We have had a very busy week this week in Toucans class! We have continued with our research about the North Pole and are ready to write back to Professor Pole now. We have used atlases to find different countries in the North Pole and found out more about the temperate and landscape.
In English we have been reading lots of books by Hans de Beer. He has written a series of books about a character called Lars who is a little polar bear. We have enjoyed them all and made book reviews.
In Maths we have been learning about 2D and 3D shapes. We have learnt some new vocabulary including vertices and quadrilateral. We have learnt to name and describe shapes and even had a go at making shapes from nets.
This week we are starting a unit of Geography work. We started by looking at all the different maps, globes and atlases we have in our classroom. We explored different atlases in pairs and found out new facts for ourselves.
We then shared what we already knew about the UK. We practised using maps to locate and label countries and seas of the United Kingdom. Tomorrow we are going to focus on the continents and seas/oceans of the world.
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.