Category Archives: Geography

Polar Regions

In Geography we have been learning about what it’s like to live in the polar regions. We learnt all about the inuit people.

We made a mind map about what we learnt.

As well as this we also looked at temperatures around the world. We discussed how the polar regions are very cold. We learnt that we use a thermometer to measure temperature.

Finally we discussed why we think the ice is melting.

BIRMINGHAM WEATHER

Click here to play the thermometer game!

Arctic Animals

In Reading and Geography today the children have been learning about Arctic Animals. We tried to summarise the information and say two facts about the animals.

Let’s review it by reading it here!

Arctic

The Arctic is a very cold place with amazing animals. Let’s learn about four special animals that live there: the Arctic Fox, the Arctic Wolf, the Polar Bear, and the Arctic Hare. These animals have adapted in clever ways to survive in the Arctic’s harsh conditions.

Arctic Fox

The Arctic Fox is a small animal with a thick, white coat. This helps it blend in with the snowy environment. The fox’s fur keeps it warm during freezing winters. In the summer, their fur changes to a brownish colour, so they can hide among rocks and plants. The fox also has furry paws that work like snowshoes, helping it walk on deep snow without sinking.

Arctic Wolf

The Arctic Wolf is bigger than other wolves. Its white fur helps it hide in the snowy land, making it a great hunter. This majestic creature has a sleek body and long legs, which let it run quickly across the icy ground. Its sharp senses help it find food, even in really bad weather.

Polar Bear

The Polar Bear is a special animal that represents the Arctic. It has a thick layer of fat and dense fur, which keeps it warm in the icy cold. The fur looks white, but it’s actually see-through. This lets sunlight reach the bear’s black skin and warm it up. The bear can swim very well because it has large, webbed feet and strong claws. These help it move through icy water and find food.

Arctic Hare

The Arctic Hare has a beautiful white coat that helps it blend in with the snow. This helps it hide from predators. Its big paws have fur on the bottom, which acts like snowshoes and helps it walk on slippery ground. The hare also has long, strong back legs that help it move quickly through deep snow and escape from danger.

  1. Can you remember the order of the animals in the text?
  2. Can you say two facts about each animals?

In Geography we looked at them closely. We went on a virtual tour of the Arctic.

Many of us noticed that all arctic animals have similarities such as having white fur to blend in with the environment and pointy ears for good hearing.

We also compared the Actic Fox to a Red Fox . We noticed the similarities and differences.

Professor Pole

We started the spring term by making a very exciting discovery in our classroom – an explorer’s tent! We discovered the tent belonged to Professor Pole who is an explorer working in the Arctic Circle. He is currently in Svalbard but has been all over looking at how polar bears survive.

He asked us to help him to find out more about the polar regions of the world. Our new topic for this term is now about Polar Regions and we couldn’t be more excited! We looked through the bag he left us to look after and found many important items an explorer would need. We are going to look after his tent and bag until he can return for them. We can’t wait to use them in our role play area!

Why are there two pacific oceans?

Today we looked at a map and curiously asked, “Why are there two Pacific ocean’s” We also looked at how maps can have a Key to understand the data on a map.

Lots of us found this confusing. To understand that there is only one Pacific Ocean we looked at a globe and accepted that the Earth is round and not flat like the map. We looked at how there is actually one Pacific Ocean.

Mr Lo also showed us how maps around the world can be different. A Chinese world map shows China in the middle and North and South America to the right hand side. This shows clearly there is one Pacific Ocean. We also looked at an Australian World Map.

We also explored Google Earth Click here to explore it at home

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.

The Great Kapok Tree

In our English lessons, we have been enjoying the story of The Great Kapok Tree by Lynne Cherry. This story is set in the rainforest which we have been learning lots of facts about.

We have been revising how to write direct speech through using speech bubbles. Look how neatly we have presented our work!

An Exciting Discovery

We started the spring term by making a very exciting discovery in our classroom – an explorer’s tent! We discovered the tent belonged to Professor Pole who is an explorer working in the Arctic Circle. He is currently in Svalbard but has been all over looking at how polar bears survive.

He asked us to help him to find out more about the polar regions of the world. Our new topic for this term is now about Polar Regions and we couldn’t be more excited! We looked through the bag he left us to look after and found many important items an explorer would need. We are going to look after his tent and bag until he can return for them. We can’t wait to use them in our role play area!

