Throughout the year the children are guided through a series of Learning Adventures. Below is a review of the last Learning Adventure with some associated photos, ENJOY!
Summer 1 - London's Burning: Fire, Fire!
The explorers of Year 2 arrived back at school, straight from the Easter holidays, excited for their next big adventure – “Fire Fire!”
During our launch day, we travelled back in time to 1666 and investigated (through the use of pictures) the question ‘How has London changed over time? We then began to discuss the link between the Great Fire of London and why London has changed over the years.
In English, we were lucky enough to meet Samuel Pepys, a witness of the Great Fire of London, who wrote down the catastrophic events that led to 13,000 homes being destroyed and many, many lives being ruined. Within this workshop, we got to bring the events of the Great Fire of London to life through incredible improvisation and role play. From this, Year 2 then wrote their own diary entries, as if they were Samuel Pepys’s, explaining the awful things that they could see, smell and hear. Both Miss Plaw and I were blown away with the use of emotive language throughout the diaries and application of Year 2 writing skills.
Our exciting English adventures continued with Year 2 being lucky enough to have a real-life fire fighter come into Pilgrims’ Cross School to explain what being in the fire service involves, what they have to wear and what it is like to be in a fire engine on the way to an emergency. This helped us write our very own non-chronological reports so we could share with others what the fire service is all about and how lucky we are to have one!
In Maths, our school value of ‘courage’ was put to the test by using number lines to subtract ones and tens from a range of 2-digit numbers. From this, we then applied our knowledge so that we could solve missing number sentences and word problems involving one or two steps.
Finally, within our DT adventure, we have been designing and making our very own fire vehicles. Miss Plaw and I were both amazed by the level of independence and perseverance all children showed throughout this creative mini adventure.
Our next adventure begins in Summer 1.
Miss Longley and Miss Plaw J
Spring 2 A twisted tale
The adventurers of Year 2 arrived back at school, straight from half term, ready for their exciting ‘Twist in the tale’ adventure!
During our launch day, the children got to choose which alternative tale they wanted to listen to: The Pea and the Princess, The Three Little Wolves and The Big Bad Pig, Jack and the Jelly Beanstalk and Little Red and The Very Hungry Lion. From this, the children created an imaginative story prompt that they could use to retell their story.
In English, we read the story of The Jolly Postman and learnt that he goes from home to home in the fairy tale kingdom, delivering letters to Goldilocks, Cinderella, Hansel and Gretel and other well-known characters. From this, we then wrote an apology letter, in the role of these characters. Our English adventures continued with Year 2 writing a twist in the tale narrative based on ‘The Three Billy Goats Gruff’ and finally a newspaper report so that we could share some breaking news about one of our loved fairy tale characters!
In Maths, our trekking, investigating and exploring skills were put to the test by solving division challenges through sharing and grouping and number work which focused on finding missing numbers and using number lines within a range of adventurous activities.
Finally, within our DT adventure, we have been designing and making (through sewing) our very own story puppets based on our favorite twist in the tale characters. Miss Plaw and I were blown away by the level of independence and creativity all children showed throughout this mini adventure.
Our next adventure begins in Summer 1.
Spring 1 Iceberg Right Ahead
The adventurers of Year 2 arrived back at school, straight from the Christmas holidays, ready for their incredible Titanic adventure!
We were lucky enough to have our learning adventure bought to life by visiting the SeaCity Museum in Southampton. During our visit, we got to take part in a practical Science experiment, look at the clothes of different classes on board the Titanic and find out more interesting facts about this key, historical event!
In English, we read all about a character called Samson (a baby mouse in search for a little life in America) and his exciting, yet horrifying Titanic Journey! From this, we drafted and edited our narratives and shared them with one another. Also within our Titanic writing adventures, we investigated the features of Non-Fiction texts and used this knowledge to create our own fact files about the first, second and third classes on board the Titanic. Finally, Year 2 got to explore a range of poems linked to their adventure and then in groups they created their own poems to perform to one another and their adults at the end of term celebration event!
