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This week Year 2 have been looking at materials. We have discussed what materials are and if they are natural or man-made. We have sorted items into groups and discussed what they are used for in everyday life.
We have also been researching an important inventor in history - Charles Macintosh. We found out that he invented waterproof material by melting rubber and sandwiching it between two pieces of fabric. The Macintosh raincoat is named after him. Children were keen to show what they had learned and produced a fact file on him.
In addition, we posed the question "If there was no water, what could you put a fire out with?" linking to our Great Fire of London topic. We tested lemon juice, sugar, vinegar, oil, flour, washing up liquid and sand. All put the fire out but we wanted children to think about what would be best if there was a big fire and the most convenient and cheapest to use. The answers and reasons some children put forward were really interesting. Some said that the washing up liquid would be too thick to pump and squirt onto a big fire and others thought flour was too fine and might just blow away. We then discussed how water is readily available and cheap in comparison.