28.05.21 – Palm Celebration Event: The Scented Garden
Today Palm celebrated finishing their learning journey, The Scented Garden. We used our knowledge of metacognition to plan how we should approach making a garden on a paper plate, by drawing out our design. We then monitored our design as we went through making changes as and when we needed to. We used materials such as tissue paper, lolly sticks, tin foil, felt, cotton wool, buttons and much more. Finally, we were able to evaluate our designs and explain the strategies we’d used and whether we would do anything differently next time.
Palm Class created some fantastic gardens and were really proud of themselves. This has been a brilliant learning journey and loved by all.
Have a lovely half term everyone!
This afternoon Palm learnt how to create collages out of a variety of paper. They had to think about how they drew their flower, as to start with many drew it too small and then realised that it would be difficult to fill with pieces of paper. They then had to think again and improve their drawing. All of Palm Class had to apply metacognition to their way of thinking to design their floral collage. We haven’t quite finished yet but we hope to complete them on Monday.
We used tissue paper, newspaper, card, magazines craft paper and more. Here is some of our work.
Palm Class were learning all about the parts of a plant yesterday. What better way to learn than taking apart the plants themselves and investigating what they can see under a microscope. Palm Class were amazed at what plants and flowers looked like under the microscope and how different types of flowers varied. The children were fantastic investigators and showcased some excellent scientific discoveries.
Our new learning journey is called ‘The Scented Garden’ and today we went on a walk around the school to discover what flowers we ready have growing in school. We found daffodils, daisies and buttercups but we couldn’t find geraniums or hydrangeas. We had a conversation about why this would be. It was so lovely to be in the sunshine and we now can’t wait to create our very own garden centre later this week.
Palm Class have been working hard this term learning all about different types of music from opera to body percussion. They have been thinking about different instruments and how alternative pieces types of music make them feel.
Today they finished journaling all their work and worked hard to create their own journey through their SOLE book to showcase their learning.
Palm Class took part in a ‘guess the sound quiz’ where they had to write down what they thought each sound they heard was.
They then had to decide whether the sounds were easy or hard to identify. It was a fun SOLE activity and got them to listen very carefully to the things around them.
We found the easiest sounds to identify were the dog barking and the bird tweeting. The hardest sound so to identify was toast popping out of the toaster.
For one of our activities in science week Year 2 have been having discussions about the odd ones out!
They had to look at the 3 images and discuss as many similarities and differences as they could. They thought about:
- what they do
- where they might be found
Then, as a class we decided which one is the odd one out and why. The class thought about justifying all of their answers … there was no wrong answer! Palm class then had a go at creating their own.
For their final home-schooling SOLE project Year 2 had to make a rubber band guitar from recycled packaging and elastic bands. Old cereal boxes, yoghurt pots, plastic ice cream tubs and tin cans all made interesting instruments.
The children had to choose recycled materials independently, considering which they think would make an effective sound when the rubber bands were plucked.
This was their task:
- Choose materials
- Think about how the sounds were made
- Write their predication
- Draw a design of the guitar
- Make the guitar
- Play it and experiment with different sound
- Think about whether their prediction was correct?
- Decorate their guitar (paint, stickers, glitter etc)
- Have some fun with their new instrument.
Here are a few examples of what they came up with:
Year 2 have been having some fun on zoom today as it is World book Day. They listened to Miss Franks’ favourite story and they all shared their thoughts about their favourite story. Some dressed up and others re-designed book covers of their favourite books or even created their own.
They also had fun completing word-searches about Harry Potter and Roald Dahl as well as writing book reviews.
Well Done Year 2!!!
Year 2 have been investigating how the level of water in a glass bottle or jar affects the sound made when either tapping the glass with a pencil, blowing across the top of the bottle or running a wet finger around the rim.
They have been making predictions about how they think the water will effect the sound and finding out how full the bottle or jar must be to make a high-pitched sound or a low-pitched sound.
Here are some photographs of some of their experiments as well as their findings.
Year 2 have spent the week planning, designing and creating their own Castles, Palaces and Games to complete our Magnificent Monarchs learning journey. They were given free reign and I have to say their imagination and creativity has been inspiring.
Please have a look below at some of their creations.
Castles and Palaces:
Well done year 2 for everything you have achieved this half term, we are all really proud of you!!!
