Year 2

Spring Term 2

Whole School Theme: Take One Picture
Year Group Theme: Vincent Van Gogh - Starry Night Over the Rhone

Topic overview

Our topic for this half-term is based around the artist Van Gogh.

We will be using a range of resources to research the famous artist.  The children will be finding out about his life and how he became famous. They will also make observations of one of his famous paintings: Starry Night over The Rhone.

Children will also explore techniques of tie dying and weaving.

In science, children will Investigate and describe the basic needs of animals for survival (water, food and air). They will be finding out about the lifecycles of chickens and ducks. They will also be exploring different habitats and identifying why they are suitable for different animals. In Geography, we are going to be learning about our school and its environment. We will explore question such as: Where is our school?  How do you get to school? How long does it take? The children will be looking at a map of the area and of our school and answering questions such as: What can we see on the map? Do you recognise the parts of the school from the map? The children will also be going on a short walk around our local area. They will plan their route and follow a simple map. We will be needing helpers to walk with us. We will let you know as soon as we can our planned date to go.

Ideas to support your child.

Show children pictures and famous paintings by Van Gogh, discuss colour, line and media used. Which is your favourite? Why? Are there any you don’t like? Why?

Observe stars in the sky at night, take phots, and make sketches.

Research the famous artist Van Gogh.

Research the lifecycles of animals. Choose an animal to create a fact file for. Example question to research could be: What do they look like? Where do they live? What do they eat?


Continue to read every day with your child.

Complete our planned homework for reading and maths in the purple book and 2 pages from the text book.

Ensure your child completes their times table challenge each week.

Ensure that your child learns their spellings and writes a sentence for each one in their homework book.

Parent and child session.

Date: Wednesday 29 March at 2pm
Details to follow!

Watch out for duck eggs arriving in class towards the end of term. The children will be monitoring their progress and recording the changes. We are hoping to become duckling mummies really soon! 

Spring Term 1

Whole School Theme: An Eye on London
Year Group Theme: The Great Fire of London/Materials

Topic overview

Our topics for this half-term are “The Great Fire of London” and “Materials”.    

We will be using a range of resources to research The Great Fire of London.  The children will be finding out about when and where it started. Sequencing the main events and looking at reasons why the fire lasted so long/caused so much damage. They will also think about how we know so much about the past e.g. from eyewitness accounts (Samuel Pepys diary) and paintings.

In science children will learn to distinguish between an object and the material from which it is made. They will investigate properties of different materials. They will learn about some of the ways materials can be changed and that heating can cause changes which produce materials which are often useful.

Ideas to support your child.

Show children pictures and maps of London and point out famous landmarks.

Visit London for the day and take a bus tour to spot famous landmarks.

Explore materials used for various objects in your home/garden and what makes them a suitable material for that purpose.

Talk about Fire safety with your child and plan a fire escape route/drill together in case of an emergency.

Guide on the side

You need to choose 2 activities from the list in the Guide of the Side document.

Homework projects are due in by Friday 27th January.


Fire! Fire!

We will begin our Great Fire of London topic with our wow days. 

Parent and child session

An opportunity for you to come into school and work with your child.

Parent & Child Session
Wednesday 8 February 2017

Year 2 children and their families were hard at work creating a fabric collage depicting the Fire of London. They used a variety of joining techniques and created some fabulous pieces.

Deputy Head of School, Mrs Sarah Jones, said "We would like to thank everyone that was able to attend, we were really proud of the results! The Parent & Child session was extremely well attended and the work created will soon be on display for all to see."

TPA Parent & Child Session Year 2 0 TPA Parent & Child Session Year 2 1 TPA Parent & Child Session Year 2 2
TPA Parent & Child Session Year 2 3 TPA Parent & Child Session Year 2 4 TPA Parent & Child Session Year 2 15
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TPA Parent & Child Session Year 2 09 TPA Parent & Child Session Year 2 10 TPA Parent & Child Session Year 2 14

Autumn Term 2

Whole School Theme: Influential People
Year Group Theme: Florence Nightingale

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 will work scientifically to build a circuit to light a light bulb. Linking with the light part of the topic, we will also be finding out about nocturnal animals.

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

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

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.

Guide on the Side

Choose 2 activities from the list on the Guide on the Side homework. Try to choose 2 different activities e.g. a writing activity and a creative activity or a maths activity and a writing activity.

Encourage and support your child to present their project as neatly as possible.

Remember, if you need any resources you can speak to a member of staff.


We have arranged for Freshwater Theatre to come into school with their Florence Nightingale workshop.

Pupils will meet an actress in the role of Florence Nightingale and take part in a performance where Miss Nightingale will describe her life, explain why she went to the Crimean War, how she cared for the sick and wounded soldiers, and what happened as a result of her work. 

The Theatre Company will be in as part of our Marvellous Middle during Week 3.

Parent and child session

An opportunity for you to come into school and work with your child.

Date to follow.

Our visit from Florence Nightingale

TPA Florence Nightingale 0 TPA Florence Nightingale 1 TPA Florence Nightingale 2
TPA Florence Nightingale 3 TPA Florence Nightingale 4 TPA Florence Nightingale 5

Autumn Term 1

Whole School Theme: Who's Who?
Year Group Theme: Home or away? Here or there?

Topic overview

Our topic for this is half-term is “Home or away?”  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.

PE days are Tuesday and Thursday. Please ensure your child has their complete PE kit, and all earrings and any jewellery are removed.

Guide on the side - (complete in homework folder please)

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)


On Friday 16th September we will be visiting Horndon on the Hill.

Parent and child session

On the 7th of October, we will be having a parents showcase to show all of the wonderful work we have done.