On Tuesday, Year 2 visited Victoria Park to explore and sketch flowers and plants. Last week in class, we planted our own cress seeds in soil and have been observing them as they grow. The biodiversity of the park environment enabled us to see many different types of plants and flowers, observe their structure and sketch them to support our writing later in the week.
We explored the park area and discovered flowers such as: daffodils, bluebells, blossom on trees as well as tiny daisies growing on the grass. The flower garden provided visitors with a wonderful arrangement of colourful flowers that added splashes of colour to green areas. As we explored the park further we discovered more flower beds in different areas of the park and we discussed what these plants would need to grow.
After eating lunch, we explored the park further for plants and flowers, before returning back to school. Year 2 will be using their sketches to inspire their writing for their recount of this trip in Big Write on Friday.
Y2 braved the cold wet weather and set off to Hackney City Farm on Thursday morning. Once they arrived they explored the farm and enjoyed seeing and finding out more about the farm animals. This included chickens, sheep, pigs, goats, donkeys, ducks and geese. Although some children were nervous, they courageously navigated their way around the farm and animals to fully immerse themselves into the farm experience. Beside the farm was Haggerston Park that allowed the children a better a view of some of the farm animals, such as the sheep and goats. Upon their return to school, the children recounted their trip and used this knowledge and experience to further inspire them in their topic of ‘Animal Magic’.
Year 2 visited the Museum of London to find out more about the Great Fire of London! During our visit we experienced the “Fire! Fire!” workshop that enabled us to gain a deeper understanding of life in London during the time of the Great Fire. We enjoyed using role-play to help us learn more before exploring the Museum displays. The Museum offered interesting and interactive displays on not only the Great Fire of London but also The Plague that preceded it. Through the use of role-play, visual and audio aids, Year 2 collected information to add to their final report on this tragic event in London’s history.
Year 2 went on an exciting visit to the Horniman Museum. We participated in a musical workshop during which we learnt lots of interesting facts about instruments from around the world. We also had the opportunity to explore the different instruments and create our own musical compositions.
In addition, we were able to see some of the amazing marine life in the aquarium.
As part of world of work week, Year 2 visited Mile End Climbing Wall. We were given a guided tour and found out about some of the different holds and climbing techniques. We also had a chance to have a go ourselves which was great fun!
As part of our topic “Animal Magic,” Year 2 visited Spitalfields Farm. We have been learning about different animal habitats and how animals adapt to their environment. We found out lots of interesting and fascinating facts!
Did you know that cows have four stomachs!
A pigs snout is an important tool for finding food in the ground and sensing the world around them.
In R.E. Year 2 Lilac have been learning about sacred texts. We found out that the special book for Jewish people is called the Torah. The Torah is made up of five books. It contains instructions about how Jewish people should live their lives. The Torah that is read in the Synagogue is written on a scroll.
We made our own Torah scroll and wrote on it one of the golden rights that we feel is particularly important.
We wrote it carefully, using our best handwriting.
Year 2 Lilac participated in a fantastic workshop about keeping safe. We learnt about the importance of keeping safe on our bikes at night. We learnt about the importance of wearing bright, reflective clothes. we were shown how to wear our cycle helmets safely and we discovered that we needed to have a light at the front and on the back of our bicycles. we designed our own cycle helmets and t-shirts suitable for going out at night in winter when it’s dark.
On 16th March 2017 both Year Two classes went on an exciting trip to the Science Museum in West London. We took the District line to South Kensington and walked through a long tunnel to get to the museum. We went there to learn more about Space. We learnt about the first animal and human travellers in space. We also learnt what life is like for astronauts in space, including what sort of food they ate, how they slept and even how they went to the toilet! We used this information to write a recount about our trip to the museum.