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Year 2: Twisting, bending, squashing and stretching!

In Science we have been exploring the topic of ‘materials’ and have started to look at different solids.

We began by having a discussion about what solids actually are and we came up with some ideas such as:

  • Hard things
  • Things that stay still
  • Solids don’t break
  • They can stand on their own

We wondered whether all of these things were true and decided to investigate this!

Miss Corbett supplied us with lots of different materials, including: jelly, angel delight and playdough! We got stuck in and had a go at twisting, bending, squashing and stretching them!

After we had explored all of the materials, we found out that some of the things we first thought about solids weren’t entirely true. We realised that we can change the shape of some materials and that this doesn’t change the fact that they are a solid.

Not only did we find out lots about the changing shape of materials – we also had great fun doing it!

Year 2 visit Fairy Tale Land

Our topic for Spring term is ‘A Fairy Tale Land – Get Out of My Swamp’ (check out our curriculum map to see all of the things we have planned). We kick-started our topic with a candy cane hunt! The fairy godmother had left us some balloons with some messages on. We had to find the candy canes, read the clues and guess which fairy tale was being described.

It all began with a visit from the Giant from ‘Jim and the Beanstalk’. After reading the book and having discussions we realised that this Giant was a friendly Giant and therefore it was OK that he had visited us – he gave Mrs Chandler quite a fright! He had left us a note, asking us to write him some fairy tales because he hasn’t got any in his library.

We spoke about how we haven’t written proper fairy tales before and needed to learn the structure of a fairy tale before we began to write our own.

On Monday 9th January we arrived in from play time to find a trail of sweets and another note from the Giant. We followed the trail which led us to a basket. Inside the basket were some character masks, a book and a talk-4-write story for us to learn – how exciting! We couldn’t wait to get started.

We are currently learning the story of ‘Hansel and Gretel’ and are going to be changing the characters and the setting to write an adapted version before creating our own fairy tales.

What a lot of work we have got to do!