Monthly Archives: November 2023

Life-Cycle of a Frog

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This week we are learning about the life cycle of a frog, from frog – frogspawn – tabpole- froglet back to a frog.

The children were very excited when they were given playdough! We went through as a class what the life cycle of a frog looked like. We spoke about how a frog begins it’s life as an egg which is known as frogspawn, then the eggs turn into a tadpole and eventually into a froglet (a tadpole with legs) and then it grows into a young frog before growing into an adult frog.

A fun fact we learned was that a frog lives for up to 10-12 years, but not many tadpoles survive to become a frog.

Extension: Click here to play a frog life cycle labeling game

Healthy Meals

Today we had a glorious day improving our cooking skills! First, we made sure we had good hygiene. We washed our hands and made sure our hair wouldn’t get in the way.

Throughout the process we improved on many skills. Look at our fabulous photos before.

Well done Toucans. You’ve been on a wonderful journey of

Market Research –> Design –> Instruction Writing –> Cooking.

Sequencing in Computing

This half term in Computing our focus is on programming.

Algorithms are precise instructions. We looked at the instructions, up, up , turn right and turn left. These are the only four instructions we are giving. We then explored what would happen if we gave these instructions to our floor robots (bee-bots) but try the instructions in different ways.

We then discussed together and came to the conclusion that the order of instructions (sequencing) is very important as giving the same instructions but in different order may produce a different outcome. In our example, our Bee-bots ended in different places.

Do you want to try a virtual bee-bot at home? Click here to load up the virtual bee-bot!

Understanding growth

In Science we have looked at reproduction and growth. Today we were scientists that gathered and recorded data. We measured our height and then plotted our results on a bar chart.

Did you know that Animals grow by absorbing a variety of nutrients, including carbohydrates, sugars, fats, and proteins, These components are distributed throughout the body and used to build new cells. Animals usually stop growing once they reach an adult, but plants can keep on growing , growing and growing!

Ho Ho Ho!

This week we have started our new music unit. Ho Ho Ho is a fun Christmas song that includes rapping, improvising and dancing.

We listened to the song and discussed

What Can You Hear?
● One male and one female. Children’s voices, rapping and voices shouting out Christmas words.
● Sleigh Bells, bass guitar, trumpet, trombone, saxophone. Harmonica/synthesiser, piano and
strings.
We also had a go at singing it. We do need more practice but here is a sneek peak. We had lots of fun giving it a go.

Extension: Have a go learning the song at home

Extension: You can see an overview of this lesson below.

D&T : Cooking!

Mr Lo loves food and this half term we will be cooking! We will be designing our own healthy pasta or potato salad. Today the aim of our learning was to explore existing products.

Mr Lo introduced existing products that are found in a supermarket. Unfortunately he couldn’t buy some of them as they had nuts in them but we were still excited to try the ones we had anyway!

Before we tried them we explored what was in them and how they are made.

We then predicted what they might taste like and thought about the vocabulary used to describe them.

And of course.. lots of fun taste-testing! We also tried a Edamame bean salad (without the spicy dressing) which was very popular.

Continents of the world!

Year 2 Singing Continents of the world!

This half term we have started our Geography topic. Over the next two weeks we will be looking at the continents and oceans of the world . We used a range of resources including a globe, a large map and atlas. Mr Lo also demonstrated digital mapping using Digimaps to locate Druids Heath in Birmingham, England, United Kingdom!

Extension: Have you tried Google Earth at home? Click here to access it!

Extension 2: Click here to explore an interactive map with the continents and oceans.

Life-cycles

In Science this half term we are looking at Animals and life-cycles.

A life cycle is the series of changes that occurs in an animal or plant. The four stages of the life cycle of an animal are: birth, growth, reproduction and death.  

Mission Assignment: Each chicken starts its life by hatching from an egg. Like any animal, chicks grow and change over time. They eventually mature into chickens and have offspring of their own. The different stages of life that an animal passes through are called its life cycle. A chicken’s life cycle begins even before it hatches.   We all had a go at putting the life-cycle of a human and chick.

Extra Reading!

The life cycle of a plant is a little bit different. They start their life as a seed, which then germinates and eventually grows into a plant. The mature plant will then produce flowers which are later fertilised and produce new seeds in either a fruit or seed pot. The plant eventually dies, leaving its seeds behind which then later germinate to produce new plants.  

Traditional Tales

In English this half term we have started our topic, “traditional tales”. We have looked closely at the story of Little Red Riding hood and discussed why there are many versions. Throughout the week we will be writing sentences, making sure we use capital letters and full stops , adding conjunctions and expanding our vocabulary. We have already looked at the words, crimson, rapidly, azure and around.

In spellings we will be looking at the year 2 common exception words, poor, floor, door, because and find. We will also continue reviewing our phonics knowledge and applying our skills for dictation.

In Phonics we have looked at alternative graphemes (letters) for the short-vowel phonemes and applying the best-fit-rules in words.