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Our overarching topic for this term is Whale of a Time! The children decided on the topic name and the main focus for each of the topic areas during their Move-Up Days in July. The magical Year 2 team then weaved this into a learning journey just for them!    

We are focusing on Narrative in English in this first half term and are building some of the learning around the text 'Sharing a Shell' by Julia Donaldson. The children (and teachers!) adore this story and we have already had lots of fun designing Talk 4 Writing actions to retell it.


As the topic progresses, we want children to become experts about 'under the sea' so will be focusing on a range of texts in Guided Reading where they can read, research and learn even more!


Steering the children's learning towards more Non-Fiction elements, we will then be looking at 'Dougal's Deep-Sea Diary' by Simon Bartram where they will learn more about life under the sea and how to write diaries and letters. Dougal will keep us updated on his findings below and above the waves.


In Art, the children have begun by exploring the artwork of Amira Gale.


They have completed evaluations and have discussed the pieces using technical vocabulary, commenting on colour, line and tone and also how the pieces make them feel. They will be making their own observational sketches of real shells in the coming weeks - watch this space for some examples!