her to shorten the school day. She replied stating that she agreed with our arguments but was not in a position to change the hours of the school day. She told us that decisions like that were the responsibility of the Prime Minister. Consequently we developed our arguments and wrote new letters to the Prime Minister. We received a reply today from 10 Downing Street! Our letters have been passed to the Department of Education who deal with such matters of school hours. Watch this space to see if our letters are persuasive enough to get the school day shortened for all children in Britain.
OUR GROWING CONTINUES
The children have noticed that the tadpoles are growing legs.
Our sunflower seeds have grown so big that we have had to transplant them into new, larger pots! We painted our fish flowerpots lots of summery colours and moved our sunflowers into. We will look for a suitable place int the classroom where we will see if we can grow them big and strong.
We have been raising money for Weston Park in memory of our parish priest Fr Kieron who died recently. Year 2 came up with some amazing ideas to raise money including a non-uniform day and selling ice lollies at play time. We used our measuring skills to pour out and dilute squash into little cups and freeze them over night and to weigh out rice crispies to make crispie buns. We sold them to the school at playtime.
As part of our topic about Judaism we have been looking at the Jewish holy day called Shabbat. Shabbat starts on Friday evening and goes through to the end of Saturday. This day is about the family and spending time together. No one is allowed to use electronic devices or talk about work. It is a time to enjoy the company of your friends and family and spend quality time together. As part of our studies we learnt about the Shabbat meal that Jewish families celebrate. Mrs Potts challenged us to see if we could spend from Friday evening to Sunday morning not watching the TV or using our games consoles. Most of us did it!
We have linked sea explorers to our under the water topic. Today we learnt about Christopher Columbus. Did you know he was looking for India when he found America? We were very pleased to hear he brought cocoa back to Europe.
As part of our work for under the sea, we are looking at animal habitats. Linked to this we have an art topic investigating landscape art. We collected a range of landscape art from modern to historic, from the countryside to coastal and from realistic to impressionistic. Here we are grouping the pictures based on the different features they have and then we put them all into an order from our most favourite to our least favourite and explained our reasons why.
POSITION AND DIRECTION
We made mice to learn the language of turning and moving in a straight line. The mice had to get through a range of obstacles to get to their cheese.
OUR NEW FRIENDS
In Year 2 we have some new friends – our tadpoles! Let’s see how long it takes them to develop into frogs.
In Year 2 we have planted some vegetables and flowers to see if we can grow our own food. Keep an eye on the blog to see how well we do.
ENGLISH INSTITUTE OF SPORT
Year 2 get to go to the School Sports Day every year at the Institute of Sport in Sheffield. It was an amazing day and Ella turned out to be the fastest girl in Rawmarsh!
UNDER THE SEA
We used this topic to investigate the science theme of animals including humans.
We visited The Deep to start our topic off.
We used each other to practise our measuring in cm using rulers and tape measures. Did you know that if you measure the width of your arms outstretch it should be the same as your height? Try it.
We investigated arrays in our maths lessons.
We had a very short half term investigating dragons. We studied Dan Reeves, an amazing papermache artist. We tried our own papermache art using his techniques. We made dragon eggs.
We also looked at the Chinese New Year as it coincided with our topic and has a lot of dragon themes in it. We made our own dragon models based on the dragon dance that we watched on YouTube and investigated the significance of the celebration meal. Eat piece of food is a symbol for the coming year.
INVENTORS AND INVENTIONS
In Year 2 we thought about inventions that changed the world and we became inventors ourselves!
We ate a yoghurt and thought about all the problems that were made – yoghurt all over our chin and not being able to reach into the corners to finish the last bots off. We then created an invention to combat this problem. Once it was made, we ate a yoghurt again to see if worked.
In Year 2 we investigated the polar areas (where they are and the animals that live in them) and who explored them. Not everyone was successful in their exploration!
We role played the expedition of Shackleton.
We made clay models of penguins.
We role played what polar explorers would do when their boats were stuck in the ice.
We investigated what things you would need to pack for an expedition.
We thought about what we would do if a polar bear attacked our expedition.
We made igloos for Roary our class Polar Bear.
COMPARING NUMBER SENTENCES
In Literacy we read the book The Day the Rains Fell. It is a creation story from Africa. We role played the story and made our own. You can see them in our classroom.
We have been working really hard in Year 2 (as always). Within our flood topic, we have created a waterproof shelter strong enough to protect a lego man from a flood.
We began the project with a science project investigating materials so that we could find a waterproof material for the shelter.
We then used a design and technology lesson to think about strong structural shapes likes triangles and how to make weak joins strong to keep our structure solid.
We combined the results of these 2 lessons to make a shelter that was waterproof and strong.
We threw water on our shelter to simulate a flood and then we checked to see if the shelter was strong enough and the lego man was dry.
Of course he was! Another successful mission for Year 2!