Monday, February 8, 2016

Chinese New Year celebration in Y2

Learning about features of weddings from Mrs Baldwin

Mrs Baldwin came in to tell Y2 about her wedding. She had lots of great artefacts to show us, including her dress, and we learnt lots of new vocabulary. We listened to some of the music that Mrs Baldwin had when she got married. 

Balloon investigations

During our 'See, think, wonder' task at the start of our programme of inquiry we came up with some interesting questions about balloons. So we did some exploration and some more wondering...
Pushing our breath into the balloons was hard and we were excited by the push of the air coming out and the funny way the balloons travelled across the room as the air escaped. The noise was interesting too - by varying the size of the mouth of the balloon we could change the sound. Sometimes it was very high-pitched.
We worked out that this push, powering the balloon forward, would allow us to make a balloon rocket.

We also found out that gas is produced/released when some ingredients are combined. This gas can be contained and will inflate a balloon.

Fireworks in chalk and oil pastel

A festival from Japanese culture

We had a wonderful visitor in Y2 who told us all about Hinamatsuri which is also called Doll's Day or Girls' Day. It is a special day in Japan. Hinamatsuri is celebrated each year on 3rd March. Thank you to E for teaching us such a lovely Japanese song.

Celebration mindmap

Our assembly

We had a busy time preparing for our assembly. Here are just a couple of photos.

A short clip of our lion dance rehearsal

Deciding on ways to group

Sorting and grouping the celebrations that are important in our families.  After much discussion we decided that all our celebrations could fit under four headings: individual/personal, national, international and religious.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

A celebration from Indian culture - Diwali

Today Anaya's mum, Nargis and Anaya herself came in to Y2 to tell us about how Diwali, the festival of lights, is celebrated in their home country, India. They brought in lots of artefacts for us to explore and also told us the story of Rama and his beautiful wife Sita. We found lots of similarities with other festivals from our previous experience and from our home countries. There was question time at the end. Well done for your great questions Y2 especially Niko who asked if Diwali is celebrated at the same time each year.