Neptune (Year 2)



Towers, Tunnels and Turrets.

See the castle ahead?  Get ready to invade its mighty walls! Shoot a projectile with an archer’s aim!  Head across the drawbridge, over the moat and up to the top of the tower… 
Meet Rapunzel who lives in a tall, tall tower.  Let’s build a new one.. Whose is the tallest?  Can you measure it? 
Then dig deep, deep down, making burrows and tunnels, just like the animals that live underground.   
What’s that sound?  I hear little hooves going trip, trap, over the rickety bridge.  Watch out for the angry troll underneath.  He likes to gobble up little girls and boy!  Make sure your bridge is sturdy enough to take our weight and get us to the other side. 
And finally…meet three little pigs who need your help to build a strong fortress.  Inside its strong walls they’ll be safe from the big, bad wolf! 
No huffing and puffing will blow your fortress down.  

ILP Focus 
Design and technology 
Recounts; Reported speech, Narrative; Letters; Posters
D and T 
Making models of towers, bridges and tunnels
Art and Design 
Sculpture using natural materials
Create castles using drawing software
Amazing structures around the worlds; Towers and Bridges in the local area
Castles and castle life; Significant individuals-Isambard Kingdom Brunel
Measures (height)
Defend and attack games;  Balance and co-ordination
Living things and their habitats;  Use of everyday materials; Working scientifically

Home Learning Ideas 
Find out about famous engineers. Search the web and use non-fiction books to find out about their life and work. Draw a picture to show one of their most famous achievements and think about why their work was so important.

Play a tumbling tower game such as Jenga, with your family. What are the best ways of keeping the tower upright? See if you can take some action shots or videos of the tower falling!

Go on a bridge hunt with your grown ups around the local area, taking photographs to show your class. What types of bridge did you see? Choose the most interesting bridge and see what you can discover about it online or at the local library?

Make a detailed diagram of a castle, labelling interesting features which might be found inside, or out. Perhaps you could find out about murder holes, garderobes or loopholes?

Make an information book about castles, bridges or tunnels. Include downloaded images, as well as drawings and diagrams. What fascinating facts can you find out to amaze your family, friends and teacher?

Design and create a model of a famous structure from around the world, using junk materials found at home. Will you choose London Bridge, the Leaning Tower of Pisa or perhaps the Statue of Liberty? Find a photograph of your chosen landmark to use as inspiration.

Find, on a world map or globe, all the famous landmarks you would like to visit. Which continents are they in? How would you get there? Talk to your grown ups and explain your choices. Make a digital display showing images of your favourite places and giving information about each country or city.

Design a fantastic new landmark for your local area! What materials would you use and what special features would it have? Think about how to make it stand out from other landmarks in the world. Plot your landmark on a map of your local area. Present your ideas to your class and perhaps take a vote for the winning design.

Look at websites telling the story of The Three Little Pigs. Draw a storyboard with six or eight sections. Add captions and images which could be used to help you create a short stop motion animation. Make the animation if you have time.

Remember to read five times a week and record when your child has read in their reading record book.  Please question the children about what they have read to test their understanding.  Ask them the meaning of new or unfamiliar vocabulary to enable them to make meaning of what they read. 

Spellings will be tested every Monday so remember to practise spellings at home and remind the children about the spelling rule being tested. 

Times table will be tested every Tuesday, look in the homework book to see which ones to learn. 

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