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What are we learning about?

In this topic we will be finding out all about the sinking of the Titanic and the significance of its maiden voyage from Southampton Docks.  On our trip to Seacity, the Titanic museum in Southampton, we will be able to see real artefacts recovered from the wreckage, and find out interesting facts about the ship and its passengers.  In Science, we will be finding out more about materials, with a focus on floating and sinking.  As for Art and DT, we will learn about making 3D models and investigate suitable boat-making materials in order to design and make our own boats.  How exciting! 


In English, we will begin the term with the story, ‘Kasper the Prince of Cats.’  This ties in well with our topic this half term so it will help us picture what life is like on the sea.  This book will give us the chance to act in role and use lots of descriptive vocabulary to write our very own narrative. 


As well as this, we will be locating information in non-fiction books and web pages.  This will help us to write our own information texts about the Titanic.  We will also be writing diaries, in role as a passenger onboard the Titanic, and letters back home to family.


In Maths, we will be continuing our work on measurement, but looking at weight and capacity in particular.  Also, children will look at time.  They will tell and write the time to five minutes, including quarter to and quarter past the hour and sequence intervals of time.


We will then focus on number and fractions.  Children will be able to recognise, find, name and write fractions including: 1/3, ¼, 2/4 and ¾ of a length, shape, set of objects or quantity.  Towards the end of the term, children will explore measurement again, in particular money.  They will recognise and use symbols for pounds and pence and combine amounts to make different values. 

Learning Opportunities 

We will be visiting the Seacity museum during our topic, as well as researching the Titanic ship on the Internet during our computing lessons.  Along side this, we will apply our knowledge about 3D shapes, which will help us build models of ships using different 3D shapes in our Art and D.T sessions.  Our final outcome will be the opening of our very own ‘Titanic Museum,’ which will be open to all our friends and family, showcasing everything that we have learnt about during our topic.  A lovely end to the term J

How can you help?

You can help your child this term by visiting the local Library and reading books about the Titanic.  Do you know if any of your ancestors were involved in the Titanic?  You could find this out on-line.  Keep a diary of what you do over a weekend and talk about how we write in first person.


As well as this, please continue to encourage your child to read their book as much as possible and bring their logs and book back to school signed by Friday at the latest.  This way we can track their progress and help children collect as many stickers as they can on their bookmarks.  Also, please continue to encourage your child to complete the homework tasks sent home every week and their spelling sheets.  It really does make such a difference to your child’s learning! As always, thank you for your amazing support…the year 2 team really do appreciate it! J