We have had a great time today walking to the farm and looking at the different animals. We were lucky enough to see piglets only 5 weeks old, they were really cute! We also watched the chickens scratching in the mud and pecking at the floor. There were lots of different breeds. We saw the lamas, cows, horses and the goats. The students at the farm showed us around and talked to us about how they looked after the animals. We were challenged with a scavenger hunt while we were there which made us look really carefully around the site. We had lots of fun but were very tired when we got back to school!
The Year 2 children had a very special start to this term with a visit from Maria, a fire officer. Maria taught us about fire prevention, including how to check our smoke alarms regularly, the importance of having a 'Fire Plan' at home (as well as at school) and how to 'Stop, Drop and Roll' should we ever be in the position where our clothes catch alight. Maria taught us how to extinguish fire from our clothes by rolling and 'squashing' the oxygen out of the flames. We also found out that closing the doors in our house at night can keep a fire back for 15 extra minutes. This could be a life saving amount of time.
The children listened beautifully throughout the session and used the information they had learnt to create some fantastic fire safety posters which we plan to display around the school.
We had the most wonderful, fun-filled afternoon today cooking a delicious Chinese vegetable stir-fry! The children became chefs and used sharp knives with care and skill to chop a range of vegetables, including: red onions, white onions, spring onions, peppers, baby corn, carrots and pak choi. The onions were a little bit of a challenge as they were quite strong and brought tears to our eyes! Mrs Smith then used the wok to heat and cook our beautifully chopped ingredients and the smell of the food cooking even enticed some of the other adults from around the school into our room. Mrs A-C from the office enjoyed sampling our stir-fry and gave it a huge thumbs up! Some of the children even used chopsticks to eat their stir-fry, which was certainly a little bit more challenging than using just a knife and fork!!
Once we had washed up and cleaned the surfaces, it was then time for taste testing!! We were lucky enough to try a range of foods (and drink) from Asia, including: prawn crackers, spicy Thai crackers, black bean sauce, sweet and sour sauce and even green tea! We were so proud of the children for taking a risk and trying some new foods and strong flavours whilst wearing smiles on their faces the whole time! Our favourite Asian tastes were definitely the prawn crackers (dipped in sweet and sour sauce)....and surprisingly, many of us loved the green tea!!
Please come along to our Around The World Exhibition on Thursday 8th February at 2pm where you will be able to try some Chinese foods....perhaps even with chopsticks!
Take a look at a few of our photos from this afternoon....Can you spot the tears in our eyes as we are chopping the onions?
This week, we have been working hard in Maths to learn how to multiply and divide numbers. We have found out that multiplication is commutative (can be done in any order: 2 x 5 = 10 and 5 x 2= 10) but division is not. When we divide we must put the largest number first.
We have been getting very clever at using models and images to show our working out, with many of us choosing to use bar models as well as pictorial images.
Please encourage your child to practice their 2x, 5x and 10x tables at home. There are some fantastic sites on the Internet to help you with this, including BBC Little Movers which has songs and dances to accompany the tables! Have fun :-)
Around The World Exhibition:
Don't forget to come along and view our amazing work about China at our 'Around The World Exhibition'. This will be held in the hall at 2pm on Thursday 8th February. You may even have a chance to experience using chopsticks !
We have been very practical this week. We have been designing homes and thinking about the materials we could use to make them strong enough to withstand our 'earth quake' tray. We have been thinking about Japan and have learnt that they have a lot of Earth quakes there. Houses have to be built very carefully in order to withstand these shakes. This was our design brief when it came to us thinking about how we should build and join our materials together. The children came up with some fantastic houses and experimented with lots of different joining techniques. After we had made our homes we tested them in the 'earth quake' shaker to see if the joining techniques had worked. I think we have some budding architects among us.
We have had another busy week thinking about our study country, China. We have found out about some of the most famous landmarks in China, which include:
The Great Wall of China
The River Yangtze
The Forbidden City
We have been writing facts about these amazing attractions- some of which absolutely fascinated us! Did you know that Mount Everest, which borders China, is over 60 million years old and actually grows a little bit every year? It would take you about 2 months to reach its summit and you would need specialist breathing equipment and oxygen tanks. It is incredibly windy near the top and gusts reach around 200mph. Sadly, some people have died trying to reach the top (around 290) as it is such a dangerous climb.
