Category Archives: Science

Rockets to the moon

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.

Flying fish!!

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.

A trip to Twycross Zoo

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.

Our written recounts

Photos of our trip

Identifying plants

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.

Researching for our non-chronological reports

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.

Rainforest Art

Today we started exploring the rainforest in Art. We practised drawing and painting rainforest animals. We had some photographs and a choice of A4 or A5 paper. We had to decided whether to have our paper landscape or portrait. We then drew our pictures to fill the paper, focusing on size and shape.

We then decided whether to use a thick or thin brush for each part. We had to mix our own colours too at times.

Have a look at our finished pieces.

Exploring different materials

Today we had a very exciting letter from Professor Pole thanking us for our letters and helping with his research. He also asked us to help him again! He has to write a report about his findings but he doesn’t know what it should look like. Luckily, we do! So we are going to help him by writing some as examples and sending them to him.

In our Science lesson today we explored materials further. Professor Pole needs a new umbrella so we thought about the properties it would need to have. We focused on thinking about the words waterproof and absorbent. We had five different materials and had to set up an experiment to find which ones were absorbent and which were waterproof. We know experiments must be fair tests so we kept some things the same: same size material, same amount of water and put them in for the same amount of time. We worked in groups to plan and carry out our experiments. Look at our work to find out our results.