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Year 2 trip to Barnet Environment Centre
Year 2 visited the Barnet Environment Centre and had a great time. They took part in several activities but the favourite ones were the pond dipping and identifying all the different creatures that they caught in their nets.
In D&T we have been learning about structures. We began by looking at different structures such as the Eiffel Tower, Golden Gate Bridge, the CN Tower and Big Ben and explored different materials to see what would be best to make our own structure. We thought about stability and how we can make a structure stable. We learnt that it needs to have a wide, flat base. We then started to think about bridges, particularly drawbridges. We watched videos to show us how drawbridges work and then, working in pairs, created our own pulley leaver using cups and string. Our final activity required us to use everything that we had learnt and work in teams to create our own drawbridges that were able to open and close, hold a car and stand on their own.
This term we have been learning about Pirates. We have created our own pirate menu and pirate rules, using adjectives and adverbs to add description. We learnt about famous pirates, such as Blackbeard, Calico Jack, Anne Bonny and Mary Read and created a wanted poster using what we learnt to explain the crime they might have committed and the reward for finding them. We learnt about directional language (north, south, east, west) and used this to move around a map. We were also very lucky to have a pirate come to the Ryde School to visit us. We got to make eye patches, hard tack biscuits, treasure maps, dice and more. We learnt to scrub the deck, steer the ship and went on a treasure hunt around the school.
In Science this term, Class 2 have been learning about animals. We had some very special visitors come to see us to help us identify the groups. We can sort animals by their differences. Mrs Tiplady brought in her dog, Teddy and Miss Spurr brought in her tortoise, Buzz. We also looked at a fish (although this one was very slimy!) we found it very interesting as we could see close up the fishes’ gills and fins. We learnt that tortoises, dogs and fish cannot all be in the same group as they all have different needs. Tortoises/reptiles are cold-blooded and are often found in warm countries whereas dogs/mammals are warm blooded. Fish only live in the water, whereas some mammals and reptiles can live either in land or
water. We then went on to think about baby animals. We looked at photos of ourselves as babies and compared this to what we look like now. We matched animals to their young and learnt that baby animals often have a different name to the adult e.g. foal – horse, cub – lion, tadpole – frog and calf – cow.
Year 2 Forest School
This term we have enjoyed exploring the outdoors again in Forest School. After collecting different natural objects, we enjoyed painting and decorating these using lots of different colours and patterns. We have loved using the hammer and nails and clay to make models. We have also chosen a flower bed and been busy tidying this up and planting new things like potatoes and flowers. We found lots of bugs and used books to identify what we had found.
Learning to tell the time
This term in maths, we have been learning to tell the time. We began by thinking about what the hands on a clock mean and working out how many seconds in a minute, how many minutes in an hour and how many hours in a day. We realised that we can split the clock into quarters to help us. We then looked at how to read o’clock, quarter past, half past and quarter to times. I have been so impressed with how keen the children are to learn more and take on a challenge. Well done Year 2!
World Book Day Potatoes
Here at the Ryde School, we celebrated World Book day on the 22nd March with children bringing in potato book characters from their favourite stories. The children created an array of characters from well-known stories, and these were displayed for everyone in school to see.
We are constantly encouraging a love of books in school. Did you know that reading for pleasure is the single biggest indicator of a child’s future success? We hope that the children can use their book vouchers to buy a book online and we look forward to them sharing their choices with us.
This term we have been learning about light, sound and electricity. We have really enjoyed carrying out different experiments to help develop our understanding. We explored different sources of light and learnt which objects reflect light. We know that candles, torches, bulbs and the sun are all sources of light and mirrors and spoons reflect light. We then moved on to explore sound. We learnt where sound comes from and how sound travels. We completed the cup and string experiment and learnt that sound travels through vibrations. Finally, we explored electricity. We learnt that we get electricity from the mains (plugged into the wall) and from batteries. We sorted different appliances and objects based on what type of electricity they use. We were then given a bulb, a battery and two wires and tried to turn the light bulb on. This was a struggle at first as we couldn’t figure it out, however after realising that both wires have to touch the battery and the bulb, we all managed to have a ‘light bulb moment’!
Hatfield House Trip – Where the Wild Things Are
At the beginning of the autumn term, we went on a whole school trip to Hatfield House. This linked with our learning around the book ‘Where the Wild Things Are’. Whilst walking around the grounds of Hatfield House, we completed a scavenger hunt, looking for different types of trees, animals and natural materials. We walked down to the lake and sat quietly for a few minutes thinking about what we could see, hear, smell, taste and touch. We then did some descriptive writing about this setting and thought about how Max might have felt being somewhere similar to this. After lunch we went into a woodland area and thought more carefully about what the wild things in the book look like. We then created our own ‘wild things’ picture using natural materials. Back at school we were able to use our experiences here to help us relate to Max in the story and produce some fantastic writing.
Would zebras be better off without lions?
This term we have been learning more about predators, prey and producers. We thought about a question “Would zebras be better off without lions?” We watched videos about how lions and zebras behave in the wild and what they eat. We then drew food chains to show what we had found out. Then we acted out being lions and zebras.
We talked about food sources and watering holes. Some people were lions. They ‘ate’ the older and slower zebras. Then we took away all the lions. More and more zebras were in our grass lands and soon we ran out of water and food. We went back into class and discussed what we found out. Most children decided that we need lions/predators in habitats to make sure everything in the food chain survives. What other questions could you ask about animals and their habitats?