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.
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.
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!
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!
Following on from our trip, we were very interested in ammonites and we decided to create some of our own using salt dough.
As a team we followed a set of instructions to make the dough.
To make the salt dough we used flour, salt and water. We mixed them altogether in a large bowl and gradually added water to the mixture until it was the right consistency. It got really tricky to mix once the water was added so Miss Collins and Miss Nevin had to get their hands in it!
Once the dough was ready we each were given an amount to roll into a cylinder ready to create our ammonite shape. After that, we then had to create fossil markings on the dough. This process was a challenge because you had to make sure the markings were deep enough in the dough without breaking through the bottom of the fossil.
Finally, the ammonites were placed in the oven to bake on a low heat.
They turned out great! What did you think of them when we brought them home?
As part of our Land of the Dinosaurs topic Key Stage One and the ARC took a trip to the Great North Museum. When we were there we took a fossil workshop and explored the dinosaur discovery bags which were great fun!
We found out all about ammonites and some of us even took park in the role play of how ammonite fossils were discovered. They were very wriggly fossils! We even looked at T-Rex fossil poop!
After the workshop and discovery bags we went on a tour around the museum.
The trip made us all very enthusiastic about our learning and we couldn’t wait to get on with our topic learning back at school.
Thank you once again to our parent helpers who accompanied us on the trip too, we hope you had a great day too.
Welcome back to a brand new start of the year.
In Year 2 we kicked it off with a bang or should I say roar! Our topic this term is Land of the Dinosaurs.
We have had great fun creating dinosaur skeleton art work this week. Using pasta pieces, we explored how to create an outline that represented a dinosaur’s skeleton. It was tricky to manipulate the pieces and glue them in a position that made the art work effective. We all persevered and the outcome looked great!
Take a look and see what you think!
Not only have we been busy creating these art masterpieces but we have also challenged ourselves in Maths!
Miss Collins set us the 6 bead challenge to help us investigate and show off our skills in place value. You are given 6 beads and challenged to find out all the possible numbers you can make. We showed lots of determination and teamwork skills during this task.