This week in Literacy we have written our own leaflets all about Chinese New Year, using the notes we gathered last week. While doing this we learnt about titles, headings, bullet points and brackets and began to use these in our writing. We also focused on editing our own work - checking it for mistakes before writing it up in neat. Great job Tigers!
This week we finished our work on Captain Cook and began looking at Zheng He. We read a book about his travels and drew a 'junk boat', the type of boat used in the fleet he led. Then we used ink and brushes to paint our boats - they are on display in our classroom, come and have a look - they are fabulous!
In preparation for our unit on Non-Chronological reports, during which we will be creating leaflets to tell others about Chinese New Year, Tiger Class set out on a fact finding mission throughout Year 2 to find out all about it! We learned about banners, money envelopes, the animal years, the story of Nian and the food eaten at Chinese New Year.
Tigers have started a new topic this term called Adventurers and Explorers. Last week we were lucky enough to have six famous explorers visit us in school and tell the children about their adventures around the world. In the classroom we have been learning about the life of Captain Cook and the creatures of the country he discovered - Australia. This has led us to using classification keys to sort minibeasts, using papier mache to create our own 3D minibeasts, looking at historical sources and using a 'Diamond 9' to sort out important and unimportant information.
In Literacy we have been focusing on poetry, thinking carefully about the language poets use and the effects they create. We have linked this in with our work on Captain Cook and Australia by working towards writing poems about minibeasts. To start off with we collected information on Minibeasts by watching video clips and looking through books and then expanded our vocabulary by thinking about all the interesting adjectives and adverbs we could use to describe them. The Tigers then used what they had learned to create exciting poems of their own, which will be on display in our classroom soon!