Class 2/3HW 2019-2020
Learning in Year 2 and 3 2019-2020
We have had great fun in the first half of this autumn term learning through our umbrella topic of Japan. We developed atlas skills to locate Japan, and compared Japanese daily life to ours in the UK through Rebeca Otowa’s Awesome Japan Adventure Diary. We also learned about the geography of remote Japanese islands through Michael Morpurgo’s Kensuke’s Kingdom. We used the setting descriptions in his book to build our own Lego islands which inspired us to write about our own story scenes.
Our poetry has also had a Japanese theme. We used harvest produce as a stimulus and wrote some great haiku poems; we hope you enjoyed these at our Harvest Festival.
In art we were inspired by the Japanese artist, Hokusai. We read the book based on this artist’s painting, The Great Wave, and went on to produce our own versions. We also followed some instructions to create some detailed, colourful pictures of Japanese koi carp.
Our science work has investigated living things. We started by exploring our school field and then used the scientific skill of classification to categorise our findings.
We progressed to study the human digestive system. We performed a fair test to determine whether our tongues had different taste zones, during which we were introduced to the Japanese word umami, referring to one of the taste categories. Our results, sadly, were inconclusive and contradictory to current scientific theory which enabled us to have great discussions about what we should do when faced with such investigation outcomes.
As part of our digestive system learning, we wanted to determine the effects of acid and sugar on teeth. We placed hard boiled eggs into different solutions and observed the effects on the calcium shells after one week. Look at the results! We all agreed that to keep our teeth healthy, the best drink is water.
We also had great fun modelling the human digestive system incorporating tubes for the oesophagus, vinegar for the stomach acid and tights for the intestines.
We have enjoyed reading Roald Dahl stories this half term; our class book was George’s Marvellous Medicine which we used as a stimulus for a lot of our writing work.
Our Dahl topic culminated in us using the framework of the story to write our own versions with some most unusual medicine potions!
Most of our maths work this term has had the focus of multiplication and division. It is important the children understand the fundamental fact that multiplication is repeated addition. We use concrete equipment to emphasise this as well as putting maths into context when we are learning about division with remainders, such as dealing playing cards.
We reflected on Remembrance Day in our art work to design some poppy pictures to show perspective.
We also developed our watercolour skills to produce some autumn leaves.
In science we have been looking at food chains, balanced diets and a healthy lifestyle. We played the clips and games on the BBC bitesize website pages:
We have also been learning how to accurately record results using equipment, specifically temperature using thermometers and data loggers. We have compared the temperature of our inside environment to that of outside, and the temperature of cold water to the temperature of our hand. This was tricky as the thermometers have the Fahrenheit scale in addition to Celsius.
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