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Year 2 Cranes

Cranes are opportunistic birds that change their diet according to the season. Cranes class demonstrate this when they adapt their learning skills to different topics. Cranes are kind and helpful to others and bring teamwork into all aspects of our school day. However, they can be solitary at times, using independence and resilience when faced with certain challenges.

The theme for the Summer Term is 'From the Moors to the Sea'. This will be a whole school school focus and give us plenty of opportunities to learn collaboratively across classes and key stages. Key Stage 1 will be researching local landmarks and exploring geographical locations in Devon. This theme will include map reading and orienteering tasks to engage the children with the local environment. The children will be exploring materials and finding the best material for a purpose. This will provide opportunities for designing and creating objects based on our theme.

WELCOME TO Y2 Cranes Class

 

The class teacher for this year is Miss Mariana Clohessy and the LSAs who work in this class are; Mrs Patemen and Mrs Netherway.

 

PE days:

Our PE days in Cranes are Wednesday and Thursday, please make sure children's PE kit are available at all times. We will ensure they are sent home at the end of every half term.  

 

Home Learning:

Handed out on a Friday and in on a Wednesday. This will give you the opportunity to explore your child's learning if you wish.

 

Team Leader:

Year 1 and 2 Teaching and Learning Lead: Alison Dowdeswell

Key Stage 1 Lead - Nicky Howard

 

 

If there are any issues or concerns, please feel free to come in and see the teacher (Miss Mariana Clohessy) or contact mclohessy@white-rock-primary.torbay.sch.uk .  Alternatively please contact a team leader:

adowdeswell@white-rock-primary.torbay.sch.uk

nhoward@white-rock-primary.torbay.sch.uk

 

 

 

Upcoming Events

End of Year Assessments - Week beginning Monday 18th May 2017

Academic Year 2016-2017

Summer Term Curriculum Plan

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Outdoor Learning - Wb Monday 22nd May 

 

I aid of our whole school 'Outdoor Learning' Cranes decided to use our directional and Mathematical language to plot a map. Despite the British weather Cranes still had a great time finding and hiding treasure with the Foundation children. Have a look below at our exciting outdoor learning.

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Pirate Boat D&T - Friday 19th May 2017

 

This week Cranes have been designed their pirate boats based on our Science experiment. We created boats using our knowledge of what materials sink and what materials float! We have developed these throughout the week and today we tested our boats. Have a look below to see which pirate ships floated and who had to walk the plank...

Pirate's Treasure - Tuesday 9th May

 

Today Cranes went looking for treasure! We used directions to hide our treasure and asked other crew members to find it! We used North, South, East and West language as well as the number of steps in each direction. We then used our knowledge of fractions to equally dived these up. Have a look below at our hidden treasure.

Fractions - Tuesday 25th April

 

This week in Maths we have been focusing on find 1/2,1/4 and 3/4 of a shape! He have been using our Mathematical language 'parts', 'whole' and 'equal' to explain our reasoning. Have a look at some of our amazing fraction finding!

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An Interview with a pirate! Tuesday 18th April

 

Based on our theme, Cranes have been learning all about pirates! We have researched different pirates, specifically focusing on Captain Blackbeard. We then decided to interview Blackbeard to find out more about him. Have a look at our amazing Captain below!

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Monday 6th March 2017 - Torquay Museum

 

Year 2 were lucky enough to visit Torquay Museum this week. We read the story 'Mammoth Pie' about a man named Ogg who wanted to eat a mammoth! We used recycled material to re-create the mammoth and retell the story. We then had an opportunity to explore the museum including all the old bones and skulls from cave men long ago. We looked at the clothes worn during the Stone Age and even explored the 'Agatha Christie' room, one of our house teams! Have a look below at our exciting trip out!

The eggless cake - Tuesday 7th February

 

Today Cranes used their knowledge of doubling and halving to find the correct measurements for our eggless cakes! We have been learning all about rationing and how people throughout the war had to cut back on certain foods. Have a look below at how we made our yummy (if not a little dry!) eggless chocolate cakes!

