I am Mrs Rean and, when I am not watching cricket or football, visiting theme parks with my teenage twins or building Lego models, I am Class 2’s teacher.

In Class 2 we have an explorer theme running throughout many of our topics. We start by learning about the island Jamaica before moving on to the voyage to Great Britain of the Windrush in 1948 and the poetry of Benjamin Zephaniah. We then learn about Ellen MacArthur’s solo voyage around the world in 2005, as well as the voyage of The Titanic, and we investigate making boats.

After Christmas we look at Antarctica through its animals as well as the expeditions of Scott and Shackleton. In Term 4 we learn about people who have changed the world, such as Ada Lovelace and Rosa Parks, before journeying to the mythological world of dragons featured in the book ‘Dragonology’ in Term 5. Towards the end of the year, the children help me to choose the topic for Term 6.

As part of our Antarctica topic, we visit Bristol Zoo to learn about animals living in polar habitats. We also do work in Ramsbury itself, including exploring different habitats such as the River Kennet.

As Ramsbury is such a musical school, the children in Class 2 all learn the recorder so that they develop musicality and are able to read some sheet music before they start in Key Stage 2.


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