Today was our Reindeer Run… it was a very windy and cold day but we successfully managed to complete our mammoth 6 minute run! We did this run to raise money for St Mary’s Hospice. The children have been working so hard, raising as much as possible, for such a wonderful and caring charity. Everyone loved wearing their reindeer ears and were lucky enough to take them home with them!
We are looking forward to see what our grand total is before the end of term.
Well done Year 2, we are super proud of you all for your hard work running and fundraising.
Toucans have been busy learning a new song called Friendship. They listened and appraised songs with a similar theme called “Count On Me” by Bruno mars and “We Go Together” from Grease, the musical. Besides revising notes previously learnt in Year 1 and the Autumn term, Toucans have learnt the A and B note. This week, Toucans have been composing their own pattern of notes and improvising to the same piece of music. They created symbols for the notes to record their notation.
Toucans have been learning about which parts of their bodies are private and talked about who can see them and when, such as visiting the doctor. The children named their body parts and watched the NSPCC Pantosaurus song to understand more.
Toucans are having a competition to see who can grow the tallest sunflower. In Science, the class learnt what a seed needs to be able to germinate. The class created a list:
Sun (for warmth and light)
Last week, after everyone had planted 2 seeds each, a class experiment was set up using three seeds under the following conditions as only one criteria can be changed to make it a fair test:
Seed 1 – Has water and light but no soil.
Seed 2 – Has water and soil but no light.
Seed 3 – Has soil and light but no water.
The children predicted what they thought would happen with each seed. Most children predicted none of them would grow.
This week it was time to update our Sunflower diaries to see if the seeds had grown and if so, by how much. We have been practising hard to measure with our rulers this week in Maths! Everyone was very excited. Apart from 2, everyone had a little seedling. It was then time to check the 3 for the experiment….. What a surprise?! For the seed without light, everyone had predicted it would not grow. It turned out that this was the tallest plant so far, measuring 8cms! The class were amazed but noticed it was not a healthy green colour like the plants that has been growing with light. It will be interesting to see how this plant progresses over the next few weeks so watch this space!
Toucans talked about who they live at home with today in PSHE. They talked about what a family is made up of. Families can be made up of mums and dads, step parents and siblings, half brothers and sisters, two mums, two dads, grandparents and carers. Toucans felt that although each family is different they all love one another.
Toucans have been extremely busy designing a cushion suitable for a younger child/sibling to use in the book corner, if they were reading. The class carried out market research and looked at a variety of cushions. They compared material, shape, decoration, colour, fastenings and stitching. Each child designed and planned their own cushion. Next the class practised running stitch, which took a lot of perseverance and concentration. Threading a needle is very tricky!
Toucans got busy stitching to make their beautiful cushions. After the children had made their cushions they really enjoyed decorating them with sequins, buttons and felt shapes/pictures. Afterwards, Toucans evaluated their cushions and thought about what they were most please about (what went well) and what would they change if they made a cushion again (next time, it would better if……). Have a look at our spectacular cushions! Which one is your favourite and why?