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Designing wind turbines as part of our Design and Technology topic 'Renewable Energy'
Neptune had a fantastic morning at Small Heath Library. Mrs Bowen read stories to us and then we shared stories with each other.
Oh no! Today we were told that our dragon has no fire left! And he needs to finds another way to cook his dinner.
We looked at the term ‘RENEWABLE ENERGY’
Using talk partners we discussed what we already knew and what we wanted to find out about renewable energy.
We added our thoughts and questions to our working wall.
Today in Science we thought about the question What is a seed? We discussed what we thought a seed was and found that all of the seeds have come from plants and that each has the potential to grow into a plant itself. We had a go at trying to identify plants and seeds. Finally we sorted seeds into those dispersed by wind, water, animal/bird by looking closely at the seeds with hand lenses and thinking about the method of dispersal.
Monday 24th June 2019 - Water colour dragons
Today we have been painting water colour dragons. We created a water colour effect by adding water to the paint. We used salt to absorb the water, which then creates darker patches on our artwork where the paint is left behind. Our art was inspired by the artist Barbara Nicholls.
Dragon Eye Art
We had a fantastic start to our topic of 'Dragons' We followed a tutorial by Amy Anderson. We used pencil to sketch the dragon eye. We then used a black felt tip pen to create a shadow around the eye lid. The children then enjoyed using crayons, felt tip pens and colouring pencils to create the vibrant colours of a dragon's eye!
9.4.19 - Eco Park
Today we enjoyed a visit to the Eco Park to build dens and create artwork using natural materials that we found in the Eco Park. It was a fantastic opportunity to work as a team and discuss our den building ideas with our friends.
In Neptune we have been learning all about the Easter story. The Easter story is very important in the Christian faith. We learnt all about Jesus and his friends. We thought about new beginnings and new life.
We used puppets to re-tell the Easter story and took on the role of the different characters in the Easter story.
We performed our stories to the rest of the class.
Australia and Antarctica day!
Today we went on an adventure. First we set off to the continent of Antarctica, we made sure we were prepared for the harsh weather conditions. We then got on a plane and went to the continent of Australia. We needed to change our clothes and put on sun cream as it was so hot.
We learnt all about the climate, the animals that lived in the two continents, physical and human features and created flags. We also used I pads to research each continent.
18th March 2019
In Science today we identified how the shape of materials can be changed. We explored what materials could be squeezed, twisted and pulled. We discussed why some materials changed shape and why some did not. We found out that twisting, weaving and knotting are often used to make fabric. That if fabric was not twisted our clothes would easily fall apart.
An introduction to fractions. We investigated what was meant by the term 'Equal parts' Can you find the equal parts of the whole?
British Science Week 12th March 2019
We kicked off Science week by playing a Science pass the parcel. We used our Scientific vocabulary to explore what might be inside the parcel.
In Neptune we investigated forces. We found out that we need force to make things move.
We explored pushing, pulling and twisting as a way of applying force.
We created cardboard funnels and attached a straw using blue tack. We made small balls from tin foil and used the push force of our breath to make the ball move. We found that the harder we apply force the quicker it moves.
4th March 2019
LO: To name and locate the world’s seven continents and five oceans
Name, locate and identify characteristics of the four countries and capital cities of the United Kingdom and its surrounding seas.
Today we were explorers! We spent the morning travelling to the seven continents of the world and exploring the similarities and differences between them. We thought about the weather in each of the continents and famous landmarks there.
While travelling we also crossed the five oceans, by boat, aeroplane and we even had a go at swimming across some of them!
In Neptune we have been very busy making dancing sticks ready to sell at enterprise day this week!
As part of our English work this term we will be looking at the story of 'The Flower' We entered our classroom and found a single flower surrounded by darkness. We has lots of ideas about how this had happened. We read the story of 'The flower and will use this to help us when writing our own finding story.
