Year 2

Welcome to Year 2

What happened in the Great Fire of London? 
We start the year learning about The Great Fire of London by building model houses at home and re-enacting the Great Fire on the field! Following this, we write recounts of ‘The Great Fire of Tadley’ and use different materials to create fire pictures. Over the term we look at pictures of the fire, read diaries and extracts from eyewitnesses and build an understanding of what it was like to be near the Great Fire of London. 

Would you rather live in Hampshire or Perth, Australia? 
This learning challenge allows us to find out where different places are around the world before ‘zooming in’ on Perth, Australia. ‘Street View’ allows us to get a closer look at what Perth is like, comparing it to the area in which we live. In addition to this, we also use technology to ‘Skype’ someone currently living in Perth to find out how life is different there to life in Hampshire. Through the topic, children are able to find out what different aspects of Perth are like, compare weather patterns and end the topic by deciding where they would rather live! 

Why did the Titanic sink? 
During this learning challenge, we discover what the Titanic was and why we remember it today. We look at what life was like aboard the Titanic for both the crew and the passengers. In the topic, we arrange memorable days for our pupils including a fancy dress Titanic Day with food which would have been eaten on board the Titanic, a dance lessons and lots of other on board activities. In addition to this, we visit the Seacity Museum in Southampton to learn more about life on board the Titanic and see artefacts from the cruise liner. 

Why was Neil Armstrong a very brave person? 
In spring, we learn about how to become an astronaut by taking part in an ‘Astronaut Training Day’ to see if we would like to be astronauts in the future. We find out about Neil Armstrong and the moon landing, discussing the dangers of space travel and reflecting on whether we think he was a brave person. We also watch videos created by Tim Peake when he was on the space station, which allow us to see the differences between living in space and on Earth. 

Besides the Seaside 
Through this topic, we find out where beaches are around the UK and further afield, sharing our own experiences of visiting them. We learn about human and physical features and look at various beaches around the UK to compare these. We also devise our own maps using keys to design a beach for tourists. In addition to this, we create a ‘beach in a box’ using shoe boxes and other materials. 

How can we stay healthy until we are 100? 
In our final half term, we look at ways to stay healthy through exercise and healthy eating. We explore how food gets from ‘field to fork’ and look at the ‘food stories’ of familiar ingredients. As an exciting end to our topic and our time at the Infants, we invite our parents in to share a special picnic with us that we prepare. 

In addition to this, during the final term we put on a performance for parents and the rest of the school. We spend a lot of time learning songs and practising our acting. 

Please click on the links below that will give you more information about our curriculum and homework. 


Year 2 Newsletters

Autumn 1 Newsletter - 10.09.21

Autumn 2 Newsletter - 05.11.21

Spring 1 Newsletter - 07.01.22

Spring 2 Newsletter - 07.03.22

Summer 1 Newsletter - 29.04.22



Year 2 Curriculum Information

Autumn 1 Homework Grid - 10.09.21

Autumn 1 Topic Overview - 10.09.21

Autumn 2 Homework Grid - 05.11.21

Autumn 2 Topic Overview - 05.11.21

Autumn 2 World Map - 05.11.21

Autumn 2 Ways to learn your spellings - 05.11.21

Spring 1 Homework Grid - 07.01.22

Spring 1 Topic Overview - 07.01.22

Spring 2 Homework Grid - 07.03.22

Spring 2 Topic Overview - 07.03.22

Summer 1 Homework Grid - 29.04.22

Summer 1 Topic Overview - 29.04.22


Isolation Activity Packs

Spring 1 Isolation Pack - 07.01.22


Additional Documents parents may find useful:

Home Learning ELSA

Home Reading E-book Suggestions

Online Safety Tips for Children

Home Learning Suggested Timetable

School Library Service #ReadatHome Challenge


If you have any queries with regard to the curriculum for this year group, please contact Miss Emma Wright (Year Group Leader) or Bryony Stevens (Deputy Head).

If you would like further paper copies of the curriculum/newsletters, please contact your child's teacher.

Should you have any queries with regard to any of the Year 2 team, please contact Bryony Stevens (Deputy Head) or Glen Golding (Headteacher)