Autumn 2018

Our topic for the first half term was:

'Expert Explorers'


During the topic we explored the big question:

'What was Wimborne like 100 years ago?'

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What a fantastic start to the new term, the children have settled in so quickly and have begun working incredibly hard! We kick started our new topic in Year 2 ‘Expert Explorers’ by venturing in to Wimborne town. We set off with our maps, cameras and questionnaires at the ready. We found out about our local area by visiting the Priest House, The Tivoli Theatre, The River Allen, The Library, Wimborne Minster and Wimborne Square. As any other explorer, we documented our discoveries through map reading, compass work and completing some very creative sketches.

"I liked seeing the river Allen and exploring Wimborne"- Keira

"I liked taking the photos using the I-pads and I found out lots about Wimborne”- Sophia  

Through the topic they have explored the past by looking at photographs and artefacts and even found some buried treasure in our school grounds! We then compared where we live in relation to the UK and the children developed their geographical vocabulary to refer to key human features. 

The children have produced some wonderful writing through their discoveries and enjoyed our jungle experience, as explorers took over the classrooms.  

To finish our fab topic, we had a lovely afternoon stepping back in time and learning about Wimborne in the past, through the eyes of the people who know best… our wonderful grandparents and family members. Thank you to all that came! 


Click the following link to see the Curriculum Map - Curriculum Map Expert Explorers.pdf 

Click the following link to see the Home Learning Planner - Home Learning Planner Expert Explorers.pdf 


Our topic for the second half term was:

'Happy Habitats' 


During the topic we explored the big question:

'Why would a dinosaur not make a good pet?'Related image

Year 2 went EGGcavating! 


To begin the topic the children became palaeontologists for the day as they excavated fossils, made paper-mache dinosaur eggs and made their very own ammonites using salt dough. Our dinosaur adventures continued as we became super scientists! We found out what is meant by a 'fair test' as we investigated the best way to melt ice dinosaur eggs. We also used some scientific equipment to explore the happy habitats hiding in our forest school. The children explored a range of habitats, animals and food chains.

This topic held some fantastic cross-curricular opportunities for some super creative writing and the children were so excited to find the mysterious dinosaur egg that appeared in the classroom! It's was EGGcellent and full of EGGcitement.

Towards the end of the term the festive activities started and the children began practising for the Christmas play. They enjoyed a trip to the Christmas shop to search for presents for their families. We look forward to sharing our Year 2 Christmas EGGtravaganza. 


Click the following link to see the Curriculum Map -  Curriculum Map – Happy Habitats.pdf

Click the following link to see the Home Learning Planner - Home Learning Planner Happy Habitats.pdf