Year 2 - 2L (Mrs Lane) and 2T (Miss Taylor)

Essential Knowledge


  • Be able to work scientifically – observe and use simple equipment.

  • Understand living things and their habitats.

  • Be knowledgeable about plants and what they need to grow and survive.

  • Understand how animals (including humans)  grow and survive.

  • Be able to create programs using SCRATCH.

  • To be able to use the Internet to search for information safely.

  • Be able to understand what a healthy and varied diet means and where it comes from.

  • Be able to use simple observational skills.

  • Be able to play tuned and un-tuned instruments and listen with concentration to a range of music.

  • Experiment with, create, select and combine sounds.

  • Be able to participate in some games and take part in sports day.

  • Be able to constitute what a healthy lifestyle is and understand how to keep healthy.

  • Be able to understand how to live in the wider community and deal with relationships.






We will be learning about:

  • Narratives

  • Explanation texts

  • Discussion texts

We will be reading extracts from a range of texts. We will be identifying the features found in a narrative, and explanation text. We will then be writing our own stories, explanation about plants and debating if animals should be kept in a zoo. 

The children will learn to:

  • identify the features found in a narrative endings, explanation and discussion texts.

  • box up the key features of a text

  • use text mapping to plan their writing

  • write an alternative ending, a discussion text and explanation text

  • edit my writing.

Speaking and listening, word and sentence structure remain an ongoing skill that is developed through all literacy lessons. Similarly VCOP is continuously used throughout the children’s writing.


Children are involved in daily phonics lessons, which focus on the Letters and Sounds programme. This aims to build children's speaking and listening skills in their own right as well as to prepare children for learning to read by developing their phonic knowledge and skills.  For further information, games and resources, visit,  or  even  our own website for helpful videos  on how to say the sounds

Plants and Animals


The children will:

  • create their own animations using SCRATCH.

  • use the Internet to safely search for information.





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The children will be learning about: 

  • promoting team work, collaborative working, revisiting the friendship box.

  • a sense of enjoyment and fascination in learning about themselves, others and the world around them

  • developing their own views and ideas

  • respecting others and their beliefs.

  • comparing and contrasting what life is like between rich and poor children

  • communicating with others of different faiths.




We will be learning about:

  • Addition and Subtraction

  • Multiplication and Division

  • Measurement

  • Place Values



We are going to be to:

  • observing how animals grow and change

  • observing how plants grow and what they need to grow successfully

  • looking at animal’s wildlife

  • growing our own plants

  • hatching chicks and caterpillars – in classrooms.





  • We will perform a dance focusing on spacial awareness and technique

  • Learn to play team games using the skills of defense, attack, collaboration.



The children are learning to:


  • listen with concentration and understanding to a range of high quality live and recorded music.

  • play tuned and un-tuned instruments.

Art and Design


This class topic covers the first and second parts of summer term. During the first part the children will begin with the study of animals and have the opportunity to draw from observation. They will look at the English artist Sir Edwin Landseer famous for paintings of animals.  The children will be using shape, line, texture, colour and tone in their work.


Prior knowledge: Roald Dahl illustration project – painting and drawing from imagination.

Generating Ideas: Developing, planning and communicating ideas; the children will record animals using observational drawing. There will be opportunities for the children to ask and answer questions about the starting points for their work, and develop their ideas.                                                                                                                 

Making/Technique: Working with tools, and materials: The children will have the opportunity to investigate the possibilities of a range of materials and processes such as graphite and charcoal for drawing purposes. They will be able to select from a variety of brushes with which to apply paint.


Knowledge: The children will learn about techniques for the use of pencil and then paint. They will also explore the work of the artist Edwin Landseer and other artists who work with the natural environment past and present.


Evaluation: Evaluating processes and products: talk about their ideas, saying what they like and dislike; identify what they could have done differently or how they could improve their work in the future.


Literacy: listen attentively, talk clearly and confidently about their thoughts, opinions and ideas, listening carefully to others so that they can refine their thinking and express themselves effectively. Speaking and listening; listen, understand and respond to others; make relevant comments; listen to others' reactions; group discussion and interaction; join in as members of a group; extend their ideas in the light of discussion.


Science: the variety of and anatomy of animals.  



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