Topic Work in Class 2
Woodlands and Rainforests
We started this year with our woodland and rainforests topic looking at woodlands in the UK including our school woods and comparing them to tropical rainforests. The children enjoyed learning about the seven continents and five oceans and where in the world rainforests were found. Our English work included reading & writing based on the Nick Butterworth stories about Percy the Park Keeper and The Tin Forest by Helen Ward (see photograph of display). The children had lots of opportunities within the classroom provision to research woodlands and rain forests and the animals who live there and opportunities to act out Percy the Park Keeper stories in our role play area. During their work on Living things and their habitats - the Year Two children enjoyed researching how living things live in habitats to which they are suited, identifying and naming a variety of plants and animals in their habitats, including micro-habitats and describing simple food chains. They particularly enjoyed being scientists when investigating what owls had eaten and researching the layers of the rainforest in geography. We hope you enjoy looking at the photographs of our classroom and work below.
Castles, Magic & Mystery
We have been enjoying our topic on Castles, Magic and Mystery. In English Year 1 have been writing poetry and descriptions about dragons and innovating a dragon story whilst year 2 have been writing riddles and instructions about mythical creatures.
Our classroom has been transformed with a role play medieval castle where the children can take on roles they have been learning about such as lords & ladies, knights, jesters and servants. They have a castle construction and small world area as well as a reading & writing area to research and write about castles.
We have also enjoyed a trip to Skipton castle which helped us with our geography and history work.
We looked at early castles and how they were constructed. We were then able to make our own models of motte and bailey castles out of sand and lolly sticks.
Our trip to Skipton Castle
The children had a brilliant day, consolidating learning from the classroom about the construction of castles whilst gaining more knowledge about life within the castle walls. The following day the children were able to answer many questions and complete tasks based on our visit and what they now knew about the various rooms and life in the castle.
Seaside Holidays Now and Then
The children enjoyed learning both geographical features of the seaside and how holidays were different for children in the past. They enjoyed our seaside role play area which was firstly resourced with familiar plastic bucket and spades, relevant clothing and plastic seating etc. As they became aware of facts about holidays in Victorian times these resources changed to reflect their knowledge. Plastic buckets and spades were replaced by metal and wooden objects, folding seats were swapped to wooden deckchairs and Victorian clothing and swimwear were added to a bathing hut (we pretended it was a bathing machine) to get changed in. The children also enjoyed entertaining each other with Punch and Judy shows.