In Maths this week we are exploring division. We have been sharing objects into equal groups and using our reasoning skills to explain how we know we are correct!
We worked as a team to share objects in our group. We made sure that every child had the same amount.
Science - Habitats
We all took part in an experiment, which helped us to understand how blubber (a layer of fat ) helps to keep polar bears warm.
We put our hands in ice water and had to remove them quite quickly. We then filled a plastic bag with butter (blubber) and put our hand in a rubber glove, making sure that the glove was covered with butter. We placed our hand in the water again and found that our hands were insulated and so we could keep them in the water much longer.
Wednesday 6th February - Safer Internet Day 2019
As part of Safer Internet Day Saturn discussed how to keep safe when we are online.
-When we are online and are not sure about something we can always ask our parents for help.
-Sharing personal information such as your name, home or school can be dangerous.
Following this we all began to create posters to warn others about the dangers of disclosing personal information.
Friday 1st February
What a fabulous start to February! We have been raising money for the NSPCC and having fun at the same time. We have been using numbers all morning to play lots of different games, using our equipment to make numbers in different ways and using discussion cards to talk about numbers.
Thursday 31st January
This morning we having been investigating equal groups as the beginning of our unit on multiplication. Once we had understood what an equal group is, we then made 'four equal groups with five in each group,' ' three tens' and 6 fours in as many different ways as possible.
We are continuing to look at the story of 'The Great Kapok Tree' and the impact of deforestation. Today we explored the thoughts and feelings of the animals and why the Kapok tree is so important to them. We took part in role play and became the different animals in the story.
In Maths we have been using our understanding of column method to solve missing number problems.
We have had a fantastic start to story telling week in Neptune. We have created our own class picture book. We made up our own story and created illustrations. We have also been looking at the author 'Oliver Jeffers' and reading some of his wonderful stories.
Thursday 17th January 2019 Walk around our local area
Today we went for a walk around our local area. We saw lots of houses, shops and a place of worship. We marked our maps and discussed the different symbols for each place we saw.
Monday 14th January 2019
This morning we continued learning about the effects of deforestation on the environment and the animals and plants that live or grow in the rain forests around the world. We focused on the impact deforestation makes locally and globally, in either a positive or negative way, through discussions about given statements.
11th January 2019
Welcome back to the New Year in Neptune. We have all enjoyed our first few days back, beginning to explore our new topic, 'The Environment.'
We arrived at school and found mini oceans on our tables. When we looked inside we saw that the marine life were sharing their homes with plastic! We were horrified and it made us feel very sad. In English we watched some clips from the BBC Blue Planet 2 show to find out about the impact of plastic pollution in our oceans. This generated a fantastic discussion where we identified lots of interesting questions, thoughts and vocabulary around plastic pollution. Following on from this we shared the book 'The Great Kapok Tree.' This introduced us to deforestation through the eyes of the animals and tribes that live in the Amazon rain forest and again we have had a super discussion identifying some of the devastating effects that deforestation can cause.
14.12.18 Christmas parents workshop
Thank you to the parents who attended our Christmas workshop today. We applied the skill quilling for our Christmas cards and decorated our disco ball hats.
13.12.18 ERUPTING VOLCANOES!!!!!
Today in our science lesson we have been conducting an investigation. To create our volcanoes we made a mixture of, vinegar, baking soda, water, food colouring and fairy liquid. We predicted that if we add more vinegar or baking soda it will erupt more aggressively. We found that the volcano erupted more when vinegar was added but made no difference when we added baking soda.
13.12.18 Save the Children Christmas Jumper Day
Today at school we all came in our Christmas jumpers. We are raising money to support the charity ' Save the Children'. Thank you to all parents who sent in donations and supported our cause. We would also like to thank our generous parents for sending in party food for our Christmas party day.
