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Where are we in our Solar System?

Where are we in our Solar System?


This half term, we will be exploring our great Solar System, its 8 planets and the sun that is at the heart of it. We will describe the movement of planet Earth and explore the cycle of day & night. In Art, we will learn the technique of papier mache and we will work together to create our own papier mache Solar System. We will also explore the artwork of Keith Haring and from this, we will create our own alien pieces with moving parts. In Music, we will explore the work of the great Strauss and will consider how his music can teach us more about the planets. From this, we will use different instruments to create our own piece of space music and we will learn to use the terms crescendo and decrescendo to describe the dynamics of our compositions. In History, we will learn about the life of Neil Armstrong, including his famous space mission and what this meant for us on Earth.


On Friday 17th May, you are invited to our Space Exhibition. This will give you the opportunity to share your children's wonderful learning and find out all about our great Solar System. We hope that you will be able to join us.

What happens in the Jewish celebration of Shabbat?


In RE, we have been learning about different celebrations and we have focused on those that take place in the Judaism religion. We have learnt about the days that are special to Jewish families and symbols that represent different parts of a Shabbat meal. We enjoyed taking part in a re-enactment of a Shabbat meal, sharing challah bread and grape juice. What a lovely afternoon we had together.

Year 2 Space Exhibition


Thank you to those of you who were able to join us for our space exhibition. We hope you enjoyed seeing our brilliant learning and tasting our delicious moon rock cakes. What a lovely afternoon!

How do we make moon rock cakes?


We had a brilliant morning preparing and cooking moon rock cakes. We had to wash our hands and prepare the work surface, as well as wear clean aprons. We took it in turns mixing the ingredients and then put them in the oven to bake. They were absolutely delicious and got thumbs up from most of us! Some of us weren't so keen on the raisins though...

What does it look like up in space?


We worked in groups to create a 'Space Scape. We used chalks and pastels to represent different shapes and objects that might be seen orbiting through space when in a spacecraft.

How are craters formed on the moon?


We wanted to find out how craters are formed on the moon and we found out that meteorites crash into the moon, making craters of different sizes. We wanted to find out how the size of a meteorite affects the size of a crater, so we carried out an investigation! We made predictions on which meteorite would make the biggest crater and we then investigated by dropping them. It was really interesting to see how the size and weight affect this and we then looked back to see if our predictions were correct!

What can we use to make our own Solar System?


We used newspaper and balloons to mould our own papier mache planets. We found out the different sizes of the planets from largest to smallest and changed the size of our balloons to show this. Finally, we used paint to represent the colour and pattern on each of the planets. What fun (and mess) we had!

Please look at the overview below for ideas on how to help your child at home.
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