We bought our bikes into school today as we have been learning all bout exercise and being healthy. We had great fun but also thought about which muscles in our body we were working and how. We decided exercise makes our hearts work faster, makes us hot, makes us out of breath and makes our muscles ache. It must be good for us! We think cycling is great exercise as you can see from our photos.
When we came inside we had a look at some children’s helmets. We talked about how helmets help to keep our heads safe and how important they are. Miss Williams showed us what might happen to our heads if we don’t wear a helmet by holding Mr Egg up high and dropping him. He didn’t end up looking very healthy – in fact he looked egg-stremely sorry for himself!
We decided to make him an egg-helmet to protect him. We designed them based on the materials we had available. Tomorrow we are going to do our egg-speriments to see if our helmets work or not.
We are learning about the food groups as part of our Being Healthy topic. We began our afternoon by learning some more facts and then started to think about what makes a healthy meal. We looked at the school dinner menus and picked foods to make a healthy meal. We then made this meal from collage material. We had to think carefully about how much of each food to use to make it a balanced meal!
Today we started our topic of ‘Being Healthy’. We started by sharing all the ways we already knew to stay healthy.
These were our ideas:
We then realised all these things were to do with keeping our bodies healthy but it is important to have a healthy mind too! We thought of things we do to keep our minds healthy and shared times/activities that make us feel happy. We used these to make a happy booklet. We will put them on display in our classroom when they are finished.
Year Two have been making straw rockets. They got a pencil and rolled paper around the pencil. Then they sellotaped the edge and folded the top over two times to make sure there were no holes at the top so that no air would escape.They then sellotaped a rocket fin to the end. They took the rockets outside put a straw inside the rocket and blew as hard as they could to see how far the rocket would fly.
Here are the instruction so that you can have a go too.
Today Toucans performed their class assembly about the Rainforest. They did the most wonderful job of singing, acting and even performing a musical rainstorm! Parents and teachers commented on how lovely and loud their voices were and everyone was very proud of them. Well done Year 2!
Year 2 made different sized flying fish from paper. The class talked about how they were going to make their fish fly and the best way to make the fish fly the furthest. They started with their biggest fish and threw them from different heights. They then experimented with other fish but in order to make it a fair test they made sure that they threw the fish from the same heights and places. Amelia and Ke Xin found that if you spread the tail fin apart the fish flew even further. Shona and Kerris found that the biggest fish flew further because it caught more air as it was the biggest fish.
On Tuesday we had a wonderful trip to the zoo! We visited nearly all the animals including the meerkats, penguins, butterflies, tapirs, lemurs and many different types of monkeys. The weather was very hot and we did lots of walking but still had had a truly wonderful time. All the children were very well behaved! They have written recounts about the day so they can tell you about their favourite parts themselves.
In Science, Year 2 were asked to identify and name a variety of plants. They first had to give Mrs Knipe as much information as they already knew about plants and trees. Once they shared their knowledge they then learnt about evergreen and deciduous trees ( I wonder if you know what they are?) After that they went outside to try and spot the different types of plants, flowers and trees that are in and around our school. They found Clover, Daises, Ivy plus Sycamore and Oak trees along with other varieties.
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.