For the grand finale to our Eco Week, Year 2 had the opportunity to learn fire craft with Mr Kelly! They explored fire in a contained way up close and then got to make their own delicious s’mores with biscuits and marshmallows. Yum! Lots of sticky fingers and smiley faces to end our Eco Week.
Thursday was a busy day with Eco and the special visit of the Paralympic torch! Year 2 burnt off their excitement on the trim trail before getting ready to watch the torch procession by Immanuel Church. We were so proud to support all of Hollywood’s torch bearers but we gave an especially loud cheer to support our Alex in Year 2!
After that we drew some Eco chalk pictures followed by a very competitive game of rounders on the field! After this we cooled down with some summer strawberries – delicious!
On Tuesday, Year 2 did a traffic survey on Highters Heath Road. We recorded how many different types of vehicle went past in 10 minutes. We were surprised with how many cars went past in such a short space of time! We suggested that to reduce traffic the council could put a bus route on that road or more people could walk or cycle.
On Wednesday the weather was slightly drier so we went outside to complete two activities: grass weaving and Andy Goldsworthy inspired art work. Andy Goldsworthy uses fallen items such as leaves, twigs and pebbles to create natural artwork outside. He tends to use lots of circles and spirals in his designs so Year 2 tried to imitate his style too:
We we also went on a leaf hunt around school to see how many different types of trees we could identify. This was a great cross-curricular link to our current Science unit Plants.
Year 2 started their Eco Week by designing some great t-shirts to wear. You can see some our our children modelling their designs below:
In the afternoon we split into our house teams (Ash, Elm, Oak and Willow) to start our activities. We did wood whittling to make spears and pebble painting. Unfortunately the heavens opened and Year 2 had to dash for cover inside from the rain! However, we are used to the “Great British Weather” so adapted the activities to work indoors.
What a great (if a little bit soggy!) start to Year 2’s Eco Week!
On Friday, 27th May, Year 2 celebrated the anniversary of Immanuel Church by making flower arrangements to take as a gift from Hollywood. Luckily, Mrs Smith in Year 4 used to be a florist so she was able to teach us how to make the posies! After this we explored the church and then chatted to Rev. Rebecca – a lovely way to end our half term.
In May, 2P spent a week applying their Maths skills to fun problem solving situations. The children had 3 challenges to solve:
1 – 12 children want to cross a stream in 3 boats. There can only be an even number of children in each boat. How many different ways can they cross the stream?
2 – Cinderella and Prince Charming have 22 guests. How many tables will the servants need to push together in a row so that everyone can sit around the table?
3 – Farmer Pete has 4 sheep that keep running around everywhere! Farmer Pete needs to make a big enough pen out of 10 fence panels. How many different pens can he make?
You can see pictures of our mathematical work below
Today in our English session, our focus was on performing poetry. We were split into groups of six and had to put together our very own performance of a “tongue twister” called “Fish in a Dish”. We worked as a group to put together actions for the performance as well using expression in our voice to make the performance more exciting. We had so much fun!
Today in 2M we were celebrating all things Irish for St Patrick’s Day. During our science session we took part in a special St Patrick’s Day experiment, focusing on the process of dissolving. 2M were told that a Leprechaun had left some special surprises in the school playground which they had to find. The children were told to find as many special rocks as they could which they were then instructed to dissolve in a bowl of vinegar by the Leprechaun. To our surprise the rocks dissolved and we were left with a handful of gold coins. We now understand how vinegar as an acid can dissolve certain materials. Take a look at our photos below…
Our current Science unit is all about sound. We made our own guitars using recycled materials and elastic bands. If we listened carefully, we could hear a difference in pitch (how high or low the sound is) made by the thick elastic band compared to the thin one.
We also used a tuner to compare the different notes made by Miss Prottey’s ukulele. We discovered that tightening or loosening the strings also changed the pitch.
After this, we had several music performances from the children in 2P using ukuleles, violins, a harmonica and a guitar. It was a pleasure to see the children so engaged!