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Year 1/2

We have three combined Year 1 & Year 2 classes

Mrs. Dove Mrs Fletcher Miss Khokher Miss Tookey
1/2DF Class 1/2DF Class 1/2K Class 1/2T Class

Topic Summer 1 - Land Ahoy!

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, we’ll visit a boat yard, river or harbour to find out about boats and ships of all shapes and sizes. We’ll write about our visit, read information books, investigate amazing sea rescues and 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. We’ll hold a special assembly, set up a maritime museum in our classroom and perform stirring sea shanties. 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.

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The Troll – Julia Donaldson; The Adventures of Sinbad the Sailor – Katie Daynes; Grace Darling – Anita Ganeri

Memorable experience Visit a marina, boat yard, RNLI station or boating lake
Innovate challenge Find pirate treasure
English Narratives; Information texts; Descriptions; Poetry; Postcards
Geography Using and making maps; Locational knowledge; Directions
A&D Observational drawing; Printing
Computing Programming; Using presentation software
D&T Mechanisms; Structures
History Significant historical people – Captain James Cook, Grace Darling; Famous pirates
Music Sea shanties
PSHE Feeling positive
Science Everyday materials; Working scientifically
Science investigations Why do boats float? Can you find the treasure?

Topic Summer 2 - Beachcombers

Pack up some sandwiches, pick up a fishing net and keep your eyes peeled because we’re off to the coast to go beachcombing!

This half term, we’ll visit a local beach to experience the sights, sounds and smells of the seashore and explore rock pools to find living and non-living things. Bringing shells, pebbles and seaweed back to the classroom will help us to learn about a wide range of coastal plants and creatures. We’ll read a range of seaside stories and use the coast as a setting for our writing. Maps and film footage will help us to find out more about the coast and we’ll create a wide variety of artwork. We’ll use books and the internet to search for information about the seashore and use our knowledge to write our own non-fiction books.

At the end of the project, we’ll decide how we should look after the coastal environment and how the beach can be kept clean. We’ll use our ICT skills to create a final presentation including photographs, captions and sound files.

Help your child prepare for their project
Beaches are fascinating places. Why not visit a beach and go on a rock pooling expedition of your own? Alternatively, you could visit a local pet shop to see a wide variety of fish, crustaceans and aquatic plants. You could also create drawings, paintings or models of sea creatures using online images for inspiration.

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The Snail and the Whale – Julia Donaldson; Tiddler – Julia Donaldson; Sally and the Limpet – Simon James; A House for a Hermit Crab – Eric Carle

Memorable experience Beach visit
Innovate challenge Create a sea creature
English Labels, lists and captions; Tongue twisters; Narratives; Letters; Non-fiction texts
Science Habitats; Living and non-living things; Food chains; Basic needs of animals; Working scientifically
A&D Sketchbooks; 3-D modelling; Sand art; Seascapes
Computing Web searches; Common uses of ICT; Digital presentations
D&T Finger puppets
Geography Coastal features
PSHE Caring for the environment
Science investigations How many arms does an octopus have? Will it degrade?