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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.

Autumn 2

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:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zbnnnb9q/articles/zwbtxsg

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zrffr82/articles/zppvv4j

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zrffr82/articles/ztsqfcw

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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Spring 1

Our Romans topic has provided lots of interest for Class 2/3 this term. To help us understand how Roman life was discovered we became archaeologists, digging for Roman artefacts. We applied our historical enquiry skills to deduce what each object might have been used for. We also developed our geographical skills by looking at the extent of the Roman Empire on maps in atlases. Our class book, Romans on the Rampage by Jeremy Strong, has also provided us with an insight into Roman life such as chariot racing, inventions, slavery, Roman gods, emperors and markets. In addition, we learned about the Romanisation of Britain and the introduction of Christianity. Our half term culminated in the children presenting and sharing their chosen Roman topic research.

Our art has also had a Roman theme, initially looking at and representing mosaics using paper collage technique. We then moved on to use wax resist to create our own mosaic patterns.

In PE we had the exciting opportunity to take part in the Phoenix dance workshop, again with a Roman theme. We managed to incorporate Roman roads, Roman numerals and the Colosseum in our production.

In science we have been busy investigating. This has included us trying to find the best on the spot activity to raise our heart rates as well as determining the melting point of ice and the freezing point of ice cream. 

Our year 2 children also had the opportunity to represent us at an Easingwold cluster sports event, Multiskills. They had a great time developing a range of sporting skills but also had the chance to collaborate with fellow year 2 children across local schools.

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Spring 2

Our Romans topic continued in our second spring term. One of our highlights was our trip to The Yorkshire Museum. We had the opportunity of looking at Roman artefacts, dressing up as Roman soldiers, modelling clay jewellery, playing Roman games and spending Roman money. We were also trained up as Roman soldiers and went into battle in the strict Roman formation.

Another activity was to create a model of a trebuchet using lolly sticks and elastic bands. We put our models to the test by firing pellets at a target.

In lessons we learned about Mount Vesuvius. We recognised the importance of how this eruption preserved Roman life enabling us to become more historically informed. We also learned about the science behind volcanoes, another example of a change of state of matter. We had fun recreating an eruption using vinegar, baking powder and red food colouring. We appreciated that this was an example of an irreversible chemical change compared to the reversible physical change happening with molten rock. Another investigation that we performed was to determine whether the weather conditions affect the rate of evaporation. We weighed the mass of a wet paper towel and pegged this out for 45 minutes after which we recorded the mass to determine the amount of water that had evaporated into water vapour. We also measured the weather conditions using an anemometer and thermometers.

In art we developed our printing skills by creating printing blocks in a design suitable for a Roman shield. We then made prints using these blocks; we were very pleased with the results!

Our term has been sadly cut short but all of us have kept in touch by sending in our photographs sharing our many home activities. Here is a selection.

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