Art with Sara and Hamish

We loved working with a visiting artist Sara and her son Hamish today to explore the theme ‘patterns in nature’ further. Some of us experimented with creating observational drawing of peacock’s eyes using pencil crayons. Some of us also experimented with ‘wax resistance’ art work using oil pastels and water colour paints to create snail shells. We loved working with Sara and Hamish and look forward to seeing the art work all together as a final masterpiece! 

Drumming workshop!

We were very excited to become musicians as part of Art week 2021. We enjoyed working with Tim and getting our hands on some drums and other instruments to create different rhythms and patterns to coincide with our art week theme ‘patterns in nature’.
Take a look at us in action below!

Art week!

We kicked off Art week this morning in year 2 by creating art work ALL morning!
We first explored the work of artist Jan Poynter to discover how ‘patterns in nature’ influences her art work. As our topic is farms, we experimented with using different materials (even broccoli and potatoes!!) to create prints and patterns to resemble nature in a farm landscape.

After break time we read more of our class text ‘Olga Da Polga’ to listen and visualise to the description of the mysterious Elysian fields. We used water colour paints to create our representations.

Miss Power has been so impressed with the attention to detail we’ve shown in our art work and for discovering new artistic techniques!

Building the tallest tower!

In maths today we clarified the name of 3-D shapes and explained that a face is a flat surface and some 3D shapes have curved surfaces. We examined 3D shapes together to explore the meanings of the words: vertex, apex, edge and face. For our talk task one of us read a description of the properties of a 3D shape and our partners needed to select the shape which matches the description, explaining why we chose that shape. Our challenge for the independent task was to consider which 3D shapes stack  well on top of each other and which ones do not? We identified shapes with flat faces stack well. For our independent task our challenge was to make the tallest freestanding tower using 3D shapes and also create drawing plans of our towers. We discussed with our partners why certain shapes were best to choose to build the tower and why some were not drawing upon the shapes’ properties.

Guinea pig research!

In Literacy today we were curious to see an image of a guinea-pig on the front cover of our new class text ‘Olga Da Polga’ which gave us a clue about who the main character of the story is! Our task today was to examine written and video sources to collate important factual information about guinea pigs’ diet, species and grooming. We recorded relevant information so we can draw upon the information to inform our leaflets aimed for guinea pig pet owners in future literacy sessions.

Guinea Pig paintings!

We were very excited to learn our class text in our new topic would be ‘Olga Da Polga’.
We became artists and created a painting of either an ‘Abysinnian guinea pig’ ‘Peruvia guinea pig’ or a ‘Teddy guinea pig’. We compared what’s the same and different about the different species and practiced using our paintbrush and sponges to create different effects before using these skills to create our final paintings. They look guinea-pig-erific think! 🙂

Geo-board fun!

In maths today we started our new unit focusing on shape. We became shape detectives first of all to remind ourselves of the name of 2-D shapes and practiced using the correct mathematical language to describe their properties. For our talk task we used geoboards and elastic bands to choose a digit and make a shape with that many sides and vertices. For our independent task we created quadrilaterals on our geoboards. We explored creating different quadrilaterals where: all four sides are all the same length, two opposite sides are the same length and all four sides are different lengths. We challenged ourselves to explain to our partners how we know we have created quadrilaterals describing their properties.

Egg-tastic Projects!

We were blown away today with the amazing science projects some of the children designed as part of Science week.

The rest of us cheered from the sidelines to observe if the projects were successful.

…I am thrilled to report all eggs passed the test and were safely transported!

Fantastic efforts children and well done.

Super Scientists!

Year 2 were extremely excited to visit the school’s Phizz lab and become scientists as part of our whole-school science week. Inside the Phizz Lab there were a range of activities to get our science brains whirring including; a circuit kit to experiment in turning on a light bulb and motors, a forces activity to test which material the car travels down the fastest, a light and darkness activity where we experimented with what we can see inside bear caves and which curtains would let in less light, a magnetic and non  magnetic sorting activity and a float or sink plasticine boat activity. We made lots of scientific observations and asked our own questions whilst completing the tasks. It’s safe to say we love being scientists and discovering!