Category Archives: Geography

Video: Polar Explorers

Today Toucans visited the North Pole and the South Pole! Have a look at our video and see what we found out..

Of course we never really visited the Poles – they are too far away and too cold! In our Computing lessons we have been learning how to search for and save images. We have also been working on our acting and presentation skills.

We made our own reports and Mr Baddhan helped us to use the green screen to make it look like we really visited the North and South Pole. Do you think we did a good job?

2D and 3D shapes

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.

English
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.

Maths
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.

Maps, globes and atlases

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.

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.

Writing postcards

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.

Using atlases

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.

Maps, atlases and globes

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.