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Frozen Planet (How would you survive in the cold?)

This half term our topic is called Frozen Planet. We will be investigating how animals survive and thrive in sub zero temperatures. Could you survive in the cold?

During our learning we will focus on many aspect of life in the polar regions including animals and their habitats by:

  • Writing non chronological reports
  • Creative writing (Narrative)
  • Scientific experiments and investigative studies of the cold
  • Mixed media art. Oil pastels, collage, clay, water colour and sketching
  • Research into the history of polar explorers (Robert Scott and Roald Ammundsen)
  • Physical development- Ice skating lessons!

 

This topic is an excellent immersion into life in other parts of the world. If you have the chance you can watch the BBC documentary Frozen Planet, it is an awesome jumping off point.

Homework Menu

Today in year 2 we have done an exciting science investigation to discover how animals survive the polar waters. We used our prior learning to make our predictions and then started the experiment.

We tried to decide how fast our hand would get cold and if air or fat would make a difference.

We began by timing our hand in the icy water, we didn't last very long! Then we used an experiment glove and sealed it at the top using an elastic band. Having done that we carefully inserted a straw down the side and inflated the glove. Many of us predicted that the air would help insulate our hands and allow us to keep our hands submerged for longer. This idea came from our learning about polar bears fur and how the hollow tubes trap the air to keep them warm.

Finally we covered our gloved hands in a layer of fat and repeated the icy water time test- as predicted we were able to keep our hands submerged for over a minute because of the thick blubber like insulation. We understood why and how polar animals have become specially adapted to thrive in freezing conditions. Some budding scientists in our midst!

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This half term we have been looking for resilience and team work. We easily filled our marble jar, here was our reward... Have you ever seen an Orca working on a laptop?!

This half term we have been looking for resilience and team work. We easily filled our marble jar, here was our reward... Have you ever seen an Orca working on a laptop?! 1
This half term we have been looking for resilience and team work. We easily filled our marble jar, here was our reward... Have you ever seen an Orca working on a laptop?! 2
This half term we have been looking for resilience and team work. We easily filled our marble jar, here was our reward... Have you ever seen an Orca working on a laptop?! 3
This half term we have been looking for resilience and team work. We easily filled our marble jar, here was our reward... Have you ever seen an Orca working on a laptop?! 4
This half term we have been looking for resilience and team work. We easily filled our marble jar, here was our reward... Have you ever seen an Orca working on a laptop?! 5
This half term we have been looking for resilience and team work. We easily filled our marble jar, here was our reward... Have you ever seen an Orca working on a laptop?! 6
This half term we have been looking for resilience and team work. We easily filled our marble jar, here was our reward... Have you ever seen an Orca working on a laptop?! 7
This half term we have been looking for resilience and team work. We easily filled our marble jar, here was our reward... Have you ever seen an Orca working on a laptop?! 8
This half term we have been looking for resilience and team work. We easily filled our marble jar, here was our reward... Have you ever seen an Orca working on a laptop?! 9
This half term we have been looking for resilience and team work. We easily filled our marble jar, here was our reward... Have you ever seen an Orca working on a laptop?! 10
This half term we have been looking for resilience and team work. We easily filled our marble jar, here was our reward... Have you ever seen an Orca working on a laptop?! 11
This half term we have been looking for resilience and team work. We easily filled our marble jar, here was our reward... Have you ever seen an Orca working on a laptop?! 12

Clay creations- crafting an orca

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I'm not sure if you know but the Y2's are incredible writers. We have written our own narratives based on our learning about the polar regions. They are amazing! We have had lot's of visitors because news has spread of our beautiful way with words, creativity and perseverance. Today we have written our final drafts in our neatest and in some cases joined up writing! Such focus and dedication. We are really proud of our learning and progress. We hope you are as well. 
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Investigating polar animals on the ipad.

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Creating Ingrid the Orca whale.

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