Year 2 and 3 Science Based Learning

This week’s home learning for Year 2 and 3 has been science based. They have been exploring liquids and gases as well as floating and sinking. It looks as though it was lots of fun!

History: Danegeld

If you can’t make up your mind whether to pay the Danes or fight them, have a look at how Isla made her decision. She looked at the pros and cons of each option and eventually decided… to abandon the village and run away instead! Do you agree? Why?

Like Isla, Alex believes we should not pay the money OR fight back. Instead, he thinks we should hide the money and trick the Vikings into thinking that we have nothing worth stealing. What do you think? It’s definitely worth considering.

Grebes Viking Raiders

We are learning about Viking raiders and settlers this week. Niamh has built a replica longship, the vessel the Vikings used to dominate the North Atlantic from the 9th-13th centuries. Jensen has made a short documentary about dyeing fabric using plant materials as the Vikings did. Excellent work!

Grebes Geography Work

Well done to Kade who was the first complete Mr Leaver’s South Korea quiz, scoring 8/10. My question 10 wasn’t clear enough: when I asked you to write King Sejong’s name in Korean I meant in actual Korean letters like this: 세종대왕.

See if you can find the answers to Victor’s quiz about Poland and Annabel’s about New Zealand. Good luck! 

William’s Scotland Quiz

In Geography we investigated trade links between the United Kingdom and other countries. We searched our houses for items to see if we could find out where they came from. Here is a good example from Toby.

Grebes Art Gallery

Our whole school topic is Oceans and Boats and Grebes have been exploring some aquatic artwork from two legendary artists, Japan’s Hokusai and England’s J.M.W. Turner. Hokusai only became an artist properly in his forties and did his best work in his seventies and eighties. He used traditional wood-block printing techniques and his pictures were intended to be sold in their thousands. Turner was famous for his dramatic paintings of the sea, using oil paints and watercolours. Here is a selection of work from Grebes inspired by these great artists.

There are some excellent, highly dramatic seascapes here! Marley sent this thoughtful email explaining his own and Turner’s art work.

“Hello Mr leaver hope you will like my drawings that my dad is sending from his phone. I noticed Turner’s work was mostly dark colours and crashing waves with boats and people falling over board. My opposite picture is a picture of a cruise ship from above with a pool two hot tubs at the back of it and a platform with steps leading up to it and on the platform there’s two waterslides with loads of people waiting in a queue and two decks on either side . My ship is sailing in calm seas and everyone is happy and enjoying there selves as they feel safe o holiday. And my ship is called Rapid-fire. I read about turner and I think he may have painted pictures with dark colours because it said he wasn’t a happy man. Hope your family is doing just fine.

Lots of love Marley”

Bitterns March 2020

This week we carried out a science experiment using water, pepper and soap. We compared the pepper to the germs that can live on our hands and watched how when we added soap the germs ran away.

Please see the link below for an example of how to run the experiment if you wish to try at home together.

Bitterns class have been learning about different animal habitats in Science. We decided to go outside and have a look in our Forest School area to see if we could find some bugs! We were very successful with our hunt and spotted spiders, slugs and worms.

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