Week 1 Captain Cook

In our art and topic we found out all about The Maori Warriors that Cook and his crew met in New Zealand. We discovered that they had tattoos covering their faces to show how important they were. These tattoos were all different and made swirly patterns. We had a go at designing some motifs ourselves and then adding them to our faces. How scary we look!

Starry Night

Today we looked at the Van Gogh Starry Night. We used this as inspiration for creating out own starry night backgrounds as we thought this is what it would have been like at the birth of Jesus. We then used black felt tip to create a silhouette of the nativity scene. Miss Savage was really impressed with our art work.

Making Curry

After tasting and evaluating curries we decided to make a tomato curry.  We worked really hard to plan a healthy curry. We thought all about the different things we could put in it to make sure it was healthy. We decided to include lots of different vegetables and spices to ensure it was good for us and still look yummy and colourful.

We used our teamwork skills and cooking skills to work in groups to make our delicious curry.  We were careful to follow all the steps accurately.

When we had finished we wrote some instructions to show other people how to make this curry, we focused o using time openers, bossy verbs, adverbs and conjunctions to explain. What a busy week we have had and what a delicious curry we made!

Tasting Curry

We had a great time tasting three different types of curry and evaluating them based on their look, smell, taste and spice.  When we had finished evaluating we decided which one was our favourite that we would like to have a go at planning and making.

Week 2 of our Arts Fortnight

The week has been our second and final week working with Mrs Johnston in the art studio and the children have made me so proud with their creative learning.

We have looked at the story of The Lorax and described the setting before all the structural trees were cut down. I was blown away by some of the powerful the vocabulary the children used.

Through all our science learning we found out that trees were an animals habitat and decided that this was very important and made this our class slogan. We based our art and dance around this theme. We looked at peacock feathers and drew some. We decorated them using pastels, wax crayon, felt tip, water colours and collage. We used out imagination to come up with our own colour schemes and designs. We then used our art to decorate our own birds.

What a great week we have had! Well done 2HS and thank you Mrs Johnston.

Week 1with Mrs J

We have had a fantastic week working in the art studio with Mrs Johnston.

We have started off think about trees and have learned lots of new facts to add to those we already know. We went outside to look at natural things all around school and collected nouns and verbs to describe these nouns and what they are doing.  We then put these all together in a poem and really impressed Miss Savage.

We have been doing so many exciting things. We have learned new drawing techniques such as dots, circles, dashes, lines, hatching and cross hatching. We have also sketched trees and made models of trees.

Wow! What a busy week we have had!

The River Ganges

This week we have been learning about the River Ganges and how it changes as it flows from the Himalayan mountains to The Bay of Bengal. We learned how people put offerings and rubbish in the river and about the problems this causes.  We debated whether we thought the way the river is treated needs to change and then wrote up both sides of the argument. We tried really hard to work on writing clear paragraphs where we didn’t repeat out points. Well done Year 2 another great week!

Is it waterproof?

This week in science we h been trying to help Eric find the best material to make a waterproof coat. We tested 4 different materials by dripping 7 drops of water on each and seeing if the water was absorbed or repelled.

Bridges Take Two

After making some frames, where we learned to reinforce the corners, we worked in teams to design and build bridges.  We designed our bridges together thinking carefully about our joining methods and making sure they were strong and sturdy.  Some of us chose to reinforce our corners with cardboard and others did so with lolly sticks.

We learned how to use the glue gun and the saw carefully and safely and even wrote safely tips for next year’s year twos.

We had a great morning working on the bridges.  What do you think of them?

Atkinson Grimshaw

This week we have been looking at artist Atkinson Grimshaw. We noticed that his paintings were night scenes of Leeds. We saw that he used warm colours such as yellow, gold, orange and red to illuminate the windows and lampposts in his art. We tried to create our own pictures in this style. We drew houses and used brown and black pastels to colour the house before adding in the warm lights. What do you think?