Spring 2018

Our topic for the first half term was:

'One Small Step' 

During the topic we explored the big question:

'Why were Neil Armstrong and Christopher Columbus brave people?'

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To begin our topic we took the most exciting journey to the moon!

For our sparkly starter, the children arrived at school to be greeted with the night sky and instructions to head straight into Rabbits class. The classroom was filled with dazzling laser light stars and we watched the footage of Neil Armstrong taking his first steps on the moon. The children were fascinated with the old fashioned footage and we enjoyed talking about the Apollo 11 space mission. We then became spectacular space engineers and designed our very own moon landing module for a precious egg-spaceman. When complete, we took our finished modules into the hall and dropped them from a height to test them out. It was so exciting to watch them fall and then open them up to see if our spacemen had survived the journey. Throughout our topic sessions, we got very creative as we used paper mache to create the surface of the moon, being careful to make craters and focusing on different shades of grey. We also found out that the Earth orbits the sun, and the moon moves around the Earth – we made our very own replicas to show our amazing solar system. 


To continue our mission to find out about famous people from the past, we were lucky enough to visit Portsmouth Historic Dockyard. The children took a step back in time to discover the different explorers of that period. The children took part in an exciting workshop where they had the opportunity to create a name for their ship and crew. They thought about the different places they might visit on their sail across the seas and what items they would bring back for the Queen. We also ventured aboard the HMS Victory to get a feel for the living conditions that sailors would have experienced during Christopher Columbus’s voyage. To link to the topic we studied the paintings of seascapes by Vincent Van Gogh and recreated these using oil pastels. We also put our Scientific hats on and investigated which materials would float and sink to help  Christopher Columbus’ ship. It's safe to say that Year 2 have no doubt that these two historic icons were brave men! 


Click the following link to see the Curriculum Map - Curriculum Map - One Small Step Spring Term 1.pdf 

Click the following link to see the Home Learning Planner - Wimborne First Home Learning Planner - Spring Term 1.pdf



Our topic for the second half term was:

'On Safari' 

During the topic we explored the big question:

'Where would you rather live? South Africa or England?' 


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WOW! A bright, colourful and fun filled topic, full of lots of exciting learning.

Through our topic learning, the children used clay to design and make an African clay pot. They then looked closely at a range of African patterns and used carving tools to create their desired effect on their own clay pot. We looked closely at lots of pictures from both South Africa and England and soon realised there are a lot of similarities as well as differences.We brightened up Wimborne as we looked at a range of South African animals and made our very own shilloute pictures using pastels to create the South African sunset. 

The sound of African drumming was carried through the corridors of Wimborne First School on Year two’s exciting ‘Fab Finish'. On this day Year two were treated to a host of African activities.The children learnt all about life in South Africa and even tasted a range of South African foods. They were immersed in local life through watching a local dance, listening to traditional stories and playing the drums.

It was clear from both Rabbit and Owl class that we wouldn't mind if we lived in either England or South Africa. We agreed that they both have wonderful traditions.  



Click the following link to see the Curriculum Map -  Curriculum map - On Safari Spring 2

Click the following link to see the Home Learning Planner -  Wimborne First Home Learning Planner - Spring Term 2.pdf