In Design and Technology, Year 2 have been very busy studying emergency service vehicles from around the world before considering which materials would be the most suitable for a ladder and hose. Following this, everyone has spent the past few weeks developing their own ideas to create a final design for their fire engine. Now the exciting time has come to start to turn these designs into a reality. I cannot wait to see what the finished products looks like!
Recently, Year 2 visited the Emergency Services Museum in Sheffield to take part in a workshop all about the role of firemen during the Great Fire of London. We learned all about how the job of a fireman was very different back in 1666 from the clothes they wore, the equipment they used as well as how they were rewarded for their efforts. During the day, the children had excellent fun trying on the different uniforms – even if they were a little bit too big for them!
This week in science, we have been trying to help our class mascot Lamar. He is hoping to go on holiday to Africa to experience a safari adventure. To help him, we have been exploring different materials using our senses before testing their absorbency to help Lamar to work out which material is the most suitable for the bag and towel he will take with him.
In Year 2, we have been using atlas to work name the four countries and their capital cities that make up the United Kingdom. We have been finding out which country and capital city the Queen lives in. In this lesson, I was incredibly impressed with everyone, especially our experts, who supported other children to complete the true or false quiz challenge. The last question was a very tricky brain teaser!
Recently, Year 2 have been continuing to help their science co-ordinator to develop the outside garden. Here they are preparing the flower beds for planting. They have learnt all about what plants need to stay healthy and even how plants are able to make their own food through a process called photosynthesis.
Last week, Year 2 have really enjoyed their visit to the Thackray Museum. When they arrived, they were greeted by a mystery visitor who turned out to be Florence Nightingale. They spent time discussing her legacy and working with museum objects to discover how she helped to improve hospital conditions. Finally, they took part in some role play. Everyone worked together to improve conditions in the hospital and make things better for the injured soldiers in the Crimean War.
At the start of every term, Year 2 chose an IIP individual target to work on. We have taken part in our mid-term review. Using the strategy guide, our books and reading records, we have reviewed the progress we have made towards our target. I was incredibly impressed with Georgie, Toby, Amelia, Leah and Brandon for clearly explaining why they had made progress towards, but not fully met their target yet! Well done!
Last week, Year 2 were really excited to take part in an Inspire morning with their parents/carers to teach them how to edit writing using CUPS. Everyone worked extremely hard during the session! We would like to say a big thank you to all the parents/carers who took the time to attend.
Mr Johnson has asked our science co-ordinator, Miss Fidler, to develop the flowerbeds to create a beautiful garden for our school to help attract more wildlife. Year 2 have been busy helping her to carry out a fair test to work out the best conditions for a plant to grow. They have been observing their results carefully and drawing detailed diagrams to record their findings.
This week, Year 2 have been identifying the four different word classes in a GPS style activity. I was really impressed by how everyone used their knowledge in the challenge to offer a clear, detailed explanation to prove how they knew they were correct! Take a look at Shelby’s brilliant work from the lesson…