Spring term 2018
We are exploring the question...
Are witches, wolves and princesses good or bad in stories?
We are reading lots of stories which feature witches, wolves and princesses. We are focusing on the work of Korky Paul and Valerie Thomas to help us find out a little more about witches. We are comparing Winnie the witch to Baba Yaga and other witches in more traditional stories to see if there is a difference. In music we are composing a soundscape for Winnie in Winter which we will perform to our friends in key stage one.
In our science and design technology learning we are helping Winnie design and make a new broomstick. We are exploring which materials would be the most suitable for her to make a replacement flying machine! We hope Winnie will like our ideas and our model broomsticks!
To learn more about princesses and wolves in stories we are reading lots of books like Cinderella and Little Evie in the Wild Wood. We are reading different versions of the same story and reading traditional stories with a twist. We are using drama and role play to deepen our understanding of characters. We are re-enacting the ball scene in Cinderella (with classical music to dance to) to find out how Cinderella, the Princes and the Ugly Sisters felt. We hope that there is a happy ending!
We have thought about how we stay safe online. We have made our own rules to follow when we are using technology.
02 have teamed up with the NSPCC to give parents a series of emails to support online safety at home. Find the link on the Parents' section of the website.
Autumn 2 2017 Why is London on the map?
We have been finding out about our capital city and its features. We have been researching what it is like. We have been reading the books that Steve Antony has written about the Queen. She gets up to all sorts of exciting adventures that we never would have thought of!
We delved a little deeper into the history of London. We researched the Great Fire of London that left London in ruins in 1666. We found out about Samuel Peyps' diary, why the fire spread so quickly and how the fire stopped. We used lines and shapes to draw St Paul's Cathedral, designed by Sir Christopher Wren.
We spent a cold day at Brackenhurst Education Centre to learn about the story of The First Christmas. We made Christmas decorations and acted out The Nativity. We answered questions about the story as we walked around the farm. We found out about the cows that work on the farm. We were surprised to see their really long tongues!
Autumn One 2017
We have had a great start to our life in Year Two! Through our learning challenge curriculum we have been exploring Earth and the places beyond...
Where would you rather live...Earth or space?
We began our cosmic learning adventure by exploring the moon with Baby Bear in his Whatever Next! story. We explored space and the solar system. We found out more about the moon by reading about Bob, the man on the moon. We learnt about Neil Armstrong and the first moon landing and were really excited to have a visit from the mobile planetarium. It was amazing! We tried to float like an astronaut but learnt that we couldn't because of the force of gravity. We decided to build rockets to take us to the moon as it seemed such an exciting place to go.
As we explored space and the solar system, we wanted to know why we have day and night. We investigated how the Earth orbits the sun and how this affects us. We then researched why some animals like the dark and helped Plop, the barn owl, learn to love being nocturnal. We persuaded him that he was really suited to being a night time hunter!
We used all our research to help us decide if we would rather live in Earth or space! Then something very strange happened...an alien crashed his spaceship in our school garden. He was only a baby and he was far away from home so we decided to help him get back to Planet Zoid. We made rockets and wrote him a story to cheer him up. He is home now, back with his family. What an exciting week we had! It's not every day that you meet an alien!
Come and have a look at what our fantastic Year 2 pupils have done in previous years!