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 Learning Adventure - Going For Gold
Wow! What an adventure the children have had this half term!
After the Easter holidays, the children came back in and soon realised that our new learning adventure would be a sporty one. To hook them into the learning adventure we had planned a day of exciting and different sports for the children to partake in. The children had lots of fun trying all sorts of sports from the egg and spoon race to curling. We had a brilliant visit from Amelie’s mum who helped the children learn some Pilates’ moves.
So this half term we have been learning about Going for Gold. The children have learnt about different sports and sports personalities from around the UK whilst also enhancing their knowledge of the UK countries and their capital cities. Later in the term, the children were asked by Mr LeFevre to design some new house flags to fit in with the adventure too. The children worked in their house groups to create some brilliant flags that would help their houses go for gold!
In English, the children have been working hard on some brilliant pieces of writing. They kick-started the adventure by reading a very funny story called Claude: Going for Gold and then from this they invented their very own Claude stories. They have also written letters to famous sports personalities; which we are hoping for replies shortly. Additionally, they researched and wrote about a sport they were interested in to try and help Claude choose a new sport.
In Maths, the children have been practising lots of skills including addition and subtraction in the context of money. In this mini adventure, they helped Claude by going shopping for his new sports equipment that he was going to need. Then the children moved onto multiplication and division when Claude needed their help to manage his teams. They then applied this knowledge to fractions too.
In RE, the children have been learning about Authority. This was a tricky concept but the children enjoyed learning what authority was and they even got to write an advert for a new teacher who would have lots of authority. The children then learnt the 10 commandments and the importance of these to Christians. Following this, the children learnt about the traditions of Christians to help them keep the 7th day holy and later this was compared to how members of the Jewish faith carry out the same commandment.
We had a great DT week too. We were asked by a potential Nando’s coming to Andover, to design and make a healthy meal that we could put on their menus. The children absolutely loved making their delicious looking salads and they even marinated their own chicken drumsticks with a sauce of their choice; adding fruit and sesame seeds to taste. (Jamie Oliver, eat your heart out!)
We must also mention the children’s quizzes. They have worked super hard over this term and the whole Year Two Team and Mr Le Fevre are very proud of them. Thank you for your support in helping them keep a positive attitude towards their learning.
Spring 2 Learning Adventure - London's Burning
After half term, the children were taken back in time to 1666. We pretended there was a fire in the KS1 playground and that the children had to put it out! Without fire engines or easy water access, the children had to pass buckets of water along a chain. It was a big challenge but they did it!
So this half term we have been learning about the Great Fire of London. The children have learnt about how it started, why it spread and how London was rebuilt. They wrote diary entries as if they were someone affected by the Plague. The children did brilliantly to show their emotions and had an excellent idea of life in the 1660s. They also sketched and collaged Tudor houses as well as collaged pictures to show London on fire.
We were very lucky to have a visit from the Hampshire fire brigade who taught us about fire and road safety. The children went in a fire engine and wore jackets and hats whilst using the hose to put out a fire target! What a brilliant day!
In English, the children have been doing even more lovely writing. They wrote brilliant fact files about Samuel Pepys and then they pretended to be him to write their very own fire diary. They also enjoyed re-writing the Queen’s hat based upon life in 1666.
In Maths, the children have been practising their skills in multiplication and division by helping Tom make his buns and then making sure there was enough for all of London. They also helped Tom in the bakery with giving equal amounts of bread and pastries to the people of London after the fire.
In RE, the children have been learning about the Easter Story. They went on a story trail to learn about the Easter Story and they discussed the emotions felt at each stage. They then learnt about how Christians remember death of Jesus and even got to eat some hot cross buns and Easter eggs. The children enjoyed learning about another predominantly Christian country and were surprised to discover that Barbados was our focus. They explored the traditions carried out in Barbados and made their own Easter Celebration scene.
We must also mention Book week. The children’s costumes were amazing and even though it took two weeks to fulfil they loved learning how to write poetry and how to create pictograms and answer statistical questions using the Wild Child book.
As always, thank you to the parents for their support in the children’s home learning. We always enjoy looking at their work and achievements outside of school learning.
Spring 1Learning Adventure - Iceberg Right Ahead
After the Christmas holidays, the children found a message in a bottle in the playground. It was an old diary entry written by a girl called Martha. There was a piece of the diary missing so we searched the playground and found that Martha was a passenger on the Titanic. This half term we have sequenced the events of the Titanic, discovered why the Titanic was special, and looked at the differences between the 1st and 3rd class passengers as well as why the ship sank and how ships have been improved today. We ended the adventure with a very fun trip to the Titanic Museum!
In English we have been reading Kaspar the Titanic Cat. We have written adventure stories as well as fact books and instructions all about the Titanic. We have learnt lots of new skills such as past and present tense and the difference between exclamatory sentences, questions and statements.
In Maths, the children were set various tasks from Captain Edward Smith. They have been solving challenging addition and subtraction word problems using structured and unstructured number lines. They have been breaking codes from 106 years ago using problem solving skills!
In Science, we have been doing lots of experiments and investigations. The children created their own foil boats and used pennies to see how long they would float in the water. The children also played with ice to investigate how long it takes an ice cube to melt in different temperature water.
In Art the children created some incredible porthole scenes using water colours and flour in poster paint to create a textured feel.
Our RE concept this half term has been remembering through Hoi. The children learnt who Vishnu was and why Hindus remember him and how. They then designed their own Holi festival to show traditions that they thought would show how good Vishnu was.
Yet again the children have been incredibly busy but worked exceptionally hard. Thank you for the support you have given the children in their home projects.We are always amazed at the efforts!
We can’t wait to start a new and exciting adventure!