In science, we are learning about Living Things and their Habitats. Last week, we looked in the classroom and in the school grounds outside, to find things that were alive, dead and things that have never lived. We know that all living things grow, reproduce, move, feed and respire. This is what we found!
The reason we had plastic containers in the ‘Alive’ hoop is that they had mini beasts in them. We found some worms and a woodlouse. Don’t worry, we then carefully put them back in their habitat!
This week, we are doing a mini beast hunt. We have looked in two different habitats (under logs/stones and in the flowerbeds) to see what minibeasts are living there.
In class 2 we have been learning about the Vikings. This week, we learn about Viking food. Vikings grew, hunted or caught everything they ate.
Archaeologists have found flatbread loaves in Viking graves at Birka in Sweden. Today, we made our own Viking Flatbread from a traditional recipe. This recipe is believed to be as near to an old Viking flatbread as is possible.
We all wrote a letter inviting Mr Johnson to come and taste our bread, which he gladly did. Mrs Kemp also tried our bread and they both thought is was very nice. We also tasted and evaluated our bread based on it’s appearance, taste, smell and texture. We scored our bread out of ten on all four of those sensory features and used this to produce a Star Diagram, which is a bit like a graph in the shape of a star.
This is a list of words that your child will be using and learning to spell this year.
Wheeled Vehicle Project
Year 2 and Year 6 have worked in pairs to design make wheeled vehicles as part of an engineering competition.
Each pair in Year 2 made a wheeled vehicle out of a shoebox which could carry a toy. The vehicle had to travel down a ramp and continue as far as possible in a straight line.
Year 6 made wooden framed wheeled vehicles that had to travel up a ramp with the help of a battery powered motor.
An engineer came to work with us and helped us to select a winning team from each class. Winners were selected based on how well their vehicle performed in the tests as well as how imaginative, original and unique their designs were and how well they worked as a team. Mrs Marcroft took the winning team from each class to a competition held as FANUC UK in Coventry where their vehicles competed against other schools.
There were lots of other schools there! The vehicles and teams were judged on the performance of the vehicle as well as the children’s research, designs and evaluations. Each team also had to discuss their vehicle and their design with a judge, talking through problems they had, how they solved them and why they think their vehicle works well.
We are very proud of both our Year 6 and Year 2 children who came to the competition, they were a credit to the school. Our Year 2 children came first in the design competition and their vehicle came second in the vehicle performance competition.
Here are some pictures of the children making their vehicles in class and some photos from the competition in Coventry.
Playing connect 4 while we wait to be judged!
Year 2 had a road safety visitor
In a lovely practical way, the children learnt about choosing safe places to cross the road and how to think, stop, look and listen before crossing, as well as looking and listening all the time as they cross.
They also made road safety posters back in class.
As part of the their science topic on Materials, Year 2 designed and made pencil cases out of felt. We were amazed at the finished results. The children showed very good sewing skills along with imaginative designs!
Trip to Blakesley Hall
Class 2 visited Blakesley Hall yesterday (4th October). They had a fantastic time.