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Autumn 2 Oceans and Seas

In year 2 we have been inventing our own pirate character. We were using expanded noun phrases to describe his appearance, hobbies and personality. We used conjunctions to extend our sentences to add more detail. We all had lots of fun making a variety of Christmas decorations ready to decorate the school for the Christmas Fayre. We were really impressed with the way the year 2 children who took responsibility and showed excellent leadership as they helped the younger children to complete the tasks. They were incredibly kind and patient - it was lovely to see. In Topic we found out about the infamous pirate Blackbeard and had fun designing our own pirate flag.

This week was very exciting for Year 2 when we had our pirate Wow Day! We were lucky enough to have Calico Jack and Anne Bonny, some real life pirates, visit us in school.  The children enjoyed finding out facts about pirate lives 300 years ago.  They realised that a pirate life was not all that easy and some of them decided that they would rather not be a pirate.  They watched a demonstration of a sword fight and then had a go at learning some moves themselves!  We also made our own pirate hooks and pirate treasure maps which had some scary pirate places that we might not want to visit, like Deadman's cove and Shark Bay.

In Science, we needed to find out which material would be the most hard-wearing to make a pair of pirate trousers.  We thought about how we could make our test fair by changing only one thing - the type of material and keeping the other factors the same.  We rubbed our material with a stone until we made a hole - the one that took the most rubs was the most hard-wearing!

This week in year 2 we have been adding and subtracting multiples of ten to a 2 digit number. We moved on to adding and subtracting near multiples of ten eg.11, 12, 21 and 31.  We used our number squares to move on and back in multiples of ten and then ones. 

In English we have been writing our own version of the story Plunge into the Pirate Pool. We have added some exciting adjectives and detail into our stories. We finished by writing our stories up in neat to be displayed on the wall.


Our new topic in Art this term is Textiles. We have been practicing our weaving skills ready for sewing in a couple of weeks time!

Year 2 have come back from half term really excited to find out about our new Topic!

We started the week by reading our new story 'Plunge into the Pirate Pool' and created our own story map.  We used these to retell the story orally, trying to add in detail and use expression when we spoke as each of the characters.  We all had to work on our pirate voices! AAARGGHHH!

In Topic, we thought about what we already knew about pirates from films and books that we have read or seen.  We came up with our own questions that we would like to find the answer to: 'Do pirates really bury treasure?' 'Do pirates have parrots?' 'When were pirates around?' and 'What was a pirate boat like?'.  We are all looking forward to our Pirate WOW day on Wednesday 16th November.

In Science, we are learning about the uses of materials.  We started by sorting a variety of objects into the materials that they were made from and then searched the classroom to find more objects made from those materials.


Have a look at our Topic grid to see what we are learning this half term.