Non-Fiction Texts - Friday 3rd February 2017

 

Cranes are in the early stages of designing a non-fiction report on our WW2 topic. We have discussed how to use headings, sub-headings, pictures and diagrams to provide the reader with as much information as possible. Keep an eye out for our final piece of learning soon!

Healthy Eating - Week beginning 30th January 2017

 

This week in Cranes we have been looking at different food groups. We have discussed the effect certain foods have on our body and how some foods should be eaten in moderation. This week we also created a healthy snack that contain carbohydrates, protein, dairy, fruit and fats. Have a look below at our delicious wraps!

World War Speaker - Friday 27th January

 

Today Cranes were delighted to invite Mr Williams to our class to talk to us about the war. Mr Williams showed us some amazing artifacts from this time and we had the opportunity to ask questions. Have a look below to see what we got up to.

Theme - World War Two - 16.01.17

 

This term Cranes have been learning facts about the Second World War. We have looked at rationing, children being evacuated and women's role during this time. Have a look below at some of the amazing facts we have learnt about so far!

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The First Christmas - Tuesday 29th November 2016

 

This week Cranes have been learning about The First Christmas. We have managed to remember lots of new names e.g. King Herod, Gabriel and Nazareth. Have a look below at us ordering the story! Keep a look out next week as we re-write this story!

Learning Celebration - 16th November 2016

 

KS1 would like to say a huge thank you to all the Parents, Grandparents and Carers that came to our Learning Celebration. Cranes enjoyed showing off all their fantastic learning this term. We even designed some games for the adults, including name the European flag, match the famous monuments and French bingo! We finished our celebration with a traditional Spanish flamenco dance. Have a look below at our amazing achievements this term. 

Flamenco Dancing - Thursday 10th November 

Today we learnt to Flamenco dance! Karina told us that when a Flamenco dancer finishes their dance, it is polite to shout encouraging words such as 'ole'!

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Exeter Trip - Las Iguanas - Thursday 3rd November

 

In keeping with our theme this term KS1 visited the restaurant 'Las Iguanas' to experience Spanish style tapas. The children were able to taste a variety of foods from different cultures and immerse themselves in this new way of sharing food. We then explored Exeters' Museum where we were able to try on traditional Roman arm and clothing. Have a look below at our amazing day out!

Pablo Picasso - Art Friday 21st October

 

This week in Art we have been learning to draw like the famous Picasso! We drew two self portraits of ourselves using abstract and contrasting colours before cutting them into quarters. We then rearranged our faces using both portraits to create our own Picasso masterpiece! Have a look below at how we did it.

Dance - Wednesday 19th October

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Year 2 have been learning an Italian dance called the Tarantella.

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Part + Part = Whole - Maths Wednesday 12th October
In Cranes class we have been looking at adding numbers together. We have found the two 'parts' that when added together become the 'whole'! Have a look below at our amazing learning and how we use our Maths resources to support our learning.

Polar Science Experiment - Tuesday 4th October

 

This term Cranes have been looking at different habitats. Recently we have been discussing how animals have adapted to their habitat and why this is important. We have conducted an experiment to see whether penguins blubber is actually effective in keeping them warm. First we placed some lard into a bag and sealed this tightly we then designed a glove to fit our hand. Finally we took the plunge and dipped our hand in icy water with our gloves! Have a look below and our scientific learning. 

Sewing - Friday 30th September

 

Cranes have been learning to sew today. We have started by using a running stitch to create the French flag. We have learnt to thread a needle and accrately run the stitch along the hessian. Although we found this tricky we had a definite 'I can!' attitude to our learning. Have a look below at our amazing stitches.

Story Writing - Week beginning 26th September

 

This week Cranes have been planning a story based on a text we have read. We have looking at how to add detail to our writing to make our stories more interesting for the reader. Have a look below at some of our story starters!

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Pizza Making and Tasting - Thursday 15th and Friday 16th September
In keeping with our Italian theme, Cranes have been making pizza! Using fresh ingredients we measured and weighed our items before kneading our dough and adding our toppings. Have a look below at how we did it! Yum, yum, yum!! Buon appetito! 

