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Year 2

Spring Term 2020

Our topics this term are Toys and Space.  A flavour of some of what the children will be learning and experiencing during these topics is given below.


During Literacy this term, we will be exploring poetry based on toys and different stories by the same author. We will begin by exploring poetry and writing poetry about toys. We will discuss rhyming words and try to include these in our own poems. We will read stories by the same author starting with Traction Man and use these to inspire our written work. We will retell the stories, order the stories and write our own versions. We will look carefully at the structure and ensure we have a clear beginning, middle and end in a similar style.  We will also learn how to write extended sentences, using descriptive language and conjunctions. We will continue to have daily phonics and spelling sessions and a weekly handwriting session.

In Numeracy, we will cover a range of areas. We will explore 2D and 3D shapes, fractions, data, time and measures (including cm, m, kg, g, l and ml). We will name 2D and 3D shapes and identify their properties. We will sort shapes depending on given criteria, e.g. number of vertices or faces. We will learn how to identify halves, thirds and quarters of shapes, amounts of objects and numbers. We will be drawing and interpreting tally charts, pictographs and bar graphs. We will learn how to tell the time to 5 minute intervals and then draw the hands on analogue clocks. During our work on measures, we will practise measuring and weighing different objects and comparing lengths, heights and weights using greater than, less than and equal to. Within all the areas, we will be problem solving and reasoning. We will use practical resources to consolidate our learning. We will continue to practise our mental skills and learn our 2, 5 and 10 x tables.

In Science, we will be exploring different materials. We will look at their properties and sort them into different groups. We will carry out investigations which will require us to predict, plan, carry out an investigation and conclude what we have found out.

As part of Geography, we will investigate if all toys were made in a toy shop. We will look at different toys from around the world. We will also link this to our Science and think about the materials the toys are made from.

In History, we will explore how toys have changed over time. We will look at toys from the past and compare these with toys that we play with now. We will research the toys our parents and grandparents played with and look at similarities and differences with our toys.

In computing, We will continue to learn about internet safety and how we can stay safe online using a range of different stories. We will also continue to explore Bee-bots and program them to move using algorithms and programming.

In Art, we will be creating observational drawing of toys. We will learn different drawing and sketching techniques to help us produce our final piece of artwork.

In Design Technology, we will look at how toys are made. We will explore different types of toys and how they move. After exploring different toys, we will plan, make and evaluate our own spinning toy.

During Music, we will continue to explore beats and pitch through listening to and performing a range of songs. We will use instruments to accompany our singing.

In PE will be become mighty movers and take part in a range of different circuits while practising our gymnastic skills.

As part of our learning in RE, we will explore the question ‘What message did the prophet Muhammad bring?’

In PSHE, we will be exploring how we are all individuals. We will discuss what makes us different and how we all have our own identity.


In Literacy, we will begin by looking at the features of non-chronological reports. We will research information about our topic and use this to create our own report about space. We will include factual language in our report as well as a title, sub-headings, pictures and captions. We will also be writing instructions. We will look at the features of instructions an use what we find to write our own set of instructions.

In Numeracy, we will continue to consolidate our number work. We will add and subtract numbers using concrete objects, pictorial representations, and mentally, including: a two-digit number and ones, a two-digit number and tens, two two-digit numbers and adding three one-digit numbers. We will recognise and use the inverse relationship between addition and subtraction and use this to check calculations and solve missing number problems. We will recall and use multiplication and division facts for the 2, 5 and 10 multiplication tables. We will solve problems involving multiplication and division, using materials, arrays, repeated addition, mental methods and multiplication and division facts, including problems in contexts.

During Science, we will be exploring living things and their habitats. We will explore and compare the differences between things that are living, dead, and things that have never been alive. We will identify that most living things live in habitats to which they are suited and describe how different habitats provide for the basic needs of different kinds of animals and plants and how they depend on each other. We will identify and name a variety of plants and animals in their habitats, including micro-habitats. During the topic, we will also describe how animals obtain their food from plants and other animals, using the idea of a simple food chain and identify and name different sources of food.

In Geography, we will explore the characteristics of cities in the United Kingdom and of different countries. We will explore similarities and differences. We will learn how to interpret a range of sources of geographical information, including maps, diagrams, globes and aerial photographs.

In Computing, we will continue to stay safe online and revise learning from the previous terms. We will explore different types of technology. We will use technology, to research and explore The Space Race.

During Art, we will be creating our own space collage. We will explore a range of different media and materials before completing our final collage. We will also be creating our own planet sculptures.

During PE, we will further develop our coordination, throwing and catching skills.  While indoor we will join movements together to music during dance.

In Music, we will use our voices expressively and creatively by singing songs and speaking chants and rhymes. We will play tuned and untuned instruments musically and listen to a range of music.

In PSHE, we will be exploring stereotypes. We will talk about what boys and girls like to do. We will discuss how we are different and also the same.

In RE, we will explore the question, ‘How do different religions celebrate festivals?’