We have been inspired by Roald Dahl’s ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’. After watching the original film, we researched and evaluated our favourite chocolate wrappers, looking at the colours, style of writing and what was included on the wrapper itself. We then invented our own chocolate bar and wrote a piece of persuasive writing to persuade someone to buy our own creations. Two children won a chocolate bar for writing the most powerful persuasive piece.
In DT, we got to turn our inventions into reality by creating our own chocolate bar. We used the LearnPads to design and create a wrapper to make our chocolate appealing. We really enjoyed tasting our chocolate!
Year 2 took a trip to Westonbirt Arboretum to work on tree identification, how to measure the age of trees; the lifecycle of a tree; uses of trees and properties of wood, plus the importance of plants as producers. In addition the children learnt how to identify birds by their song, using a monocular and watching bird from a hide. We then took a walk along the ‘tree walk’ which allowed us to get as tall as some of the trees and explore them further.
In Science we have been busy planting herbs and vegetables, hoping that once they are fully grown we can harvest them and cook with them. We have planted potatoes, tomatoes, beans, peas and a variety of herbs.
We have also been exploring how plants absorb water, by setting up an experiment using celery and carnation flowers and watching how the petals or leaves change colour in different colours of water.
In RE we have been exploring some ways in which Christians try to bring Jesus’ ‘good news’ to others. For example, just like Jesus was ‘friend to the friendless’, Christians try to help people in need. As a year group, we decided that we would like to support our local foodbank. We wrote pledges for what we would like to donate and brought in some of the items that are of greater need. The donations greatly exceeded our expectations and the volunteers at the charity were very thankful, as will be the people receiving the items.