Maths Place Value - Tuesday 13th September 

 

This week in Maths we have been looking at the place value of a number. Using the language 'tens' and 'ones' we have been explain where numbers go on a number line and compare numbers. We have also we learning how to use the maths resources. Have a look below at all the amazing learning we have been up to!

Habitat Hunters - Friday 9th September

 

This week Cranes have been learning about different habitats. We decided to go and search our school environment for different habitats to see what animals we could find. Have a look at our investigation below.

Dance - Wednesday 7th September

 

Cranes had their first Dance lesson today with our specialist dance teacher Mrs Tyson. They learnt to travel through the space using different levels and movement styles. Have a look below at our amazing moves!

Academic Year 2015-2016

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This term we are learning about plants and growing.

 

 

 

 
   

We will be growing different vegetables in our school allotment, learning about the lifecycles and parts of a plant, designing a shelter for the allotment and even creating our own vegetable sculptures in the style of Giuseppe Arcimboldo.

Bee Hotel! 15.7.16

 

This term we have been looking at 'How Does Your Garden Grow?' In keeping with this we have been looking at bees and their habitats. Did you know 97% of bees habitats have been destroyed? In Cranes we decided to create a 'Bee Hotel' for our little friends so they can rest after a busy day in the hive. Have a look at our junk modelling creations below!

Multiplication Facts! 6.7.16

 

Today in Cranes we have been looking at some of the multiplication facts we know. We then used this to help us solve unknown calculations. Have a look at how we represented our number sentences using different resources,below!

Careers Week 2 - Wb 27th June 2016

 

This week we have been visited by a microbiologist, a producer from BBC Radio Devon and a paramedic! We have learnt how to take someones blood pressure and how to stay healthy. On Thursday we produced our own BBC news clip and even used an auto-cue! We have learnt how to build a gate and discussed all of the people who play an important role in building a business. We learnt about new technology and how to install a satellite dish. Finally we we were visited by a chiropractor who taught us about how to keep a healthy back! Have a look below at all of the exciting things we have been learning about.

 

We would like to thank all of the parents and carers who have taken time out to teach us all about their profession.

Careers Week - Wb 20th June 2016

 

We have been lucky enough to have been visited by many different professional this week! On Monday we were visited by a police officer who showed us his equipment and many different hats. We also found out some amazing facts. Did you know that woman couldn't join the force until 1919? We were also visited by a yoga instructor who showed us different yoga poses and breathing techniques. We were also visited by a woman who owns a phone repair shop, she showed us the inside of an iPhone. Did you know our smart phones have more power in them than the first computer that sent a rocket to the moon? We have also been treated to a visit from a member of cabin crew from Virgin Atlantic, the manager from Brixham fish market and the owner of Pier Point resturant in Torquay. Have a look below at some of the amazing careers we have been learning about.

Healthy Eating - 17.6.16

 

Today in Cranes we have been busy making a healthy snack! We have been learning all about a healthy, balanced diet. We decided to create our own snack ensuring we included carbohydrates, protein, dairy, fruit or vegetables and a sugar or fat. Here are some quote from our day.

 

"The yogurt is my dairy." Harley

"This is the nicest wrap ever!" Sarah

"I'm only going to have a little bit of cheese because I'm having  yogurt afterwards."

 

Have a look below at our yummy snacks!

Sports Day - 9.6.16

 

Cranes had a fantastic time at Sports Day and would like to thank all the adults that came to watch. Below are a few pictures from the event. Be sure to check the 'Home' page for more amazing pictures from the day.

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How Does Your Garden Grow? 8.6.16

 

This week Cranes have been looking at whether plants need the sun or just heat to grow. We decided to conduct an experiment. He placed plants in our garden area and some next to a radiator under a box. Here are some quotes on day 3 of our experiment.

 

"My plant under the box is taller but looks unhealthy." Elliott

"The height of my plant under the box is greater than my one out in the sun." Theo

"The cress under the box hasn't got its food from the sun so it looks unhealthy." Yasmin.

