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Year 2

Summer Term 2021 

Our topics this term are Animals and SeasidesA 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 retelling the traditional tale Jack and the Beanstalk as part of our science topic ‘plants’. We will create our own runner bean seed packet which will include instructions for how to successfully grow runner beans. We will also be exploring stories written by the same author. The authors we will focus on are Oliver Jeffers and Julia Donaldson. As part of our work around stories by the same author, we will develop our descriptive writing from character descriptions, setting descriptions and diary entries. Later in the term we will also be creating our own fact files.

In Numeracy, we will be learning how to read and draw the time on an analogue clock to 15 and 5 minute intervals using ‘past’ and ‘to’ the hour.  We will revise and consolidate our understanding of addition and subtraction strategies and learn how to choose a method to calculate the answer effectively.  Then we will apply our mathematical skills to one or two step real life problems.

In Science, we will be learning all about plants. We will begin the term by planting our own beans like Jack from the story Jack and the beanstalk. We will set up an investigation to see which conditions a plant grows best in. We will observe our beans and record our results. We will describe how plants need water, light and a suitable temperature to grow and stay healthy. Earlier in the year, we planted bulbs and we will be observing how these have grown. We will order and label the life cycle of a bulb and seed using a comic strip. We will also explore who the scientist Margaret Rebecca Dickinson was and creating a water colour picture of a flower.

As part of Geography, we will understand where different animals live in the world. We will make comparisons between climates and animals from different continents. We will compare scale and distance of and between continents and be able to locate continents and some countries within them. We will be able to locate hot and cold areas of the world and understand how climates change in relation to position on the globe. We will understand how different types of habitats provide for animals and refer back to our Science learning from earlier in the year.

In History, we will discuss that there are lots of different types of animals and species across the world from all different countries. We will talk about examples of animals that are now extinct. We will learn about the Dodo and recount the story of the Dodo from the past and know that things haven’t always been as they are now. We will compare Charles Darwin and his voyage to discover new species to Steve Backshall and deadly 60. We will understand that stories have been used to teach people things throughout history and read the story Anancy the spider. We will learn about David Attenborough, discuss how important he has been over the last 60 years and complete an activity based on fact or fiction.

In Computing, we will discuss staying safe online and our digital footprint. We will use technology purposefully to type simple sentences using a word processing application, including upper and lower case, spaces and line spaces, then saving work. We will select and format text. Change font size, style and colour.

In Art, we will explore what primary and secondary colours are and create our own simple colour wheel. We will then use our knowledge of secondary colours to create our own painting inspired by the question, ‘What would the sky look like if birds left their colour behind?’. We will learn how to thread cotton onto a large eyed needle and create a running stitch to join fabric together to create our own animal hand puppet.

During Music, we will be exploring pop music during our topic called friendship. We will listen to and sing along to a range of different songs based on friendship. We will play instrumental parts within the songs. We will sing and improvise using voices and/or instruments within the songs.

In PE, we will cover athletics and yoga. During athletics, we will develop skills required in athletic activities such as running at different speeds, changing direction, jumping and throwing. In all athletic based activities, we will engage in performing skills and measuring performance, competing to improve on our own score and against others. We will be given opportunities to work collaboratively as well as independently. We will learn how to improve by identifying areas of strength as well as areas to develop. During our yoga sessions, we will learn about mindfulness and body awareness. We will begin to learn yoga poses and techniques that will help us to connect our mind and body. We will build our strength, flexibility and balance. We will work independently and with others, sharing ideas and creating our own poses in response to a theme.

As part of our learning in RE, we will understand that people of Britain are followers of many different religions and that we should respect people with different beliefs to our own. Over the term, we will be creating our own book about different religions called ‘Children of Britain.’ We will start our learning by creating a front cover, contents page and blurb. Each week, we will explore a different religion and learn about their Holy Book, Place of worship, Symbol, Important Person / Founder and any other information: (e.g. important festivals, rituals etc.)

In PSHE, we will identify a range of familiar situations which might entail risk and consider ways to keep ourselves safe. We will Identify emotions associated with risky behaviour or situations. We will learn our basic personal information and know when we might need to give it. We will understand the range of people in the community who help keep us safe. We will know how to ask for help in an emergency and recognise familiar situations where we can offer help.


