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Year 2 – Monet and Turner

Summer 2017

During the Summer term our theme will be Seasides past and present. We will also be focusing on the features of seaside locations.  During the latter part of the term we plan to visit Clacton to allow the children to experience first-hand some of the changes and amenities we have been studying.

In Science we will continue to tend the garden and nurture the plants we planted last term. We will also be investigating the effect of water on the germination of seeds. The children will study materials and their suitability for particular uses and explore how different forces can be used to change the shape of objects.

Art and DT – The children will be introduced to simple techniques which can be used with clay to form the desired outcome.  They will be encouraged to consider texture and how it can be created by using tools and by impressions being made to create designs. The children will have the opportunity to investigate wind-up mechanisms and make wind-up toys.

Computing skills will be taught in discrete lessons and applied in other subjects in order that a greater depth of understanding can be achieved. The children will take digital photos; create simple animations and developing their skills of word processing. They will also explore making animations. Homework will include the use of DB Primary, our learning platform to enrich their computing experiences.

In Mathematics the children will use their understanding of place value and number facts to solve problems. They will be expected to recall and use multiplication and division facts for the 2, 3, 5 and 10 multiplication tables, and to understand how to work out the answers to higher tables as preparation for later recalling them.  The children will learn the appropriate standard units to use for estimating and measuring capacity (litres/ml) and compare and order volume/capacity and record the results using > < and = .  Telling the time to five minutes and recognising half-past, quarter past/to the hour continues to be a focus this term.

The children will have the opportunity to hear a range of narratives  with our main focus being  stories based on imaginary worlds which they will use as a basis for creating  characters and settings for their our own stories. As part of our history theme the children will write reports and explanations linked to the seaside.  They will also read and write different styles of poems linked to our  seaside theme.


Spring 2017

During the Spring Term our theme will be The Great Fire of London.  This provides the opportunity to study how people lived in 1666 through the use of a variety of sources including the diary of Samuel Pepys. The children will discover how a new London grew out of the ashes.

Science – the children will continue to develop their understanding of how plants develop from seeds to adult plants and how it is a continuous cycle.  They will sow the seeds they harvested in early autumn and nurture their plants to once again watch them develop to the point of harvest and consumption.  They will compare how the growth of seeds differs to bulbs as they focus on the conditions required for survival.

Art and DT will provide the opportunity to do observational drawings using different media and mixing colours to investigate tones. In DT the children will design and make different vehicles linked to our theme.

Computing will form an essential strand to all subjects as well as a discrete lesson in which the children will be taught the skills they require. They will learn to safely use the World Wide Web for research and develop their skills in producing word processed documents.

In Maths we will continue to develop our skills in number and place value, data, shape and measure. These skills will then be used to develop strategies for problem solving. The children will be learning to tell the time at school and their progress will be enhanced through home activities.

We will be exploring Creation Myths to widen our understanding of different genre. We will focus on a variety of authors including Ted Hughes. The children will also learn about the features of reports and shape poems and apply this knowledge in History and Science.

During the second half of the term the classes will have an Animal Experience visitor to enhance their learning in Science and provide stimulus for their writing in Literacy.


Autumn 2016

During the Autumn Term our theme will be Adventurers and Explorers. This will provide us with an amazing opportunity for a wide variety of cross curricular activities.

We will be studying Geography and History through the theme and concentrating on the different continents, countries and oceans which the explorers crossed to reach their destinations. The children will become globe trotters as they research into the challenges faced by these adventurers. A timeline will be created so the children build an understanding of the chronology of events. We will focus on Neil Armstrong and the amazing changes that followed Space missions and Captain Cook as he explores Antarctica.

Science will involve us taking a journey through different habitats and seeing how adaptation has enables species to survive in a variety of locations. This will also include studying how senses can be more tuned in some animals than others and the rich diversity this creates.

Art and DT will allow the children to develop their creative skills through the use of line, colour and pattern to create pictures. Alongside this opportunity the children will research and develop their own puppets which they can then use as part of literacy.

Computing will form an essential strand to all subjects as well as a discrete lesson in which the children will be taught the skills they require.

In Maths we will be developing our skills in number and place value, data, shape and measure. These skills will then be used to build strategies for problem solving.

We will be exploring Literacy through the Eyes of Anthony Browne at the start of the term and then enriching our learning journey by writing recounts, explanations and poems.

The Autumn term will form the start of an exciting journey through year 2.