Today we explored how the shapes of objects can be changed by squashing, bending, twisting and stretching. We did this by creating slime! We poured cornflour into a bowl and slowly added water. We decided to make our slime green by adding green food colouring. We put our hands in the slime and explored what happened when we handled it. We asked lots of questions. Is it a solid or a liquid? What happens if we squeeze it? Squash it? How was it different to water?
In Neptune we have had a very cheeky visitor! He has made quite the mess in our classroom. Next week we will be using the events that have taken place in Neptune to write a newspaper report.
We had lots of fun sharing our writing with 4G for our reading morning.
This morning we arrived at school with the news that an sneaky Elf had been causing chaos in Saturn classroom. We read a newspaper report about the incident and Mrs Cooper told us all about what she had seen.
We looked at some of the features in the newspaper article, such as headline, introductory paragraph, facts, quotes and sources and a summing up paragraph.
We had a selection of newspapers made for children. In our teams we identified the features in each of them, placing them on the sugar paper next to the correct feature. We thought about what the purpose of each feature was and if we thought it was effective.
Today we carried out a science investigation to observe changes over time.
We completed the science planning poster as a class. What could we change? What if we changed the length of the stem? What do we think would happen?
We cut the flowers and placed them in different food colouring.
We thought about what we could see. What was changing. What was staying the same.
27.11.18 Maths investigation day
Today we had a wonderful day investigating and solving lots of Maths problems. We began the day with a team building activity, seeing who could build the tallest tower.
We then used the ICT suite and played a range of Maths games.
In the afternoon we were lucky enough to take part in a workshop in the hall. We used our knowledge of shape, pattern and number bonds to help us solve the problems.
26th November 2018
Mrs Bicknell came to visit Neptune today. She showed us lots of lovely items that belonged to her Grandparents. Mrs Bicknell told us that both sets of Grandparents served in the war. Grandpa Thomas Baker was the officer in charge on a ship based in Norway. He was very lucky in the war, narrowly avoiding death because of the quick thinking of his fellow crew members covering him in ropes in the water.
Grandpa Phillip Newbury was a soldier based in Africa and spent two years as a prisoner of war. He was captured by Italian Soldiers and taken to Germany.
It was fantastic to hear the real life stories of Mrs Bicknell's Grandparents, we had a wonderful time looking at the items and asking her lots of questions.
Thursday 22nd November 2018 Evacuee day
Mrs Nend came into our classroom as an Air raid warden. She explained the role of the warden and what people did when a
siren went off. We learnt about what to do if someone was stuck under rubble or if a person was missing.
Wednesday 21st November
Today we have been testing stretchy materials. We began by creating our own hypothesis, such as 'The smoothest piece of fabric is the stretchiest' and 'Dark fabrics always stretch more than the lighter ones'. We stretched the pieces of material in both directions and diagonally and made our observations. We sorted the fabrics into three groups and thought about what material would be best to make a sports headband.
Monday 19th November
Thank you to the parents who joined us for our class workshop this morning. We created gas mask boxes ready for our dress up day on Thursday.
Did you know?
Everyone in Britain was given a gas mask in a cardboard box, to protect them from gas bombs, which could be dropped during air raids.
What were the gas masks like?
The masks were made of black rubber, which was very hot and smelly. It was difficult to breathe when wearing a gas mask. When you breathed in the air was sucked through the filter to take out the gas. When you breathed out the whole mask was pushed away from your face to let the air out.
Friday 16th November 2018 Materials investigation and planting our poppies
This morning we walked to the Eco park to create a memorial garden with our poppies. We held a one minute silence to think about the sacrifice of so many brave men and women since the First World War.
Afterwards we continued our science learning from yesterday, finding as many different natural materials as we could and describing their properties. We collected materials that were rough, smooth, flexible, rigid, shiny, cold, soft and hard in small bags and discussed the different characteristics with each other.
Thursday 15th November 2018 - Exploration of materials and our absorbency investigation.
