This half term Year 2 have undertaken one and a half topics. We started the year with a mini topic of "All about me" which involved the children telling me all about themselves; their appearance, their likes and dislikes, their family and where they lived. It gave us lots of good writing opportunities and a chance to show off their artistic skills.
Following on from that is our main topic of, "Wriggle and Crawl", which looks at mini beasts. The children kicked things off with an arduous trek to Adel Moor for a mini beast hunt with the Meanwood Valley Ranger. Since then they have made a snail habitat and their very own wormery. They have also written instructions for all these activities and so will be able to make them again and again at home! The children are now investigating what snails eat and will then find out how far they travel for food. They have investigated what an insect is and made their own posters about different min beasts.In ICT they have created their own Scratch programs and raced mini beasts that they have written the commands for.
Adel Moor Trip
This week, as part of their topic 'Wriggle and Crawl', Year 2 undertook an epic journey on foot to Adel Moor. There, they met park ranger David who showed them the best places to find minibeasts and was kind enough to lend them hunting equipment such as pooters, containers, identification tables and picture guides. The children were eagle eyed hunters and found slugs, spiders, frog hoppers, woodlice, grasshoppers, beetles and no shortage of wasps. A fantastic start to our new topic!
This half term Year 2's topic is Muck n' Mess. This is a science and art based topic in which children look at how materials can be altered by manipulation, mixing, dissolving, and heating etc. The topic began with a Muck n mess day in which children got very messy indeed creating new materials from combinations of others including making bath bombs and their own butter. Children will also go on to make their own potions from which much writing will be inspired. There will also be investigations into what makes the best bubbles; how different materials react to heat and hopefully time for some festive baking.