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Year 2 - Topic Overview


Gold Class

Teacher: Mrs Moore

TA: Mrs Marsh

Yellow Class

Teacher: Mrs Ross

TA: Miss Huynh




TERM 1 - Land Ahoy!


Yo-ho-ho and a bottle of rum¬ Arrr…me hearties, it’s a sailor’s life for me! Get your sea legs on, it’s time to sail the salty seas.

Navigate, investigate and explore the world, just like Captain Cook.

How do rescues happen at sea? Find out about brave volunteers and young Miss Darling rowing her boat across stormy seas.

Subjects covered in this topic.

Geography- Use and follow simple maps with a key and make our own. Use and give directions. Name and locate the four countries and capital cities of the UK and its surrounding seas.

History- Explore the lives and achievements of significant sea explorers and pirates. Changing boats through time.

Science- Explore floating and sinking and waterproof materials.

D & T- Build a structure/ mechanism for a purpose. Build a boat using a range of materials.

Literacy- Write narrative and diaries based on sea exploration. Recount our school trip to The Chatham Dockyard. Write a character description for a treasure-stealing pirate. Write a historical recount based on The Titanic. Ask questions to a guest speaker to find out information about living and working on a boat.

Maths- Solve problems involving money, finding change and adding up amounts.

Music- Sea shanties and pirate rhymes.


TERM 2 - Muck, Mess and Mixtures!


Let’s get messy! Dive in and get your hands and feet all sticky and covered in paint.

Play with liquids, squish some dough and investigate bubble mixtures.

Subjects covered in this topic.

Science – Investigate and test out the best mixture for making bubbles. Make your own lava lamp by creating a mixture. Investigate mixing solids and liquids. Experiment with melting and observe these changes over time.

Art and Design- Investigate the work of Carl Warner and make your own food landscapes. Get stuck in during our messy afternoon! Use clay to create a firework sculpture. Fireworks pictures using chalk pastels.

History- Understand The Gunpowder Plot and why we celebrate Guy Fawkes.

Literacy- Write instructions to make jelly. Write short stories based around The Gingerbread Man and The Snow Queen. Write a recipe for Grandma’s medicine, based on Roald Dahl’s George’s Marvellous Medicine.

D & T- Follow a recipe for gingerbread men. Design packaging for our gingerbread men.

Maths- Measure out ingredients for a recipe.

Music- Learn a song all about making a mess.


TERM 3 - Bounce


Throw it, catch it, roll it, bounce it!

Up and down and side to side, can you catch the bouncing ball?

Investigate which balls bounce best and test out rolling and bouncing in our exciting Bounce afternoon.

Subjects covered in this topic.

Science – Which ball bounces best? Measuring pulse rate and seeing how our bodies were affected by exercise. How do different surfaces affect how balls roll and bounce.

History- The bouncing bomb, which ball can knock down a wooden wall

Maths- Measuring height of different ball bounces.

Literacy- Write a recount of our Bounce session. Write a narrative using our experience of our school trip to Kidz Planet. Write a diary entry based on Neil Armstrong’s trip to the moon. Newspaper report on Greg Rutherford. Write a non-chronological report on animals that bounce.

History- The first man to walk on the moon.

P.E- Standing long jump, speed bounce, effects of exercise on the body. Netball passes. Throwing and catching.

Computing- Use a computer program to write a non-chronological report. Learn how to underline, make text bold and use punctuation on a keyboard.


TERM 4 - Street Detectives


Where should we go?

Up to the local shops or down to the playing fields?

Let’s learn about our local community.

Looking at houses, old and new, and finding out how our streets have changed since our Mums and Dads were young.

Make maps and plans of the streets around us, planning our routes. What can you see? What can we find?

Subjects covered in this topic.

History- How Hawkinge has changed over time. What was here before our school was built? Learn about the life of Walter Tull, a significant local hero.

Art and Design- Examine local buildings and structures and sketch the outline. Paint and use junk modelling to build a building from the high street.

Geography- Field work in the local area looking at human and physical features. Using and making maps with keys. Looking at aerial images.

PSHE- Understand what belonging to a community means. Improving the local area.

Science- Building materials. Looking after our streets and learning road safety.

Maths- Position and directions. Compass points. Data handling, carry out a traffic survey. What shapes can you see in the buildings?

Literacy- Instructions on how to cross the road safely. Write a biography on Walter Tull. Non-chronological report about Hawkinge.


TERM 5 - Wriggle and Crawl


On your belly, legs at the ready, it’s time to wriggle and crawl! Sweep your nets in puddles and ponds and lift up logs to see who’s home.

Set up your own minibeast laboratory and observe their every move.

Learn about bees, worms and butterflies too.

Carry out investigations to find out more like how far a snail travels in a day and how a spider catches its prey.

Subjects covered in this topic.

Science- Which colour attracts the most minibeasts? Go on a minibeast hunt using magnifying glasses and pooters. Life cycles of different insects. Understand the best habitat for different minibeasts and design your own. Learn about how bees make honey. Get up close with different minibeasts and ask an expert any questions you may have.

Art/D & T- Observational drawings and making models of insects. Select natural materials for creating a minibeast home.

Maths- Shape and symmetry.

Literacy- Write your own minibeast adapation of Little Red Riding Hood. Instructions on how to make honey. Leaflets about minibeasts. Poetry.

Music- Minibeast rap. The sounds of different minibeasts.

Computing- Research using search engines to find out more about minibeasts.


TERM 6 - Towers, Tunnels and Turrets.


Get ready for an invasion! Head across the drawbridge, over the moat to the top of the tower.

Learn about the features of a castle and who used them.

Attend a medieval banquet and take part in a medieval jousting competition.

Be sure to wear your finest gowns or armour.

Subjects covered in this topic.

History- Visit Dover Castle and learn who lived and worked there. Explore how the use of castles has changed over time. Learn the real-life tale of The Great Escape.

D & T- Construct your own working drawbridge. Attend a medieval banquet and taste different foods that would have been eaten. Design your own menu.

Science- Experiment making and using your own cannon ball to destroy a castle wall.

P.E- Defend and attack games. Working as a team.

Geography- Structures around the world, including The Channel Tunnel. Learn about famous towers and bridges throughout time.

Literacy- Write a diary entry about working in a castle. Read the story of Rapunzel and write our own adaptation. Non-fiction writing about the features of a castle.


Curriculum Year 2

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