Mathematician of the Week

Well done to our final Mathematician of the Week for 2016.

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You work hard no matter what you have been asked to do, you think about how to apply your maths in your independent learning and you are gaining in confidence all the time! Keep it up!

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Fruit Kebabs

Linked to our work about the artist Arcimboldo, we read the story Oliver’s Vegetables and Oliver’s Fruit Salad by Alison Bartlett and Vivian French.

We decided that we wanted to make some fruit kebabs linked to the stories, so we had a think about fruits that we liked and we had to choose three. Some of us choose our favourite fruits, some of use wanted to try fruits that we had never had before.

Miss Varley soon had a long shopping list with lots of different fruits on. They were: strawberries, blackberries, apples, pears, grapes, mangoes, pineapple, raisins, passionfruit, blueberries, kiwi fruit and oranges.

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Before we started to make anything, we remembered lots of different ways to help us to keep safe.

  1. Wash your hands and roll up your sleeves.
  2. Don’t put your fingers near your face whilst you are making the fruit kebabs.
  3. Be careful with the knifes and keep your fingers away from the edge – they are sharp.
  4. Thread the fruit on carefully to the wooden skewer, making sure that the pointy end is away from our bodies.
  5. Listen carefully to the instructions given by the adult.

After we had done all of that, we started to make our fruit kebabs.

We were able to peel, chop, dice and thread the fruit onto the kebab and we had lots of fun doing this.

As a treat once we had finished, we got to eat the fruit kebabs. Here are some of the words that we used to describe what they tasted like.

How to continue the learning at home:

  • Talk to your child about the different fruits and vegetables that they like.
  • Try a new fruit or vegetable with your child at home and describe what it tastes like.
  • Are there different combinations of fruit that you could try together?

 

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…

This week, we have been so busy getting ready for Christmas we have been in overdrive.

On Monday, we had our Christmas Party and we even had a special visitor. We danced, played some party games and then went back to the classroom for some party food.

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Santa brought us a class game of Jenga to play and a new story book to add to our book collection. The book is called Superworm and it is by one of our favourite authors, Julia Donaldson. Thank you Santa!

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We have made Christmas cards to send to someone special in our families.

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We loved making our Christmas calendars with the penguins on. First we had to paint a blue background. Next we had to use a large potato dipped in black paint for the body and then we had to let it dry. If we didn’t, the colours would run into each other. Then we used a smaller potato for the white part of the penguin’s body and used a paintbrush to add on details like eyes, wings, beak and feet. Once everything has dried, we used some silver glittery finger paint to make it look like the penguins were gliding on the smooth, sparkling ice.

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We made some snowman puppets as well and had a chance to practise our sewing skills. We are sure that you will agree that our snowmen puppets look brill!

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Pearl class would like to wish all of their friends and followers a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

We will see you all again soon in the New Year! Back to School – Tues 3rd Jan 2017

Ted’s Emergency No. 2

A few weeks ago, Ted asked Pearl class for our help as he needed a new umbrella as he had got really wet in the rain. We tested lots of materials to see if they were waterproof. Click here to see our previous post – What an emergency!

This week, Ted has been back in touch and gave us a new problem to deal with. All the heavy rain that we have had recently have caused his house to flood and he has big puddles in his house. Our task was to find the best material Ted could use to make a mop. We were looking for the best material that we could find to soak up water and help Ted to get rid of the puddles.

We had lots of materials to choose from: cotton wool, tin foil, paper towel, sponge, bubble wrap and cloth.

Which one do you think that will be the best? 

We went away and made a prediction about which one we thought would be the best. We tried hard to be fantastic scientists and use the conjunction because to give a reason for our predictions. We then all came back to the carpet to look at the predictions that we had made. We made a tally chart on the board to see which material was the most and least popular from the predictions. As a class, we thought that bubble wrap would soak up the water the best.

We thought about fair testing and we agreed that we would only change the materials and keep everything else the same. We had to make sure that we used the same amount of water each time otherwise this wouldn’t have been a fair test!

Then we worked in groups to test the materials. The best bit was when we poured water on the tables to make a puddle. Miss Varley wouldn’t normally let us do this!

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When we had finished, we found that we were surprised by our results. The materials that didn’t work with the tin foil and the bubble wrap. We spoke about how they didn’t let the water in so they must be waterproof. The materials that did soak up the water were cotton wool, paper towels, sponge and cloth. Overall we decided that the best materials were sponge and cloth because we could squeeze the water out and reuse them. The paper towel tore when it was wet and the cotton wool did soak up the water, it didn’t go back to its normal shape. We started to use a new word to describe how a material soaked up water – absorbency.

How to continue the learning at home:

  • Look at the different objects you have around the home and see what they are made of.
  • What other ways can you use materials for different purposes?
  • Find out who made different materials. Click here to learn about tarmac.

Christmas Nativity

Today was the day! Today was the day we performed our Y2 Christmas Nativity for all of our mums, dads, grandparents and other family members. We have been practising our songs, actions and our lines to make that today was perfect. Our favourite part was when we got to put our costumes on.


We hope that our grown ups enjoyed watching our nativity. We loved being able to perform it. Thank you for coming to watch us!

Here are some of the comments that our grown ups left:

  • Well done Y2 – a well performed nativity.
  • It was wonderful.
  • It was lovely – I am very proud of your school.
  • We really enjoyed it so much – well done to all! 🙂
  • Brill – fantastic as always.
  • It was really good – all of the kids got their lines correct. It was excellent.
  • I could watch this again and again if I had the chance! 10/10!
  • A really lovely traditional nativity.k

Pictoboldo

What great fun we have had! We have been using the iPads to create some fruit and vegetable faces using an app called Pictoboldo.

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Click here if you would like to download it to your iPad/smartphone/tablet at home.

We took a picture of our faces and then used it in the app. The app gave us lots of different fruits and vegetables to choose from so that we could put the fruits and vegetables over our faces. We practised doing lots of different things such as dragging the pictures around the screen, making the pictures bigger or smaller; turning the images around the page and and flipping them to make a mirror image.

What do you think of our faces? Can you see any resemblance?

How to help your child at home:

  • Download the app to an iPad or tablet to allow your child to practise their ICT skills.
  • Speak to your child about how to be safe on the internet.
  • Make sure that you have spoken to your child to set rules about how to use an iPad or tablet safely.
  • Use real fruit and vegetables to create a real-life fruit and vegetable model.