Spring 1 - Have you got what it takes to be an explorer?
This half term our topic sails on into explorers as part of the history and geography curriculum. It promises to be an interesting half term with exciting opportunities throughout. The children will be revisiting the 7 continents and 5 oceans in the world before learning about significant explorers in history. In particular, the main focus will be Christopher Columbus and his adventures.
The last 3 weeks will contribute to our whole school focus of the 7 wonders of the world and in year 2 we are going to be looking at Mount Everest. We will reach the highest point just in time for the celebration event in school on Friday 15th January and there will be another knowledge organiser uploaded and sent out so please watch out for this.
Please see our history knowledge organiser below, each child now has one in school and one for home. This is to support your child's learning and allow them to develop their speaking and listening skills at home. It might promote discussion and allow the children to ask questions. We have included some key vocabulary that we will use in class and there are also pictures and key facts so that you can talk about these at home.
Autumn 2 - Do all stories end 'happily ever after'?
Our driver for this half term is history. We will be learning about significant people including the roles of kings and queens. Our trip to Skipton castle fits in nicely with this topic as we will get to explore what it was like to live in historical times. We will be using what we find out about castles to create our own during our DT sessions and writing a non-chronological report in English about knights and castles. Our fiction focus in English will be fairy-tales and traditional stories and we will be innovating our own.
Autumn 1 - Are all dinosaurs deadly?
Our driver for this half term is science. We have been learning all about dinosaurs and animals. We sorted animals into the correct groups - mammals, reptiles, amphibians, fish, birds and insects. We explored which animals are carnivores, herbivores and omnivores based on what they eat. The children enjoyed looking at things that are alive, once alive or non-living and sorting them into the correct groups. In English, we have learnt about dinosaurs during our whole class guided reading sessions and during our writing sessions. Did you know there was a dinosaur loose in Pudsey? The children have helped the police by creating step-by-step instructions on how to catch the dinosaur.
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