Hunter Class (Year 2)

Hunter Class Topic Autumn Term 2018

‘Silly Billy’ by Anthony Browne

We will begin the year by studying the book ‘Silly Billy’ by Anthony Browne. It is about the worries of a boy called Billy and how he uses worry dolls to help him overcome them, and provides an opportunity to discuss and allay any worries the children may have in entering a new class. As well as producing different types of writing about worries and worry dolls, we will be researching their origin: learning about Guatemala and the Mayan people who live there. We will make our own worry dolls, and design and make homes for them out of matchboxes with patterns inspired by Mayan fabrics.

Dinosaur Dig!

The main topic for the term will be dinosaurs and fossils and outlined below is just some of the exciting and creative learning we are planning.

We will use the topic of dinosaurs as a vehicle to learn about the features of non-fiction books and will be writing our own information pages about a chosen dinosaur. We will sort dinosaurs into herbivores and carnivores by their observable features. We will consider the relative sizes of dinosaurs, marking out some of their lengths on the playground. We will learn about Pangea and how the land masses moved to create the continents we have today. We will name the continents and oceans. We will consider what all animals need to survive and why the dinosaurs may have died out. The Natural History Museum website has lots of information about dinosaurs that you may want to look at together.

A key text we will study in English is ‘Stone Girl Bone Girl’ by Laurence Anholt. It tells the true story of Mary Anning: probably the world's best known fossil-hunter who lived in Lyme Regis. As a little girl, she found a fossilised sea monster, the most important prehistoric discovery of its time. It is said that the tongue twister ‘She sells sea shells on the seashore...’ was written about her. We are hoping to arrange an educational visit to Bracklesham Bay beach to search for fossils. Bracklesham Bay has long been one of the most productive and easily accessible locations on the south coast to observe and collect fossils. We will use Google Earth to look at Bracklesham Bay beach, and will compare its geographical features with that of Tangmere.

We will classify, describe and make coloured sketches of real fossils, and sculpt our own fossils out of clay. In the context of fossils we will sort objects into ‘alive, dead and never been alive’. We will listen to and study the piece of music ‘Fossils’ from ‘Carnival of the Animals’ by Charles-Camille Saint-Saëns, and explore it in dance. 

Please see the weekly planning letters for information on what the children have been up to!

Planning letters can be viewed from the 'documents' panel on the right of this page.