Panda Class (Year 2)
In design and technology, Panda Class have been making our own picnic skewers. We had to choose a bread and food from at least two other food groups to make our skewers healthy. We learnt how to prepare food hygienically, and used the skills of chopping, slicing and threading when making our kebabs. We are looking forward to eating them at our teddy bears’ picnic this afternoon.
To coincide with British Science Week, Panda Class have taken part in workshops, carried out investigations and met some adults who use their scientific skills in their careers. We have thoroughly enjoyed exploring different science activities and investigations to build our scientific confidence! Take a look in our gallery to see some more photos.
As part of our topic on keeping healthy, Panda Class had the opportunity to meet Miss Nightingale and hear all about how she became known as the “Lady with the Lamp”. We found out how she became a nurse, why she went to the Crimea and how she improved conditions for the soldiers and nurses. We helped her to clean the hospital and care for the injured soldiers.
Investigating How Germs Spread
Panda Class have been investigating how germs spread through contact. The children used both hair gel and glitter to simulate germs on their hands. When one child had gel on their hands, they were able to spread it very quickly amongst class mates. It helped them to understand how important it is to wash their hands to stop germs from causing them harm.
This week we were lucky to welcome a very special visitor to our school. The author, Gareth Jones, came to school and spent time with the children explaining how he became an author, the inspiration behind his books, telling us some stories and impressing us with his musical talents! The children all listened very well and took part in the assembly with enthusiasm. Well done, we were very proud of you.
As part of our World Book Day celebrations, we also enjoyed visiting Kew Bookshop to exchange our tokens for one of the specially published books. Many thanks to Kew Bookshop for letting us come to visit. We really enjoyed it!
On Shrove Tuesday, we had pancake races in the playground. Each team member ran the length of the track, flipping the pancake along the way. What a lot of fun we had!
Exploring and Tasting Food
In design and technology, we have been learning about the importance of having a balanced diet and making healthy choices. We have also been exploring and tasting different picnic foods, and using adjectives to describe the food. Some of us were even inspired to try new foods.
In Year 2, we have been looking at the artwork of Henri Matisse, a French artist who became known for making colourful images. He worked with brightly coloured paper and would ‘draw with scissors’ to cut out shapes, animals, leaves and flowers and then arrange them.
We had a go at creating our versions of one of his most famous works, ‘The Snail’ and had fun trying to arrange our shapes into a spiral, thinking about how Matisse often placed complementary colours side by side in his collaged images to create a vibrant effect.