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Learning in Year 2

Click below to find out what Year 2 are learning about.

 English

This half term year 2 will be reading The Lonely Beast and The Emperor's Eg

 Maths

This half term year 2 will be learning about shapes, money, time, fractions and measure

 Science

Autumn 1 - Healthy Me

Year 2 learn to perform a simple test to find out how far sneezes spread, use their observations and ideas to suggest answers to questions, gather and record data in a pictogram and answer questions and know that exercise, hygiene and being happy are important to be a healthy person.

Focus area - Animals, including humans


Autumn 2 -Materials Monster

Year 2 learn to carry out a simple comparative test to classify a material, name different materials, describe the properties of a material and know that some materials can be be changed by squashing, bending, twisting and stretching.

Focus area - Uses of everyday materials

 

Spring 1 -  Move it

Year 2 learn to ask questions and decide how to answer them, perform a simple comparative test to answer a question, use observations to answer a question and describe how a shape has been changed by squashing, bending, twisting and stretching.

Focus area - Uses of everyday materials


Spring 2 - Habitats and food chains

Year 2 learn to compare the differences between things that are living, dead and never lived, explore differnet animals, plants and their habitats.

Focus area - Living things and their habitats


Summer 1 - Young Gardeners

Year 2 learn to ask questions about plants, use data to describe what a plant needs to grow, name vegetable plants, herbs and flowers, describe how a seed germinates and say which materials could be used for plant containers or for a cloche.

Focus area - Plants


Summer 2 - Little Master Chef

Year 2 learn to plan and carry out a simple comparative test, use results to answer their question and choose the best material for the job, classify food into groups, say what they need to eat and drink to stay alive and healthy, follow hygiene and safety rules when preparing and cooking food, choose foods that help to keep the body healthy and know which part of a plant they are eating.

Focus area - Working scientifically

 Computing

Computer Science

  • understand what algorithms are; how they are implemented as programs on digital devices; and that programs execute by following precise and unambiguous instructions
    create and debug simple programs
  • use logical reasoning to predict the behaviour of simple programs

Information Technology

  • use technology purposefully to create, organise, store, manipulate and retrieve digital content

Digital Literacy

  • recognise common uses of information technology beyond school
  • use technology safely and respectfully, keeping personal information private; identify where to go for help and support when they have concerns about content or contact on the internet or other online technologies.

History

Our history curriculum in year 2 aims to continue to expand the children’s historical understanding through exposure to increasingly unfamiliar contexts and time periods.


Autumn

In the autumn term, the children develop their historical questioning skills as they continue to explore our local area and make comparisons with similar places in America. The children will also explore significant individuals and their artistic contribution to our society.


Spring

In the spring term, the children learn about the great fire of London (1666) and the changes that occurred in London as a result. They will start by considering what life was like in London during the Stuart period (1603 – 1714), the impact that the fire had on life in London and how the actions the King at the time (Charles II) took to improve the living conditions for the residents of London. The children will then consider how this event has impacted on our lives today.


Summer

In the summer term, the children will learn about the impact of significant individuals on our national and global history and identity through the topic Nurturing Nurses. They will learn about the time period of nurses like Florence Nightingale, Mary Seacole and Edith Cavell and their contribution to society. They will be exploring evidence and thinking critically about how we develop our understanding of events that have happened.

 Geography

This page is in the process of being updated.

 Art

Autumn - Famous Artist Joan Miro

This term our children will explore the artwork of Joan Miro

  • Children express their likes and dislikes
  • Create own design in the style of Joan Miro
  • Children create their own art piece, deciding what to use and how to achieve the task (make sensible choices)
  • Evaluate the choices of techniques and materials

Spring - Famous Architect - Sir Christopher Wren

This term our children will explore the architecture of Sir Christopher Wren - linked with DT

  • Rebuilding London explore the architecture of Sir Christopher Wren – linked with DT
  • What were the buildings like?
  • Explore different house designs of the time
  • Children design their own Stuart house using set design criteria
  • Children make a replica of a Stuart house
  • Children use a range of materials creatively to design and make a collage

Summer - Nurturing Nurses

This term our children will explore and develop various art skills in different contexts.

 DT

This page is in the process of being updated.

 Music

Autumn 1 – Using Voices

  • Children will use their voices expressively and creatively by singing songs and speaking chants and rhymes.
  • Children will also learn how to combine different parts together to create one piece of music.

Autumn 2 – Beat/pulse and rhythm

  • Children will learn to clap, stamp and play the beat/pulse of different pieces of music.
  • Children will be taught to internalise the beat by counting the beat in their heads.
  • Children will learn the difference between beat and rhythm and will clap rhythms.
  • Children will have a chance to play different rhythms using djembe drums.

Spring 1 – Tuned and untuned instruments

  • Children will spend half a term learning how to play a piece of music on glockenspiels.
  • During this unit, children will be exposed to what the music looks like in standard music notation.
  • Children will be given the chance to perform their pieces to other classes.

Spring 2 – Musical elements (pitch, tempo, dynamics)

  • Children will be taught about what pitch is and follow the pitch of songs using their hands.
  • Children will learn about tempo and how the tempo changes in different pieces of music. They will also consider how this changes the effect of the music.  
  • Children will learn about dynamics (louds and softs) and will experiment with how these are created within music.

