We enjoyed going out in the minibus today to take part in the Celebration of Sport and Physical Activity event that was held at Moulton College. It was led by teams of young leaders who explained each activity to us and encouraged us to try our best and have lots of fun, which we did!
We have been designing and making our own moving vehicles this term as part of our DT. Our favourite part was using a saw to cut the dowels to make axles.
We learnt some frisbee skills today! We learnt how to throw a frisbee using the right technique. We then used our new skills to play some team games. It was lots of fun.
Today, Year 2 took part in a cricket session to develop our skills in throwing and batting.
Year 2 worked really hard with their underarm and overarm throwing, attempting to hit the wickets. Year 2 had a great time in the sunshine, learn some new cricket skills!
Today in our science lesson, Year 2 carried out an exciting experiment, discovering how paper flowers would change in water.
First of all, we looked at a paper flower just like this one:
Year 2 started off by making some fabulous predictions about what would happen if we folded the petals into the center and placed our flower in a shallow dish of water. As a class, we had some amazing predictions including:
"I think the flower will float"
"I think the flower will get soggy and rip"
"I think the flower will suck up the water like a sponge"
As a class, Year 2 watched the paper slowly open up in the water, like a blossoming flower.
From these, Year 2 had lots of great questions about the experiment. We had some fantastic ideas about changing the water, the container and even the shape of the flower. So we had a go at the experiment for ourselves to observe the changes to the paper flower.
We discussed our observations from the first experiment and we had lots of super ideas about how we could change the variables to learn more about floating, absorption and materials. Year 2 has a very exciting time experimenting with the paper flowers in trays.
Here are some of the ideas the children in Year 2 had:
"We can change the water for something else like squash or milk"
"We can change the shape of the flower!"
We then made some predictions:
"I think the paper flower will open quicker in squash because it is full of sugar"
"I think that if the flower has bigger petals, it will open slower"
We made lots of changes in groups and observed the paper flowers carefully.
One group decided to put the flower into milk...
Some children thought about placing their flower into squash to see what effect that would have.
Some children decided to colour their flower in, before to see if this would change how the flower opened in the water. We made sure to only change one variable.
After observing the flowers, we made conclusions based on what we could see. Then Year 2 compared their predictions to their observations and conclusions.
As part of our DT unit we designed and made our own chocolate bars. We had lots of fun making them and even more fun eating them. They were delicious!
Today we had lots of fun learning about Louis Pasteur. We have been discovering more about how germs can travel by putting some glitter on our hands.
We found that there were different people's glitter around the classroom, on our pencils and on our books.
Year 2 suggested that it must be when we touched things around the classroom.
Then, when we washed our hands and the glitter came away and didn't spread so much!
Here are some pictures of what we did:
This week in Year 2, we have been taking part in some amazing experiments to celebrate British Science Week.
Today, we explored floating and sinking using an egg, some water and some salt.
First, we placed an egg into a glass of water to see what would happen. We made some EGGcellent predictions! Some of Year 2 thought the egg would sink, some thought it would float in the water.
We found that the egg sank in water! How interesting!
Next we added table salt into the water. We started with a table spoon.
We placed the same egg into the glass, with the same amount of water now with a tablespoon of salt mixed in. We made another prediction and most of use thought the egg would float. We had some amazing ideas, children suggesting the salt might hold the egg up. Some children predicted the egg might sink because the salt would push it down.
The egg sank again, but this time it was slightly slower! As a class of scientists, we decided to add more salt to see what would happen! So we added an extra table spoon and tried again, using the same water, glass and egg.
This time, the class observed the egg float at the top of the water! We discovered that the salt had made the water more dense, holding the egg up above the bottom of the glass. We added even more salt to see what would happen. Lots of the class had spotted a pattern and everyone predicted the egg would float.
After playtime, we came up with some questions we wanted to know the answers to like:
What if we change the salt to squash?
What will happen if we use milk and salt instead of water?
Here are some pictures of the experiments we carried out after thinking of some super questions.
We have had a super start to British Science Week in Year 2 and look forward to carrying out some more interesting experiments!