Our recent science work in Year 2 has looked at the importance of accurately recording our measurements whenever we carry out a science investigation. The pupils have also been thinking about the most suitable way to record our results.
A simple experiment was set up. Year 2 were set the challenge of finding out which type of surface would allow a toy car to travel the furthest distance. A number of ramps were set up. Some were built out of a smooth surface such as wood, whilst others had a rougher feel such as a strip of carpet.
We spoke about the importance of always setting up a fair scientific experiment. This meant that the height of each ramp had to be the same, and the exact same model of car must be used when comparing each surface.
The children used straws to measure the distance that each car was able to travel. We laid the straws out along the distance to where the car came to a halt. We then counted these straws. The pupils finished off their practical work by recording the results in a table.
The results from our investigation were then shared during a class discussion. Questions were asked such as: What tools did we use? What distance did the car travel? How would you describe the surface that allowed the car to travel the furthest distance?
Year 2 concluded their science research by recording in their tables that a smooth surface makes it easier for a car to travel. We can demonstrate this by looking at the number of straws that we have logged in our tables.
Elsewhere in Year 2 and we have introduced a new class topic looking at the Great Fire of London. We started this work by looking historically at the event: when did it take place? How did the fire start? Where in London did the Great Fire spread?
We continued our research by looking at ways in which fires can be extinguished. Year 2 have been comparing the methods used during the Great Fire with how modern day firefighters tackle fires in London. We found that buckets of water or even explosions to put out the Great Fire have now been replaced with incredibly powerful water hoses. All of the pupils have painted a colourful scene depicting the Great Fire.