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Year 2 Shipwreck Day

Our students have sailed through our Seas and Oceans topic this term, and ended this learning journey by demonstrating their historical critical skills on Shipwreck Day.

Pictured above: Our Year 2 students exploring their shipwreck.

Day after day, day after day,
We stuck, nor breath nor motion;
As idle as a painted ship
Upon a painted ocean.
Water, water, every where,
And all the boards did shrink;
Water, water, every where,
Nor any drop to drink

Fortunately our Year 2 sailors fared better than Coleridge’s Ancient Mariner!

Our underwater archaeologists were given the opportunity to explore four shipwrecks.  After working collaboratively in teams to examine the evidence inside the wrecks, they were encouraged to reflect upon what they had seen and then analyse, evaluate and debate the possible reasons for the disasters.  The students then demonstrated intellectual confidence by orally delivering supported and reasoned conclusions.

The children loved exploring the wrecks, though our archaeological sites were a bit of a mess afterwards!  They could be heard excitedly discussing their findings from outside the ship.  The students immersed themselves in the challenge and their ability to use evidence and draw conclusions certainly developed as the day progressed. 

The critical skills required for Analysis are an important pillar of High Performance Learning and it speaks volumes that children as young as six are able to work collaboratively and engage higher order thinking skills to lead activities such as these.

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