Year 2

Autumn Term 2

Topic overview

Our topic for this is half-term is “Influential People”. We will be learning about the life and work of Florence Nightingale who was also known as “The lady of the Lamp”. We will be finding out why she went to the Crimea, and what happened as a result of her work.

In science we will be learning about light and electricity. We will identify different light sources and work scientifically to build a circuit to light a light bulb. 

Design and Technology will link with science. We will make a lamp which will light up using the circuits made in our science lessons.

In art we will be mastering drawing techniques. We will explore light and shade using pencil and charcoal.

Our RE lessons will focus on Christianity and Christmas. We will discuss Jesus being a gift from God and consider the question: Why did God give Jesus to the World?

Ideas to support your child

  • Go to the library or research online to find out about Florence Nightingale. When was she born? What was her life like when she was growing up? You could try to find out why she got the name Lady of the lamp.
  • Make a list of different light sources at home and when you are out. Do they use mains electricity or batteries or something else?
  • Research nocturnal animals. What does nocturnal mean? Can you find out some facts about a specific nocturnal animal e.g. owl or bat?
  • Help your child to practice and learn the lyrics for their Christmas performance songs.

You really light up the room Year 2!

Here we are exploring what 'dark' and 'light' means, then using shadows to create drawings.


Parent & Child Session

We had an incredible attendance on our most recent Parent session! Thank you to all parents/carers who helped us make bird houses for our poor parrot, who lost his home in the scurvy sea! Using our seeds for our Science unit, we can now feed him aswell!

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Autumn Term 1

Whole school theme: Who's Who?
Year group theme: Here or there?

Topic overview

Our topic for this is half-term is “Here or there?”.  We will be using our geographical skills to learn how pirates worked their way around the UK.  We will be looking at the contrasting locations, such as coastal areas, rural areas, cities, villages and towns. The children will carry out their own research to find out about the location and physical features of these areas. To help us with our research we will be using atlases, information leaflets and the internet. We will also be developing our design and technology and maths skills to help us design our own pirate flags. 

In Science we are focussing on plants and will be investigating what plants need to grow well.  We will be making observations of the plants and trees around school and will be growing our own cress seeds. 

In Art we will be looking at the work of Monet and learning how to use watercolours to paint fantastic landscape scenes.

Our RE will be focussing on how we should care for others and the world and why it matters.

In Personal Development, we will be learning about how to be safe.

Ideas to support your child

  • Look at maps to find places of interest and talk about the symbols used. 
  • Draw a map of the journey from home to school.
  • Talk about the changes in the trees throughout the autumn months.
  • Plant seeds and bulbs to explore what plants need to grow.
  • Go on a nature walk to look at the different plants in your local area.
  • Give the children opportunities to taste new fruits and vegetables.  Discuss where they are from and what part of the plant they are.

Guide on the side

Choose an island around the world to research and produce an information leaflet. 

  • Where is the island located?
  • What is the weather like?
  • What animals and plants are found there?
  • What can visitors do?
  • What are the islands traditions? (Food, clothes, festivals etc)


We will be visiting Horndon on the Hill (see below)

Parent & child session

We will be having a parents showcase at the end of the half term to show all of the wonderful work we have done. (Dates to follow).            

Year 2 go on a 'pirate' adventure to Horndon on the Hill

ARGH ye ready for our next adventure?...

Our pirates recently embarked on a journey to the village Horndon on the Hill. They used their mapping skills to follow the treasure map to the marked location. During their journey they considered some key physical and human features and compared these to the ones we have in our town of Tilbury!

They even found treasure after following directions to where 'x' marked the spot! 

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Well shiver me timbers! Look who has joined us in year 2!

Pirates came from far and wide to welcome in the new academic year today. But before they could begin their journey they needed to ensure they were ready. The ship was was geared, but one thing was missing! A flag!

After learning about the purpose of flags and researching current flags, the children set on a mission to create their own personalised flags. Using their design skills, they decided upon symbols that represent their personality and sketched them on a flag template. Next, they used their mathematical skills to measure and cut materials inline with their flag measurements. Finally, the children explained their flags meaning and recorded it in their books to share with anyone who might want to know.

I hope they ARGH ready for their journey now!

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