# Year 2 and 3 - Ash Class

This half term, Ash Class have been learning all about rainforests in our topic ‘Up In The Trees’. We began with a story called ‘The Great Kapok Tree’, which led us to discuss different climates, the rainforests of our planet and deforestation. We are all now very passionate about our diminishing rainforests and what we can do to help.

In English, we used ‘The Great Kapok Tree’ as our inspiration. We adapted the setting of the story so that it took place in a beautiful Oak tree in a wood. The children had to not only think about the creatures that lived there, but how we could describe them, the ways in which they moved and why they rely on the tree. Not surprisingly, everybody decided not to cut the tree down at the end of their story!

We then went on to look more closely at the Amazon rainforest itself. We found out that it is being cut down at an alarming rate. We therefore decided to write a persuasive poster to warn everybody about deforestation and its effects on not only the animals and people living there, but also the wider world. We are now very aware of what small differences we can make to limit its destruction.

Within Maths, we have been looking at shape and fractions. We can now name 2D and 3D shapes and describe their properties. Year 2 learnt about patterns of shapes, lines of symmetry, turns and different ways to describe movement. Year 3 went on to find out about different types of lines and angles.

We then moved onto fractions. We now understand halves, thirds and quarters of shapes and numbers. We learnt the difference between unit and non-unit fractions and know that the denominator tells us how many parts the whole has been divided into. Year 3 added to this knowledge by recognising tenths and equivalent fractions.

Our topic has been all about the rainforests. We identified climate zones and know that the tropical zone is roughly around the equator, whilst the polar zones are above and below the Arctic and Antarctic Circles. We identified that the UK has a temperate climate and have been collecting weather data on a day-to-day basis to compare it to the Amazon rainforest. Whilst looking at rainforests, we found that there are two types, tropical and temperate, and the only continent where they are not found is Antarctica.  Looking at the Amazon rainforest, we identified animals and people that live there, the types of plants found there and how we use them for coffee, rubber and medicine.

In Science this term, we have been learning about living things and their habitats. We began the term by classifying living things using the seven life processes to decide if something is alive, dead or has never been alive. We explored a range of habitats and investigated the animals and plants that live in them. We also considered how animals are well suited to their habitats and how some have adapted over time.

In Art we have been making our own rainforest collages. We got our inspiration from pictures by Henri Rousseau. We learnt how to create a collage using different techniques, including ripping, curling and twisting paper.

As part of our PE this term, we have been learning to play hockey. We learnt to improve our co-ordination skills, dribbling skills and how to keep possession of the ball. We learnt how to use the space and pass the ball to our teammates. With all our newly acquired skills we played small team games.

RE has taught us about 4 different religions and some stories that are sacred to them. We have been surprised that all the religious stories had a similar theme, love and understanding! In each religious story, the main character has also learnt that ‘God’ sees everything and we should always try and do our best, no matter how hard it might be.

For PSHE this term, we have learnt all about the importance of following a healthy lifestyle. We explored how to keep our body and mind healthy, what a healthy balanced meal looks like and how to choose healthy snacks.