We have been super busy in year 2 this half term preparing for our SATs. We have worked so hard in our normal English and Maths lessons but also had extra English and Maths lessons too. Luckily, we have still found time to do our topic of the rainforest.
We now know lots of facts and are preparing to write our own non-chronological reports next week. Today we did some final research to check we’re sure of our facts before we start to write.
In our English lessons we are really focusing on improving our handwriting. BUT – not just in English, in every lesson! Today in Geography we wrote postcards as if we were in the Amazon rainforest. We focused on the geographical features of the rainforest and how we would describe it to someone who had never been there.
We used our very nearest handwriting as we did our writing. We are very proud of our finished postcards.
Today, Year 2 Toucans have been using atlases to find the country of origin on certain foods. The children had to find where mangoes, cucumbers, plums and sweet potatoes came from on maps of the world. They used the index of the atlas to find the page where the country could be located. We also discussed where different foods came from around the world.
In Geography today we learnt some more interesting facts about life in polar regions. We were focusing on Inuit people who live in some parts of Russia, Alaska and other countries in the Artctic Circle. We are getting very knowledgeable about the polar regions now!
In Geography today we started to learn about maps, atlases and globes. We soon discovered we have lots of them on display in our classroom! We looked at Google Earth on the computer and found our school. We were very excited to look down on it from above!
We then explored maps inside atlases for ourselves. We looked at lots of different atlases to start with and then chose one to use for our challenge. Miss Williams put a list of places on the whiteboard and challenged us to find them. It was great fun but a lot trickier than we first thought.
Today we combined our Geography and Computing lessons to learn more facts about the rainforest. We started by watching some clips about the temperature and weather patterns. Today in Birmingham it is 8 degrees Celsius and in Brazil where the Amazon rainforest is it is 31 degrees celcius! We learnt that this is because the sun’s rays are always directly overheard.
We then had a quick refresher on how to search safely using Swiggle and researched in pairs. We learnt lots of interesting facts about the animals that live in the different layers of the rainforest.
We started our new year with a very exciting discovery because outside our classroom this morning there was a tent! We shared some ideas about who it might belong to and what sort of tent it might be:
We decided the only way to find out was to explore it for ourselves. Inside we found a backpack and a bag. Naly very cleverly spotted there was a note sticking out of the backpack and everyone was very excited to read it. We took our findings inside and read the letter. It said:
We were then super-excited to try and find out who PP was and what film he was talking about. We continued looking through the bag and the more things we found the more we were convinced PP was definitely an explorer of some sort. He had some warm gloves, a hat, a woolly scarf, a compass, a clock, a torch, some matches and lots of other things that suggested he explored in cold places. We then found a memory stick which had the film he spoke about in his letter. We watched it and discovered that PP was actually Professor Pole who is a nature explorer.
He told us he explores all over the North Pole and is particularly interested in polar bears. He asked for our help with 3 things which we are interested to find out more about. We will keep you informed about how we get on with our research.
During our topic lessons we have been learning all about the rainforests of the world. We have started to learn more about the tribes of people who live in the rainforests. Today we learnt that they find everything they need from the forests around them. They make their own houses and tools. They find their food from the rainforest and make medicines from the forest too. We also learnt that they use special leaves from the trees to make their own baskets. So in Art this afternoon we learnt how to weave our own baskets.
We learnt that weaving is a bit like sewing but with your hands. We had to weave in and out of our basket loom by going under, over, under, over. We soon discovered it wasn’t as easy as it looked!
Pyper said ‘Art it supposed to be fun… this is hard!’ so Ishmael told her ‘Just keep trying, remember you need to persevere and you will get a nice basket by the end’.
Sophie said ‘I’m no good at this, my basket doesn’t even look like a basket’ and Reuben told her ‘Yes it does, it looks great. Just keep going I think it looks really good’.
Toucans have been thinking hard about our value word of friendship. Miss Williams was so proud to hear these conversations. Well done Toucans for encouraging your friends.
In Geography we are learning about the rainforests of the world. Today we focused on weather patterns around the world and in the rainforests. We used our atlases to help us find places in the equator and then used the internet to find the temperature and weather in that location.