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measuring cutting and fixing

Our DT project this half term has been working towards making our own fire engines.

We learnt many new skills including how to saw wood safely. It really wasn’t as easy as it looked! We measured our dowel then added 2cm so we had room to attach our wheels. Completing this project we managed to improve our skills in working together measuring to the nearest centimeter and folding cutting and strengthening materials

Well done Toucans!

Environment Protection

In science we have discussed that Environments are constantly changing, and this is a natural and essential part of the earth’s ecosystem. We discussed how humans can cause damage to habitats the importance of recycling. As a group activity we showed we knew how to sort different materials to dispose in the correct bin.

Further Reading

Some environmental changes are caused by natural phenomena, such as volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, and wildfires, while others are the result of human activities, such as deforestation, pollution, and climate change.

Natural environmental changes can have both positive and negative impacts on the ecosystem. For example, a wildfire can clear out dead brush and promote new growth, but it can also destroy the homes of many animals and release harmful pollutants into the air. Similarly, an earthquake can create new habitats by forming new landmasses or altering waterways, but it can also be destructive to existing habitats and the organisms that live in them.

Human-induced environmental changes, on the other hand, often have negative impacts on the ecosystem. For example, deforestation can lead to habitat loss for many different types of organisms, while pollution can harm waterways and the organisms that depend on them. Climate change, which is largely caused by human activities such as burning fossil fuels, can have far-reaching impacts on ecosystems, including changes in temperature and precipitation patterns, loss of biodiversity, and alterations in the distribution of species.

Understanding that environments are constantly changing is important because it underscores the need for environmental conservation and preservation efforts. By recognising the dynamic and interconnected nature of ecosystems, we can work to protect and preserve habitats and the organisms that depend on them, both for the benefit of the environment itself and for the well-being of human society.

Life-Cycle of a Frog

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This week we are learning about the life cycle of a frog, from frog – frogspawn – tabpole- froglet back to a frog.

The children were very excited when they were given playdough! We went through as a class what the life cycle of a frog looked like. We spoke about how a frog begins it’s life as an egg which is known as frogspawn, then the eggs turn into a tadpole and eventually into a froglet (a tadpole with legs) and then it grows into a young frog before growing into an adult frog.

A fun fact we learned was that a frog lives for up to 10-12 years, but not many tadpoles survive to become a frog.

Extension: Click here to play a frog life cycle labeling game

Sequencing in Computing

This half term in Computing our focus is on programming.

Algorithms are precise instructions. We looked at the instructions, up, up , turn right and turn left. These are the only four instructions we are giving. We then explored what would happen if we gave these instructions to our floor robots (bee-bots) but try the instructions in different ways.

We then discussed together and came to the conclusion that the order of instructions (sequencing) is very important as giving the same instructions but in different order may produce a different outcome. In our example, our Bee-bots ended in different places.

Do you want to try a virtual bee-bot at home? Click here to load up the virtual bee-bot!

Ho Ho Ho!

This week we have started our new music unit. Ho Ho Ho is a fun Christmas song that includes rapping, improvising and dancing.

We listened to the song and discussed

What Can You Hear?
● One male and one female. Children’s voices, rapping and voices shouting out Christmas words.
● Sleigh Bells, bass guitar, trumpet, trombone, saxophone. Harmonica/synthesiser, piano and
strings.
We also had a go at singing it. We do need more practice but here is a sneek peak. We had lots of fun giving it a go.

Extension: Have a go learning the song at home

Extension: You can see an overview of this lesson below.

Continents of the world!

Year 2 Singing Continents of the world!

This half term we have started our Geography topic. Over the next two weeks we will be looking at the continents and oceans of the world . We used a range of resources including a globe, a large map and atlas. Mr Lo also demonstrated digital mapping using Digimaps to locate Druids Heath in Birmingham, England, United Kingdom!

Extension: Have you tried Google Earth at home? Click here to access it!

Extension 2: Click here to explore an interactive map with the continents and oceans.

Science Investigation!

This half term the children have been learning about how to have a healthy lifestyle. Today the children completed an experiment using various crisps. The aim of the experiment was to establish which crisps had the highest fat content – we did this by crushing four different types of crisps on paper towels which in turn were on graph paper. Toucans had to count how many squares on their graph paper contained grease once crushed. They filled out their results on a table and then presented them on a bar chart.

IT in the supermarket

Today in computing we looked at how IT is used in the wider world. We focussed on a supermarket and talked about how the supermarket checkout has a till, barcode scanner that is part of IT. 

Toucans were very good at explaining what all the pieces of hardware were. Kady also pointed out that we have barcodes on books. 

Did you know that barcodes are scanned using a scanner connected to a till. The number contained in the barcode is then used to look up the item. Once the item has been matched, its price will be looked up. This information comes from another computer, to which all of the tills are connected. The price is shown on a screen and added to a list of all of the things that the customer is buying.

To help us understand this we did some role play. Some of us were barcode scanners and item finders, others were price finders. 

 

Why not find out even more about barcodes. Click here!