We will be sharing some more interesting facts at our end of term exhibition, where you will see some of our writing on display! We have been concentrating on our joined writing so far this term and we are trying to write more detailed sentences using conjunctions, such as 'and' or 'because'.
Thank you to the children who have already started to bring in 'junk' materials for our model making next week. We will be making houses out of the strongest materials possible and will need as many boxes (cereal, shoe boxes etc....) as you can spare. Please could you have a rummage in your recycling boxes for us and send in your materials as early as possible next week as we will begin designing our models on Tuesday. Thank you for your help and support!
Welcome back everybody and 'Happy New Year'!
We hope you had a super Christmas and a lovely, relaxing break. Thank you so much for all of our gifts at the end of term- it was very thoughtful of you all and very much appreciated.
We have had a busy first week back starting our new topic, 'Homes Around the World' and have already learnt so much. We are focusing on countries in Asia- particularly China and have learnt lots of facts about the country. We have also had a dance session and learnt a Japanese Dragon dance ready for the Japanese New Year. As the weeks progress we will be learning more about China, Japan and Thailand and the different homes people in these countries live in.
We have turned our role play into a Chinese restaurant which we have loved playing in but are lacking some authentic details. If you have any Chinese menus or containers, chopsticks or anything you think may help we would really appreciate your donations.
The children have been working really hard this week, despite all of the exciting Christmas distractions that are beginning to appear around the school! They have been experiencing different kinds of measures in Maths, as well as looking at scales. This is a lovely area of Maths which you can support your children with at home, such as by measuring ingredients and making delicious cakes, looking at capacity at bath time with empty bottles and jugs and even talking about how tall they are all getting!
The children are doing really well to learn our nativity play, 'Christmas With the Aliens'. We can tell that those who have words to remember have been trying hard to practice them at home- keep up the good work everybody! Parents and special people from home...... you certainly have a treat in store!
Please can we remind you to write a quick comment in your child's reading diary when you hear them read at home. If you are struggling to get your child to read their reading book maybe read a recipe together, a newspaper or magazine article, a library book, a favourite story from home, or even the Argos toy guide- anything that might grab their attention and encourage them to have a go at reading. We ask that you try to hear your child read 4 times a week. If they are able to do this, as well as completing their other pieces of homework, we will reward them with a homework sticker. Dolphins are aiming to win the homework trophy by being the class who have the most children completing their homework, but they do need your help to do this. Thank you for your continued support and if you have any questions about homework, please do not hesitate to come in and speak to us.
This week we have been thinking about time. Not just what the time says on the clock but intervals of time too. Many of us got confused with how many minutes there were in an hour, how many hours there were in a day, how many days there were in a week, how many weeks there are in a year etc. We will continue to revisit this throughout the year! As for telling the time we have made really good progress with o'clock and half past. Some of us were even reading quarter past and quarter to. Ask your child to tell you the time when you are at home and see how impressed you will be!!
This week, Mrs Rylands held her first felting workshop. Thank you to all of the parents, grandparents and family members of the children in Group 1 who were able to attend the session. We hope that you enjoyed learning how to create felt and maybe even left the afternoon feeling inspired to have a go at home. The pieces of felt that the children have produced are incredibly beautiful and effective and we will be using them to create some very special things! Group 2 will experience their felting workshop on Tuesday 28th November. If you are unsure whether your child will be in this group, please come and chat to us. Thank you, Mrs Rylands, for sharing your fantastic art skills with us all :-)
Also this week...........
In Science, we have started learning about forces. We have thought about which toys require a push, pull (or twist) to move. We now know that forces make toys start moving, speed up, slow down, change direction or stop. We enjoyed looking at photographs of old and new toys, as well as handling some real toys, to describe which forces are required. Next week, we will be making our own 'pull' toy to help us understand forces in greater detail.