In Year 2 we are enjoying our topic 'Around the World in Eighty Days'
We are especially enjoying finding out all about life in different parts of Africa. We have already learnt lots about the different animals that we might see in Africa. We love our new jungle themed book area too because in Year 2 we are wild about reading! One of our favourite activities so far this term was measuring our heights and comparing them to the height of a life-sized baby giraffe that wandered into our classroom one morning! We are looking forward to finding out more about Africa during the rest of the term.
In Year 2, as well as our daily maths and English lessons, we have been enjoying a very exciting learning challenge topic based around the question ‘Who lived in castles and why were they made of stone?’
We begun the topic when we found a dragon’s egg had been left in our classroom! We excitedly watched as the egg hatched and a baby dragon appeared. Inspired by our baby dragon we wrote poems that described dragons, went on a hunt around school to see if we could finds more dragons and then made a bar chart to show how many red, green and purple dragons there were.
We’ve also learnt about where castles can be found, why castles were built and who lived in castles. We’ve written diaries about a day in the life of a bold, brave knight and in our music lessons we learnt lots of songs about knights, dragons and castles. We then learnt to use hand bells to accompany our signing. Our science learning on materials has helped us to work out why castles any usually built from stone rather than wood. But the highlight of our term’s learning was definitely our trip to Stafford castle. We were able to dress as knights, wearing really heavy chain mail and helmets, explore the castle walls and mint our own silver coins. What a great day we had!