Rise of the Robots
For this topic we focused on developing our design and technology and computing skills.
We began by learning what an algorithm was.
“An algorithm is a precise set of instructions” Harvey
Miss Haley played the ‘Cha Cha Slide’ on her iPad outside and we followed the algorithms in the song.
“It was really funny, we kept having to debug because we didn’t know our left and right well enough!” Lily
“Debug means that something has gone wrong and you need to go back and fix it.” Quinn
To practise algorithms and our positional language we went outside into the yard and with a partner we pretended to be robots using algorithms to direct each other to different places in the yard.
We then wrote algorithms in our books to direct the robot to the battery pack; we tried to pick up as many diamonds as we could on the way!
Later we then used the iPads and laptops to play games to develop our coding skills.
“My Favourite is the Kodable game on the iPad. It gets really tricky sometimes!” Oliver.
Design and Technology
First we began by looking at how technology has changed over the years.
“When Miss Haley was little she had a CD walkman, but when Miss Haley’s Nana was little she had a record player and they were really big!” Rees
“I have video tapes at my Nana’s of Disney films but I have DVD’s at my house.” McKenzie
Then we pretended to be inventors, we wanted to create a robot, before we could do this we had to practise the skills we would need.
We started with learning how to turn cardboard boxes inside out so that we were able to paint over them. It was tricky to begin with and we had to be careful when cutting and sticking
“I kept sticking my hands together with the masking tape but Olivia helped me and that made it easier.” Leona
In maths we practised our measuring skills in the hall by making robots with chalk using rulers to measure correctly.
After that we then practised using the Geo kits to make a moving mechanism using wheels and axels. The tricky part was getting them to balance and move.
As we all wanted to make different size robots we had to learn how to use a saw to cut down the wooden axel and also we used pieces of wood to make our robots sturdy on the bottom.
“You have to be really sensible when using a saw and follow the safety rules!” Caitlin
“It was really cool though!” Leighton
“I felt like my dad when he cuts wood because he’s a joiner” Carlten
To help us learn about materials and what materials would be a good to use for a robot we went to the Centre for Life where we took part in a materials workshop. We tested out different materials and used our findings to put them into groups.
We watched a really exciting Science show and looked at different materials and their properties.
“My favourite was when the ping pong ball shot out at us; I was trying to catch them!” Connor
After that we went ice skating! It was lots of fun and was a real challenge for some of us but with a lot of perseverance we all were able to let go of the sides! Some of us spent most of the time on our bottoms but it was still a lot of fun but we will not be auditioning for Dancing on Ice anytime soon!
After we had practised the skills, we planned out what we wanted our robot would look like and what we wanted our robot to do.
Then we got to work putting all the skills we had learnt into practise.
Finally here are the finished products!
To launch our It’s Alive topic Caron from the RSPB came into work with us in the field to look for living things. We explored the outdoor area and listened carefully for birds. Caron was able to tell us which birds they were just from listening to their tweets
Then we looked at different habitats, we first used a coloured pencil to write animals we thought lived in certain habitats then used non fiction books and the internet to check and learn about more animals that live in different habitats.
“A polar bear lives in the arctic because it needs freezing cold temperatures, it has lots of hair to keep it warm and swims in the ocean to find fish to eat.” Rosin
“Lizards and snakes are cold blooded animals, so they are able to live in hot climates like the dessert.” Thomas.
After that we began to look at micro–habitats, to explore these further we went outside and investigate and to find out which is the most common minibeast.
“Lots of insects live in dark, damp places, lets lift this rock up, I bet there are loads under here! Wow! There’s loads of woodlouse!” Harvey
We then recorded our information in a table then used the computer to make a pictogram of our findings
A living thing isn’t just animals it is plants and trees too. We went into the garden to look carefully at flowers and their features, we then came back and spoke about what we found. We then looked on the visualizer inside the petals at the functions of a plant.
“Did you know the Anther has lots of pollen sacks?” Lucie
“Bee’s catch pollen by pushing the pollen back with their front legs and then catching it with their back legs before flying off.” Grace
On a glorious, sunny day we went on a trip to Thornley woods. We split into two groups and learnt about different animals that live in the woods. We made a mouse house using lots of natural materials around us. We took into account that it needed to be a small, hidden house to avoid being eaten by bigger predators
After that we looked at trees and how they grow and their life cycle. We played a game where we watched and looked at the things seeds need to grow
We used the environment to look for different colours and used a piece of double sided tape to stick different colours on.
It was a great day out and we all loved being in the outdoor environment especially on such a hot, sunny day, some of us even took our coats off and we ate lunch outside! Thank you to all our parent helpers who came with us on the trip, we could not have gone without you
In science we performed a simple test to see which bean plant would grow the fastest. We all planted our own bean plant and put half in a cupboard and half on the windowsill. We made predictions:
“I think the one on the windowsill will grow quickest because it has sunlight, water and they are some of the things a plant needs to grow.” Kaidan
“I think the one in the cupboard will not grow because it has no sunlight” Cornel.
In English we have been reading non – fiction books and have been writing reports we used books and the internet to research elephants so we could plan out our report, then used our plan to write our own reports about elephants. Here are some of our reports.
During our topic we had some special visitors to our class some furry caterpillars, we all were really interested in watching them, when they arrived they were tiny but soon grew and grew and were really fat and hairy!
Keep checking our page to watch them grow!
This term Year 2 have been learning all about Julia Donaldson! We have read many of her books, including the most famous Julia Donaldson book The Gruffalo.
First we began by researching Julia Donaldson we wrote down some questions and facts we wanted to find out then used the search engine Google to find the answers.
After we read one of our Must Reads Fairy and the Fairy, a story about a fairy who grants a little boy three wishes however the fairy is deaf so she keeps getting the wishes wrong. After reading the story we tried on ear defenders to see what it would be like to be deaf.
“It was really difficult I could hear what people were saying.” Quinn
“I was trying to watch people’s lips but it was still too hard.” Rob
Then we planned out our own version of Freddie and the Fairy we changed the characters and the wishes then wrote our own stories. We hope you enjoy reading them.
We went on a trip to Seven Stories in Newcastle. We worked in group to create our own monster like the Gruffalo and showed how it would move and the noise it would make. We then created a class monster called Three Eyed Hairy!
We were lucky enough to go on the top floor where we tried costumes of the characters. How do we look?
In Art we have been practising out sketching and colouring skills we have drawn the Gruffalo and the characters using different thickness of pencils. For our final piece of Art work we pretended to be an Illustrator and drew the front cover of our favourite Julia Donaldson book.
In English we read the story Room on a Broom; we really enjoyed this book and loved the good vocabulary used in the book. In groups we acted out the story, we each chose a character to play and enjoyed getting on our broom sticks!
Then we thought of our own sequel to Room on a Broom we brainstormed ideas of where we thought they would go next. We really enjoyed doing this and came up with some great ideas.
Finally as we have read so many Julia Donaldson books linked to our learning in Maths we investigated which is the most popular Julia Donaldson Book. We began by creating a table with Julia Donaldson books on then asked everyone in the class what their favourite was. We presented our findings in a bar chart.
“This was my favourite topic because I liked reading all Julia Donaldson’s books” McKenzie
“I loved reading The Gruffalos Child and Stickman” Joe
“The Gruffalo is scary and he has purple prickles all over his back.” Kaidan