Science Experiments

This term, Year 2 have enjoyed a range of scientific experiments to find out more about different materials and how they can be changed. As part of their learning, children have practised making predictions, thinking about how to make sure that an experiment is fair and looking critically at results. I thought you might like to see a few photos from the children’s two favourite experiments. The first was a practical demonstration of how sugar dissolves in hot water. The children were amazed at the rainbow colours the skittles made as the sugar dissolved and released the food colouring into the water. The second was our experiment to see whether the temperature of the fluid affected the way that the sugar dissolved. Obviously, since it was the last week of term, we had to use cold, warm and hot chocolate as our fluid! The children want to reassure you all that skittles taste just as good without colourings and that you can still taste the marshmallows after they have dissolved in the hot chocolate: they don’t just disappear!

Making Pizzas at Pizza Express

This morning, a very excited Year 2 visited Pizza Express in Hastings to find out more about where foods come from and take part in a cooking session! When we arrived, the children all donned hats and aprons and washed their hands. The first part of our session was looking at many popular ingredients, discussing where they come from and having lots of little tastes. I was surprised at the number of children this year that liked the olives and basil leaves and Caleb even expressed a like for anchovies! They were surprised at some of the textures, such as mozzarella and the smell of the oregano. The children were all eager to try many of the foods and there weren’t many samples left over after the tasting session. The children very confidently followed the chef’s instructions and made their own pizzas which they all enjoyed for lunch, back at school. The pizzas were delicious and the chef at Pizza Express was kind enough to make two spares so that all the children in Reception and Year 1 were able to enjoy a slice of pizza with their lunch today too! Thank you to the staff at Pizza Express in Hastings for such a warm welcome and such an informative and enjoyable morning.

 

Year 2, what did you learn today?

Year Two Day Trip to Hastings

As part of our topic this term, Key Stage One enjoyed a day out in Hastings. On Tuesday morning we parked in Rock-a-Nore and walked past, and discussed  the fishing huts and fishing boats on the way to the Lifeboat Station. Since Year Two have been studying local history this term, there was a great deal of excitement to see cave entrances in the East and West Hill cliffs and much conversation about smugglers ensued! The children were also pleased to see the funicular railways and the miniature train that runs along the seafront.

Upon our arrival at the RNLI Lifeboat Station, Mike greeted us and took us upstairs to the educational room to show us a video of sea and river rescues and tell us all about the amazing work that the RNLI do every day. Some of the children decided that they would like to be real-life superheroes with the RNLI when they grow up. Following a brief dress up session, the children were given a tour of the Lifeboat Station and found out more about the vessels that our Hastings Lifeboat Station currently uses.

Next the children stopped for lunch and a playtime in the Pelham Place Play Space. Although we started our lunch on the nearby picnic tables, we had to move as the seagulls decided to help themselves to our lunch!

After lunch, we spent the afternoon in the Blue Reef Aquarium. I was very pleased with Year Two as they impressed the other visitors with their knowledge of the sea creatures. Over the last week, Year Two have been learning about some of the amazing creatures housed by the Blue Reef Aquarium and have independently researched a marine animal. The children were very excited to find and identify the animal that they had found out more about and share their knowledge with the rest of the class and other members of the public that had decided to join our unofficial tour! We were also lucky enough to take part in the reptile handing session, where the children were able to stroke a millipede and watch the ocean feed take place in the big tank. The children were fascinated to stand amongst the sharks and other marine creatures in the underwater sea tunnel.

Everyone was very well-behaved and the weather was beautiful!

Well done Year 2.