Year 2 Curriculum
Here are the topics we'll be focussing on during the year. For more detail on what learning is involed for each topic see the Curriculum Map and associated documents.
Autumn 1 – Bright Lights, Big City
This half term we learn about London past and present. We attend a Great Fire of London workshop at the Tower of London as part of our cross curricular English and History focus.
Science and D&T: We learn about the properties of materials and how some materials can change when bent, twisted or squashed. We use this knowledge to design, build and evaluate our own bridge, inspired by the London landmarks we explore.
Autumn 2 – Give it Some Art!
As the name suggests, our learning in this topic has a strong art focus, looking at pattern in art, and on learning the rudiments of drawing. Our work involves a variety of media, including paint, digital images, collage and sculpture.
We learn about a range of artists from different time periods and backgrounds and visit Dulwich Picture Gallery.
Spring 1 – Trash to Treasure
This topic has an environmental theme and we focus on energy saving, waste, litter and many other topics. We develop a greater awareness of our own environment and what we can do to protect it and enhance it. We learn how to reduce, reuse and recycle!
Science and DT: We further learn about the properties of materials and use this knowledge to design a purposeful, functional, appealing product such as a T-shirt bag.
Spring 2 – Turrets, Towers, Tiaras!
With a History and DT focus, in this topic we learn about the Royal Family, using secondary sources of information to compare the lives of Queen Elizabeth II and Askia the Great supported by a visit to the Royal Mews. Based on our learning about the Royal Family’s heritage, we research our own family tree. We explore the features of a British castle to design and create a castle façade using levers and pulleys.
To support learning we can recommend the following website: The Royal Collection Trust
Summer 1 – Get Coding
This topic supports learning about what algorithms are; how they are implemented as programs on digital devices; and that programs execute by following precise and unambiguous instructions. We also learn about how to create and debug simple programs.
Summer 2 – Home Sweet Habitats
In this topic, we use our knowledge from our trip to London Zoo to delve a little deeper into animals and their macro habitats. We will be focusing on the different features of individual habitats and their suitability for each animal group. The children will then be taking part in independent research on a habitat of their choosing by using ipads, books and magazines in order to create their own habitat diorama.
Science: This term our focus is living things and their habitats.