Have a lovely half term and we’ll see you in a week.
This week as part of their SOLE activities Year 2 had to pick their favourite Monarch that they have been learning about this half term and create a model of them. Their brief was to have a look and see what they had around the house and be creative. Here are some of the Magnificent Monarchs that have been made:
As part of their Literacy leanring this week Year 2 have been learning how to write a set of instructions. They are only 3 lessons in but they have already mastered how to write, memorise, recall and act a set of instructions. They have stared off with making magic hats. Here are some of their creations.
Jude has also been really busy nurturing his seeds. I have been informed his cress is doing really well.
Palm class had fun with glitter today. We did an experiment using glitter as germs to see how easily and quickly germs spread.
One person in the group had glitter on their hands. Everyone then did activities such as colouring and clapping and then we had a look to see how the glitter had spread.
We found that germs spread quickly spread between all the children, over the floor and onto what we were using. Glitter even ended up on our soap dispenser!
Great fun was had by everyone and the classroom is looking very sparkly!
Palm Class were very lucky today to have an Orienteering session this afternoon on the field. They have to work as a pair to find animals at the points located on their map. They did really well with this and all the adults were really impressed, even if their feet got a bit soggy!
As part of out PSHE learning Palm class have been thinking about who the special people in their lives are. We have spoken about why they think these people are special to them and how they influence their lives.
They have created posters about their special people, this was an activity that they really enjoyed!
Palm class have been looking at how to write Biographies. Yesterday they looked at the Biography of the famous author Roald Dahl and today they had a go at writing their own biographies on Walt Disney. Over the next few weeks we will be working hard on learning about all the features found in biographies and about Rosa Parks, the significant person that we will be studying in order to write a biography about her in a few weeks.
Today Palm class had a lovely afternoon painting woodland animals in SOLE for their Enchanted Woodland Learning Journey.
They had to use primary colours, plus black and white, and mix them to create all the colours they needed for their pictures.
We most definitely have some future artists among us!
Palm Class became woodland animals today by participating in Role Play. They paired up and labelled themselves A and B. One asked a series of questions beginning who, when, what, when, why and how and the other person answered as their chosen animal. Things became very active and it was a great show of collaboration between everyone.
Palm class have worked super hard to day writing reflections about their leanring journey ‘Wriggle and Crawl’. With the leanring journey coming to an end it was important for them to reflect upon what they have learnt and what learning values they have used during this half term. When they finished they carefully created ‘journeys of mini-beasts’ through their SOLE book.
This afternoon Year 2 had great fun creating the life cycle of a butterfly in SOLE for our minibeasts learning journey. They wrote about it on Monday and they have enjoyed creating one of their own today. Varieties of rice and pasta was used to create the different stages.
What is the difference between Mr Quint and Miss Cleasby? What a question, what fun we had! “One wears glasses” was one of many answers!!! Not quite what we had in mind! We did actually mean the difference in height! So we set about looking at different strategies to find out the difference between two numbers. We had some problems to solve and we used resources to help us. A very busy,fun and productive lesson.
We had a visit from Mrs White who works at Plymouth university today to talk to us about how to stay safe online.
After watching a short video clip, we understood that computers and tablets and other devices can be fantastic to learn from and play games on, but we must be aware that there is the potential for us to experience images or to interact with people we don’t know.
There are some top tips that we can follow to keep safe online.
- Don’t talk to strangers online.
- Never say rude things to people online.
- Never give away personal information to others online.
- If you experience anything online that makes you feel strange, tell a trusted adult.
See see the poster for reminders.
Check out the website for extra information. www.thinkuknow.co.uk
We watched a very entertaining video clip today to help us learn the 3 times table. It was set to ‘Uptown Funk’ and had us all dancing and singing along. Ask your child to show you what they remember.
Following on from that, we used a range of resources including 100 squares, cubes, bead strings and counters to explore the 3 times table and discover patterns. We found out that when we coloured in the squares in 3s, a diagonal pattern emerged. Further conclusions were that the pattern of numbers went odd, even, odd, even and so on. We challenged ourselves to continue the pattern of numbers and bridge 100, applying the necessary skills to count in 3s. We used different methods to demonstrate our knowledge of counting in 3s. We worked so hard and made so many fantastic mathematical discoveries that we were awarded a class point! ?
Keep practising your times tables at home.