As part of our ongoing material topic, year 2 compared the textures, strength and elasticity of different fabrics as they got creative and made their textile tree
In Eco club on Tuesday Mrs Camp and her daughter Alex came to support, the children were split into 3 groups and each worked with an adult.
Mrs Daley’s group cleaned out the shed to make sure it was organised and to ensure there is room to put the vegetables we are beginning to grow on the side so that they grow well.
Mrs Camp’s group started to weed the beds to ensure they are ready for the next couple of weeks when we beginning our planting.
Alex’s group started planting some beans into little pots which are now in the shed beginning to grow.
We made great progress and the children had a great time!
On Wednesday morning we had a ‘sharing assembly’, it was great to hear about the wonderful Science experiments that have been been taking place over the week so far. We had lots of scientific vocabulary used during the assembly and Year 4 even shared a demonstration of one of their experiments.
Each house team also shared their ‘unusual object’ that was a challenge set by Miss Carter on Monday as part of their scavenger hunt.
This morning in Year 2 we have been working very hard at Nest HQ to ensure the birds have fantastic nests. First we had a little recap of our learning from yesterday which was looking at why birds migrate over the winter and even looked at the way they fly in large flocks.
Mrs Radcliffe and Mrs Daley set up two boxes per table for us, one with different manmade materials in and the other with natural materials in.
We had to work in our house teams to plan how we were going to make our nests and then use a range of materials depending on their properties to make suitable nests for the birds.
We talked about two main questions;
1. What would make a good birds nest?
2. What properties do the materials need to have to make good nests?
We thought about making the nests warm and cosy, as well as strong, sturdy and camouflaged from predators. Roosting takes place in the nests too so it needs to be high up so that the eggs and chicks are safe.
We decided that using natural materials was the best as clay provides a strong base for the nest, twigs make good sides to hide the eggs and chicks as well as making them sheltered, the leaves we used made the bed area cosy, warm and comf6 for the birds. Some children thought that using some manmade materials such as sponges would provide good support as it could soak up the rain.
Thank you to Mrs Provis and Mrs Horton for coming in to support us, we had a great time and learnt lots!
This afternoon in year 2 we have been experimenting in Science as part of our topic ‘materials’. We were given a range of materials and worked together to see if they absorbed the water we put on them or they were waterproof.
We had lots of fun and learnt lots too. We know that the scientific word absorbent means ‘a material that can soak up liquid’.