Year 2 Newsletter

11th October 2013

Space Expo!

What a fantastic trip we had at Space Expo on Wednesday! The children behaved beautifully and their excitement about learning and finding out new things was evident all morning. We were able to see ourselves jumping on the moon and experienced a sense of weightlessness when jumping. Using the Gravity Mirror, we saw ourselves floating in mid-air, though this proved more challenging than it looked! We also went on a flight simulator and experienced some of the sounds, movements and vibrations that astronauts might feel during take-off, flight and landing. One of the highlights of the trip was watching the rocket launch at 11.30. The children counted down with excitement, then watched the rocket 'launch' whilst the room filled with 'smoke'!

What have we been learning about?

This week we have made a start on our history module and have been looking at the race into space from the late 1950s until the moon landing in 1969. We learned about Leica the dog, the first man and woman who went into space and the first space walk, as well as the actual moon landing by Neil Armstrong and Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin. We practised our sequencing skills and ordered events in chronological order, working as part of a team.


In literacy we have continued the moon landing theme and drawn a storyboard of the events leading up to the moon landing, ready to write a newspaper article based on the facts.


In maths this week, we have been working with different ways of making 10, including finding out how many more to the next tens barrier e.g. 36 + 4 = 40


On Thursday, we had a DT focussed day and made a start on our moon buggies, which we will continue to make next week. The children first designed their buggies on paper and learnt how to incorporate a wheel and axle into their designs.

Reminders

The weather is getting colder so please ensure your child has a coat and jumper in school each day.