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Year 2

Curriculum Information

Termly Topics
Autumn Spring Summer
The Great Fire of London Castles Minibeasts
Summer Term 2018-19 Subject Overview



As Mathematicians we will begin the term focusing on time, and also consolidating our learning around addition, subtraction, multiplication and division, applying these skills in problem solving contexts.  Later in the term, we will focus on length, mass and volume, and consolidate our learning on money from earlier in the year. 


To begin the term, our work will be based around the story, ‘The Dark,’ by Lemony Snickett. We will explore the story through drama and role play, and use our reading skills of inference, prediction and summarising. The text provides opportunities to complete extended character descriptions and explore themes of fear and empathy through writing letters from different perspectives.  We will also compare the story with a poem called ‘The Dark’ by James Carter and write our own poems about the dark.

After half term, we will be studying the book, ‘The Bee Who Spoke’ as this is linked to our topic of minibeasts. We will be exploring the setting of the story- Paris, France- making our own French town. We will also be researching facts about bees working towards making a fact file all about them.

We will also read the book ‘The Lost Words,’ and focus on exploring one of the ‘lost words’ from this.  This book was written to include words about nature which are no longer included in children’s dictionaries.


In Science will be learning about Living Things and their Habitats alongside Plants.  We will learn about a variety of habitats and the plants and animals that live there. We will learn to tell the difference between things that are living, dead and things that have never been alive, and apply this in a range of contexts. We’ll make observations of our school grounds and the creatures that live there, investigating conditions in local microhabitats and how they affect the minibeasts found within them. We will spend some time researching a range of global habitats and how the living things that live there are suited to their environments, and also start to look into an introduction to the idea of dependency between plant and animal species.


As Computer Scientists we will be building on Coding work taught in Year One. We will consolidate our understanding of algorithms, debugging, programming and sequences. We will use Purple Mash to support our programming skills, alongside human computing and the use of bee-bots.

Design Technology

Our D.T learning this term will link with our minibeast theme- we will be designing and making Bug Hotels.


As Artists, we will explore the work of a textile artist, Alexandra Kehayoglou, and use inspiration from this to design our own fabric leaves, using fabric pastels and sewing techniques.

History and Geography

As Geographers, we will be investigating our local environment, going on walks around our local area. We will think about a place in nature that inspires us, exploring its’ geographical features and what we can do to nurture and look after it.


In R.E this term we will be focusing our learning around Hinduism, comparing and contrasting Hindu practices with those of other world religions.


In PSHE, we will explore the theme of keeping safe, in a variety of contexts.  As part of this we will cover the Year 2 curriculum for drugs education and sex and relationships education.


In P.E this term we will be having both indoor and outdoor sessions. Our indoor sessions will be dance sessions led by a dance coach and our outdoor sessions will be focused on teamwork using the parachute.