Today on Classes 1 and 2 we have had a super day. First, we had a visit from 'The Animal Man' who brought lots of interesting animals with him for us to look at. We were using our science skills when we learnt about different types of animals and classifying them as:
Class 2's blog
Yesterday in Class 2 we had our Transition Morning when we moved into our new classes for September so they knew what their new class would be like. We began the morning with discussing what the children thought it would be like in the next year group, anything they were looking forward to or any worries they had. They all had opportunity to ask questions of which there were many!
Today in Science club, we have investigated what is the best material to fix your umbrella if it is has holes in it. We discussed what a material it is made from and how umbrellas work. We knew that the material had to be waterproof and that the shape of an umbrella is also important to allow water to run off it and take it away from you. Then, we decided how we would carry out the experiment and how we would make it a fair test. The only thing we changed was the type of material we were testing but we would be dripping the same amount of water onto each material using a pipette.
In Science Club this week we investigated which type of shoes are the least slippery. Each group tested a different surface (wooden, plastic and carpet) and six different types of shoes. We placed shoes on ramps and measured how many books it took to prop up the ramp before the shoe slid.
Today in Science Club we were plant detectives. We had noticed that sometimes plants grow in unusual places such as driveways, walls, roofs and even in house bricks and decided to find out why this might be. We realised that plants will grow anywhere where they can find a bit of soil or in cracks they can grow between. We were able to predict how we think the plants got there.
Ellenor - "I think that seeds can spread from nearby gardens."
Before the end of term, we took part in some road safety activities in Class 2 to help us be road aware and begin to think about being more independent as we get older.
Across the school, children from all classes have been busy up-cycling plastic bottles! Following our Science Week, where we looked at the problems that plastic is currently causing in the environment, a competition was set which encouraged children to think of alternative uses for these problem plastics. The aim of the competition was to continue to raise awareness of recycling and to raise some money towards new science resources for the school, as well as having fun and designing an exciting product with a new use.
Stoke City Football Club came into school today to talk to us about the team and some of the events that the club do. They told us that the last match of the season will be a big party event and were offering tickets for just £5 to children at The Meadows. Pottermous (their team mascot) will be there to cheer them on too! Children in Year 2 were offered the opportunity to join their City 7s Club and were all very lucky to be given a goody bag with a home shirt, two free match tickets and a Stoke City bag. We very very excited and lots of us were keen to wear our new shirts!
Last week was British Science Week (9 - 18 March), which is a national celebration of Scientific contributions and achievements. In Classes 1 and 2, we were scientists investigating the effects of plastic pollution through scientific enquiry. We thought about how we can help protect the environment by finding out about:
Each term we are running a competition in Class 2 to see which team could read the most books. The children were awarded 'gems' if they were able to read more than 3 times a week outside of school. If they also wrote a comment about one of their books, such as their favourite part, about a character, why they liked the book or what it was about they got even more gems! Children have been working hard in groups called Illustrators, Publishers and Authors.