Year 1 and 2 have had fantastic half term learning about our topic ‘Australia’. To launch our topic, we enjoyed our very own ‘Australia day: learning and performing indigenous music; designing and making their own fairy bread; meeting animals from the Zoo lab.
We have enjoyed the stories we have read this half term. The year 1 children have enjoyed reading ‘Possum Magic’ by Mem Fox. The children were very imaginative and created their own story maps of the story and then used these to innovate their story. In year 2, the children read’ Rainbow Serpent’ by Dick Roughsey’. The children created some fantastic collages of the settings and then used them to create their own setting descriptions.
In science we have learnt all about common Australian animals. At the start of the topic the children shared all the information they already knew about Australian animals and then classified them using their own classifications. The children then learnt about the different animal classifications and enjoyed creating their own Venn diagrams based on these classifications.
In geography the children found locating Australia on the world map fascinating. The children did a fantastic job at learning a song about the seven different states. We also investigated and made comparisons between Christmas in the United Kingdom and Australia.
Next half term, we are looking forward to our topic: ‘Once Upon a Time’. In this topic, the children will have the opportunity to be scientists and will be designing their own investigations on planting seeds. They will also be learning about different castles and will be going on a school trip to Mountfitchet Castle. It’s going to be an exciting half term!