Think of a World Without Any Flowers

In RE today we listened to the song Think of a World Without Any Flowers. Miss Hookes asked the children what would the world be like without any flowers? Lots of us said it would be boring and not very colourful. We read some of the lyrics aloud too: think of a world without any animals, think of an ocean without any fish, think of a sky without any breeze. We said how boring our world would be without any of these things and how it is really important for us to look after the things in our world so we don’t experience this.

We read the book The Journey Home in our lesson too. In this story the polar bear, panda, orangutan and the elephant didn’t have a home. This was down to our planet being destroyed – the polar bear hasn’t got any snow, the panda hasn’t got any bamboo and the elephant is being hunted for its tusks. This led to a conversation about their habitats being destroyed- just like rainforests are for the trees and wood.

The children imagined how they would feel if this happened to them. They shared words such as sad, upset and worried because they wouldn’t have shelter or be warm. We decided as a class we are going to make more of an effort to look after our planet and the habitats of others around us!

What a Wonderful World

March is the month of spring and this week to mark the start of a new season we looked at all the things that make our world wonderful. 
 
First of all we listened to the classic What a Wonderful World by Louis Armstrong, which Toucans surprisingly knew very well! 
 
This gave us lots of ideas of what things in our world are wonderful, these included trees, flowers, plants, birds, clouds and rainbows.
 
We then used these ideas to choose our own wonderful thing about our world and draw a small picture of them, we then put all of our pictures together to create a class collage of all the wonderful things in our world!

Habitats around the World

This week in Science we have started a new topic: Habitats around the World. In our very first lesson we looked at four different habitats: rainforests, coral reef, Arctic and the desert. We discussed together the types of animals we might find in these places and why those animals might live there. 
 
We went on an adventure with Sally the polar bear,. She travelled through the rainforest and the city, but she was just too hot! This was because she is a polar bear and she has thick and furry fur to keep her warm. She belongs in the Arctic where it is a lot cooler.
 
We had a go at looking at different animals and deciding on their habitat and why, here is what we decided! 
 

ERIC’s Challenge

This week Year two were introduced to our 2022 Eric challenge! Toucans were given their new reading passport to complete. They have plenty of time to complete it and were told there was absolutely no rush.

During Eric on Friday the children were challenged to complete one task from their passport which was to read a non-fiction book that they didn’t know anything about. Year Two then needed to write a review about what they had read, learnt and why other children need to read their book! We all learnt lots of facts about different things – it was a great challenge! More to come – watch this space… 

Computing

Last week in Computing we had a look at 2Investigate. We discussed how 2Investigate is a database and a database is used to hold lots of structured information. A few examples of data bases that we talked about was where all our assessment scores are kept as well as SIMS – where we take our register every morning and afternoon. Databases can tell us lots of different things and are very useful in lots of different types of jobs. We also had a look at how data from databases can be presented – we are focusing on bar charts.

In our most recent lesson, we all had a go at logging onto Purple Mash to use 2investigate. Miss Hookes gave us a step-by-step guide to follow to make sure we were all in the right starting place! We were then introduced to the collaborative function – where we could see what everyone was doing to our class database! 

We all had a go at creating ourselves on the class database and putting in the correct information in each field, hair colour, age, name and eye colour. Next week we are going to finish making ourselves on our class database and then use the bar chart function to find out as a whole class the answers to the following questions:

  • How many girls are in our class?
  • How many boys are in our class?
  • How many people have blue eyes?
  • What is the most popular hair colour?

Then once we have done this, the week after we will have a go at putting this data into our very own bar chart!

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.