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Forest Schools starting soon!

Class 2

Class Teacher – Mrs L. Lambert

Teaching Assistants – Mrs J. Farr & Mrs A. Stevenson


Learning in Class Two.


This term in Class Two our topic is 'Our Wonderful World'.  This means the children will be learning about living things around the world.  We will also be looking at amazing natural and made landscapes.  Below is a brief outline of what we will be doing each week, with some examples of the learning activities that will be taking place.

Week One (16/04/18):

What is around us? What is alive?

  • Research using computers and books, some of our favourite animals.  Where in the world do they live?  Which ones live close to us?  How are animals grouped? (reptiles, mammals, birds, insects, amphibians etc).
  • Look at a living plant and a dead one.  How do we know which is living?
  • Discuss how we know animals are living.  What do they do (breath, move, reproduce, eat, drink etc).
  • In art, look at animal prints.
  • Our PHSE (Personal, health and social education)this term will be introduced this week by thinking about people who are special to us.

Week Two and Three (23/04/18 & 30/04/18)

Animal and Plant life cycles


  • Look at animal babies and match them to adults, including humans.
  • Learn that some life cycles have more stages, e.g. butterflies (we have some caterpillars to watch grow) and frogs (we will look for frog spawn in our pond).
  • Look at a variety of seeds and plant some.  Investigate what a plant needs to grow by setting up a fair test.
  • Match the seeds to the plant and learn about plant life cycles.
  • Name different parts of a plant and learn what each part does.
  • Look around our own environment.  Name and group living things around us by using identification charts.
  • Name different parts of an insect and begin to understand that some mini-beasts are insects.
  • Create a 3D model of an insect using the facts they have learned.
  • In PHSE, discuss our responsibilities in looking after our environment.

Week Four and Five (07/05/18 & 14/05/18)

Where do animals live?

Habitats including the Arctic.

  • Look at different environments and name living things that might be there.
  • In science, create an environment (wood, pond, farm, jungle, Arctic) and put pictures or models of living things in there.  Decide why they are suited to that place.
  • Explore what might happen if that environment changes.  How should we help to take care of it?
  • Places that are amazing.  choose a real place and study it.
  • Learn about the Arctic.  What is it like?  Where in the world is it?  What animals and plants live there?  How have they adapted to the environment?
  • How do humans survive in the cold?
  • In PHSE, recognise the feeling 'jealousy' and how to cope.




Week Six (21/05/18)

Seasonal Changes

  • Notice the changes that have happened to the plants we planted in week 1.
  • Observe the caterpillars as they change.
  • What else is changing as we approach summer?
  • Compare a photograph of our school field to one taken in March.
  • Begin a weather diary to record temperature, daylight and weather each day.
  • Notice patterns in nature and use these to inspire our artwork.


Week One (04/06/18)

Wild Animals in Britain

  •  Learn about animals that are wild.  Where do they live and why?  Learn the names of animal habitats.
  • Name British animals.
  • A visit by Mr Morris to answer our questions on wild animals.
  • Look at simple food chains.  What do they eat and depend on?
  • Explore what might happen if that environment changes.  How should we help to take care of it?
  • Our PHSE theme is 'Changes' and will be introduced by looking at changes that have already happened to us as we have grown.

Week Two (11/06/18)                         Pets


  • What animals are the most popular pets?  Survey each class to find out.
  • What animal groups do our pets belong to?
  • Taking care of animals.  What do they need?  What do they need to survive?
  • Borrow a pet guinea pig to look after.
  • Visit by a vet to tell us about animal care.
  • Compare to humans and discuss responsibilities to care for other living things.
  • In PHSE, we will identify changes that happen to us that we choose and changes that happen anyway.

Week Three and Four (18/06/18 & 25/06/18)                                                 A Hot Habitat -  Egypt

  • Find out about plants and animals that live in Egypt.  How do they survive?
  • Make a shaduf (used to water land).
  • find out about the River Nile and how it supports life.
  • Learn about the importance of animals and how they were used.
  • Name wild and domestic animals in Egypt and learn how some were sacred.
  • Research the pyramids and what they were for.
  • Look at other buildings around the world that are pyramid shaped (e.g. the Louvre in Paris).
  • In PHSE the children will identify feeling proud and times they have felt like this.  Learn about habits and how to change them.

Week Five and Six (02/07/18 & 09/07/18)                                     Interdependence                               British Plants

  • To create some simple food chains to begin to understand how plants and animals need each other.
  • A bug hunt to see what is living around us now summer is here.
  • Use ICT to create gardens to include plants and animals we have researched.
  • Look at artists such as Matisse, who have represented mini-beasts in their work.
  • Look at our plants that have been growing all term.  What plants can we eat?  Notice what parts of the plant we are eating (roots, leaves, fruit, seeds).
  • Prepare a healthy meal for our parents to eat using only plants grown in Britain.
  • In PHSE, think about the changes that are ahead and how we can resolve any worries about them.

If you think that you have anything suitable that your child could bring into school to fit in with our topic of the week, we would be very grateful.

Spellings will be given on a Friday and tested the following Friday.

If anyone has any queries or problems feel free to come in and talk to me!

Many thanks,     


Lisa Lambert



Websites we like!

www.phonicsplay.co.uk – loads of great games to help with reading and spelling.

www.ictgames.co.uk – some great games to support mathematics and literacy.

http://durham.schooljotter.com/coxhoe - games to support learning in all areas.

Some of the things we do:

Design Technology

Science – finding out about changes

Finding out about forces




Forest Schools


And much, much MORE!!!