fun and learning! We love learning and finding out new things. Keep an eye on our page to see what exciting learning we have been doing in Seal Class!
We are lucky enough to have some shared outdoor space that is dedicated to Year 2 outdoor learning which we use for all curriculum areas and enjoy making the most of our surroundings. It also gives us plenty of first hand, hands on experiences.
"I like Seal Class because even though we have tricky learning, we have kind teachers who help us." Alana
"We have lots of lovely books in Seal Class that we love to read together." Lillie Mae
"I really like our role play area. We get to make nests for nocturnal animals and play with torches in the dark cave." Harry
"I like the opportunities we get in Seal Class. We are trusted to do more things and we get to explore." Isla
"Seal Class is very welcoming so when we have visitors or new people, they are always welcome and we like sharing our learning with them." Ruby
"We make lots of new friends." Jacob
Tuesday 4th September - Autumn Term 1 begins
Monday 17th September - Meet the Teacher – your chance to pop in to meet your child’s teacher and find out about expectations and learning in Year 2
Monday 24th and Tuesday 25th September - Individual school photos
Tuesday 16th and Thursday 18th October - Parents Evenings
Friday 19th October - End of half term 1
Tuesday 30th October - Start of half term 2
This term part of our English work will be centred around the texts ‘The Owl Babies’ and ‘The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark’. This links to our topic of 'Who's Afraid of the Dark?'
The children will be story mapping and innovating ‘The Owl Babies’ so that they can write their own nocturnal animal stories. The children will create a character study to find out more about the main characters and link it with thoughts, feelings and emotions. We will also focus on using the correct tenses and adding conjunctions (when, if, but, that, or, because, and, but).
Later in the term, the children will also be creating a non-chronological report on a nocturnal animal of their choice. Drawing upon the information from our Science topic and researching a range of texts, the children will chose a range of features to include.
Over this term, the children will revisit and develop their knowledge of the number system by reading, writing, and comparing numbers to 100 and beyond. They will explore patterns in number from counting in 2s, 3s, 5s, and 10s and talk about the number patterns they see. They will count forwards and backwards in 10s from any given number. They will use mathematical resources to make mathematical patterns and recognise odd and even numbers. The children will also revisit the multiplication and division facts for 2s, 5s and 10s.
Take a look at some of the practical maths we have been doing. We were using apparatus to represent number bonds to 10 and 20, then writing the associated number sentences. We will then use this to apply to number facts to 100.
Autumn 2 - Antics in Antarctica
Something realty exciting happened in Seal Class! We had a visitor called Captain Scott. He told us all about when he went to explore Antarctica. First, he told us about his life. Did you know he was born right here in Plymouth?
After that he told us about the expedition and his team. We learnt lots about Antarctica, the conditions and what they found out when they were there.
Next, Captain Scott played us some sounds. We had to think about what we thought these sounds might be. We discovered that they were all sounds from animals that are found in Antarctica. They included seals, penguins and an albatross.
Captain Scott then told us that we would be going on our own expedition around school to find out more about the equipment that the explorers used when they were in Antarctica. They wore special goggles to protect their eyes from blindness and windproof clothes to keep them warm. For food, they took dried meat which we think sounds gross!
Our trail led us up to find our very own camp! We sat in our tents to protect ourselves from the blizzard outside. Luckily someone had brought a supply of dry biscuits to keep us going!
Autumn 1 - Who's Afraid of the Dark?
We have received a letter! It was from a new animal sanctuary that need our help to set up their new animal sanctuary.
First we need to sort their new stock deliveries into living, non-living and never been alive. This will make sure everything gets to where it needs to be.
Next we will be researching what animals need to survive to make sure the new animal sanctuary have everything they need to keep the animals happy and healthy.
Third, we will be sorting the new animals into zones such as nocturnal, diurnal, herbivore, carnivore and omnivore. This will group the animals together within the sanctuary.
After that, we need to understand more about what different animals need from their habitats, how they have adapted to these habitats and how this habitat provides for their needs. Do all animals that live in the same habitat have similar needs?
We sent everything we find out back to the animal sanctuary to help them. We found out lots along the way!
We focused on the scientific enquiry strands of identifying and classifying throughout this unit and the children also used information texts and the internet to research nocturnal animals and their offspring, life cycles and what animals need to survive.