Summer 1 – Listening and responding

  • Children will listen with concentration and understanding to a range of high-quality live and recorded music.
  • Children will respond to music by considering how it makes them feel and what the images it conjures up in their imaginations.

Summer 2 – Composition

In this unit, children will experiment with, create, select and combine sounds using the inter-related dimensions of music they have learnt about throughout the year

 PE

Autumn 1 - Throwing and Catching / Fundamental Movements / Dance

  • Introducing basic types of throws such as underarm and overarm with pushing, pulling, slinging and heaving being introduced.
  • Activities focus on the exploration of fundamental movements using basic movement vocabularly using safe and enjoyable activities.
  • Developing balance, agility and coordination and begin to apply these in a range of activities.
  • Perform dances using simple movement patterns.

Autumn 2 - Jumping and running / Fundamental Movements / Dance

  • Movement directed towards more specific athletic purposes. Running speeds increase control over direction and ability to modify styles.
  • Activities focus on the exploration of fundamental movements using basic movement vocabularly using safe and enjoyable activities.
  • Developing balance, agility and coordination and begin to apply these in a range of activities.
  • Perform dances using simple movement patterns.

Spring 1 - Throwing and Catching / Fundamental Movements / Gymnastics

  • improving basic types of throws such as underarm and overarm with pushing, pulling, slinging and heaving being introduced.
  • Activities focus on the exploration of fundamental movements using basic movement vocabularly using safe and enjoyable activities.
  • Master basic movements of running and jumping as well as developing balance, agility and coordination.
  • Perform simple gymnastics sequences.

Spring 2 - Jumping and running / Multi sports

  • Movement directed towards more specific athletic purposes. Running speeds increase control over direction and ability to modify styles.
  • Activities focus on the exploration of fundamental movements using basic movement vocabularly using safe and enjoyable activities.
  • Master basic movements of running and jumping as well as developing balance, agility nd coordination.

Summer 1 - Athletics / Games

  • Combining all fundamental movements from the previous half terms.
  • Participating in team games, developing simple tactics for attacking and defending.

Summer 2 - Athletics / Games

  • Combining all fundamental movements from the previous half terms.
  • Participating in team games, developing simple tactics for attacking and defending.

 RE

Autumn 1 - Christianity

Is it possible to be kind to everyone all of the time?

Year 2 learn to re-tell Bible stories that show kindness, and to explore how this makes Christians behave towards other people.


Autumn 2 - Christianity

Why did God give Jesus to the world?

Year 2 learn to reflect on the Christmas story and the reasons for Jesus' birth.


Spring 1 - Judaism

How important is it for Jewish people to do what God asks them to do?

Year 2 learn to understand the special reationship between Jews and God and the promises they make to each other.


Spring 2 - Christianity

Is it true that Jesus came back to life again?

Year 2 learn to re-tell the Easter story and understand what Jesus' resurrection means for Christians.


Summer 1 - Judaism

How special is the relationship Jews have with God?

Year 2 learn to understand the special relationship between Jews and God and the promises they make to each other.


Summer 2 - Islam

Does completing Hajj make a person a better Muslim?

Year 2 learn to understand what happens during Hijj and to explore the importance of this to Muslims.

 PSHE

Autumn 1 - Relationships

  • I know the difference between secrets and surprises and the importance of not keeping any secret that makes me feel uncomfortable, anxious or afraid.
  • I can recognise the different types of teasing and bullying and I understand that these are wrong and unacceptable.
  • I know that people’s bodies and feelings can be hurt (including what makes them feel comfortable and uncomfortable).

Autumn 2 - Health and Wellbeing

  • I can explain what I like and dislike, describe how to make real, informed choices that improve my physical and emotional health, and recognise that choices can have good and not so good consequences.
  • I can think about myself, learn from my experiences, recognise and celebrate my strengths and set simple but challenging goals.
  • I can explain the importance of and how to maintain personal hygiene.

Spring 1  - Living in the Wider World

  • I understand that people and other living things have rights and that I have responsibilities to meet them (including being able to take turns, share and understand the need to return things that have been borrowed).
  • I can explain the ways that we are all unique.
  • I can explain the ways that we are similar to other people and what we have in common.

Spring 2 - Relationships

  • I can offer constructive support and feedback to others.
  • I can communicate my feelings to others and recognise how others show feelings and how I should respond.
  • I can share my opinions on things that matter to me and explain my views through discussions with individuals and the whole class.

Summer 1 - Health and Wellbeing

  • I can explain about growing and changing and new opportunities and responsibilities that my increasing independence may bring.
  • I know the names for the main parts of the body (including external genitalia) and can explain the similarities and differences between boys and girls.
  • I can suggest rules for and ways of keeping physically and emotionally safe (including safety online, the responsible use of ICT).

Summer 2  - Living in the Wider World

  • I can explain that money comes from different sources and can be used for different purposes, including the concepts of spending and saving.
  • I can make choices about spending money and know what influences those choices.
  • I can help construct, and agree to follow, group and class rules and to understand how these rules help them (Link to transition in Year 3).