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Welcome to class 2ES at Allerton CE Primary School in Leeds. Here, under the careful guidance of Ms Stewart, we will blog to the Big Wide World.

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Nocturnal Animals Experiment..,

We were all very excited in 2ES this afternoon when we retrieved the experiment that we set up outside of Friday. 

In an attempt to find out what (if any) nocturnal animals come into our school grounds during the night, we set up an investigation. We used leaves to carefully camouflage a plastic tube outside and placed two pallets of red paint on either side. We decided to place some bread inside the tube to attract animals. 

When we retrieved the equipment this afternoon, we were very excited to find two sets of footprints. We know that these are from two different animals as they are very different in size. 
We used the internet to find out which animals these footprints belong to and we think our trap was visited by a rat/mouse and a hedgehog. 



What an exciting investigation this was! 

Working Collaboratively like a Team Ant…

What an exciting end we have had to the half term! 

Yesterday we worked in groups and attempted to build a bridge using paper straws and lolly pop sticks. We soon realised that these weren’t the best materials for the job. After evaluating our constructions, we discussed which materials we thought would be more appropriate and would be able to hold the weight of a toy car. We decided that wood would be the best choice. 

This morning, we accepted the challenge of constructing a wooden bridge. We all tried to work collaboratively like a Team Ant, as we knew our designs would be more successful if we put all of our design ideas together and worked as a team. 

We used the saws and glue guns very carefully and safety…


We are looking forward to testing them after half term…

Our Trip to Leeds…

After Eric crash landed his spaceship in our playground at the beginning of September, we have spent a lot of time figuring out where the map he left behind is of. The map showed a place called Leodis and we have since found out that this is what Leeds used to be called. 

We enjoyed going into Leeds City Centre yesterday so we could see in person some of the buildings we have learnt about. 

Our first stop was Leeds City Museum. Here we found out that it was designed by a famous architect called Cuthbert Broderick. We later found out that he also designed Leeds a Town Hall and the Corn Exchange. 

We enjoyed going into the museum and finding out more about what life in a Leeds used to be like. 

After this, we sketched the outside of the building, looking carefully at Broderick’s interesting design,,,
After this, we walked to Leeds Town Hall. What a large building this is! We found out that Broderick won a competition to design this building when he was 29. We noticed that there are four lions outside and 14 pillars. 

We walked to Leeds Bridge where we saw the river Aire.


We then went to the Corn Exchange where we found out what this building was used for and how it got its name.

We acted out the farmers bringing to corn to be examined by the merchants.

Brilliant Bakers…

We have all enjoyed working with Mrs Walker over the fortnight to make some delicious cupcakes. 

To make sure that our cupcakes yummy, it was important that we weighed out the ingredients carefully using the weighing scales. Mrs Walker explained to us that the small ‘g’ on the scales actually stands for grams. We weighed out 100g of sugar and flour. After this, we carefully cracked open two eggs and added this to our mixture. 

We are looking forward to decorating these on Friday and of course, sampling them. 

Day Three in the Art Studio…

As our book with a hook ‘The Spider Weaver’ is set in Ghana, it was important that we explored this country a little more. We used an atlas to locate Ghana on a map of Africa. We know that Africa is a continent and found out this morning that there are over 50 countries in Africa. After this, we looked carefully at the oceans which surround Africa. 
We then enjoyed doing some dance with Mrs Lynch in the brand new dance studio. Continuing with our theme of spiders, we worked in small groups to choreograph a short sequence of movements with us being house spiders. 

Day Two in the Art Studio…

After learning about Ken-te-strips yesterday, Macy was very excited to show off her dress from Ghana…


We spent this morning sequencing the main points of the story before beginning our own story board to show these events.

We had an exciting yet busy afternoon. We used the oil pastels to draw a spider’s web, thinking carefully about the shapes and designs. After using a water wash, we had lots of fun using the plasticine to make banana leaves which we used to print onto our webs. It was important that we thought carefully about the shape of a banana leaf as in the story, the wonderful web was found on a banana tree.


Some of us had another go at weaving. Although this was quite tricky at first, we are finding it easier with a bit more practise.


After this, we did some sewing. Lots of us were definitely like Tough Tortoise as sewing isn’t easy! Thank you to Debora, who was a Helpful Hen by helping those around her when she felt more confident herself.

Day One in the Art Studio…

This morning, we launched our fortnight in the art studio by playing bingo. We carefully read some clues which we had some pictures of on our bingo mats. Some of the words were new to us and included:

Lion, carnivore, continent, Africa, Antarctica, yam, ken-te-strips


We then enjoyed playing hangman which revealed the phrase ‘Ghana is in Africa’.


We then found out that our book with a hook is set in Ghana, a country in Africa.


After listening the story ‘The Spider Weaver’, we used the story sack to pull out some significant objects. These helped us to understand the story when we read it together for the second time.

Mastering Place Value…

In our Maths lessons we have been looking at different two digit numbers and writing these in different ways. We understand that they are made up of some tens and some ones.

As well as partitioning numbers into tens and ones, we have also been thinking of other ways to make up these numbers. We used the Base 10 equipment to help us with this as it was quite tricky.

I wonder if you can partition these numbers?

74                          55                              82