 

Have a look at our experiment below.

Bread making - 27.5.16

 

This week in Cranes we have been looking at different religions and beliefs.  Cranes have been comparing Christianity and Jewish beliefs and discussing how they live their day to day lives.  We made Challah, a traditional Jewish bread, using our team work and Maths skills to help. Take a look below at our amazing cooking skills!

New members of White Rock - 13.5.16

 

Cranes would like to welcome our new members to White Rock.  Archie and Arnie have arrived! Our new goats have settled in to our school and we have been lucky enough to visit them. Have a look below at what we got up to with our new friends. 

Parent Lunches- Wednesday 4th May

 

Year 2 had a fantastic time dining with some of their parents on Wednesday for our Parent Lunch Day! Pupils were able to share this dining experience with siblings throughout the school along with their friends.  The feedback from the children has incredibly positive, some children even claimed to have tried new food just because their parents were present!  Have a look below to see the moments we captured.

Story Writing - Thursday 28th April

 

This week in Cranes we have been planning and writing a story based on our theme 'How Does Your Garden Grow?'  We read the book 'The Tiny Seed' by Eric Carle for inspiration and set about planning and structuring our own stories.  We have been working hard on adding detail and extending our writing pieces and have produced some outstanding learning.  Have a look below at some of our amazing stories. 

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Fractions and Division - 20.4.16

This week Cranes have been working out 1/2, 1/4 and 3/4 of numbers and shapes using resources to support our learning. We have divided up cards, coins and even Skittles! Have a look at our incredible problem solving skills below.

Material testing - 18.4.16

Today in Cranes we have been testing out different materials to see which one is most suited to keeping our seed dry!  We tested cotton wool, tin foil, plastic and cardboard.  We discovered that foil was the best and cotton wool was the least suited.  Have a look at our experiment below.

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Scooter Training - 12.4.16

 

In Cranes class we have been lucky enough to have Torbay Council come in and provide us with some scooter training! However, before we were allowed to hop on our scooters we had to put our knee and elbow pads on as well as a helmet to make sure we stayed safe.  Cranes talked about why we need to do this and we all agreed these safety measures come in useful. We then went to the playground and learned how to safely ride a scooter.  We discussed all the fun ways we like to travel and even discussed whether we could travel this way to school.  We had to learn how to stop quickly, this is to help us if we see a road coming or if we think we are not safe.  We also learned how to turn, glide, hop and even ride one handed! Here are some of our quotes from the day.

 

"We learned to stop quickly in case we scoot too near a car.  It was so much fun!"  

 

"I'm going to practice all the tricks when I get home."

 

"I want to scoot to school to show off my new tricks."

 

Have a look below to see what we got up to.

 

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What Makes Britain British?

This term we are learning what makes Britain British. In Key Stage One we will be focussing on 3 m's:

Monarchy, Music and Mmmm!

 

We will be exploring significant members of the British monarchy, from King Henry VIII to Prince George. We will also be engaging our creative sides to develop music and dance in the style of influential artists from different decades. We will also be learning about the different religions and cultures that make up our diverse nation through food. Check back here to find out what we get up to...

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Mmmmmm! 21.3.16

Crane's have had a very busy afternoon. We learned about foods from 3 of the different cultures that make Britain British. We talked about how Britain is a multicultural country made up of lots of different people who live in different ways and enjoy different things.

 

We tasted food from South Africa and China, including venison, milk tart, rice and noodles. Then we put on our chef hats and made some Italian pizza (we even made our own bases!). Have a look at the photo's below to see how much fun we had...

Fractions - 17.03.16

 

This week in maths we have been looking at fractions.  We used cakes, kitkats and a chocolate log to find half, a quarter and a third of a shape.  Have a look at how we recorded this below.

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Story Writing - 16.03.16

 

This week in Cranes we have been looking at the structure of a story.  We are really good at describing a setting and character so have been working on our story ending.  Have a look at the different ways we conclude our stories.

