What a fantastic day year 2 had on our school trip! We enjoyed looking around the all about me exhibit and had lots of fun in the role play areas. It seems we have lots of budding doctors, nurses, dentists and midwives in year 2. The children learned all about the importance of a healthy diet and in the gross lab science show even learned what a healthy diet looks like coming out the other side! Very gross but very educational.
In the gross lab science show we all become grossologists after studying all things gross. We learned about blood, scabs, wee, poo, sick and snot. This also taught us how important it is to keep clean to prevent the spreading of germs.
Today we planned a little surprise for the children...and it definitely was that!
We had visitors from Wigfield Farm who brought with them a host of "special visitors" and lots of interesting things for the children to look at. Part of our science curriculum is for the children to "know what animals including humans need to survive" as well as "being aware of animals and their offspring".
The children met Terry the tortoise, Bernice the bearded dragon, Sally the snake and even met a giant African Land Snake. I wonder if they can remember which one of them was a carnivore? I am sure they'll be able to tell you. They even talked about whether they were herbivore, carnivore or an omnivore! Which one are you?
They learnt how different animals shed their skins and had the chance to see some snake skins and even the skin of a Tarantula . Some of them were so brave as they thought it was real being past around. Thankfully the real one, was in its cage on the table!
Bernice impressed them with how she ate the meal worms, have a look at this video.
We took lots of photographs, as the children thoroughly enjoyed every moment so a photo overload for you all to enjoy. The opportunities to learn so much about some animals, stroke them and learn interesting facts was fantastic. What a great morning!
Today we created our own snails by using just a few items and following simple instructions on what to do. The children were fantastic and listened very carefully to make sure they listed to everything they needed to do.
We used this as our hook for writing and it's safe to say what a great hook it was! The children loved creating their own individual snails.
Following on from the this, the children then wrote a "cold write" in literacy of instructions of how to make the snails for others to use. This allowed us to pull out important next steps of learning. We have some great things planned over the next week to help us all with instructions.
We spent the afternoon on Monday, learning all about what a human needs to survive. We had fun sorting out what we classed as "essentials" and "none essentials" - it was interesting to see what some of the children thought.
We enjoyed some role play to start with, acting as Florence Nightingale and a soldier, thinking about different scenarios and what we would need to help the soldier to survive. Every one had a go at the drama and it was great to see the children's imaginations.
In groups, we drew around one of our teams, using our pictures and words to sort to show what we thought. What a great, active science lesson in which the children left with so many facts!
Wow, what a week we have had. From place value, to sentences and questions in Literacy, to Florence Nightingale and exciting PE lessons, we have had such a busy week!
We are so proud of how well the children are settling in and trying so hard in everything they do! This week, the children in both classes are working so hard to get on the "shining star", its fabulous to see them all working so hard. Keep it up :-).
We've talked so much about Florence Nightingale and how she reminds us of Marie Curie, as she also wanted to make a difference when she grew up. Ask them why she is known as "The Lady of the Lamp". We are sure the children can tell you all about her.
The children would benefit from continuing to have opportunities to count in 2's, 5's and 10's. This helps them greatly to increase in confidence and be able to do this with speed.
In our maths, we have continued to work on Place Value, and the different ways in which numbers can be made - 26 = 2 tens and 6 ones or as 10 and 16. This will lead us into next week with place value charts and number sentences.
Literacy has seen us continue to improve our sentence work and learn about 2 new types of sentence - statement and question. The children loved making up questions to ask Florence Nightingale as well as questions about experiences/trips to the doctors or hospital. Then answering them in full statements. Next week the children will be able to show off what they have learnt as we approach our "Hot Write" where the children will showcase what they have learnt within their writing.
Ooh and let's not forget our visit from our very own "High View Astronaut"...
Phew, what a week.... next week brings even more excitement! We can't wait.
Year 2 Blog
This year working in Year 2 we have: Mrs Ottewell, Miss Taylor, Mrs Branigan. Miss Wilson, Miss Cooper, Miss Lockwood and Miss Wordsworth.