In our English lessons this week, we have had a grammar focus. We have reminded ourselves about when to use past and present tense, as well as learning about how to form the progressive tense. This used to describe actions that were or are happening. For example, "he is swimming" and "he was swimming".
In our Maths lessons, we have been learning about capacity. We had a lesson to compare the capacity of different containers and were using mathematical symbols < and > in sentences. We have also been measuring the capacity of a container in ml and learning how to read different scales.
In our science lesson, we have carried out of final follow-up observations on our science investigations for the term. We noticed that not all of our seeds have germinated in the gloves and this is because seeds have different rates of germination.
We have also looked at the work of artist William Morris. We are working up to producing prints in a similar style to his, focusing on a floral design and the printing technique.
On Friday, we visited Oxford Botanic Gardens. We were very lucky with the weather and had a great time learning lots of information about the plants that we eat. We explored the rainforest and desert glasshouses as well as the vegetable and herb beds. Kate, our guide, showed us round the glasshouses and pointed out lots of interesting plants that we can eat; bananas, chili peppers and cocoa to name but a few! We even saw pink bananas!
Week 4 (w/c 13th May)
This week Year 2 have been working really hard to complete their special booklets. We're so pleased that everyone has tried their best.
We've still had time to begin learning about something new in maths - mass. We've compared 3 items completing the stem sentence "The _____ is heavier than the _____ but lighter than the ____." We then moved on to using standard units to measure mass, finding something in the classroom that weighted 10g, 50g or 100g, for example.
In our topic lessons, we have been investigating parts of the plant we can eat. We have looked at where in the world different fruits and vegetables come from, and thought about how they get to the UK. We then tried some different foods - pineapple, pak choi, mango, raspberries and pomegranite - rating them on a scale of 0-5 for appearance, smell, taste and texture. Everyone tried all the fruit on offer, with all of the children saying that there was at least one item they had not eaten before. We then thought about what we liked and did not like so much, and why.
Following on from this, we have been developing our culinary skills by making Rainbow Fruit Kebabs. We designed a package for them, considering what it would be made from, who it would be for and what the ingredients would be - lots of the packaging highlighted the fact that there was no added sugar! Finally, we actually got to eat our creations, sitting in the sunshine on the field. We evaluated these too, considering what we liked and what we would do to improve them.
In English, we have finished the story of the Lonely Beast and discovered that he had a party at the end. What better food to have at a party than our fabulous Fruit Kebabs? So we have been writing our own instructions for the Beast to follow and then he could make his own!
In this week's English lessons, we have been writing a letter to the Mayor of the city from our story, The Lonely Beast. The Mayor had received a letter of complaint about the Beast who is staying in the park, stating the Beast should be removed immediately. In response, we are writing a persuasive letter to argue that the Beast should be allowed to stay. We have thought about using subordinating conjunctions to help us to explain our ideas.
In Maths this week, the classes looked at a maths booklet by Mrs Brown and Mrs Middlemore. There were lots of mistakes and the children worked really well in pairs to check and correct. We have also been looking at how scales can be represented on different graphs.
We have done lots of Science this week and have started a new investigation. We are going to be studying the process of germination and have arranged different seeds into a plastic glove. We will be observing them closely to see how the different seeds germinate.
Week 2 (w/c 29th April)
This week we have been learning more about the Lonely Beast. We discovered that he travelled to a city and made his home in a park. We tried to imagine what it would be like to have the Beast as a neighbour, and whether we would want him to stay in the park or to leave. We came up with some interesting arguments for both viewpoints. We have also been considering letters, why people write them and what are their main features. Next week, we are going to put both of these together and write a letter to the Mayor to try to convince him to either let the Beast stay or make him leave the park.
In maths, we have reached the end of our learning about time by considering how much time something takes and comparing different lengths of time.
We then moved on to statistics, and have been interpreting the information contained in pictograms.
We have been exploring the school grounds to identify the plants growing there. We then plotted the location of the plant on a map, creating our own symbols on a key for each plant.
We have been looking at plants in our topic lessons, thinking about the different parts of a plant we can eat. We have also started an experiment to find out if plants can grow anywhere. We have planted radish seeds in compost, sand, gravel, newspaper and cotton wool, and will observe them over the coming weeks to find out which one grows best.
We have also had another visit from Mr Thomas, and we did a really exciting experiment with bubbles. We noticed that a circular bubble wand made a sphere-shaped bubble and wondered what would happen if the bubble wand was shaped like a star, a triangle or a rectangle, for example. The children made their own bubble wands from pipe cleaners, and then blew bubbles to see what shape they were. Do ask them what happened, as it wasn't what was expected! Mr Thomas then used his own (much bigger) wand to blow some enormous bubbles...
In our English lessons this week, we have started our new book, The Lonely Beast by Chris Judge. We began by only looking at one illustration and considered what it tells us about the character. We watched a trailer video for the book and were surprised by how our ideas changed.
In this week's maths lessons, we have continued to learn about time. We reminded ourselves about telling the time to quarter past and quarter, as we did before the holidays. We have also started to tell the time to 5 minute intervals using the sentence "__ minutes past _ o'clock" and "__ minutes to _ o'clock".
We have started our new topic The Scented Garden by looking at plants that are growing in our school grounds. We learnt about how to take an effective photograph using the ipads by focusing and zooming on a subject.
Over the summer term, we will be having weekly visits from Mr Thomas from Abingdon Science Partnership. Together, we are going to complete 8 investigations to earn a CREST Star award. This week's investigation was called Music Makers. We investigated different types of sounds to find out what happens when we make a sound and how to make a sound higher or lower.