Y2 Sports Day 2019

We have been really lucky to attend the Y2 Sports Day at the English Institute of Sport. We took part in lots of different activities to test our throwing and catching skills as well as looking at seeing how quick we could run, jog and walk. Everybody had lots of fun… we can’t wait for next year’s sports day!

Thank you to our parents and carers who came along with on the day. Your help means so much to the children and help us continue to attend these events.

Here are just some of the activities that we took part in.

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Growing Plants…

We have been learning about plants in Science in Pearl Class. We know that seeds can grow into lots of exciting things such as fruit, vegetables and flowers. Seeds come in all different shapes and sizes.

We wanted to know what the different parts of a plant are called as it stars to grow.

Then we though about what plants need to grow in. We learnt that all plants need air, water and sunlight to grow. But do all plants need soil to grow in? We set up lots of different seeds to investigate what would happen to the seeds without any soil. Would they grow? Take a look below to find out our findings…

Finally we though about what might happen if we took away just one of things that plants need to grow and investigate what happened. We set up different pots and planted both seeds and bulbs inside to see what would happen in the different circumstances. We made predictions as to what we thought might happen to each pot. Here is what we did:

Pot 1 – Sand instead of soil

Pot 2 – No air (water, soil and light)

Pot 3 – No water (air, light and soil)

Pot 4 – No light (soil, water and air)

Pot 5 – Control (air, light and water)

Every week, we kept a seed and bulb diary so we could see what happened to the seeds and bulbs on a weekly basis. Here is what we found out.

Pot 1 – Neither the seed or bulb grew in the sand.

Pot 2 – Neither the seed or bulb grew with no air.

Pot 3 – Surprisingly both the seed and bulb grew in the soil with no water. (We discussed that the soil might have had water in it already to help the seed and bulb grow)

Pot 4 – Both the seed and bulb grew in the dark but they were both yellow.

Pot 5 – Both the seed and bulb grew as predicted.

We found out:

  • If you put a plant in the dark, it will grow but it will turn yellow. Plants need sunlight to help it to make food in its leaves and keep it green. Once we completed our investigation, we left it out in the sunlight and it started to turn green again!
  • If you put a lid on a plant and into a container, it won’t grow however it will go mouldy. When we took the lid off to check, the smell was really gross!
  • We were surprised that the seed and bulb didn’t grow in the sand. If we were to do this again, we would try it out again or try plant it in different things like custard or pebbles.

Safety Week 2019

In Spring 1, our whole school theme was Safety. You might remember that we visited Birley Moor Fire Station earlier this month and learnt about how to be safe if there was ever a fire. Click here to see our previous post.

That wasn’t the only thing we completed in school though linked to safety. What other types of safety can you think of?

In Pearl Class, we looked at how to stay safe when we cross the road.

In Ruby class, we looked at how to stay safe at home or at school.

On Tuesday 5th February, it was Safer Internet Day. In Literacy, we looked at the story MonkeyCow by Stuart Spendlow and Amy Bradley.

You might remember reading the prequel story PenguinPig when you were in FS2.

These books help us and remind us of the important messages to stay safe when we use the internet.

We must never:

  • Speak to strangers online
  • Tell a stranger who we are, where we live or where we go to school
  • Give out any telephone numbers, email addresses or passwords

If any of these things happen to us, then we must:

  • Tell a parent or teacher straight away

We used PurpleMash to create our own set of rules for staying safe when we are online.

Click here to see the Prince Edward Online Safety Blog. If you need any further assistance or have questions to ask, please speak to Miss Varley.

Comic Relief 2019

Today we celebrated Comic Relief in school. Everyone came to school either wore the colour red, had a red nose or wore a special Comic Relief tshirt on. Don’t we all look fab!

This year, we didn’t ask for money donations but we asked our parents and carers to donate food to be sent to the local food bank. We’ve had an overwhelming response and we would like to say a big thank you to all of our parents and carers for donating so generously. The local food bank will be really grateful for all of our donations.

If you would like more information about the local food bank, click here to be taken to the website.

Click here if you would like more information about Comic Relief and learn about about the work that they do.

Fairtrade Fortnight 2019

Over the last two weeks at school, we have been looking at Fairtrade and how it affects others. This links to the 17 Global Goals that we look at throughout the year at school.

Do you know what Fairtrade is? Do you buy any Fairtrade products?

We started off by looking at the symbol in the classroom and tried to remember if we had seen it on any products that we use at home or at school.

Have you seen this symbol before?

Then we looked at what Fairtrade actually means.

FairTrade is…

Trade between companies in developed countries and producers in developing countries in which fair prices are paid to the producers.

We learnt that farmers who produce food in other countries such as Africa for us to eat across the world is given a fair price for the ropes that they grow. Some farmers struggle to feed their families, buy medicine for their families when they are ill or can’t even send their children to school.

This made us feel very sad that everyone doesn’t have the same opportunities as we do and aren’t as lucky as we are.

We wanted to help support the farmers that produce Fairtrade products so we used the iPads to research what products we could buy that were Fairtrade.

These were tea, coffee, cotton, coconuts, fruit like bananas and oranges, sugar and chocolate. Next you go shopping – see if you can spot the Fairtrade symbol on any of the products you buy.

As a special treat, Miss Varley threw us a Fairtrade Tea Party and it was brilliant! We drank Fairtrade tea and ate Fairtrade chocolate biscuits, Fairtrade dried pineapple and dried mango and Fairtrade bananas.