Monthly Archives: November 2018

Anning’s bonfire party!

As a result of their amazing hard work and perseverance this term, Anning class earned 60 marbles and decided to treat themselves to a bonfire party in the secret garden. We enjoyed watching the flames but our favourite part was toasting marshmallows on the open fire and eating s’mores! Even though we ended up very sticky!

We finished our party by singing some campfire songs.

A big thank you to Mrs Flanagan who helped us learnt all about bonfires and how to stay safe.

Y2 explains Dinosaurs and DNA!

This school year the Year 2 classes are both named after inspirational female scientists – Rosalind Franklin and Mary Anning. In our class assemblies we explained the contribution Franklin and Anning have made to the world, which helped us to think about how we can be super scientists too!

Rosalind Franklin

In the Franklin class assembly the children explained how Rosalind Franklin helped to discover the structure of DNA. But… what on earth is DNA??

Franklin class explained that DNA is the building blocks of all living things – a bit like lego! And just like lego, it can be arranged it lots of different ways, which is why we all look different. We all have DNA inside us but because it is so tiny scientists didn’t used to know what it looked like. Lots of scientists wanted to find out, and it was a special X-ray photo taken by Rosalind Franklin which helped scientists to discover that DNA is in a ‘helix’ shape – a bit like a twisted ladder. Some other scientists used Franklin’s photo to help to explain their discoveries about DNA, but they didn’t explain how helpful her photo had been (boo hiss). It is only recently that scientists have recognised what an important contribution Franklin made to our understanding of DNA.

We made our own helix shapes out of pipe cleaners and also created portraits of Rosalind Franklin by cutting up and rearranging a photo of her. They had the same basic ingredients but all looked a little bit different – like how DNA works!

Mary Anning 

Mary Anning was born in 1799 and it is thanks to her that we know about dinosaurs.

Mary’s family was very poor so she didn’t got to school, but she was an expert in identifying the funny looking pebbles or ‘curiosities’ she found on the beach. These turned out to be what we now call fossils. When she was just 12 years old she discovered a skull poking out of a cliff. Everyone thought it was a crocodile at first, but it turned out it was a dinosaur called an Icthyosaur. It was a huge scientific discovery and changed the way people thought about how animals had developed over time, and about the history of the earth! She made many other important discoveries including the plesiosaur – a flying dinosaur! Because she was female, Mary Anning didn’t get the credit for her findings, even when scientists used pictures of her fossils in their books (boo hiss).  Luckily she kept making discoveries and the importance of her discoveries has now been recognised.

We can learn a lot from both Mary Anning and Rosalind Franklin about being resilient, being curious, being defiant and most importantly how to work scientifically!

Year 2 investigate materials!

This term year 2 have been investigating all the different materials around us. We went on a material hunt around the class room and managed to find items made of:

  • Wood
  • Plastic
  • Glass
  • Metal

We started to notice that they had different properties so we discussed this as a class whilst we sorted them based on their properties.

“I can see through glass so it is transparent.”

“I noticed that metal is firm and shiny”

We have loved working scientifically through careful observations so we challenge you to do the same!

Can you identify an object and name the material it is made of? How do you know it is made of this?

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