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Multi-Skills - 3.3.16

 

Cranes spent the afternoon at Brixham College participating in a 'Multi-skills' event with lots of other schools in the Bay. We had 8 different activities and had to do it in the quickest time! Have a look at all the exciting things we got up to!

World Book Day 3.3.16

Cranes had a great day today dressing up as our favourite book characters. We started off with a book quiz in our house teams, there were some tricky questions but we tried our best! Next the year 6 Puffins and Owls came to our classroom to read us some of their favourite stories. After that we met Clare Helen Welsh, the author of 'Aerodynamics of Biscuits'. We helped Helen to solve the mystery of the missing biscuits by designing our own pirate mice. We then used adjectives to describe and name them. Cranes would like to say a huge thank you to all the adults who helped us with our costumes.

Life Education Caravan - 1.3.16

 

Cranes visited the Life Education Caravan and found out lots of information about our bodies.  We started about learning about the different organs in our body and the jobs that they do.  We then helped Harold the Giraffe and Kiki the Kangaroo to solve a friendship problem by identifying different feelings and thinking about how to make sure people are not feeling left out.  

 

Sugary Drinks Workshop - 29.2.16

 

Today in Year 2 we had a visitor from Brixham College to tell us all about the hidden sugars in our drinks. We learnt that we could only be consuming an average of 6-7 teaspoons of sugar a day.  If we have more than this we need to find a way to burn this off otherwise it is stored as fat.  We looked at some of the drinks we have and found out the amount of sugar they contain.

Coke - 9 teaspoons

Apple Juice - 7 teaspoons

Juicy Water - 9 teaspoons

Ribena - 12.5 teaspoons

We were also told about the 'Sugar Smart' app which scans the amount of sugar in any food or drink item.  Have a look below at the new things we learnt. 

 

The Victorians - 25.2.16

 

This week we have been learning about The Victorians! The children have been learning about the Victoria Workhouses and all the different inventions that took place during this time, like the flushing toilet! We have also been acting out how the children were expected to behave at school.  Have a look at some of the writing we have done based around this. 

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House Charity Fundraising- 11.2.16

 

Today we took part in a fund raising event organised by our 4 house teams.  First we went to Singer and took part in a fun run and completed other sporting challenges. Next, we entered Whitley's colouring competition. After that we went to Christie and enjoyed our treasure hunt and table tennis challenges. Finally, we watched 'Brunel's Got Talent' in the hall.  We had a great day!

Performance Poetry! 10.2.16

 

This week we have been learning sections of Revolting Rhymes in Cranes.  We have been learning actions to go with our lines and performed this to the rest of the class.  Ask your child to show you their actions and recite their rhyme!

Telling the Time 8.2.16

 

This week in Cranes we have been learning to tell the time! We have been working hard to tell the time to o'clock, half past, quarter past and quarter to! We then started to apply this to a problem solving task. Have a look below and our great learning.

Mathematicians -  19.1.16

This week in maths we have been looking at measure, in particular our height! Cranes have been measuring each others height and complying the data. We then looked at using the signs greater than > and less than < or the same as = to compare and order the data. Have a look at what we did!

 

The Queen's Guard - 15.1.16

 

Year 2 were extremely lucky to have one of the Queen's Guard visit us today!  The children prepared questions based on our learning  and the royal family.  Here are some of our questions.

"What is your uniform made from?"

"Have you met the Queen?"

"What is it like being a soldier?"

"How did it feel when you became a guard?"

"Is it hard being a Queen's Guard?"

 

Beach School - 12.1.16

Year 2 were very lucky to have Lisa from 'Beach School' to show us all the exciting learning opportunities we can do down the beach.  We explored the different shells we might find and talked about the animals who would live in them! We then learned about the different currents the sea has, and why we have to be careful in the water.  We then acted this out! Take a look below to see all the exciting things we were allowed to hold...

