Year Two Topics - 2020/21
Autumn (First Half)
Wellbeing and Earth and Beyond (Space)
The first four weeks of the term will focus on learning about feelings and emotions. We will look at a range of texts to support the children’s wellbeing and we will explore different scenarios. During this topic, we will develop our writing skills through story writing. The children will apply previously learnt writing skills to create setting descriptions using images of space from the Hubble telescope. In Computing, we will start by discussing E-safety as it is the corner stone of making children understand how to stay safe online. Children will be learning how to create multimedia animations, google slides and developing their research skills. During this term, we will explore a variety of religious places and symbols; recognising why they are special. In PSHE, the children will learn about the importance of friends and will understand how to recognise a healthy friendship. In Science, children will be looking at different types of materials suited for life in space. They will be discussing life in space and the resources human beings require to survive in space. In History, children will be looking at flags and landmarks from around the world. We will be looking at Christopher Columbus and Amy Johnson for exploration.
Autumn (Second Half)
Earth and Beyond (Earth)
During this half of Autumn term, children will be looking at their home planet of ‘Earth’. We will be looking at stories from other cultures, to help children understand rich cultures around the world, and compare traditional tales from various countries. The children will produce their shape and Winter poems, as well as Winter letter writing. We will be looking at the life cycles of animals and plants to develop our understanding of living things in Science. In Maths, we will strengthen our ability to solve multiplication and division calculations through written methods. For Geography, we will be looking at our planet to discuss continents, poles and oceans. We will be using Atlases to help with our understanding and discovery while developing our independent research skills.
Spring (First Half)
Walking with Dinosaurs
We will begin our topic by developing our non-fiction writing skills with the use of diary entries and writing from the perspective of a volcanologist. To enhance our writing skills, we will be creating our own encyclopaedias of dinosaurs. This activity will have a cross curricular link with computing, as children will be creating their encyclopaedias using Chrome Books and including digital images in their writing. Furthermore, children will be looking at how to debug computer programs and develop algorithms. In Maths, children will be working on developing their understanding of time by comparing and sequencing intervals of time. They will also be looking at how to write, recognise and find simple fractions. In statistics, children will be able to create simple pictograms, tally charts and block diagrams. In PSHE, we will be looking at ‘respectful relationships’ and understanding the similarities and differences between people. In Geography, we will be developing our fieldwork and observational skills.
Spring (Second Half)
Machines and Me
We will be starting our exciting topic by incorporating Roald Dahl’s ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’ to discuss inventions and by designing our own machines and explaining how they work. We will be creating posters for our inventions, as part of our persuasive writing, to persuade Willy Wonka to buy them for his factory! In Art, children will create posters of their inventions using different media. In Maths, we will be reinforcing addition and subtraction through recalling addition and subtraction facts up to 20 and learning how to use related facts up to 100. In Science, we will be developing our skills to work scientifically by looking at which materials will be best for the children’s inventions. In RE, children will be looking at ‘All About Me’ to develop their understanding of what makes them special and different from others.
Summer (First Half)
We will further our knowledge of 2D and 3D shapes by looking at their properties; noting the similarities and differences and looking at lines of symmetry. In English, we will learn to write non-chronological reports, with the children ‘designing’ their own min-beasts, to build on our non-fiction writing skills. We will also build on our instruction writing. In Science, we will be looking at living things and their various habitats and how they are the same or different from one another to develop our ability to work scientifically. In History, we will be looking at Sir David Attenborough, Jane Goodall and Chris Packham to think about what characteristics and skills these people have developed over the years to be at the top of their respective fields. In PSHE, we will learn about mental wellbeing and understand how to keep our bodies and brains healthy.
Summer (Second Half)
The Living Planet
Year Two will consolidate their writing through fantasy stories and developing different viewpoints in story writing. The wordless book ‘Quest’ will provide children a starting point to write about their own adventure. The children will begin to prepare for their next adventure into their new school and discuss their goals and aspirations. In Maths, concepts such as place value, money and statistics will be reinforced as the children prepare for transition. Computing lessons will bring video making and editing together as children work on their own short films. Our Art and D.T lessons will incorporate the fantasy element, as children will create their own mythical beasts using various media.