Measuring on a large scale!

After a busy week of learning how to measure accurately Year 2 wanted to get their heads around how big the dinosaurs really were and the classroom just wasn’t the place to do it!

First of all, we researched how long the dinosaurs were in metres, then recorded the measurements in a table. We all had to remember to record the unit of measurement used.

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Next, we shared our ideas about the best measuring tool we could use to help us measure such long lengths in metres and we were introduced to a trundle wheel! A trundle wheel is a measuring device which when the wheel completes a full turn it measures 1 metre.

We could not wait to test out the trundle wheels and find out how long the dinosaurs were! Once we were in teams we made our way onto the yard.

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During this task, we had to showcase good teamwork when measuring. One member of the team stood at the start position, one member used the trundle wheel to measure and the third member travelled alongside the measurer to ensure that they were counting the metres accurately. This task took a lot of patience.

It was amazing how long some of the dinosaurs used to be! The T-Rex was 12 metres long but the Apatosaurus measured in at a whopping 25metres! The shock of Year 2’s faces when they looked back to discover how long they were was an absolute treat!

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When we got back into class we became little Maths Masters and showed off our measurement skills by working out the difference between certain dinosaurs.

Did you know? The Spinosaurus is 6 metres longer than a T-Rex!

 

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A visit from a four-legged friend

A very special visitor popped into Year 2 on Tuesday to introduce them to their new Literacy unit, Information texts.

Meet Lucifer the Great!

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As part of the Information Text unit that Year 2 are starting, they will learn all about tortoises and produce their very own information leaflet to share with other classes in school.

Everyone absolutely loved having a real tortoise in class. He was carefully shown around and we even got to touch him! Miss Gangel followed closely behind with the hand sanitiser!

It has given Year 2 a real enthusiasm to get started with this learning. Following on from the Lucifer’s visit Year 2 contributed to the planning of the unit by completing a ‘I see, I think, I wonder’ task.

This task involved sharing ideas with a partner and recording notes using bullet points. ‘I see’ asks you to record what you saw when Lucifer visited. ‘I think’ is making those links to think about using what I saw, what do I think I know? ‘I wonder’ is then generating a question you would like to answer by the end of the unit.

Some great examples from today’s lesson:

I see: Lucifer’s head can go inside his shell.

I think: Tortoises are flexible because their heads can move in and out of their shell.

I wonder: Why do tortoises have a hard shell?

Why don’t you have a try thinking of a question you would like Year 2 to answer all about tortoises? Comment below and we’ll get back to you!

Check back in with Year 2 to see if you can learn any interesting facts about tortoises.

Room on the Broom Celebrations

To celebrate the 15th anniversary of Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson, Year 2 celebrated in a day of all things magical.

They dressed up as witches and wizards and enjoyed a spellbinding day!

Year Two’s favourite part of the day was making a magical potion. Everyone wrote their ingredients out and each came up with a magical spell to say as bubbling potions were created! I was so impressed with all the children who were really determined and showed great independence to write out their potions.

This was a great session and we all had lots of laughs! We used some common household items to create our bubbling potions:

  1. A few drops of witch’s saliva AKA distilled vinegar
  2. A few drops of poison dart frog eye juice AKA blue food colouring and…
  3. A spoonful of powdered werewolf eyelashes AKA bicarbonate of soda

Say your magic words and with a ‘Hocus Pocus, everybody focus!’ Bang…Your potion is bubbling away!

As you can tell the potions didn’t smell too great!

Year 2 would love a comment from you! What would your magic words be?