In Maths, our trekking, investigating and exploring skills were put to the test by solving a range of fraction, money and multiplication problems. Within our multiplication challenges, for example, we have been learning to answer one question in multiple ways (using concrete resources, pictures, writing a repeated addition number sentence and drawing an array!) Year 2 showed great resilience and perseverance throughout this adventure, making myself and Miss Plaw incredibly proud teachers!
Finally, within our Science adventures, we have been practically exploring which shape boats would hold the most passengers before sinking and how we could make an ‘unsinkable’ ship for Captain Smith. These investigations involved discussing our ideas in small groups and then leading our own experiments from this!
Our next adventure begins in Spring 2…
Miss Longley and Miss Plaw J
Autumn 2 - We are Explorers Blog
The explorers of Year 2 arrived back at school, straight from half term, oozing with enthusiasm and curiosity ready for their next exciting adventure!
In English we delved straight into the exciting story of ‘Claude in the City’. A fictional tale of a dog who leads an extraordinary life by travelling to different places in search of bright lights and excitement! Year 2 shared their own experiences of exploring different places around the world, including cities such as London. We then learnt all about Claude and Sir Bobbly Socks’ exciting adventures and used actions to help us orally learn the story, so we could retell it to others! From this, we innovated our own version of this story to showcase some of our Year 2 writing skills. Both Miss Plaw and I were blown away by the quality of the creative writing that was produced, and it was wonderful to see that the children were proud to share their stories with others!
In Maths, our exploring skills were put to the test in a series of preparing, trekking, investigating and exploring challenges. Our Claude and Sir Bobbly Sock adventures continued by tackling calculation problems for addition and subtraction so that we could solve some word problems for our fictional friends.
Within our Geography adventures we travelled around the United Kingdom (on Google Earth!) and explored the four capital cities. We tasted delicious foods (Tayto Crisps, Jammy Joeys, soda bread, wheaten bread and fifteens) and even learnt some Welsh words!
Finally, in RE we have been exploring the Christian perspective of ‘purpose.’ The children shared their own values and opinions on what the word ‘purpose’ meant to them and listened to others’ beliefs attentively. At the end of the academic term, with Christmas excitingly around the corner, we discussed what Christmas means to Christians and then reflected on what Christmas means to us.
Our next adventure begins in Spring 1…
Miss Longley and Miss Plaw
Autumn 1 - Roll Up, Roll Up Blog
What a truly sensational start to Year 2 we have had. Year 2 delved straight into their ‘roll up, roll up’ circus adventure by having the exciting opportunity of a circus performer visiting Pilgrims’ Cross school to share his skills! Miss Plaw and I were blown away with the courage shown by all, especially when attempting the tricky tightrope and the stilts!
Autumn 1’s English begun with listening to, rehearsing and writing the story of ‘Biscuit bear’ – a biscuit who comes alive in the night and decides to have fun by making a whole circus of his own…
We were so impressed with how much the children’s love for learning brought this book to life and this was shown by Year 2’s impressive story writing skills.
Year 2 also got to take a special visit to Pilgrims’ Cross outdoor circus when learning to write a recount of ‘Leon and the place between.’ The children saw some familiar faces on this mini adventure, and we all (adults included) got to have a good giggle, especially with the incredible magician ‘Abdul Kazam!’
In Maths, the exciting adventures continued with a series of ‘place value’ and ‘pattern sniffing’ trekking and investigation challenges. The love of learning, courage to practice and apply learning within different adventurous challenges throughout these adventures demonstrated just how resilient Year 2 are already becoming!
Within our Science adventure, Year 2 have been learning about where food comes from, and what being ‘healthy’ really means. From this, we were able to persuade ‘Maurice’, a circus performer, to continue exercising in the lead up to his big show. Like Maurice, we were able to demonstrate our own performance skills in PE by learning some gymnastic moves on small and high apparatus, which was great fun!
Finally, in RE we have been exploring the Christian perspective of ‘creation’ and have been responding to these ideas through drawings. Both classes showed so much respect throughout this adventure, and great maturity by listening to others’ thoughts and opinions.
Lastly, we would like to share a massive thank you for all the support we have received with engaging within our exciting first learning adventure and finally by thanking those who were able to come to our ‘End of Adventure’ celebration.
Our next adventure begins in Autumn 2…
Miss Longley and Miss Plaw