Learning all about the world

We have been enjoying learning all about the world in our Geography lessons. We have spent time learning how to use an atlas.
We have also learned all about where in the world our food comes from. We had a look at a globe, map and atlas and discussed what we already knew about the world. We then had an opportunity to explore the atlases for ourselves. They were wonderful! We are really looking forward to learning more.

We are learning about the continents and oceans of the world too. Maybe you can test us!

Twycross Zoo

On Friday 17th June Y2 went on an amazing trip to the zoo! The weather was beautiful – the sun shone all day long for us. We had a special lesson in the classroom first linked to our topic about rainforests. We made our own rainforest and put in the animals that live there.

Unfortunately, we didn’t get to see the tapirs as their enclosure is being moved. However, we did get to see all the different sorts of monkeys we have been learning about in our rainforest topic.

We also saw meerkats, penguins, tigers, rhinos, giraffes and many more animals!

We had a picnic under a shady tree at lunchtime which we really enjoyed.

In the afternoon we went on a Gruffalo hunt! It was amazing! We heard the story of the Gruffalo and even met some of the animals in it too.

We were very tired out on the coach home. Some of us even managed a sneaky little nap! What a wonderful day we had!

 

Exploring Polar Regions

Toucans are continuing their exploration of the Earth’s Polar Regions. In recent lessons they have been finding out how people live there. They had to imagine how they would travel to the Polar Regions and what they would see.

We talked about what the differences might be between the UK and the Polar Regions. The Toucans then looked at some information about the Inuit people and their life and work in the Artic.

Year 2 found out that no one lives permanently in Antartica as the weather is far too extreme. There are scientists and explorers that work there for part of the year to gain important information for us to find out more of this beautiful continent.

Using Compasses

Toucans learnt all about directions using a compass to find North.  The children soon got to work in pairs, making a set of instructions for each other to follow. They used the compasses really well to plot their routes.  
 
Sam – From the school the farmhouse is South.  
Oliver – From the playground the school field is West.  
Alex S – Wyndham Covert is East from the playground. 
Isla – When we sit in class we are facing to the North. 
 

Polar animals

Toucans (and Mrs Parry!) loved learning about some Polar animals in the live lesson today. They found out how the animals are suited to the habitat they live in to help them survive. We especially focused on Polar Bears who live in the Arctic and Penguins who live in the Antarctic.
Karly got straight to work with her follow up task. She is becoming an expert in our new topic!

Here are a few links to watch.

Information:
Film of arctic animalshttps://www.youtube.com/watch?app=desktop&v=DXxzjmCFwTI

Film of polar bearshttps://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p011mrxm

Film of penguinshttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qWTwan_G6YE&feature=emb_title

? Remember to have a look for other amusing filming of the penguins like these:

Cheeky penguins wreak havoc | Snow Chick: A Penguin’s Tale – BBC – Bing video
Robot Snowballcam confuses Emperor Penguins – Bing video

Karly’s work below – well done Karly!

Climate Zones and Temperatures – Comparing the UK and Polar regions

Year 2 are busy becoming experts in the Polar Regions this week. They have learnt about the different climate zones of the world. They discovered the hottest countries are nearest to the Equator, whilst the Polar regions are furthest away. Toucans have been busy using the Met Office website to compare UK temperatures to the Arctic (North Pole) regions. They also found out that Antarctica (South Pole) is the coldest place on Earth. Here is the follow up task that Toucans completed after they had taken part in their “Live Lesson” – Well done Isla – this is a fantastic piece of work – very accurate and neat!

Investigating the United Kingdom

Toucans have been enjoying looking at atlases and learning how to use them efficiently, by referring to the contents page. They also looked at a globe and discovered we are quite a small country!

They found out the names of the countries using an atlas and were successful in labelling a blank map. Afterwards, the children located the capital cities of each country for an extra challenge. Quite a few children already knew the capital city of England (and the UK) is London. They recognised some London landmarks such as Big Ben, The Houses of Parliament and Buckingham Palace whilst looking at some photos. Great work Toucans!

Learning all about the world

This week we have been enjoying learning all about the world in our Geography lessons. We have spent time learning about globes, maps and atlases. We enjoyed exploring the new atlases for ourselves. We used the index to find different countries and label them on maps.

We are learning about the continents and oceans of the world too. Maybe you can test us!