Monthly Archives: January 2020

Umbrella experiment

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.

Animal facts

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.

Discussing our behaviour for learning – pride

This half term we are focusing on the behavior for learning of pride. Today in check-out we thought about what we did this week that made us feel proud.

This week I felt proud when…

Eason – I did well in Maths.
Max – I worked hard with Harvey.
Liam – I made my handwriting neater.
George – I showed people in assembly my karate award.
Alexie – I won a prize for getting the most pair points.
Rawan – I got 5 out of 5 for five-a-day.
Dora – Making 3-D shapes in Maths.
Maarya – I got a silver card.
Daisy B – I used inverted commas correctly.

Discussing our value word – Appreciation

Today in Circle Time we discussed our value word – appreciation. We thought about who we appreciate and why. We had lots of great ideas!

Imogen – I appreciate my Grandad because when we were rushing around he dropped me to school so I wouldn’t be late.
Krista – I appreciate my Nanny and Grandad because they helped us at Christmas.
Eason – I appreciate my Dad because he lped me build a tower.
Dora – I sppreciate my Mum becuase she always cares for me.
Frishta – I appreciate my Mummy and Daddy because they work hard for me.
Max – I appreciate my Uncle because he helps me with my games when they are hard.
Jason – I appreciate my Dad because he took me to the sweet shop.
George – I appreciate my Mum because she helps me with my homework.
Maarya – I appreciate my brother because when I am sad he plays with me.

We then discussed ways we can show people we appreciate them. We thought we could:

• Say thank you
• Give them a reward.
• Give them a cuddle.
• Give them a high five!
• If the person is in your family you could give them a kiss.

Excellent ideas Toucans! We should always try to show our appreciation.

2-D and 3-D shapes

This week in Maths we have been exploring shapes. We began by sorting and naming as many 2-D and 3-D shapes as we could. We then focused on learning and using some key vocabulary: quadrilateral and vertex/vertices. We explored the properties of all 2-D shapes and then focused on learniing about patterns.

Today we learnt about symmetry and which shapes and symmetrical and which are not. Next week we are focusing more on 3-D shapes.

Exploring poetry

In ERIC today, Year 2 Toucans explored poetry. Miss Williams read us a very funny poem about bedbugs to start with! She then made a book blanket of lots of different poetry books. We chose one to enjoy with our friends and read some poems together.

At the end, we discussed with our friend which one we enjoyed the most and put a post-it note on the page. Next time we can explore poems other children have enjoyed and see if we like them too!

A very exciting discovery

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.

Welcome back and Happy New Year.