This morning we explored a range of materials. We named them, discussed their uses in the world and thought about their properties. Following our exploration, we were introduced to an investigation. We had to help find the most absorbent material to soak up spilt milk and water during snack times. We spent time planning our investigation and talking about how we could make it a fair test.
After the investigation, we shared our results and discussed what might we could do to improve the investigation next time.
Monday 12th November.
Today we have been comparing past and present pictures of Small Heath. We have noticed lots of differences, can you?
Friday 10th November.
Today we finished painting our poppies that we had designed and created from clay earlier this week. Next Friday we shall be visiting the Eco Park with the rest of Year 2 to create our memorial to the brave servicemen and women who have died and fought to protect our country.
Thursday 8th November - Birmingham Museum
Today we enjoyed exploring the different areas in the museum. We learned a lot about ancient Egypt and areas in the Middle East. Our focus for the day was to learn as much as we could about the history of Birmingham and why we wear poppies on Remembrance Day. We found out information by reading information cards, looking at artefacts, listening to stories of those who lived in Birmingham in the past and exploring a range of activities.
Friday 26th October- Harvest assembly
Thank you for your generous contributions to our Harvest Box. All our boxes were designed around an animal and in Neptune we chose to create a squirrel box. All your donations will be going to support homeless people in Birmingham through the charity Sifa Fireside.
Thursday 25th October - Friday 26th October 2018 - Sleepover!
Well done to all of you who stayed over at school for fun, games, food and lots of time to enjoy socialising with your friends. You have all come back to school with more confidence.
Have a look at the fun we had!
Thank you to all of the parents who came to our bake sale and reading morning in aid of Birmingham Children's hospital.
We had lots of fun with our parents at the parent workshop. We used our talk for writing map to make flapjacks, using ingredients such as, oats, sugar, butter and golden syrup. We also constructed our packaging that will hold our flapjack pieces in. We made sure that our packaging had a list of ingredients, a catchy name and pictures.
Thank you to all of the wonderful parents who came to help us today.
This week in Maths we are counting in 2s, 5s and 10s. Have a look at some of our Maths problems. Can you solve them?
Monday 15th October 2018 - Instructions and art fun!
Today we read and followed instructions for our chosen creative activity. Rose cards were made in Mercury, leaf printing fun was in Neptune and glitter mobiles were made in Saturn. We looked at the heading, what we needed, the instructions and any tips to help us. We will use these ideas when writing our own instructions for our hot write.
First aid fun
Today we enjoyed a visit from Birmingham Children's Hospital. We learnt a lot about the people who work in the hospital helping the children to get better. We then enjoyed a fun first aid session with our teachers and Mrs Nend. We practiced what we would do in an emergency situation at school and at home. We found out how to treat burns and deep cuts. We also practiced putting our friends into the recovery position. We are super first aiders!
Today we went to the Eco park to get the results for out science investigation. We concluded that pigeons, blue tits and magpies are the most common birds at the Eco park as there was nothing left of their feed. We looked for clues to help tell us which birds have been to visit the Eco park by looking for the different feathers left by them. We really enjoyed our trip and learnt lots!
Our class assembly
Today we presented lots of information about Florence Nightingale and her life to the rest of the school. We told the story of her early life and her love of books and her journey to the Crimea to help the injured soldiers. We also sang a lovely song about the conditions in the hospital.
We would like to thank all of the parents for coming to support Neptune.
In Science we started our investigation to find out the most common bird in Small Heath. We started by researching some of the birds that we might find in Small Heath. We found out that Robins like to eat mealworms, Magpies prefer fruit while wood pigeons and house sparrows enjoy seeds.
We started by creating an investigation plan, thinking about our aim and what we were going to do to find out the answer.
We decided we would create bird feeders using the ingredients that the different birds enjoy and take them to the Eco park. We will then visit the Eco park and check which bird feeder was the most popular!
