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Y2 - Mallards

Welcome to Mallard Class.

 

Mallard Class is taught by Miss Jones with Mrs Denman as a Higher Level Teaching Assistant and Mrs Streetin as the Learning Support Assistant. Other staff members working with the class include Mr Frisby for Music on a Wednesday and Mr Bourne for PE on a Monday.
 

Updates throughout the year can be found on both this Class Page and on our School Twitter page. Below you will find a gallery of all the exciting learning activities that have taken place in Mallard Class this year

Library Visit

Today, the children went to the library to look at non-fiction texts. We have been learning about animals and their habitats in Science this term so it was great for the children to explore a range of books on this topic. The children were all very engaged and enjoyed learning lots of news facts which they were eager to tell me about throughout the session. 

Warm and Cool Colours

In Art today, the children were exploring warm and cool colours. We looked at the work of Robert and Sonia Delaunay and then the children recreated a piece of their Art work using warm colours on one side and cool colours on the other side. The end results were fantastic! 

Sewing Skills

In DT this term, Mallard Class are going to make their very own Christmas tree baubles. In preparation for this, the children practised their threading skills using simple equipment.  They all had a go at practising 2 different styles of sewing techniques including an over stitch. 

Computing 

In Computing today, we discussed as a class how we can stay safe online. The children then applied the skills that they have learnt over the past couple of lessons to create an online safety poster on the DoodleBuddy app. The children used text in their posters making sure to use Caps Lock, Space Bar and full stops. They also included pictures and drawings.

Tinting 

In Art today, the children were exploring how we can change colours by tinting. We examined Paul Klee’s ‘Seperation of the Evening’ art piece and then everyone had a go at creating their own piece in his style by applying the skills they had learnt. I was blown away by the children’s work today, they really engaged in the activity and created some amazing art work!  

 

Micro-Habitats

In Science, this term we are learning about living things and their habitats. Today, we went on a walk around the school grounds to explore the different micro-habitats we could find on site. The children thoroughly enjoyed using the magnifying glasses to look for the various mini beasts and understanding why these creatures chose the habitats they did. 

Yoga

Mallard Class are very lucky to be having Yoga workshops with Paula this term. With it being a very busy term, it is fantastic for the children to tap into some relaxation and meditation whilst also developing their co-ordination, balance and core strength. Paula is great at delivering the sessions in a child-friendly manner, usually combining the yoga with a story and the children absolutely love it! 

Art

In Art this term, our focus is painting. Today, the children were learning all about primary colours. We looked at the art work of various famous artists including Kazimir Malevich and the children had a go at replicating his work using only primary colours. I was so impressed with the children’s attention to detail and the care and effort they put into their work. Well done, everyone! 

Cleaning Pennies

In Science today, the children conducted a test to find out which substance would be best for cleaning a penny. We tested vinegar with a pinch of salt, washing powder with water, lemon juice, cola and tomato ketchup. Before conducting the test the children made their predictions. To make sure it was a fair test, we distributed the different substances equally and left the pennies in each of the substances for the same amount of time. When we revealed the pennies, we were all very surprised by the results. The majority of the class felt that the washing powder would be the most effective at cleaning a penny because it is used for cleaning but the results showed that actually tomato ketchup was the best at cleaning a penny. We concluded that tomato ketchup was the best because of its acidity. 

HSBC Visit

Today, we were very lucky to take part in a money workshop delivered by representatives from HSBC. During the workshop, the children were tasked with organising a birthday party and calculating the associated costs. It was a really enjoyable activity which encouraged the children to think about the value of money and where their money would be better spent. The workshop also highlighted the idea that just because you have a set amount of money it doesn’t mean you have to spend it all. 

Black History Month

As part of Black History Month, Mallard Class learnt about arguably the greatest female athlete of all time, Serena Williams.

 

In honour of her amazing contribution to tennis as well as her positive impact on women and the black community around the world, we created a large scale art piece as a class. The class was split up into groups and each group had a particular task to complete.  It was so much fun making the art piece and I was so impressed with the knowledge the children remembered about Serena Williams and her success. 

Moving Vehicles

In DT this term, the children have enjoyed designing and making their moving vehicles. Before making their vehicles the children explored a range of different moving vehicles from ambulances to trolleys. We investigated the mechanisms of vehicles including wheels, axles and chassis. The children could design and make whichever vehicle they liked and it was nice to see a range of different vehicles ranging from Army tanks to ambulances. After making their vehicles the children evaluated them based on the design criteria. 

Testing Absorbency

In Science today, we were testing the absorbency of a range of materials to find out which material would be best to clean up a spillage. We tested paper, fabric, paper towels and cloth. Before conducting out test the children made their predictions. We spoke about the importance of a fair test and only changing one thing. In this instance, we changed the material we were testing and kept everything else the same. To test the absorbency of the materials we dipped each material in a jug of water for 1 minute. We then measured how high up the water was absorbed on each material using a ruler. We found out that the most absorbent material was the fabric. 

Countries in the United Kingdom

Today, the children enjoyed using the iPads to research the different countries in the UK. For each country, the children completed a fact file which included information about capitals, population,  National flowers, rivers and mountains. They also explored the famous landmarks for each country. 

Glove Investigation 

As part of our Science topic all about Materials, Mallard class have been investigating a range of gloves made for different purposes and from different materials. We tested each gloves, warmth, water resistance, durability and flexibility. It was incredibly fun to watch the children attempt to pick up the small objects with the football gloves and the gardening gloves! We found that the different gloves have different qualities which are better suited for different things. 

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