At the culmination of our topic on famous people, Today Year 2 launched their rockets on the school field. We have learned about famous people in the sciences, arts, sports, politics, maths and history. In recent weeks in history we have compared the explorations of Christopher Columbus and Neil Armstrong. The children loved learning about the Moon Landing and a little about what it is like to live on the space station!
Year 2 were very excited when our space food was delivered. We tasted the freeze-dried strawberries, raspberries and blueberries straight away and had the apple and astronaut ice cream sandwich today. There was no contest, the clear favourite was the ice cream sandwich! The children used all their senses and used a range of adjectives and descriptive language to describe their samples. They even insisted that I re-hydrate some of the apple pieces in a pot of water to see what would happen! Good scientific questioning, Year 2.
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!