What are the parts of a plant?
Each week, in our Green Fingers topic, we have been observing changes over time by looking to see how our pea, tomato and cress plants have changed and grown.
This time, we used some scientific equipment to observe even more closely. The magnifying glass made the parts of the plants bigger so we could see them more clearly.
Some of the children, who are growing pea plants, made a surprising discovery when they were observing their plants.
Can you spot what it was?
To find out what are the main parts of a plant, the children were asked to research this using an appropriate search question or phrase on the internet. They were able to tailor the search to material relevant to them.
We checked our findings as we watched this BBC video. We decided this information is from a trusted source.
Living and Learning: Mental health
Mental health has the been the whole school focus in Living and Learning. In Year 2, this learning has been based around the importance of special people in their lives and friendships.
We considered what makes a good friend is and the children compiled a great list of qualities they would want in a friend.
- not distracting at learning time
In the subsequent lesson, we discussed the sorts of things that can cause friendships to break and what can help make friendships stronger? We thought about some ways to sort out friendship problems and discussed that difficulties within friendships can usually be resolved.
If children do encounter friendship problems which they can’t sort out themselves, they are encouraged to Start Telling Other People. One way to do this could be writing a worry slip in the class Living and Learning box for an adult to read and discuss with the child.
To follow this up at home, here are some friendship related texts.
- Hello by Jack Foreman
- Friends by Kim Lewis
- Halibut Jackson by David Lucas
- Friends by Kathryn Cave and Nick Mayland
- Rosie and the yellow ribbon by Paula Depaolo
- Two friends by Clara Vullamy
Great news for Leeds
This article is great news for the city enabling children to develop healthy lifestyle choices.
Leeds has become the first city in the UK to report a drop in childhood obesity bucking the national trend. The national child measurement programme (NCMP), which requires all children to be weighed at the start and end of primary school saw a decrease in obesity levels in both reception children and children in year 6.
After-school club availability
Our summer term after-school clubs have started this week but it’s not too late to sign up as we do have a few spaces still available.
Monday cricket Years 3-6
Tuesday skipping Years 1-4
Wednesday Gymnastics (Leeds Gymnastics Club) All years
Thursday multi games Years 3-6
Please contact the office to book for these clubs.
Living and Learning: School charity fundraising
Our Money Matters themed week starts on 20 May.
During the week, there will be two opportunities to raise money for our current school charity, WWF (selected democratically by our school councillors).
Hot Shots Monday 20 May 2019
Every child will get chance to take part in this fun event to ‘kick’ off our Money Matters themed week. Children are encouraged to raise sponsorship money for taking part in the event with the money raised going to our school charity WWF.
Money trail 24 May 2019
Start saving your 1p and 2p coins to bring into class during the themed week. At the end of the week each class will use their class’s coins to make a whole school money trail in the playground.
Here’s our trail from last time where we raised £117.77. Can we beat this total?
Here’s some ways the money we raise might be used by WWF.
Living and Learning: Relationships education parent/carers information session
We will be holding two parent/carer information sessions on Monday 20 May at 2:30pm and 5:30pm. The sessions, open to parents/carers from all year groups, will give more information about the following.
- What does our Living and learning curriculum cover?
- What does relationships education look like in different year groups through school?
- What is included in our relationships and sex education policy?
If you are interested in attending, please complete and return the response slip on the letter being sent home to reserve a place.
If you are unable to attend but would like information from the session to be sent home with your child, please indicate this on the letter.
More creative homeworks
The homeworks were excellent again this week. We loved looking at them. Here are a few of our favourites:
After-school clubs summer term
Our summer term after-school clubs are now available to be booked for your child/children. Some of the clubs are open to Reception class.
Scientific observation skills
It has been two weeks since our initial planting of tomato, pea and cress seeds.
Each child used their scientific observation skills to see how their plant had grown and also how the other types of plants were growing. We used our maths skills to measure the height of the plants too.
‘My tomato plants are growing and each plant has two leaves. They are 3cm tall.’
‘The pea stem is thicker and stronger than the tomato and cress plants.’
‘My cress plants are growing and my tallest cress plant is about 9cm tall.’
‘The tomato and pea plants are growing slower than the cress.’
Does your child need to use a car seat?
In maths, we are currently learning about measurement (height and length). We wanted to check what the height requirement was for the use of car seats for children to keep safe while travelling in a car. We considered what question we would ask to find out this information on the internet.
‘What height do you have to be to not need a car seat?’
Children must normally use a child car seat until they’re 12 years old or 135 centimetres tall, whichever comes first. Children over 12 or more than 135cm tall must wear a seat belt. You can choose a child car seat based on your child’s height or weight.
Using different rulers (metre stick and 30cm ruler), we tested this out.
‘I am 122cm tall so I do need to use a car seat.’