Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Leaf batiks

When we had added about 4 layers of paint to our leaf batiks Mrs Graham painted on the Indian ink. Everything went black. We didn't do it ourselves because it is permanent ink. When the ink was dry we washed it off. This is what happened.

Well done to Justus for filming.

Maths with DST

We made a kiss (cross) out of 5 multi-link cubes. Then we talked about how to make the kiss grow and predicted how many cubes we needed to add to make the next kiss. In pairs, with our DST friends, we did some building and working out to find out the number of cubes needed for the 2nd, 3rd, 4th....kisses. Every one noticed an adding pattern. Each time we added 4 cubes to make the next kiss. Some of us worked out how many cubes would be needed for the 100th kiss. We didn't build it - there wasn't time!! We knew that we would need 401 cubes. This is what we did 4 x 100 + 1 =401. We multiplied by 4 because each kiss has 4 branches. The 100 is in the sum because we were calculating the result for the 100th kiss and +1 because there is always 1 cube in the middle to hold the branches together. Here are some pictures of us working.

French boxing

During Go Global week the Year 2s had a visit, in their sports lesson, from a French boxing expert. Here are some photos of them having a go! It was great fun but a bit tiring because after a while the gloves felt heavy. 

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Go Global Week

This week we are going global. By Friday we will have visited 5 different places, Australia, Austria, Egypt, Alaska, and Uganda.
Today we visited Australia and found out that while it is summer here in France it is winter in Australia. We also learnt about Aboriginal art and had a go ourselves.


Leaf batik

As part of our forest topic we are making batik pictures of different leaves.

Ice Balls

Miss Ash brought in some ice balls and we worked in groups to make careful observations of what happened to them throughout the day.

Bouconne Forest

Last Thursday we spent a day discovering the flora and fauna in our local forest.
This is a map of the forest.

Here are some photos from the day.

Commotion in the Ocean

Last week we read 'Commotion in the Ocean' by Giles Andreae. We made a joint display to show the ocean layers.

During Big Write we all wrote about the animals in the ocean. Here is Noémie reading her work.

listen to ‘Noémie’ on Audioboo
We each made an octopus and a 'plate fish'.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

We Are What We Eat - our IPC topic

Visiting Pibrac market
Last Wednesday morning we visited Pibrac market to find out about local produce and to buy ingredients to make soup. We even found time to do some sketching.

Making a fruit salad
Every child brought in a piece of fruit and we made a fruit salad.

The Entry Point
We had an International Picnic and our families prepared lots of delicious treats for us all to sample.

Friday, February 8, 2013

Our Circus Collages

The illustrations to our story

These pictures show us performing our circus acts. As you can see we were very good at all the circus skills!

Listen to our story 'Year 2 Save the Circus!'

If you missed our assembly this morning or if you would like to hear the story again then you can listen to it here.

Our Circus Assembly

As part of our assembly today we performed this poem by Moira Andrews.

Monday, January 28, 2013

Art and D&T Week

Last week was Art and D&T Week in Primary. We did lots of exciting things, including making circus collages, using oil pastels on acitate, planning story boxes for our Traction Man work, meeting a professional artist and sculpting clay animals.
Here are some photos showing our work with the oil pastels:

This is Sophie Bacquié.
She is a local artist. She spent the day with us and showed us some famous animal-themed artworks that she finds interesting. Also, we looked at some of her paintings. Then she helped us make our own artwork using ink and pens. Here are some examples.
This is one of Sophie's paintings.

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Circus face paints

Our new IPC topic is called 'The Circus is Coming to Town". As the entry point we watched some performances by 'Le Cirque de Soleil'. We read some books about the circus including non-fiction books and 
We looked at pictures of clowns and tried to 'read' their expressions. Working out whether they were happy, sad, puzzled, surprised... We will be painting each other's faces with clown make-up next week, so we each made a plan for our partner to work from.

Introduction to forces

Our science topic this half-term is 'Forces'. We had a ball of modelling clay and we used pushes and pulls to change its shape. We twisted, stretched, squashed, pinched, rolled and flattened the clay. When we twisted we could feel one hand pushing and the other pulling. 
Then we drew circus acrobats on card. Using the clay we made a curved base so the acrobats could be flipped over but would flip upright by themselves. 
We explored how to make cars speed up, slow down and change direction. These photos show us working, exploring, discussing and testing.
Introduction to forces on PhotoPeach

The Diary of a Killer Cat by Anne Fine

We have been reading Tuffy's diary. These photos show us acting out the first scene from the book where Tuffy, the cat, drags a dead bird into the house. We 'freeze-framed' the scene then each character came alive to speak their thoughts aloud.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Christmas photos slide show

Enjoy these photos which show some of the things Year 2 were doing in the run-up to Christmas.