How do we learn?
In topic this week, Year 2 set out to understand how our brains help us to learn. We began by exploring what our brains look like and where we can find them in our bodies.
" Our brain look soft and squishy, but its surface is bumpy.” Mila
" Our brains are really important because they help us to move, learn and remember.” Victoria
We discovered that our brains are in our Craniums (this is the scientific word for our skull). This protects our brains from being damaged. We even learnt the scientific names for the different parts of the brain. Did you know that the Cerebrum helps us to learn!
Can you remember what the Hippocampus and Cerebellum helps us to do?
After that, Professor Stark set us the challenge of completing a puzzle. But there was a problem. A piece was missing! This made it really difficult to solve, especially as we didn’t know what the finished puzzle should look like.
After working with our friends to solve the puzzle, Professor Stark gave us a picture of the finished puzzle. This made it much easier to solve because we could see how each piece connected together.
Which puzzle did you find easier to complete? Why?
We discovered that this is just like our brains! When we learn something new our neurons make a new neural pathway. This connects our neurons together. If we practice what we have learnt our neural pathway gets stronger. This helps us to become better at the new skill we have learnt.
" When I practice riding my bike, my neural connections become stronger." Harry
We are really excited to discover what challenges Professor Stark has in store for us next week!
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