Science Spectacular! 8.12.15

Cranes had an amazing time teaching the parents and adults all about the Polar habitat! We re-created our Blubber Glove and discussed the materials that would keep our ice cube cold! The children really enjoyed talking about the exciting science projects they have been doing and talking about all the different different habitats we found at The Eden Project. Take a look below to see what we got up to!

Polar Penguins! 30.11.15

 

This week in science we have been looking at how polar animals, such as penguins, survive in the extreme temperatures of the Arctic.  Cranes have been recreating the blubber found in these animals to test whether or not this actually keeps them warm. The children couldn't believe how the fat insulated their hands and kept them warm in the icy water. Have a look below at what we found out!

 

 

Handwashing! 19.11.15

 

Cranes have been finding out the importance of handwashing and how easily germs can spread! On Thursday 19th November the school nurse showed us, using glitter, how we pass germs from person to person when we haven't washed our hands. Have a look below at what did. ..

Eden Project and our Green Machines! 18.11.15

 

On Wednesday 18th November Cranes has the most amazing time at the Eden Project! We explored the surrounding gardens using our 5 senses to help us learn more about the plants.  We found a big bee and even a robot made entirely out of recycled machines! We then explored the Rainforest Biome and found lots of different plants that we can eat including banana, lemon and lime and even cocoa. The children had a workshop based on 'Man made machines vs Green machine' and most of the children agreed that the Green Machines were the most amazing. Have a look below to see what we got up to...

Hand Washing!

 

We will be having a visit from the school nurse on Thursday 19th November to talk to our children about the importance of hand washing.  This will be a practical and informative discussion with our KS1 children about why we wash our hands and how germs spread. If you have any questions please ask your class teacher.

Children in Need! 14.11.15

 

In Cranes we have been dressing up as our favourite superheroes, all in aid of Children in Need! We have donated our money and participated in some great games led by the house captains. Have a look below at some of the exciting things we have been up to.

Habitat Hunters - 12.10.15

 

Our theme for this half term is 'Habitat Hunters'. We will be exploring a variety of habitats around the world from the Amazon rainforest to the Sahara desert. We will be looking at the different plants and animals in each of the different habitats, and finding out what they need to survive in these different climates. Check back here to find out what we have been up to... 

Precise partitioning - 10.10.15

 

This week in numeracy Cranes have been splitting two digit numbers into tens and ones to help us solve calculations.  This is called partitioning. Take a look below to see how we got on...

Fire Safety 3.11.15

 

This week Year 2 were lucky enough to have a visit from some firefighters. We learned lots of important information such as the different jobs the fire service perform, how to 'Stop, Drop and Roll' and which number to dial in an emergency. We also learned about we can stay safe in different rooms of our homes and what firefighters wear to keep safe. 

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Brixham Multi-Skills Festival 1.10.15

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Our Maths Learning - 21.9.15

 

Place Value

 

This week Cranes have been learning about place value.  We have been using the vocabulary tens, ones and digit to explain the value of a two digit number. 

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Key Stage 1 Save the Bumblebees! 26.9.15

 

We have rolled up our sleeves and got busy digging! As part of our scientific investigations we are exploring different habitats, including woodland, and the animals that live in them. We decided to enhance our own woodland area to give bumblebees a new natural habitat.

Habitat Hunters 20.9.15

 

Our theme for this half term is 'Habitat Hunters.' We will be exploring a variety of habitats around the world from the Amazon rainforests to the Sahara desert.  We will be looking at the different plants and animals in each of the different habitats, and finding out what they need to survive in these different climates. Check back here to find out what we have been up to...

Exploring our own habitat 17.9.15

 

We became explorers this week when we ventured in to the wilds of the school fields to look at different habitats.  We went to the Chambers garden, the forest area and the nature garden to see what we could find. Theo said 'A habitat is where an animal lives'. Have a look at the pictures below to see the habitats that we found. 

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Brunel Bridges 12.9.15

 

This week we have been exploring units of measurement, including grams and kilogram.  We ordered a selection of weights and then built our own bridges from paper, straws and sellotape. Finally, we tested our bridges with a 200g weight to find out if they were strong enough.  Have a look at our pictures below to see us in action! 


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