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Year 2 - Topic Overview


Gold Class

Teacher: Miss Dullam

HLTA: Mrs Marsh

HLTA: Mrs Young

Yellow Class

Teacher: Miss Bulford

TA: Mrs Randall




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.

English- We will write a recount of our school trip to Chatham Dockyard. We will also be looking an underwater world and we will use our descriptive language to write a setting description. Then, we will go on a school trip to the coast and think about our senses and use this experience to write an acrostic poem. We will have a visit from Pirate Pam who has lost her treasure and we will try and help her find it. We will write about our discoveries in a letter.

Maths- Learn about number, focusing on place value which will lead into addition. We will draw our own number lines to help us solve addition problems.

Science- Explore floating and sinking and waterproof materials.

History- Learn about the brave Grace Darling and the story about how she saved nine people during a storm at sea. We will write a diary entry as Grace Darling exploring how she felt at each point. We will also explore the lives of significant pirates and create a presentation about their lives.

Geography- Name and locate the continents and oceans that make up the Earth’s surface. We will also explore the different layers of the Earth.

Art and Design Technology- Build a boat using a range of materials.

Computing- Design and create a wanted poster using paint to draw and keyboard skills to type.

Music- Learn a range of 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. Have fun learning how to mix ingredients.

Subjects covered in this topic.

English- We will use descriptive language to write ingredients for our magic potion which we will use to write a potion poem based on ‘The Magic Box’ by Kit Wright. Then, we will analyse the scene in Alice in Wonderland where she falls down the rabbit hole and write thought bubbles in character in preparation for a diary entry as Alice. After that, we will write a recipe to make gingerbread men and follow our instructions to make our own. We will also explore the difference between fiction and non-fiction and write our own newspaper report based on the book ‘The Day the Crayons Quit’ by Drew Daywalt.

Maths- Measure out ingredients for a recipe. We will explore subtraction using our knowledge of place value and use a range of resources to solve subtraction problems. We will use money to make different amounts and find change.

Science – Investigate and test out the best mixture for making bubbles. Observe changes when emulsifiers are added to a mixture. Experiment with melting and observe the changes over time.

History- Understand The Gunpowder Plot and why we celebrate Guy Fawkes. Investigate the history of chocolate.

Geography- Explore foods from around the world to understand cultural differences.

Art and Design Technology- Investigate the work of Carl Warner and make your own food landscapes. Make a mess with our Jackson Pollock inspired drip art. Blend chalks to create the effect of a reflection in a firework display. Follow a recipe for gingerbread men. Use mechanisms to make moving pictures. 

Computing- Design and create a short motion picture film.

Music- Compose a piece of music and learn lyrics to songs.


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.

English- 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.

Maths- Measuring height of different ball bounces.

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

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.

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

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

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.


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.

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

Maths- Shape and symmetry.

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.


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.

English- 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.

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.


Curriculum Year 2