During Literacy this term, we will be exploring stories with familiar settings. After reading The Lighthouse Keeper’s Lunch by Ronda and David Armitage we will sequence the beginning, middle and end of the story to be able to write our own retell. We will also use the story as inspiration when writing our own alternative version where we will focus on using a range of interesting adjectives and conjunctions to develop our writing. We will learn about the features of recipes and as part of our DT work we will be creating our own recipes for a picnic. Later in the term, we will explore the well-known Katie Morag stories written by Mairi Hedderwick. We will use The Isle of Struay to develop our descriptive writing by creating our own setting descriptions enriched with interesting vocabulary. We will complete our term by exploring the wonders of the sea through a wide range of poems. We will compare poems and use imagery and our own experiences to create poems of our own.

In Numeracy, we will learn how to count in fractions and find fractions of amounts, including amounts of money.  We will learn how to tell the time on a digital clock.  We will learn how to solve puzzles involving numbers and shapes.   We will learn place value in 3-digit numbers, how to place these numbers on a number line and round them to the nearest 10.

In Science, we will be learning about animals including humans. We will describe the importance of exercise, eating the right amounts of different types of food and hygiene. We will 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. We will discuss what should be included in a healthy diet and what should be limited. We will create our own Eatwell plate. We will plan and evaluate our own meal. We will continue to develop of working scientifically skills including observing closely, using simple equipment, performing simple tests, identifying and classifying, using our observations and ideas to suggest answers to questions and gathering and recording data to help in answering questions.

As part of Geography and History, we will discuss how seasides have changed over time. We will locate seasides on a map of the UK. We will identify the features of a seaside and think about whether they are natural or manmade. We will think about the similarities and differences between Hampton and a seaside town. We will look at different weather patterns in different countries around the world. We will discuss the equator and that it is hotter the closer you get to the equator. We will discuss how travel has changed between the Victorian times and the modern day. We will compare and discuss the different activities that people would have done at the seaside over 100 years ago with what we would do today.  

In Computing, we will discuss how to stay safe online. We will refer back to some of the stories and characters we have met over the year including Smartie the Penguin and Digi duck. We will discuss different types of technology both in school and out of school.

In Art, we will develop our observational drawing skills by sketching various shells. We will also find out what a loom weave is and create a piece of artwork of an underwater animal that includes a loom weave. After learning about the technique colour washing, we will create a seascape collage that includes a colour washed background and layers using various materials.

In Design Technology, we will link our learning to our science and healthy eating. We will be able to name the different food types and sort a variety of food into their correct food group. We will use tally charts, pictograms and block graphs to find out our favourite fruit and vegetables. We will describe how eating the right amount of food is important to be healthy and create a healthy lunchbox/dinner.  We will design, make and evaluate our own fruit kebab.

During Music, we will be exploring classical music during our topic called reflect, rewind and replay. We will consolidate the learning that has occurred during the year. All the learning is focused around revisiting songs and musical activities, a context for the History of Music and the beginnings of the Language of Music.

In PE, we will be covering striking and fielding and team building. During striking and fielding, we will develop our basic understanding of striking and fielding games such as Rounders and Cricket. We will learn skills including throwing and catching, stopping a rolling ball, retrieving a ball and striking a ball. We will be given opportunities to play

one against one, one against two, and one against three. We will learn how to score points and how to use simple tactics. We will learn the rules of the games and use these to play fairly. We will show respect towards others when playing competitively and develop communication skills. During team building, we will develop our communication and problem-solving skills. We will work individually, in pairs and in small groups. We will learn to discuss, plan and reflect on ideas and strategies. We will lead a partner whilst considering safety. We will have the opportunity to show honesty and fair play.

As part of our learning in RE, we will be exploring Christianity. We will be discussing what makes a place special for Christian people. We will learn about churches and their features. We will compare churches from around the world.

In PSHE, we will be discussing healthy lifestyles and link our learning to our Science and DT. We will be able to give examples of how to be healthy and reflect on our own lifestyles and choices. We will be able to explain why healthy eating and physical activity are both important. We will know the difference between being active and inactive and know how

to maintain health. We will be able to say what changes physical and emotionally when we are active. We will be able to talk about food likes and dislikes and give reasons. We will understand that food can be divided into different groups and know that for good health we need a balanced diet.