St Mary and St Joseph'sRoman Catholic Primary SchoolBeing different, belonging together in the family of God


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Muck, Mess and Mixtures

Closing our topic, 'Muck,Mess and Mixtures', we invited parents to our 'Year 2 Art Gallery'. Here, the parents were able to see their child's art work on display and view the process of their creation through photographs.

On Tuesday, we experimented with a variety of art and craft materials to create 'canvas art'. Within our activity we followed the work of 'Kurt Schwitters', where we were inspired to create our own collage of digital images along with creating a selection of coloured prints.

Year 2 had another MUCKY, MESSY afternoon where the children made a MIXTURE of CLAY and WATER  to make CLAY SLIP.

This linked in with our science as the children explored the properties and the consistency of the clay, as it slowly became clay slip when mixed with water.

 They created patterns by using their hands, fingers, a paintbrush and a cup. 

The children continued learning about materials and how

their properties change when other materials are added.

This week the children have made pizzas with

Mrs Wearden. They decorated them with their

own choice of toppings.

The children discovered how dough was made by mixing flour, water and yeast together and were fascinated when the dough doubled in size

when left to rise.

In P.E., the children tired themselves out through 'circuit training'. They travelled to different 'stations' where they took part in a variety of activities.

This week, in our D&T lesson we tasted a range of foods from around the world and described the flavours. The foods we tasted  were: NACHIPS, POLISH BREAD, PRAWN CRACKERS, SCONES, SHARON FRUIT, PEPPERS, KIWI FRUIT, PEACHES, PINEAPPLE, MANGO, SALSA, BRIE, TOMATO JUICE, CRANBERRY JUICE, MANGO LASSI AND EARL GREY TEA.

The children used vocabulary such as spicy, sweet, sour, salty, tingly and dry.

Take a look at the pictures below of the children tasting the variety of foods and drinks.


The children then recorded some of the flavours and what they thought about the foods they had eaten.

In our science lesson this week, we performed simple tests to find out which soap product    created the best bubbles.

Before testing, we made predictions to find which product created the longest lasting, biggest, smallest and foamiest bubbles. The soap products we used were: washing up liquid, soap flakes, bubble bath, handwash, a bar of soap, shampoo and washing powder. We made sure it was a FAIR test by using the SAME AMOUNT of water and the SAME INSTRUMENT to create the bubbles.


To make the activity more fun and exciting we had a bubble blowing competition to see who could blow the BIGGEST and the MOST bubbles.

Take a look at the videos to watch all the action!!!!

Group 1

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Out of group 1, Rayhaan blew the BIGGEST bubbles and Umar the MMMMMMMOOOOSSSSTTTTT. 



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Ammarah was the best in blowing the BIGGEST bubbles out of group 2.


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The BIGGEST bubbles in group 3 were made by Shifaa and the MMMOOOSSSTTT bubbles by Nimra.

For art, we used ink and paint in a variety of colours  to create multi-coloured prints using  marbling and bubble print techniques. We created 'Paper Marbling',  briefly looking back at the history of where it began.

Paper marbling is a method of aqueous surface design, which can produce patterns similar to marble or other stone. The patterns are created by colour floating on water and then carefully transferred to a sheet of paper (or other surfaces such as fabric).



墨 流 し


 The Ancient Art of Japanese Marbling Suminagashi (墨 流 し) or "floating ink" is the process of marbling plain paper with water and ink to transform it into something vibrant and colourful. It originated in Japan as early as the 12th century.  






In Turkey, the art is widely known as 'ebru' today, and continues to be very popular.

In the 15th century the method of floating colours on the surface of the water emerged inCentral Asia. It is believed have appeared during the end of the Timurid Dynasty.


To compare Ebru with Suminagashi, Ebru is created with more layers and Suminagashi is more freely and decorative. Ebru is also more colourful than Suminagashi.

The children produced their own 'Suminagashi' print and were AMAZED with what they produced.  Take a look at the pictures below along with bubble prints!

For science we investigated what would happen when we added everyday materials to water. We used salt, wax, cornflour, clay, sugar, oil, glitter and shaving foam.  Using vocabulary such as dissolve, sink, float, mix and explode, we predicted what might happen. We performed simple test and recorded our findings. Take a look at the pictures of our results.

Year 2 children and their parents had an AMAZING messy afternoon. Take a look at these 'mucky' pictures.


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