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26 February
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Invention Convention

Please see the paperwork below which gives you all the details of the invention convention and may give you some ideas if you are struggling to think of what to make! Please ask me if you need more support. The inventions have to be in by Thursday 22nd March.

Invention Convention challenge (1)

Invention convention slides

21 February
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Welcome to STEM!

What an exciting week we have had so far… this term is going to be excellent! The children have already had an exciting assembly from Miss Simpson who showed us some amazing Science experiments and then Prior Park Secondary school teachers came to show us some excellent experiments. They are also coming back on Friday for an exciting workshop which we can’t wait to be part of. Watch this space for photos!

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In English the children began the week creating paper bridges for a ‘competition’ which they are then going to write up an explanation text for. They have had to think carefully about the materials they will use, the shape of the bridge and how it will fit into the environment as well as working sensibly in groups, sharing ideas and constructing together.

     

In Maths the children have been studying 3D shapes by looking at the number of vertices, faces and edges they have as well as learning their names. Some good games you could use at home to consolidate this are:

  1. https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/7-11-years/shape-position-and-movement
  2.  http://more2.starfall.com/m/math/geometry-content/load.htm?f&d=demo&n=enviro-shapes&y=1
  3. What Shape am I? (Parent choose a shape and give clues, children try and guess. Swap over.)

In Topic this week we have been discussing the meaning of STEM. You may have seen our lovely video on twitter but if you didn’t here it is in Powerpoint form:

What is STEM

The children also thought of some fabulous ‘I wonder…’ questions. If you are stuck on something to do for the Invention Convention perhaps you could ask the child what their ‘I wonder…’ question was, research the answer together and then create something based around this. Good luck!

Attached is our Topic Web for this term. However you will see that our Topic lessons will mostly be based around the children’s questions so next week we will be looking into (and hopefully answering!):

What would happen if gravity stopped? If gravity pulls things down to Earth, why doesn’t the moon come down to Earth?

Thank you to the two children who thought of those questions over the holidays!

Y2T4 Topic Web (STEM)

Next week in English we are writing persuasive letters and in Maths we are looking at fractions (1/2 and 1/4).

09 February
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End of term fun

We said goodbye to Miss Diamond by making some yummy pancakes! Sorry there are not pictures of everyone – the iPad ran out of battery!!

A little note about the letters which were sent home today.

You have been given a sponsored spell for Y2 and a sponsored climb for the whole school PTA. I apologise that these have come home at the same time. Please feel free to just sponsor the children a small amount for the Y2 sponsored spell and give more towards the PTA event. As well as that there was also a workbook sent home which was just for your children to have a go at – please don’t feel pressure to complete it and bring it in immediately after the holidays.

Have a lovely holiday!

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