To launch into our new topic, the children were transported to the sub-continents of Asia, where some of our pupils are from (Pakistan, Bangladesh and India). Their journey began with the children making inferences about the continent they were in. They were welcomed into the classroom by an array of objects, materials, instruments and food that represented parts of Asia. Using world maps and Google Earth, the pupils used their locational knowledge to locate Asia and some of its countries. Pakistan will be our focus this half term, so the children located Pakistan and its capital city on the map, before researching some interesting facts. The children then made comparisons between Pakistan and the UK, by looking and aerial photographs.
After break the children listened to some traditional Pakistani folk stories, before creating their own Mandala tiles. Pakistan and its neighbouring countries are well known for their geometric patterns, that are often found inside homes, mosques and museums. The children learnt step by step how to create their own geometrical pattern, to create a beautiful mosaic style display.
Pakistan is renowned for its mouth watering street food, so there was no better way to tantalise out taste buds than recreating some famous snacks. Some children made a traditional mango lassi– a sweet and refreshing drink, whilst others made a tasty chaat– using chickpeas, coriander, pomegranate, and of course some traditional spices! Delicious!
Spring 2 2019
We started our journey in Europe and shared some projects which the children made at home. Next, we explored the continent of Asia, dancing to Bollywood music and tasting a range of Indian and Oriental flavours!
In the afternoon, we travelled to Africa and experienced the echoes of African drums. We then took a pit stop in Australasia, where we will looked at some famous Australian folk stories.
Finally, we did a whistle-stop tour of North and South America, and made our own dream catchers. The children also shared their homework projects, about the countries and continents that they are from, as well as showing us their traditional outfits.
Spring 1 2019
Today Year 2 launched their new topic ‘All Aboard’. They were introduced to three significant explorers that they will spend this half term learning more about:
Neil Armstrong, Christopher Columbus and Amelia Earhart.
They were given a range of fun facts to sort and decide which belonged to each explorer.
In the morning the children began the quest for three significant explorers: Christopher Columbus, Neil Armstrong and Amelia Earhart. The children explored the life and times of these intrepid explorers, looking into similarities they shared and the events of their journeys and discoveries. Children tackled puzzles and activities and showed their knowledge and enthusiasm for the topic in order to graduate as explorers themselves.
The children then looked at the essential tools and equipment of an explorer, before creating their own compass! In the afternoon, the children will created a vehicle for their exploration mission as well as any other equipment they may need in their explorers kit. Year created an array of jet packs, rockets, aeroplanes, binoculars, telescopes and boats!