Trip to Saltaire

This week Year 2 went on a school trip to Saltaire as part of our Art learning all about the artist David Hockney. We had explored some of his work previously in lessons and particularly focused on his painting of the Salts Mill. As we walked around Saltaire we looked closely to find the different geographical features that Hockney had included in his painting and compared the picture with reality. We noticed that he had changed a lot of the colours, as well as the positioning of different buildings and roads.

We were amazed when we got to see Hockney’s painting in real life – surprised by how large it was and how much more colourful it looked.

We also squeezed in a quick sketch of the bandstand in the park before having lunch and enjoying some games. What a fun day out it was!

Parents’ Visit to 2HM

This week 2HM performed their class assembly to the rest of school and to parents, family and friends. They did an amazing job, demonstrating what confident public speakers, actors, dancers and musicians they had become. They really enjoyed the opportunity to share everything they have been learning recently and really appreciated having such a wonderful audience to perform to.

After the assembly parents and family were invited back to the classroom, where pupils in 2HM shared their collaging skills and knowledge of meerkats’ appearance. Working with their adults, the children created collages of meerkats, thinking carefully about shape, colour, pattern and texture. They demonstrated the different skills they had learnt such as layering, tearing and folding.

Is the field just grass?

In Science this week we explored the question: is the field just grass? We made predictions by drawing a diagram of what we imagined we would see if we went outside to the field, considering the different plants that we might find. Then we went out and used hoops to mark different sections of the field and observing closely to draw what we could see. We discussed the names of different plants and some of us were surprised at how different dandelions could look at different stages of their life. We identified clover, moss, grass, dandelions, buttercups, daisies and grass seeds.

What is the oldest plant?

Early in the week, inspired by our new plant topic, Dariyan asked the question, “What is the oldest plant?”.

This made us curious so we decided to find out more. First of all we researched online and discovered that

the oldest type of trees are the bristlecone pines, with one tree found to be over 5000 years old! This tree can be found in the White Mountains of California in Inyo National Forest.

  We were amazed at how old these trees were!

We discovered that the second oldest tree was Sarv-e Abarqu, a Cyprus Yew tree in Iran.

Next we wanted to find out how we could measure how old a tree was. Reuben knew that we could count the rings of a tree stump and we found out that each ring on the tree stump shows a year of growth.

We wanted to find out how old some of the trees were in the playground but couldn’t cut down the trees. Although we found out that you can bore a hole in the tree to count the rings without cutting it down, we didn’t have the right equipment.

Instead we decided to use the technique of measuring around the circumference of the tree stump. Although this wouldn’t be as accurate, measuring the trunk in inches around 1m up from the ground, would give us a rough idea of the age in years.

We went outside with tape measures and metre sticks to investigate.

Here are some photos:

    

We also found some tree stumps where we looked closely to see if we could see the rings.

 

Easter Story

This week, as part of Holy Week, we considered why Christians celebrate Easter by exploring the meaning of the Easter Story. After listening to the story, we used drama to remember key events that happened, such as:

Jesus arriving in Jerusalem on a donkey to cheering crowds –

Jesus and his disciples having their Last Supper –

Jesus praying in the Garden of Gethsemane, when soldiers come to arrest him –

Mary discovering that the tomb is open and then realising that Jesus is alive!

Dance – Owl and the Pussycat and Space

As part of our PE lessons we have been learning about different styles of dance and Both imitating and creating our own moves in response. We then used what we had learnt to create a dance based around the Owl and the pussycat.

 We used some of the verbs from the poem to create our own routine, before working in partners to develop a dance as the owl and the pussy-cat. 

The following week we developed our own dances based around space. First we practised moving around as if we were stars and then we looked at different constellations and created our own mo es in response to these. We sequenced these moves to the music Claire de Lune to create a short dance.

Science Week

Last week was Science Week at Allerton CE Primary School. In 2HM we took part in lots of different activities throughout the week, including an investigation to find out if any nocturnal animals visited our school at night. We set up a tube outside with paper sellotaped inside and a tray of paint carefully positioned either end. Then we crumbled some bread inside the tube and covered it all with leaves and grass to camouflage it. 

We left the tube overnight and checked the next morning to see if there were any footprints on the paper. It had been very windy and rainy overnight but fortunately the equipment was still in place. When we checked however, the bread was untouched and there were no footprints. We were disappointed, but luckily 2HS had had a visitor to their tube overnight, with all the bread eaten and lots of footprints! We studied the footprints closely and identified them as hedgehog footprints. We were very excited! To check whether the hedgehog would return the following night, we set up our equipment again where 2HS’ trap had been to leave it overnight. The following morning we found that the bread had been eaten and there were lots of very wet footprints! 

They matched the footprints from the previous day, so it’s likely that the hedgehog returned again.

Later in the week we worked in teams as Team Ant to weigh 3 mystery eggs to find out their weight and by doing so identify which bird they came from. We matched the lightest egg with the smallest bird, a quail, and then identified the other 2 eggs as duck and hen eggs. We also looked at how heavy ostrich eggs are, surprised by their size and weight! 

World Book Day Book Night

Last Thursday was World Book Day and to celebrate our love of books and reading, Year 2 had the opportunity to come back after school in pyjamas to take part in a selection of book themed activities. These included a book quiz, a scavenger book hunt around school, designing a book character and building dens that we could use to read our favourite books by torch light. I was in the den building room and can safely say that we all had lots of fun. Here are some pictures from the evening:

Then we finished off the evening with hot chocolate, biscuits and story time. What a fantastic night we had!

Science investigation into animal habitats

This week, as part of our science learning all about habitats, we used a choice chamber investigation to find out more about the habitat of a mealworm. We planned our investigation first, thinking about what we wanted to find out and the method we would use. We recorded this in our science books and included a diagram to help explain. After making a prediction, we carried out our test.

Working in small groups, we used a Petri dish to create the choice chamber – giving the meal worms an option of dry/damp, sandy/non sandy, light/dark and shiny/dull. Then we put 5 meal worms into each dish and waited for 5 minutes to see which side they would choose. We counted up the number in each side to get our results which we recorded before drawing our conclusions. Here are some photos of us in action!