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Y2 Science and Computing: a plane crash, a circus and lots of minbeasts!

Year 2 have combined our Science and Computing work based around our learning about Animals including Humans and Living Things and their Habitats.

Franklin and Anning classes started our learning by taking part in a Now>Press>Play experience, acting out a story involving a plane crash and a circus! Through the story we explored the different animal groups and the basic needs of animals for survival, as well as that animals have offspring that grow into adults.

We went on to compare the differences between things that are living, dead and have never been alive, and used the Secret Garden to help us to explore and observe a habitat and the minibeasts that live there. We used all of this learning, as well our learning about food chains, to practise our identification and classification skills. We created a branching database using the j2e programme. Have a look – what do you think of our sorting? Can you spot any issues that need ‘debugging’?

This year we have loved finding out about lots of different scientists, and discovering that anyone can be a scientist if they work hard! To complete our Science topic we learned about Rachel Carson, who one of the Y3 classes are named after.

Rachel Carson was an American scientist who has had a huge impact on the world. She not only came up with the idea of a food chain, but she discovered that chemicals from gardens and farms were going into the ocean, and that these chemicals were killing sea creatures. Her findings helped scientists to change the rules on chemicals used on farms and in gardens, and to protect sea creatures’ right to a safe environment. We created fact files using popplet to record our findings.

Year 2 investigate how we change materials

In the first half of Autumn term, we started exploring the different materials around us:

In the second half of Autumn term we developed this learning further by investigating how we can change materials. We investigated what happens when we squash, bend, twist and stretch different materials.

We also considered ways that we can change materials (e.g. heating bread so that it turns to toast), and discussed what makes materials suitable for some uses and not others.

For example, do you think that chocolate would be a suitable material to make a teapot from? Why/ Why not? Leave us a comment below!

We also learned about John Dunlop, a famous scientist for whom the properties of different materials was very important. Can you remember what he is famous for? Leave us a comment to explain.

In addition, we made cross curricular links to our learning about materials. For example in Literacy we wrote our own ‘traditional tale with a twist’ based on Eco-Wolf and the Three Bad Pigs, a retelling of The Three Little Pigs. Instead of houses made of straw, wood and bricks we had houses made of materials such as glass, diamonds, plastic and sweets!

In our cooking sessions we also observed how we can change materials by mixing them together and applying heat. We made delicious scones, imagining they were for Charles II after his baker’s shop burned down in the Great Fire of London. We also made and decorated gingerbread biscuits in the lead up to Christmas. The recipes are below if you want to make these at home!

How to bake mouth-watering scones

Have you ever wanted to impress a VIP guest? This recipe will show you how to bake the most delicious scones – fit for a King!

What you need: Ingredients: self-raising flour (225g), a pinch of salt, butter (50g), milk (120ml), caster sugar (30g) and mixed berries (50g).

Utensils: mixing bowl, wooden spoon to mix, measuring jugs, rolling pin, baking tray and biscuit cutters.

What you do:

  1. First, carefully measure out the flour, salt and butter and put into a round mixing bowl.
  2. Then, rub together with your fingertips until it looks like crumbly breadcrumbs. Now stir in the fine caster sugar and mixed berries.
  3. After that, pour in the fresh milk and slowly mix together.
  4. Next, knead the mixture with your clean hands.
  5. Now, gently roll out the soft dough and cut out shapes.
  6. Then, put the scones on a baking tray, brush them with milk and cook them until golden brown.
  7. Finally, take the scones out of the oven and leave them to cool.

Tip: Be careful, make sure you switch the oven off afterwards!

Gingerbread recipe:

Let us know if you make either of these recipes at home!

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?

Leave a comment!


Year 2 become e-safety experts!

This half-term Year 2 have been learning about the benefits of using technology.

We identified the different technologies that we use at home and in school and created posters using the iPads to describe how technology helps us.

We then explored what the Internet is, if the Internet is just for children and thought of reasons why we would use the Internet at home and at school. We first of all jotted down our research from the Internet onto paper and then created posters using the iPads.

Finally, we looked at how to stay safe using the Internet and thought about how to stay SMART.

What have you enjoyed the most about our computing topic this half-term? Let us know by leaving a comment below.

Year 2 become aviators!

On Wednesday 11th April we visited the Royal Air Force museum in Colindale, London to start our new theme, Up, up and away!

Our tour guides showed us some amazing planes dating back to 100 years old.

The first plane we explored was the bi-plane. It was made out of fabric and wood but painted silver to make it look like metal.

We could all fit under one wing of the Vulcan plane! It has four engines and can move through the sky very quickly!

We had the chance to make our own plane and used learned how to use the words “thrust,” “gravity” and “lift.”

Lunchtime was fun because we got to play on air gliders!

Throughout the day we explored the images and symbols on the planes called “roundels.”


We had such an amazing day!

What was your favourite part of the day? Leave us a comment below.

Year 2 become database experts!

This week in Year 2 we have been combining our science, maths and computing topics.

This week in maths we have been learning how to create a block graph and a tally chart. (Zayn, Maya and Maria).

This week in science we have been learning about living things and their habitats. (Mahdi, Mahlia and Nour).

We sorted animals into the groups “Living” and “Never alive.” (Adam).

Then we went to the Secret Garden because we wanted to find mini beasts. (Naila and Madhia).

When we got back into the classroom we made a tally chart and then a pictogram. (Fazzilet and Sulaiman)

In computing we sorted animals into different criteria using picture cards. (Naira)

We then made the same work using an iPad. (Iqra)

Finally, we made a branching database about the animals we have been learning about (Halima and Saihaan).

We had lots of fun!

Written by Australia class

Would it be a good thing if we could answer all the mysteries of the world?

Would it be a good thing if we could answer all the mysteries of the world?

We have been looking at the different countries of the world in our theme, Around The World.

We have also been looking at having a “growth mindset” and how to have a positive attitude when working, even if we do not know the answer to a question.

This led us to think about our answering questions.

Our question this week is…. would it be a good thing if we could answer all the mysteries of the world?

We would love to hear from you!