Have you Seen the Weymouth Water Dragon?

We have had an exciting and busy first week back here in Year 2. On Tuesday, we found out some intriguing information…dragonolists believe there may have been some sightings of the Weymouth water dragons! Alongside this, we discovered some photographs of: shiny, brown scales, prints and scattered seaweed along the beach and finally some vegetable peelings that appeared to have been partially eaten!

We referred to our new model text, ‘The Weymouth Water Dragon’ in order to determine whether these photographs were, in fact, evidence. This information text helped us to learn more about this species of dragon. We came to the conclusion that the photos must be evidence, since these dragons are herbivores which eat seaweed and vegetable peelings and can be found at the beach!

Throughout the week, we have continued to learn our new text using our text map and actions to help us. A copy of this map has been sent home and can also be found here, so that you can continue to practise retelling the text: The Weymouth Water Dragon Text Map 

This week also saw the beginning of our new topic, Movers and Shakers! We began by learning about a variety of historical individuals, including: Neil Armstrong, Rosa Parks, Christopher Columbus, Henry VIII, Emmeline Pankhurst and Joseph Lister. We used the Dawson’s model to conclude that all of these people are historically significant. Using this model, a person is historically significant if their actions match most of the following five statements:

They made big changes in their lifetime.
They made a lot of people’s lives better or worse.
They changed the way people think.
Their ideas are still used today.
They were a very good or a very bad role model.

We then learnt about a locally historical significant individual, Mary Anning – a fossil hunter who made amazing discoveries (such as the Ichthyosaurus skeleton) in Lyme Regis. Her ideas and discoveries changed the way
people thought about what the Earth was like millions of years ago. We even had a look at some real life fossils for ourselves, including ammonites and belemnites!

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