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What plants are growing around school?

What plants are growing around school?

This week we used our maths skills to record the number of different plants growing around school. We couldn’t count every single one so we threw down a hoop and counted a small sample.  We used a picture chart to help us identify the type of plant and created a tally chart of our results. In class we used our tally chart to draw a bar graph to show how many plants grew on the field.

Counting plants on the school field by Slidely Photo Gallery

Challenge: Have you spotted any of these plants growing near your house, or in the park? How many did you see?

 

Orchard Experience

Orchard Experience

This week we have all visited the local orchard.

Early in the week Amanda came to visit us in our classrooms. She talked about the trees we would see in the orchard and how they might change in different seasons.

Year 2 Visit to the Orchard by Slidely Photo Gallery

On our trip day we walked to the orchard with our teachers.  When we got there we hunted for minibeasts, made leaf rubbings and did pond dipping. We had some bug viewers and Julia showed us how to catch minibeasts in a net. We saw lots of different wild plants and flowers growing and talked about different habitats called a meadow and a hedge. We saw tiny baby apples on the fruit trees. They will be ready to pick and eat in the Autumn when you have all moved into Year 3.

Challenge: What can you remember about a meadow habitat?

Minibeast Adventure!

Minibeast Adventure!

Recently we have been enjoying episodes of Minibeast Adventures with Jess. I know you all love singing along with song, so here is the link for you to watch it at home!

Click here for the song.

There is a game to play too… you need to get out and about finding minibeasts and use this game to tick them off when you find them.

Challenge: What is your favourite minibeast we have learned about so far? Why is it your favourite?

Wiggly Worms

Wiggly Worms

This week we have been finding out about worms.

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We have built a wormery and been digging in the garden to find worms to put in it.

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We made a prediction about what will happen to the layers of sand and soil after a few weeks.

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Mrs Williamson was working in 2SG and we had a go at writing some worm poems and songs.

earthworm169Challenge: Can you write a poem or a song about a worm?

Our garden

Our garden

Now it is spring, we have started growing things for our Year 2 garden. Last week we planted peas. We filled our pots with soil and put three holes in each pot. We put a pea seed in each hole. Look how much they have grown!

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Pea seeds will grow taller than a Year 2 child, and our seeds will be planted in the garden when it gets a bit warmer.

Some special visitors

Some special visitors

Today we have some special visitors at New Cross Street. The animal man has brought some animals for us to meet.

We are learning about nocturnal animals and finding out why some animals are only come out at night.

Why are animals nocturnal?

  • There are less animals around at night.
  • It is dark so it is difficult to be seen by other animals.
  • It is easy to be camouflaged at night.
  • The weather is cooler at night.

Animals use their senses, sight (big eyes), smell, hearing, taste, touch (whiskers)

First we looked at a rat. We saw him twitch his whiskers and sniff the air. Rats use their whiskers to see if they will fit in a tunnel. If the whiskers touch both sides of the tunnel, he might get stuck. The rat we met is the son of Norman the rat from CBBC. We practised using our hands as ‘big ears’ to make sounds louder.

Next we met a tenrec. We saw a picture first and we all throught it was a hedgehog. We were allowed to stroke him gently. How did it feel when you stroked the tenrec? 

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It had a long nose, whiskers and tiny eyes. It has big ears so it can hear lots. He is light coloured so wouldnt be camouflage at night. He can roll into a ball to keep away animals who might eat him. Tenrecs come from Madagascar.

The next animal we met was also from Madagascar. First we heard it hissing and we thought it was a snake! It was a Giant Hissing Cockroach. They live in the rainforest and eat up the dead leaves. They live in big groups and hide in the leaves. He is dark coloured to help him hide.

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Laiba and Zakir went to the front and held the cockroach. They were very brave!

Then we met a snake, it was a rosy boa. Lots of children were really brave and gently touched the snake. How did the snake feel when you touched it? Did you feel frightened?

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We found out that snakes have no whiskers and no legs. It sticks out it’s tongue, which looks like a little fork. The snake has little spots near his nose. These help him to find out where warm things are. They use this to help them catch and eat animals.

After playtime, we went back into the hall and we saw an African Bullfrog. You can’t touch a frog’s skin, so we just had to look closely. He is camouflaged to look like dead leaves.

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We found out how frogs catch their food, by waiting in a quiet place.

Next we saw a very strange animal called a Tawny Frogmouth. It is a kind of bird, with a very big mouth. When he came out of the box he did a poo! He can make his feathers very flat and they are a grey brown colour so they look like the branches of the tree where he lives. They live in Australia.

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Finally we saw Lizzie the owl. She is a Verraux’s Giant Eagle Owl. The owl was very noisy and kept squawking.

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Owls can’t see colours, so everything looks black, white and grey to her. She can fly without making a noise because she mostly eats animals with big ears. We saw her fly across the hall and land on Mr Langley’s arm.

 

Owls can’t smell anything. She has very sensitive ears at the side of her head, but they are made of feathers. On her feet she has big claws called talons. She uses these to catch her food. We saw that owls can turn their heads much more than we can because they have more bones in their neck. We only have seven, but an owl has fourteen.

Do you have any questions about nocturnal animals?

 

We saw an eclipse of the sun!

We saw an eclipse of the sun!

Even though it was cloudy and our pinhole projectors didn’t work, Harry took this picture using a special filter on his camera. The sky looks really dark because the filter blocks out most of the light.

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Challenge: What did you see during the eclipse? 

When we went back inside we used chalk to make some pictures of the moon covering the sun.

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