This week during our topic lessons, we have been continuing our learning on the biology of plants by writing our own explanation text on the Life Cycle of a plant. First, we reminded ourselves of the features of an explanation text and paid particular importance to the use of prepositions (e.g. upwards, inside, underneath, before) to help clearly explain when or how elements of the plant grows.
After analysing several example texts we were able to plan and write an explanation text which covered the four main parts of the life cycle process: germination, plants and shoots, flowering and fruiting. A ‘Did you know?’ sentence allowed us to add extra interesting information, such as the fact that some fruits carry their seeds on the outside (e.g. strawberries), while others keep the seeds protected and contained inside them (e.g. tomatoes). It was an amazing journey to learn about and explain how the process of seed dispersal from a plant allows a seed to relocate and begin the growing cycle again. We made sure we included important scientific vocabulary and detail to make our explanations accurate.
We completed our learning on plants by discussing our findings of the two plant experiments we started last week. We concluded, for example, that a seed needs all the vital elements for growth to allow it to grow strong and healthy. By removing just one of the elements: water, soil, air (carbon dioxide), warmth or light, our seeds either struggled to grow or failed to germinate at all. Our prediction that the control seeds with all the elements would be the most successful was correct!
In Maths this week, we revised our knowledge of the four operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division) and the appropriate strategies that we use to solve problem questions. By using practical activities and games we were able to work well to answer tricky questions which involved us deciding the correct and easiest method to get the right answer. This also tested our knowledge and understanding of the inverse (opposite) operations and commutative law.
This week during our topic lessons, we have been exploring the biology of plants. We discovered that plants, which are living organisms are found all around our schools from the trees, flowers and weeds to the vegetables and fruit we grow in our school’s greenhouse. We studied the structure of a plant and learnt about the function of each part. From pollination, fruiting and reproduction to seed dispersal, photosynthesis and germination. We looked at how plants have adapted to suit different climates and environments. We observed that cacti have a fleshy trunk and are covered in spines to minimise water loss through transpiration. Therefore, they can survive through periods of extreme drought and arid conditions. We then expanded our knowledge of what a plant needs to grow including the impact of removing the nutrient-rich soil. We became botanists for a day and carried out our own investigations and experiments to determine if a plant needs; water, light, temperature, soil, nutrients and space to grow.
We also investigated how water travels around the plant. Finally, we had the opportunity to watch and observe plants and vegetables grow. We planted our own seeds in pots and recorded our data to see what inhibited or slowed down the growth. During our break time, we were encouraged to explore the wildflowers around the grounds of our school and identify the many different species of trees. We collected different seed pods and learnt the difference between deciduous trees, which shed their leaves in winter, and evergreen trees, which do not.
For the past 2 weeks, we have
been learning lots about time. We have learnt about analogue and digital time,
studied time in 5-minute intervals and read analogue clock faces to tell the
time to the nearest minute. We studied
the meaning of am and pm and how to convert analogue time into 24-hour time. We
explored time problems to calculate the duration of different events and even
converted time written in Roman numerals.
Today we put our new knowledge to the test. We discussed the difference between the 12 and 24-hour clock and why we use the 2 different formats of the time. On each table in our class, there was a different challenge all about the 12 and 24-hour clock. We played dominos, matching analogue to digital time, played a matching game where we had to match written time, 12-hour time, 24 hour and analogue to complete the circuit, answered a codebreaker to reveal a secret word, played a time board game and completed a time grid. We really tested our knowledge and worked hard to show off everything we have learnt!
In Topic, we have been learning about Greek pots and their uses in Ancient Greek culture. We designed our own pots on pieces of A3 paper and used oil pastels and paint to create a desired effect. We also finished our learning of the Greeks by looking at their legacy and their influence on today through democracy, theatre, language and the Olympics.
We have continued looking at time and exploring five minute intervals for telling time. We have also used this to help with our understanding of telling time to the nearest minute, paying close attention to past and to the hour times.
This week in topic we have been learning about what life was like in Ancient Greece and what we can learn about it through what was left behind. We explored different primary sources using brushes so that we could carefully excavate the artefact. We then became archaeologists and explored Ancient Greek pottery. We were given the pieces of the pot and our challenge was to try and put the pieces back together. Once we had put the pieces back we were then able to discuss as a group what we noticed about the pot and what we thought it told us about life in Ancient Greece. We then presented our findings to the rest of the class and found out what the pot was really showing. Finally, we had the opportunity to look at the patterns and designs on the pot and practised them in our sketchbooks.
In maths this week we have been learning about money and time. We started the week by practising recognising different coins and notes. We then learnt how to add and subtract different amounts of money using the column method. We finished our learning about money by answering a variety of word problems. We had to carefully read the question to understand whether it was asking us to add or subtract. Some of the problems even wanted us to do both!
At the end of the week we began our learning about time. We started by learning about the days in the week and in a year. We learnt about what happens when it is a leap year and how they only happen every four years. Finally, we recapped our time knowledge from Year 2 by practising telling the time using o’ clock, half past, quarter to and quarter past.