This week Toucans are learning about icebergs as part of their topic about the Polar regions. Charlie showed the class his fantastic homemade iceberg during Monday’s live lesson. Alex Sneddon enjoyed this lesson as he is very interested in the Titanic. Do you know what happened to the Titanic? If you don’t, ask Alex because he is an expert! Joseph also loved this lesson and sent some photos in to share.
Toucans have been learning that there are different types of food groups and that they should be eating certain amounts of these food types in their meals. The class all made a balanced meal. Can you remember the different food groups? How much of your meal should be made up of fruit or vegetables. How often should we eat sweets and crisps?
Since returning to school, Toucans have been learning all about being healthy and have completed lots of activities to find out more about what they can do to help themselves. They discussed how there are many different ways you can exercise to maintain health.
What do YOU do to get exercise?
After thinking of some exercises, Toucans went on to the playground to see what happened to their bodies when they exercised. They noticed they breathed faster, their hearts beat quicker and they began to feel hot and sweaty!
Toucans discussed what they liked to eat for a snack and chose their favourite. Here are our results. Are we snacking healthily?! What is your favourite snack? Can you name some healthy snacks?
Toucans carried out an experiment to see how far they could “sneeze!” Don’t panic! We used a spray bottle to use for the sneeze. Do you know how far the germs from a sneeze can travel? Remember to “Catch it, bin it, kill it” and always wash your hands! we watched a film of a man sneezing in slow motion. It was disgusting!
Toucans have conducted a science experiment to create a helmet for an egg. We pretended the egg was the head of a human and we had to work in partners to design a helmet, considering what was the most suitable material to use. We made sure it wa a fair test and kept the height of the test drop the same and the person dropping it too. It was very entertaining too! We found out that cardboard and cotton wool worked the best. Sadly, the crepe paper and foil did not work very well! Why do humans need to wear cycle helmets when riding their bike? Why is it important?
Today, Toucans discussed that besides eating sensibly and exercising, being happy is also part of being healthy. Everyone shared ideas about what makes them happy. Then each class member made a zig zag book which they could use for ideas about how to make themselves feel happy.
Today in science we planned and carried out an experiment. Professor Pole has asked for our help – his umbrella has disappeared! He wanted us to find out which material is the best for an umbrella. Millie thought we needed to do an experiment to find out! We decided an umbrella should be waterproof and strong enough that it wouldn’t rip in the rain.
We discussed which materials would be a good idea and which wouldn’t. We decided glass would be too dangerous and breakable, wood would be too hard to shape and metal would be too strong and might hurt him in a snowstorm!
We made some predictions and talked about how to keep our experiment a fair test.
In our science lesson today we learnt how to classify animals. We used some information posters to practice sorting animals. We then shared our ideas and learnt some facts together before having a go on our own.
In science today we learnt more facts about animals that live in polar regions. We learnt a polar bear weighs more than 700kg! We didn’t really understand how heavy that was so Miss Williams is going to weigh us and we are going to find out how many children would weigh the same as a polar bear. We also learnt about some new Arctic animals. We used the science words carnivore, omnivore and herbivore.
We started our new year with a very exciting discovery because outside our classroom this morning there was a tent! We had no idea why or what it was doing there so we decided the only way to find out was to explore it for ourselves. We went outside and inside the tent we found a letter, a backpack and a bag.
Everyone was very excited to read the letter. It said:
We were then super-excited to try and find out who PP was and what film he was talking about. It was very chilly outside so we took our findings inside to explore them further. We looked through the bag together and the more things we found the more we were convinced PP was definitely an explorer of some sort. He had some warm gloves, a hat, a woolly scarf, a compass, a clock, a torch, some snacks and lots of other things that suggested he explored in cold places. We then found a memory stick which had the film he spoke about in his letter. We watched it and discovered that PP was actually Professor Pole who is a nature explorer. He said it was minus 28 degrees in the North Pole today – BRR!
He told us he explores all over the North Pole and is particularly interested in polar bears. He asked for our help with 3 things which we are interested to find out more about:.
1: What animals live in the North Pole?
2. What are the landscape and climate like?
3. How do people survive in the North Pole?
He has left his things with us while he explores further and left us a lovely bag of fiction and non-fiction books too. We have put them in our role-play area so we can practice being explorers too! We will keep you informed about how we get on with our research.
On Tuesday 17th December Year 2 held a very successful Healthy Snack Café. We have been working towards it all term by learning about food groups and what is and isn’t healthy. We chose our own recipes (we researched for ourselves using swiggle) using healthy ingredients like wholemeal flour, fruit, vegetables and honey instead of sugar.
We worked in groups and each group was responsible for making a different healthy snack. We went to Tesco and shopped for our ingredients! It was very exciting to try and find everything on our shopping list. We had to use our Maths skills to make sure we had enough money!
Back in school, we followed the recipes carefully to make the food. We learnt how to cut things safely and how to measure ingredients accurately.
We then made signs and set up our tables. We practised how much things would cost and how to give change if customers needed it. We also practised our selling and customer service skills!
The afternoon was a great success. Parents were very supportive and many spent a small fortune! All the people who came to our café were very impressed with our confident selling skills.
The very good news is that even though the café was mainly a celebration of our learning we also made just over 30! Thank you so much to all the parents and visitors who spent their money buying our healthy snacks. We are going to have a hard think about what to spend it on and then have a vote. We will let you know what we choose. Well done Toucans!