Welcome to Year 2
Goldsworthy and Matisse class
Autumn Topic: The Great Fire of London
This autumn we have been learning about the Great Fire of London. To start the topic, The London Fire Brigade visited the school to talk about Fire Safety and the children were able to explore the fire engines and even use the fire truck hose! We visited the London Fire Brigade Museum to take part in a storytelling session and learn about the history of the Fire Brigade.
In history we have been sequencing the events of the Great Fire of London in chronological order, from the fire starting in Pudding Lane on the Sunday 2nd September, to Samuel Pepys waking up on the 7th September to find that all is well again. Using our creative minds through drama, we travelled back to 1666 to try and understand what it might have been like trying to escape from the fire. The children wrote down their thoughts and feelings in a diary, looking at Samuel Pepys’ diary for inspiration. Focusing on the use of adjectives, nouns, verbs and adverbs in their writing. We have also created collages to represent the city of London on fire and our now making our own stained glass windows of the event. We visited the National Portrait Gallery and took part in a workshop all about Samuel Pepys and King Charles II. The children looked at different portraits and learnt about life in London in the 1660s.
We finished the topic will a fantastic parent workshop. Working with our friends and parents we created models of Tudor houses to recreate London in 1666. We then took the models out into the playground and held our very own Great Fire of London, whilst the children performed a narrative poem describing the events of the fire.
Spring 1 Topic: Perilous Pirates
Join us on an amazing adventure with Pirates. We transform in to sea scallions as we learn how to read maps, locate places around the world and find out all about the different habitats spread across the globe. We begin with a visit to the local Pirate School (located in the National Maritime Museum) to learn all the important skills a pirate needs to have! We use our design skills to create our very own moving treasure chest to help travel our booty across the sandy beaches. Watch this space to see how successful we are at Pirate School…..
Spring 2 Topic: Terrific Time Travellers
We cannot wait to jump back in time all the way back to the Dinosaurs! We begin by studying our local area and how it has changed over different periods in history. We continue our journey in the past by learning all about the challenges for Knights and Princesses in the Middle Ages. Finally we arrive in the land that time forgot with the exciting Science Domes. We learn all about the different eras of dinosaurs, how they evolved and why they became extinct! Watch this space for all our time travelling adventures…
Summer 1 Topic: Clever Constructions
We begin the Summer term by getting creative, learning about all different materials and how we use them to create structures around the world. We study famous world landmarks, their architects and how they are used. The children are challenged to create their own structures to a design brief, with limited resources and time. How well would you do?
Summer 2 Topic: To be decided
We end the year with a whole topic project. Watch this space to see what we will be getting up to…