This term we are very excited to be starting another brand new topic called, ‘Sailing the Seven Seas’.
We will be asking and answering many questions that the children asked including; What do they look like? What are their ships like? What did they use to do? How did they know where to go?
We will be learning all about famous pirates in the past, the ships they might have sailed on, how they might have dressed and how they are often depicted today. We will be learning how to navigate using directional language and map skills and digging for treasure of our own!
We will learn about pirates in stories and use the stories to inspire new adventures . We will use other artists to help us to create illustrations to match our stories and draw secret maps that lead to secret treasure. Ssssshhhh!
We will design and make pirate ships and explore different ways of making rafts to help us to be rescued after being marooned on a desert island.
As part of our pirate adventure, we will be visiting Legoland, exploring Pirate Shores and taking part in a workshop about levers and pulleys.
Finally, at the end of the term, to help us to prepare for our new adventures at the Junior School, we will be using, ‘Sailing On’ as a starting point to support discussions about thoughts at feelings at this time.
Please see the topic overview for more information on the exciting learning that will be taking place.
A typical day in Year 2
Start of the day
At 8.45am we arrive at school, find our name card or peg in. Hang up our book bags and have the chance to go to the book corner and change our reading book. We find the table where our group are working, sit down and quietly begin our task.
An important part of our learning takes place outside and all children have the opportunity to work in the outside classroom during the morning session.
We all spend some time learning together on the carpet.
Reading & Handwriting
We love to read and we practise our handwriting every day. We are also are thinking hard about leaving finger spaces between words and about capital letters and full stops.
After lunch we return to the classroom and sit quietly on the carpet ready for the afternoon. We begin the afternoon with guided reading, handwriting and phonics. We follow this by the final session of the day which may consist of Art, History, Science or PE.
Ready steady go time
At 9.15am we tidy away our morning activity and go to the carpet area to reflect on the previous day, share news and think about the day ahead.
We begin our first session, which will usually be English or Maths. We begin our lesson with a whole class session on the carpet area, then work in small groups or independently.
Half way through the morning session, we meet together on the carpet for milk and fruit. During milk and fruit we share our learning, then listen to a story or play a game.
We stop for lunch at 12 noon. We either have packed lunches or hot school dinners.
At around 2.40pm we tidy away and gather together on the carpet for a story and celebrate our stars of the day. At 3pm we gather up our jumpers, cardigans, our coats, book bags and any letters, then we line up to go home.