Milecastle Class 2


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Seed dispersal

This week we have been looking at seeds inside fruits. Today we found out how seeds are dispersed. Some are blown by the wind, some are carried on the fur of animals, some burst and some are carried by water. We looked at two seeds that are carried by the wind, sycamore seeds and dandelion clocks. Sycamore seeds are sometimes called helicopters because of the way they move in the wind. We made a helicopter using paper. We threw them up in the air and watched them whirl down to the ground. We then made models of dandelion clocks using modelling clay, cotton buds and pipe cleaners.

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Lost Happy Endings!

Lots of the children told me this morning that a happy ending had reached their houses last night and that they had a lovely bedtime story which ended happily. We went outside to see if the endings had come back and were relieved to see that they had. They were hanging from the branches of the trees and the children really enjoyed collecting them in.

Unfortunately, just as we were about to go back inside, something terrible happened! A horrible witch arrived in the wildlife area and shouted, ‘What’s in the sack?’ She then snatched the sack from me and escaped with our lovely happy endings! As you can imagine, we were horrified!

Back inside, we continued to read the story of ‘The Lost Happy Endings’ only to discover that exactly the same thing happened to poor Jub! She too had her happy endings stolen by a nasty witch. The children worked in groups to think of ways that this story might end happily. They had some great suggestions. We wrote one possible happy ending as a class, trying hard to use lots of lovely language just like Carol Ann Duffy does in her story. Tomorrow, the children will try writing their own happy endings.

We are really hoping that our happy endings come back soon.


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An unusual walk

It was lovely to see the children this morning. We decided to begin the new term with a walk in the wildlife area to spot signs of spring. However, when we got there, we found a lot more than that! It seems that someone has set up home in there! We found someone’s washing drying on a line, some bunting, a pair of red wellies, an old wheel from a bike, a toy aeroplane, a lantern and two buckets. The children had some great ideas about who they might belong to. Then we discovered a book called, ‘The Lost Happy Endings.’

Back inside, we began to read the story. It is about a girl called Jub who lives in a hole in a tree which looks almost identical to the home we found in the wildlife area. Jub has a very important job. Each evening, she releases happy endings into the woods. They make their way to the homes of children and ensure that the children have a bedtime story with a happy ending. Then, in the morning, the happy endings make their way back to the woods where Jub collects them and keeps them safe until that night.

Since Jub was nowhere to be seen, the children thought that perhaps she needed our help. Back in the classroom, the children wrote happy endings on strips of paper.

 

At the end of the day, we released them into the wildlife area.

It would be lovely if all of the children could have a bedtime story tonight and then tell me in the morning whether it had a happy ending. After the register, we will find out whether the happy endings have arrived safely back to the wildlife area.


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Eggciting maths!

On Friday afternoon we had a maths lesson with a difference! We all went outside to do an Easter egg hunt but there was no chocolate in sight! Inside all of the eggs we found were maths questions! We loved finding the eggs and we loved solving the maths questions and puzzles. When we arrived back in the classroom the Easter bunny had filled our Easter basket with little treats.

Have a very happy Easter everyone!


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Symmetry

This morning, we watched a video clip to introduce the children to the concept of symmetry. We then looked at photographs showing where we can find symmetry in nature. Next the children worked in pairs to create symmetrical patterns using Numicon boards and pegs. One person made a pattern and their partner had to make the mirror image to create a symmetrical picture.


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Walking on the Moon!

In dance on Friday we were exploring the moon! We began the session inside a hoop so that we could feel what it was like being in a confined space, like in a rocket. We then stepped out onto the moon. We had to make our steps slow and bouncy reflecting the fact that there is no gravity on the moon. We then worked with a partner to create a sequence of movements. Some of us imagined collecting moon rocks, some of us planted the American flag in the ground and some of us even tried to play games with each other in slow motion.


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Making Lunar Landers

This afternoon, we read a book called, Margaret and the Moon: How Margaret Hamilton Saved the First Lunar Landing. It was amazing to hear how just a normal little girl with an interest in space, maths and coding became the brain behind Apollo 11’s mission to the moon.

The children were then set the task of using just the equipment provided (a plastic cup, 6 straws, some tin foil and masking tape) to build their own lunar lander. They tried out their ideas then tested them by dropping them onto the moon to see if they would land the right way up. Like all good engineers, the children were not put off when their first attempts failed. They kept tweaking their designs and re-testing them. The task proved a lot more difficult than the children first thought!

 

The children have brought home their lunar landers so that they can keep amending their designs if they are not yet working correctly. Below, I have attached a photograph of one possible solution just in case anyone is desperate to find out!

Perhaps we have some budding scientists, engineers, mathematicians, software engineers or even astronauts in year 2!

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