The Three Tower Challenge!
Today we took part in the Year 2 Three Tower Challenge. We were tasked with building a monopole, self-standing and guyed tower to safely and securely hold an egg at the top.
During this investigation, we explored the structural engineering of each type of tower. We can now use some of the advantages of each type when building our model lighthouses, making sure they are just as secure!
We had a very exciting launch into our new Talk for Writing unit around 'The Lighthouse Keeper's Lunch' by Ronda and David Armitage. Our Swallows and Kingfishers came across a rather scrumptious looking picnic, much like one which would have been packed for Mr Grinling, the Lighthouse Keeper. The children talked about which adjectives could be used to describe the food on the picnic blanket, inspired of course by the flavours, aromas and textures of the foods which they experienced after tasting them!
Have a look at our topic organiser to see what exciting learning will be going on in the first Autumn term in Year 2. Our first topic is the Seaside Rescue! A lovely topic which works nicely as a transition unit of work, building on the seaside work which the children started at the end of Year 1. In our Seaside Rescue topic we will continue to explore the coast, this time through the eyes of our coastguards and the RNLI. We will also discover the story and history of Grace Darling as well study the geography of our beautiful coastline.
Our first three weeks of writing will be inspired by the story, 'The Lighthouse Keeper's Lunch' by Ronda and David Armitage. Following that, we will look at instruction writing, which we will link with our DT unit, designing and building a model lighthouse!