Year 2

The Great Fire of London – Autumn 1

London’s Burning! 

To start Year 2, we will be exploring what led to the infamous Great Fire of London. The children will take an exciting journey back in time to 1666 on Pudding Lane in London to discover what the buildings were made from and why this, along with other reasons, caused the fire to be so intense. Together we will look at how people learned from the mistakes of the past to improve fire safety and why the current organised fire services were put in place. We will spend time learning about the life of Samuel Pepys and the importance of his secret diary. We will enjoy a number of stories, songs, and chants based around the Great Fire of London.

Mapping the World – A UK study – Autumn 2

We are starting our fantastic geography topic  ‘Mapping the World’. We will be learning lots of facts about the United Kingdom and the countries that make up the U.K. This will include lots of key information such as the population of each country, significant cities, famous landmarks, transport links, and the kind of industry that thrives in each area. We will also be learning how to use a compass and will be using the compass points to give directions. We will also be exploring human and physical features of our local area in our fieldwork sessions.

History – Monarchs – Spring 1 

We are starting our new history focus, ‘Influential Monarchs’ where we will be learning about monarchs who have had a big impact on our country. We will start by learning about King Henry VIII, followed by Queen Victoria I, and then finally Queen Elizabeth II. We will be learning about the changes that occurred during their reign and how this has impacted the way we live now. As part of this we will be looking at the industrial revolution during Queen Victoria’s reign.

Geography – Kenya – Spring 2 

Our new geography focus is ‘Kenya’. We will be finding out all about Kenya including where it is, what it is like there, the population, the climate, physical and human features, and tourist attractions. We will be comparing Kenya to the United Kingdom. We will be finding out about major cities, such as Nairobi and Mombasa. Computers will be used to allow the children to look around different areas of Kenya. Finally, we will be looking at why people would be attracted to visit Kenya.

Significant Historical Events – Summer 1

During this half term, we will be looking at significant historical events. These will include: The Titanic disaster, first flight, and the moon landing. The children will be looking at why these events happened and how the world has changed as a result of them. We will be writing non-fiction reports looking at questions and answers. We will also be creating some poetry around the theme of “If I were in charge if the world.” We will be investigating living things and their habitats in Science and in Design and Technology we will be creating moving vehicles to work out how wheels and axles work.

Oceans and Continents – Summer 2 

During our final half term in year 2, we will be learning about instruction texts and writing poetry in English. In maths, we will be continuing to learn to tell the time and revisiting the year 2 maths curriculum to ensure we are secure with everything ready for year 3! In Geography we will be learning about the continents and the oceans of the world, including finding out about marine biomes and climate change. We will focus in on the Arctic Ocean, the Indian Ocean, and the Southern Ocean. In Science we will continue our learning about living things and their habitats. We will be programming quizzes in computing and using photography to support our sketches in art!