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Pudsey Waterloo Primary School

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Addition in year 2

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Fireworks art

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After teaching fire safety to the children and discussing how to keep safe around the bonfire night celebrations, the children loved creating these firework pictures. What a creative flair they have!

When a Dr and Professor came to school...

We had some special visitors today (Friday 25th October) and they brought into school so many different scientific demonstrations. The children learnt all about gases and observing the changes in the hour long assembly. There are certainly some young scientists in the making! If the loud bangs were anything to go by...it makes for a fabulous job being a Dr or Professor in Science. Ask the children all about it...they sure were mesmerised. 

Year 2 know all about recycling...watch our video to see what you can put in your green bin!

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Year 2 showing their musical talents and singing a super round!

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Our recycling display

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The children have worked very hard on their writing about why more plastic needs to be recycled and how to recycle plastic in the green bin. They are now experts, so check with them if you’re unsure of how to recycle at home. 

The Ridiculous Rhyme Show

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Another exciting treat as part of our themed week...and this time with a literacy focus. Joe and Andy (well known from the CBeebies show Rhyme Rocket) came to school on Wednesday 23d October  and they performed an interactive performance where children and adults laughed out loud. Their aim was to get children rhyming using words like cake, mix, box. The children in year 2 thoroughly enjoyed the performance, how amazing it was!

Themed week - This week we are learning all about recycling...watch this space for more!

These are some of the questions we will be thinking about this week.

Why do we need to recycle?

What can be recycled?

How do we recycle things we no longer need?

In year 2 we will be focusing on plastic and after watching and listening to why plastic is a pollutant...we now know what we need to do to help the environment. 

Romero Britto inspired butterfly art

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To link our science with the world of art and geography, we have been learning about the artist Romero Britto from Brazil and how he paints and sculptures Pop art. The use of different bold colours makes pop art special, so the children have been using their new skills to create butterflies using Britto inspired patterns. The children built up their skills in the first couple of sessions so watch this space as there will be more to come. 

Our Beautiful Butterfly Release

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After spending so much time learning about the butterfly life cycle and understanding the process of metamorphosis, the children released the butterflies to let them find a natural habitat. We waited until the warmest part of the day just before lunch time as this was the best time for them to find their new home. 

It was an emotional release for some and we miss the entertaining, elegant butterflies, however we have learnt so much and our children are all now experts. 

The observations over time and life cycle explanations have been outstanding. This just shows how a real life experience can provide endless opportunities of learning and we are thrilled we had the opportunity. 

Skylar’s Missing Note

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Who would ever imagine a pigeon could steal a musical note? Well...poor Jen was moving home and had to entrust her piano to the removal company...only something went wrong! When she did the bubble wrap rap she didn’t anticipate one of her notes would go missing only to be found by a pigeon. This was no ordinary pigeon...he flew high and low and then where did he go next?

 

The children enjoyed a musical performance and workshop brought to school by a partnership involved with the Leeds Piano Competition. We watched a captivating performance and children learnt how to make music using their voices and body percussion. They also learnt some of the vocabulary associated with music including: dynamics, pitch and tempo.

 

Children were engaged throughout and then went on to suggest places where the pigeon might have taken the note. The train station brought about lots of different sounds from people chattering, trains chugging to hydraulic doors opening and shutting. 

 

A super musical experience that we will build on in school.

Our fourth and fifth butterflies finally arrived at 11.15am and 1.30pm

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Today (Friday 26th September) our last two beautiful butterflies arrived. Although they were weak at first, they started to come around and the other butterflies were trying to take flight. It must have been all of the excitement. We noticed that the butterflies were tasting the nectar solution we mixed and they also tried some of the fruit we added into the net. How amazing is the process of transformation they go through!

The arrival of our second and third butterflies

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Our second and third butterflies have arrived today (Thursday 26th September) and the children were thrilled. We decided this morning to try to capture the moment on video and we managed it. We will upload this when it is ready. The process has been truly spectacular to see. 

We are eagerly awaiting the other 2 to arrive, we have our fingers crossed this will be soon. In the meantime we have given our butterflies tissues soaked in nectar (a sugar and water solution) and we will be giving them some fruit.

Design and technology in year 2

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Today we made healthy pitta bread pizzas. We have been learning about healthy eating and the different food groups. The children really enjoyed designing their pittas and then turning their design into reality.

Our first butterfly has arrived!

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What an amazing day we had today (Wednesday 25th September) when during English we discovered someone had decided to join the year group. The beautiful, elegant butterfly had emerged from the chrysalis and we just had to learn about the next part of the process. Did you know that when a butterfly comes out it is soft and it takes about 2 hours for it’s wings to harden? We also found out that a red liquid drains from the butterfly (it looks like blood but isn’t) and this ensures that the butterfly’s symmetrical wings can harden. If you ask about what the process of transformation is...the children will be able to tell you all about metamorphosis! We are all excited to see when the others will arrive!

Transferring our chrysalises

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So today (Friday 20th September) was the third day that the chrysalises had formed and they had hardened. This meant it was the day they needed transferring to the butterfly net. It was a tricky time as we had to be very delicate. You can see on the photo that the caterpillars had made several webbing tracks, this had to be removed so that when the butterflies begin emerge they will not get their wings caught. Mrs Lock and Mrs Watson were both very brave and tried their best to remove it all to give our butterflies the very best chance. Now we have to wait for 7-10 days until they emerge. Watch this space...

Our caterpillars are forming a chrysalis around themselves and the metamorphosis process begins

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We have to wait for 3 days until the chrysalis’ harden and then they can be transferred to the butterfly net. It is an exciting time for our caterpillar, but during this time we aren’t allowed to handle them or even move the pot. They’re very delicate, but it is an important time of change for them. We are learning in our amazing science lessons exactly what is happening...it’s been such a captivating time so far!

Observing our caterpillars in their home for the next few weeks.

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Wednesday 11th September 

 

The furry, chunky caterpillars are now 3cm long and the one on the lid of the pot is very cheeky!

 

The children are observing the caterpillars over time and have learnt all about describing the caterpillars using interesting adjectives and really thinking about what they can see. We have also learnt that caterpillars don’t create a cocoon as they are not fully encased. They partially encase themselves in a chrysalis before becoming a butterfly. This is something we will all be excited to observe as it will be the next step before our butterflies arrive. It very much depends on the temperature as to how long the process may take, but we will keep you updated. 

 

Working scientifically making predictions

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We have been using our stem sentences to make predictions and as the days and weeks go by we will use our prior knowledge to make comparisons. Having the stem sentences has supported the children to write about their experiences and for them to expand their vocabulary.

Our new year 2 caterpillars arrived...

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Wednesday 4th September 

 

The tiny, little caterpillars are only 1cm long but they are very wriggly. 

 

The tiny little caterpillars have arrived in our busy hardworking classroom. There are 5 of them in total and the children have been enjoying observing them and making predictions about what butterfly they will become. This all links to our science topic and learning about animals life cycles. It has been a great start to the academic year and the children were full of excitement when they learned we had real life caterpillars.

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