Year 2 have been busy making the final project for our sculpture unit in Art. We used clay to make a flower dish for which we had to pinch, roll, form and score the clay. We then made a minibeast to sit atop of our flower as a finishing touch.
We have been making the most of the sunshine this week and began our Summer preparations! The children were busy preparing our outdoor courtyard area by sweeping, weeding and tidying so that it is ready for any upcoming sunny days (hopefully there are many more)!
In Art this week, we continued experimenting with clay and developed our skills of rolling and inlaying. We made our own tree design on a clay tile and used slip to stick it all together... the results were incredible!
In Science this week we learnt what is inside a seed! We learnt about the location and function of each part of a seed and then dissected some seeds ourselves to see if we could recognise them.
On Tuesday we explored the school grounds to observe a range of plant life. We identified which plants grow in the UK, why they grow here and which stage of the life cycle the plants were in.
We began our new DT topic this week looking at sculptures and the children worked in groups to create their own sculpture of an animal. Inspired by Romuald Hazoume, the children used recycled materials to build their sculptures and the other children tried to identify what animal they were trying to create.
This week we finally made our vegetable soups! The children were brilliant at the peeling, chopping and grating of the many vegetables we used and the soups were a success!
In geography we have been learning about where the food we eat comes from. We have learnt about the process of dairy products and this week we focused on dairy farms. We learnt what makes an area ideal for dairy farms and where these locations are.
We began designing our own vegetable soups this week for our DT project. We thought about how we can make our soups safely and hygienically and predicted what we thought it would turn out like!
In literacy this week we began the research process for our meerkat fact files! We used a range of research materials to find out information and collated it into a list or a mind map.
As part of our soup making topic in DT, this week we tried and tested existing products. Each of the children got the chance to try different types of vegetable soup and evaluated them on their smell, taste, texture and appearance. The results were interesting!
Poetry was our focus in Literacy this week and we recreated the beautiful poem 'Into the Blue' by Hilda Offen. We explored rhyme, free verse and the structure of poems before having the chance to publish our final draft.
In Maths this week, we began learning the written method for addition! We will continue on to subtraction after the half term.
In Art this week, we focused on tone and experimented with pressing harder or lighter with our pencils to see what would change. We then re-created Henry Moore's sheep image to continue exploring line and tone.
To complement our History unit, Owls had the chance to make their own castles. We used sponges and paint to make the brick work and carefully drew and cut the battlements, towers and turrets. You can see our amazing work on display from the external playground window!
As part of our new Art unit 'drawing, painting and sketching', we looked at the artist Tomoko Kawao and how she uses unbroken movements to create her work. We practised with pencils first, listening to music to guide what we drew and then had a go at creating our own painting inspired by her work.
We continued our Science unit of 'living things and habitats' by focusing on food chains this week. We learnt what a food chain is and the place of producers, consumers and predators within them. We discussed a range of different food chains and then the children had a go at drawing a diagram of one.
In our Geography lesson this week we looked at how people in Kampong Ayer travel and compared this with how we travel. We explored how their mode of transport is beneficial for the people of Kampong Ayer and their way of life and even got to design our own boat!
This week in Science we learnt about a variety of plants and animals and the habitats that they live in. We explored why they might live there and how the habitat benefits them. The children chose two animals and described their habitat and the pros and cons of it.
We started our new unit in Geography this week, comparing Kampong Ayer with where we live. We began looking at the houses that the people of Kampong Ayer live in and explored similarities and differences with our own homes.
We were very lucky to have a Drama4All workshop yesterday where the children got to imagine they were in a medieval, mystical land and enjoy using their imaginations to create their own potion and play tricks on evil wizards!
We begun our new topic in Science this week, 'Living Things and Their Habitats'. We discussed the different habitats that we know, what a habitat is and what the features of a habitat are. Throughout this unit we will begin to identify the habitat of a variety of animals and plants, investigate food chains and question why a species may live in a particular habitat.
As part of Black History Month, we focused on Rosa Parks as one of our influential people in History. We looked at the challenges Rosa faced growing up in Alabama and what life would have been like for her. We then looked at all of the incredible work Rosa did to further the Civil Rights Movement.
To complement our topic 'Collage' in art, we looked at the art of Romare Bearden this week, and had a go at creating our own piece of art inspired by his work.
This week in History, we begun our new topic looking at 'People Who Stood Up For What They Believe In' which commenced with Florence Nightingale. The children learnt all about her life, what she was passionate about and how she became influential.
This week we created a wonderful Great Fire of London collage which complements both our History and Art topics. The children worked very hard to draw and cut their own city skyline and tear tissue paper into fire-like strips in order to create a very effective piece of art!
In Art this week, we focused on the work of Henri Matisse and his collage 'The Snail'. The children worked together on a collaborative project which they used to create their own version of the famous piece.
This week, Year 2 were very lucky to have History off the Page come into school to teach us all about the Great Fire of London. The children got to make their own candles, write with ink that they created and have a go at creating some healing concoctions. The children were very well behaved and we all had an excellent day!