In Geography, Year 2 have been learning about the similarities and differences between the UK and Ecudaor. This week, the children found out what a landmark is and discovered many new landmarks in both countries. We were even able to use our school’s giant world map to identify the Giant’s Causeway in Northern Ireland. One child asked, “Is that made of basalt?” which blew Mr. Drumm away. The children also enjoyed learning about Cotopaxi, an active volcano in Ecuador. As the children have shown such a keen interest in volcanoes, we took the opportunity to visit the Year 4 classes as the children there have made some spectacular volcano models. The Year 2 children were absolutely blown away by them! Miss Clarke was impressed with the answers she received when she asked the Year 2s some tricky questions about volcanoes. One child even knew about the destruction and burial of Pompeii in Italy. Some children were so keen to find out more that they borrowed books about volcanoes from the library this week!
In Science, the Year 2s conducted an experiment to see if cress seeds can germinate and sprout seedlings without the need for soil. To do this, they ripped cotton wool and soaked it in water before sprinkling the seeds on top. The children then made predictions using their own scientific knowledge. Many of them said that the seeds would grow because all seeds need are water and the right temperature to germinate. And… it seems they would be correct as even after only a few days, we have observed cress seedlings emerging from the seeds.
The children also created some beautiful paintings of flowers and cacti this week. You can see their wonderful work below!