Monthly Archives: January 2022

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.

Discussing Money

Toucans discussed with each other what is meant by  the words: afford, cheap and expensive. The children were told to pretend they had £1 and were asked what sort of items they would be able to afford to buy. Year 2 worked very well with their discussion partners, listening and expressing their opinions.
 
Finally, Toucans completed their own shopping list. They were asked to tick the items they thought they may be able to afford. They then ordered their items from most expensive to least expensive.

Telling the Time

Year 2 seemed very excited to start their introduction to telling the time. To start with, Toucans learnt the units of time: seconds, minutes, hours, days, weeks, months and years. We learnt that there are 60 seconds in 1 minute, 60 minutes in 1 hour, 24 hours in 1 day, 7 days in 1 week and 52 weeks in 1 year.

Toucans then moved on to telling the time to the hour and half hour. They were given practise clocks and it was explained that the ‘long’ hand was the minute hand and the ‘short’ hand was the hour hand. Toucans had lots of practise and, as they were superstars, we progressed to completing worksheets where the children had to fill in the correct time according to the picture.

Eventually the children were given a time to draw onto a blank clock themselves. By the end of the week we hope to have covered quarter past as well!

Enjoying ERIC

Year Two are still enjoying their ERIC (Enjoying Reading In Class). As we’ve been focusing on our Topic about Earth’s Polar Regions the Arctic and Antartica, the children have been choosing from our amazing selection of fiction and factual books all about our topic!
 
During ERIC children choose either to read on their own, with some friends or listen to a story/information book read by Miss Hookes, Miss Williams or Mrs Parton-Harris. Some children have been bringing their own Polar Region books from home to read to their teachers and friends at school. Talk to your child about their topic, I’m sure they will be able to tell you some amazing facts that they have learnt! They will also be able to retell some of the wonderful Lars the Polar Bear stories we’ve read together.
 

Polar Art

This week’s Art lesson was to explore a new medium which was charcoal. Toucans practised shading, rubbing and adding texture using charcoal sticks and their fingers to blend. Year Two produced some fantastic work and Miss Hookes was very impressed with their artistic talents and the end results. We now have some beautiful Polar Bears to decorate our classroom with!

Magpie Words

During one of our English lessons Toucans were challenged to sort lots of different words into what they thought should be adjectives (describing words) and which should be magpie words (extra special words not often used). They had a table with which to sort them and they worked in pairs to decide. The children worked very well together and they worked out where each of the words would work best. We heard the children discuss between themselves and reason with each other as to why the words were put in their final place. Hopefully this will give Toucans the confidence and understanding to use adjectives and magpie words in their written work.
 

Money, Money, Money!

In our PSHE lesson this week we started to think about money and what it is for. This linked nicely to our maths lessons where we have also been learning about money; recognising coins and counting and making amounts of money. 

We decided money is very important because you need it to buy lots of different things. We had a class discussion and these were our ideas:

  • You can get money by having a job.
  • You might get money by doing chores at home.
  • You might get some pocket money from your parents.
  • Sometimes you get money as a present.

The children discussed what they spent their money on. Most of them said when they have money they spend it on toys, sweets, new things and games.

We then discussed what adults spend their wages on:

  • Houses
  • Furniture
  • Licences
  • Cars
  • Gas and electricity
  • Phones and internet
  • Food

 

An Exciting Discovery!

On our return to school on Wednesday we discovered something completely out of the ordinary. In the outdoor area of our classroom there was a tent with lots of things left inside it… we had no idea where this came from! That was until we found a note hidden in the classroom from a certain somebody explaining everything. 

We received a letter from a mystery person called PP. He had left his lots of his belongings with us whilst he visited the research station in Svalbard. 

We wrapped up warm and went outside to search through the things PP had left at our school. We discovered a camera, a compass, a hat, scarf and gloves, some food. We were left baffled by who on earth this could be until we put all of our clues together of all the items he had left us to find out that he was in fact a polar explorer and his name was Professor Pole. He has left his things with us whilst he visits the research station in Svalbard. 

He left us a video to watch which was very interesting and told us everything!  

We studied really hard to figure out why a polar explorer would need the things he had left. 

Here are a few ideas we came up with… 

  • We thought he needs his hat, scarf and gloves to keep warm as it looked like Professor Pole was exploring somewhere really icy and cold. 
  • Professor Pole needs a water bottle to keep himself hydrated and some peanuts to give him some energy whilst he is out exploring. 
  • A camera could come in useful for Professor Pole to snap some pictures of anything he may see on his expeditions that he wants to keep. 

Next week we will be looking at all the different Polar Regions! 

Colour

For our first art lesson of the spring term we were looking at colours. We had a discussion at the beginning of the lesson to see how many colours we could think of in our groups. As a class we thought of almost 20 different colours. These included colours such as turquoise, magenta, maroon and lilac! This then lead to our discussion and our main learning point for the lesson about primary and secondary colours. 

We found out that the primary colours are red, blue and yellow. These colours cannot be made using any other colours. Then we introduced the term secondary colours and discussed how secondary colours are made by mixing 2 different primary colours together to make our secondary colours.  

We discovered this… 

Red + Blue = Purple 

Yellow + Red = Orange 

Blue and Yellow = Green 

We then had a go at mixing the primary colours ourselves to make our secondary colours. We also discussed how we might get different shades of secondary colours and that would depend on the amount of our primary colours we add. 

The Tomato Spider

This week in Computing, we learn all about the Tomato Spider. Here are some of the things we learnt… 

  • They are the size of an average tomato. 
  • They can be found in the long grass in your garden. 
  • They can also transform into birds if a predator is nearby. 
  • Finally, you will not believe this, BUT during the summer they like to sunbathe on the beach and in the winter, they like to cosy up by the fireplace. 

Here is the link where we found all this information: https://cocoon.education/tomato-spider/ 

But, the more we looked into it, we soon discovered there was no such thing as a Tomato Spider and someone had completely made it up! We researched safely on the internet to see if we could find any information on a Tomato Spider and we couldn’t find a thing!  

We were shocked to find out there was no such thing as a Tomato Spider, but this taught us that not everything we see on the internet is true and that we must always check with an adult when looking online at things we are unsure of.