Breaking news! Dragon sighting!

Year 2 children at Allerton C of E Primary School arrived at school on Monday to hear news of a dragon sighting on their playground. See the footage , taken in the early hours on Monday morning by an anonymous source.
The footage appears to show a large, grey dragon in the middle of the school playground. Subsequently, the year 2 children went in search for clues to see that whether the dragon had left any traces behind. They found footprints, nesting sites and possible scorch marks on trees.
Year 2 decided to write instructions entitled ‘How to catch a dragon’ just in case there are more sightings and further action is needed.

Breaking news! Dragon sighting!

Year 2 children at Allerton C of E Primary School arrived at school on Monday to hear news of a dragon sighting on their playground. See the footage , taken in the early hours on Monday morning by an anonymous source.
The footage appears to show a large, grey dragon in the middle of the school playground. Subsequently, the year 2 children went in search for clues to see that whether the dragon had left any traces behind. They found footprints, nesting sites and possible scorch marks on trees.
Year 2 decided to write instructions entitled ‘How to catch a dragon’ just in case there are more sightings and further action is needed.

ACE Scientists in 2S…

As part of our ‘materials‘ topic, we have been thinking about different properties and why materials are used for different purposes.

This week, we thought about the word malleable and changed the shape of play dough by bending, squashing and twisting it.

We then thought about different objects around the classroom that are bendy and stiff.

Maths Detectives…

We enjoyed taking our learning outside today when learning about volume. We used cups to measure how much water each container holds and used vocabulary such as: full, half full, almost full and empty to describe our observations. 

We found out that the lemonade and milk bottles have the greatest volume as they both hold 9 1/2 cups of water which we now know is the same as 2 litres.

The hand sanitiser bottle holds the least amount of water as it only filled half of our cup.

Challenge…

Can you find anything in your house that holds more liquid than a 2 litre milk bottle?

ACE Artists…

We thoroughly enjoyed creating our own 3D flower using tissue paper and wire. To make such beautiful flowers, we had to twist and scrunch the tissue paper and carefully bend and wrap the wire. Attaching the flower (tissue paper) to the stem (wire) was quite tricky so we were just like Team Ant and helped our partner. We even added some leaves to the flowers.

How beautiful these are!

Our Fantastic Dragons…

We were intrigued to find out what our next English topic will be based on and were very excited when we heard it involves dragons!

Before we read the story, ‘Kassim and the Greedy Dragon’, we enjoyed making our own paper dragon. As you can see, some of these were quite fierce looking with razor sharp teeth and breathing fire.

‘Meerkat Mail’… a celebration of our amazing work in 2S…

We have all thoroughly enjoyed our English topic this half term which has been based around the story ‘Meerkat Mail.’

Before reading the story, which we knew from the title would involve meerkats, we needed to find out more about this type of animal. We worked collaboratively as a class, just like Team Ant, to research meerkats before writing some very informative non-chronological reports of our own. We focused on a meerkat’s appearance, diet and habitat. How fascinating these animals are!

After finding out that meerkats live in the Kalahari desert in Africa and looking at photos of what it is like there,  we enjoyed creating a piece of artwork using oil pastels and water colours. 

In Geography, we worked collaboratively with our partner to locate Africa on a map of the world and then the Kalahari Desert on a map of Africa using an atlas. We also used Google Earth to see how far Africa is from the UK. 

We we all very excited to read the story which is about a meerkat named Sunny who lives in the Kalahari Desert with his family. Sunny thinks it is too hot and dry so he decides to leave and go exploring in search of another place to live. After spending a whole week travelling, Sunny doesn’t find anywhere that feels like home so decides to return to the Kalahari Desert.

We thoroughly enjoyed the story and all worked very hard to learn it off by heart, using some actions to help us remember the key words and phrases. After we could retell it confidently, we knew that we were ready to innovate the story (make it our own). We did this by changing the name of the main character and the places he/she visits. We had lots of fun editing our own story map and then boxing up the main parts (opening, build up, problem, resolution and ending). We used these to help us write our story with the changes we made. We tried to be just like Beautiful Butterfly and used our green pens to edit our writing, checking that we had correctly punctuated each sentence and that each sentence made sense.

We are very proud of the fantastic stories we wrote.

ACE Scientists – Plant Detectives

In our Science lessons this half term we will be learning all about plants. We began by recapping everything that we could remember about plants from our Year 1 learning. We knew some of the names of the main parts including: stem, petals, leaves and roots


After thinking about the different plants that we know, we enjoyed taking our learning outside. We noticed lots of plants around us which we drew pictures of. We looked carefully at the shape and size of the petals and the colours of the petals. 
We noticed that there are lots of different types of plants and they look very different to each other.