Bright Lights, Big City
Hop on board a big, red bus and head for England’s capital. Yes, that’s right, we’re on our way to London!
During this topic, we’ll take tea with the Queen and visit Buckingham Palace online. Using maps and research, we’ll locate Buckingham Palace, understand compass directions, plan routes around London and learn about the countries of the United
Kingdom. Our research will take us back in time to the Great Fire of London and to famous London landmarks, as well as giving us an understanding of
what it’s like to live in a big city. In Power of Reading we will be
reading ‘Claude in the City’, exploring similarities and differences
between different capital cities. We’ll Skype a school in Hull City Centre, write adventure stories, take a virtual trip to London Zoo and make souvenirs for tourists.
At the end of our project, we’ll share our skills and knowledge with you. We will tell well-known stories about London, make a stop-motion animation and share traditional British songs and nursery rhymes.
Homework (choose one)
• Make a cityscape artwork and take it to school to share with the class.
• Search the web with an adult to find images of different cities in the world. Create a scrapbook of your favourite cities and include pictures, labels and captions. Can you find and record a short fact about each city?
• Take your teddy on a visit to a city near you. Write a simple diary entry about your teddy’s day out, including what he or she saw and felt. Illustrate teddy’s diary.
• Build a real or fantasy city using Lego, blocks or 3-D junk material from home. Play with your city using figures and vehicles.
Yo-ho-ho and a bottle of rum! Get ready to take to the high seas and set sail in search of treasure! This half term, Year 2 will be learning all about boats, pirates, famous sea explores and much more!! We’ll read information books, investigate amazing sea rescues, write postcards and poetry influenced by the sea. Our science skills will help us to understand how boats float and we’ll design and make model ships using a variety of materials. We’ll study paintings of boats and draw detailed pictures of our own. Our map reading skills will help us to identify different seas and oceans, and we’ll learn about famous sea explorers. Stories of pirates will inspire us to make pirate flags, treasure maps and fact files. We’ll even find out how to talk and sing like a pirate! At the end of the project, we’ll share our learning with you. Shiver me timbers; it’s going to be good!
Help your child prepare for their project …
The sea is fascinating! Why not take a trip to the coast? Visit the harbour, lifeboat station and beach and take plenty of interesting photographs. You could also make boats from plastic cartons, cardboard boxes and polystyrene trays. Add sails and cargo then see which boats sail around the bath successfully! Alternatively, sing along to some lively sea shanties performed by The Fisherman’s Friends from Port Isaac in Cornwall. Visit their website to access free sample tracks.
For this topic’s homework we would like you to make a pirate treasure chest using a lidded box and other recycled materials. What will you keep in your treasure chest? Bring it to school to show your class and explain how you made it. This homework can be brought into class anytime between the 25th November – 17th February.