Category: Year 2
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Our very own monster machines!
In Year 2 we have been reading ‘Monster Machine’! It is a lovely book about a Dad who has invented a machine that makes monsters. We have just found out that the monsters are sad and are missing their own world. In DT we have designed and made our own machine that they can travel back to their own world in! We worked fantastically in teams of 3 to make boats, aeroplanes, cannons and more that they can use! Excellent teamwork 2AH.
Andy Goldsworthy inspired Art
We have had such a wonderful afternoon creating our own pieces of art in the style of Andy Goldsworthy. Look how well we did…
What Trees do we Have at our School?
The answer is a surprisingly large number of different trees as Year 2 have been discovering. We have collected and identified leaves from trees all around the school, looking closely at the similarities and differences between them, to answer our question.
All four school houses can be found: Ash, Beech, (Horse) Chestnut and Oak (two different types!) as well as Scots Pine, Silver Birch, Alder, Rowan, Lime, Field Maple, Sycamore and many others including a tree that 2AH like to call (Mrs) Hawthorn(e)!
Year 2 have been exploring a whole range of senses as part of our Science Festival, and not just the usual five we think of.
We explored how the smell and colour of food affects what we think it tastes like (yes, the green, orange and dark red drinks were ALL just lemonade) as well as how our sense of touch can tell different textures apart.
We also investigated vision, including colour blindness, how other animals see the world and playing a game of blind football with a special ball containing bells. We then took this further by exploring how bats use echolocation to find their food. 2MG also tried out a vision test called the Stroop test which made us laugh – we kept reading out the words instead of saying the colour they were written in: “red… green… yellow… horse!”
We also learnt about a sense called proprioception. That’s the sense that lets you know the position of your body – try putting your finger to your nose with your eyes closed. Sensors in your muscles and joints send information back to your brain. However, we discovered that it can be tricked by our other senses. We even fooled our brains into thinking we had an extra hand!
Happy World Book Day from 2AH!
Sea Shells in the Mountains
Year 2 and LB1 have been following the adventures of Charles Darwin on HMS Beagle. This week Mr Darwin experienced a volcanic eruption, an earthquake and a tidal wave (all a true story!) before venturing high up into the Andes Mountains where he discovered fossilised seashells.
We then looked at some fossils, including ammonites, coral and seashells before having a go at trying to work out what a dinosaur may have looked like from just its bones. 2MG also had time to produce some beautiful ammonite watercolour paintings.
Exploring the Torah
In RE today we really enjoyed exploring the Torah and learning how it is used and where it is kept. We noticed it was written in a different alphabet – Hebrew. We then really enjoyed doing some of our own Hebrew writing starting from the right hand side of the page and writing the opposite way to how our alphabet is written!
Low Tide Discoveries
This term in science, Year 2 are joining Charles Darwin as he voyages around the world on the HMS Beagle exploring different habitats.
We’ve already found out about some of the plants and animals that live in the rainforest but this week we’ve been exploring rock pools on the Cape Verde islands. We looked at crabs, limpets and anemones before finding out about Darwin’s experience with a cuttlefish. We then practiced our classifying skills by sorting and grouping shells by looking closely for similarities and differences.
A very special visitor
Today we had a visit from a very special visitor! He told us we were all on the good list and he even gave us an early Christmas present!