We have continued to look at instructions today. We began by learning the talk for writing map 'How to make flapjack' . We then spent time looking at lots of different instruction texts. We picked out the headings, the hook, things you will need, the instructions and the expert tip.
In English this week we are learning about instructions. We started by thinking about what we needed to do in order to make a cup of tea. We thought about the language we needed to use when giving instructions and had a go at making a cup of tea (with cold water of course!)
Roald Dahl day
Today in school we celebrated Roald Dahl day. We dressed up as different Roald Dahl characters. We read different books he had written such as Matilda, Charlie and the chocolate factory and Esio Trot. We also enjoyed watching clips of the books adapted into movies and sang the Oompa Loompa song!
A visit from Florence Nightingale!
Today we had a lovely visit from 'The lady of the lamp', Florence Nightingale. It was fascinating to hear her stories and her time in the war. We asked lots of different questions such as the following:
1) Why did you want to be a nurse?
2)What war did you help in?
3)How did you help the soldiers?
4) What did the injured soldiers look like?
Florence Nightingale Role Play
We had a wonderful day following the journey of Florence Nightingale. We travelled by coach from London to Southampton and then got on a boat to France. Once in France we travelled by a much smaller boat to Scutari. It made lots of us feel travel sick! When we arrived, the conditions of the hospital were awful. The soldiers had straw for beds, with rotten food, rats running around and the smell was terrible. Florence and her team of nurses set to work making the hospital clean and making the soldiers better.
Who was Florence Nightingale?
Florence Nightingale was a truly inspirational nurse.
Why is Florence Nightingale Famous?
Florence Nightingale is famous for her nursing work during the Crimean War (1854 - 56). She changed the face of nursing from a mostly untrained profession to a highly skilled and well-respected medical profession with very important responsibilities.
In 1854 Florence Nightingale was asked to go to Turkey to manage the nursing of British soldiers wounded in the Crimean War (1854 - 56). She traveled to Scutari (the location where the wounded and ill soldiers of the Crimean War were taken) to help the wounded soldiers.
She found the hospital conditions to be in a very poor state. Many of the wounded were unwashed and were sleeping in overcrowded, dirty rooms without blankets or decent food. In these conditions diseases such as typhus, cholera and dysentery spread quickly. As a result, the death rate amongst wounded soldiers was very high. Most soldiers died from infections and disease. (Only one in six died from their war wounds; the other five in six died from infections and disease.)
Florence and her nurses changed these conditions. They set up a kitchen, fed the wounded from their own supplies and asked for help from the wives of the wounded. They were then able to properly care for the ill and wounded and the death rate among the soldiers dropped.
14.09.18 Place Value
This week we have been learning about the place value of 2 digit numbers. We have been building numbers using different resources. We have also been drawing different representations of what a number might look like. Please keep practising at home.
As part of our English work this term we will be looking at the story 'The Unstoppable Maggie McGee' Maggie goes on adventures from her hospital bed with her friend Sol. We will be using this story to help us write our own adventure stories. Have a look at our talk for writing map.
Our topic this term in year two is 'Aiming High'. We looked at the artist of Carol Thompson. Carol Thompson’s art career began as a child in Wisconsin where she sketched her surroundings, entered local art contests, did artwork for school publications and dreamed of one day becoming a “famous artist”. As she spent more time at the beach, kites began to appear. It was inevitable that the kites would become a part of her paintings. In 1986, after flying kites with the family for many years, Carol created a painting of stunt kites with the ocean in the background.
We used chalk pastels to create the background and then decorated the kites using felt tip pens. This year in year two we are 'Aiming High'
Our Class Charter
In Marlborough Infant School we are beginning to think about 'Rights Respecting Schools' and are working hard to achieve our school award. In Neptune we created our own class charter to agree the behaviours and values in our classroom.
We thought about what the children needed to do and what the teachers needed to do in order to achieve the value.
We have had a brilliant start in Neptune. We have promised to work very hard for our teachers.