Year 2 Long Term Plan

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Wanted poster
String poems Narrative
Non-chronological report
Non-chronological report
Place Value
2D shape
Data handling
Place value
Addition & subtraction
3D shape
Position & direction
Money problems
ScienceMy Needs
What do we need to survive?
How do animals and humans use water, food, air and exercise?
How forces can change materials
Identifying and classifying materials and discussing their properties.
The needs of plants.
Children observe and describe how the seeds and bulbs they grow mature into plants while considering what they need to be healthy.
Habitats of living things
Children explore the difference between the habitats of animals.
Children revisit and develop their understanding of what animals need to survive.
Properties of materials
Children look at how different materials are suited to different jobs.
Science AT1 opportunityHeart Rate investigation
Children ask questions and observe changes to see what effect exercise has on our bodies.
Asking Questions and finding ways to answer them
Children conduct an investigation to find out the best ways to cool things down.
Observing changes
Testing strength/elasticity of materials.
Investigate growing conditionsInvestigate growing conditions
Children grow plants in different conditions and evaluate which was the best.
Changing shape investigation
HistoryMy Parents and their Parents
Children look at how our families are different.
Parent visitors share different aspects of their cultures with the children.
Children develop an understanding about how life has changed over time around the world.
Fire of London
Children learn about this historically significant event and then focus on how life has changed for people over time. Children use buildings and building materials as a focus for their learning. They will also learn about the work of Christopher Wren.
Changes within living memory
The children look at the rise and fall of the milling industry in Bradford and Leeds.
Changes to habitats in local area.
Children consider how the habitats in our local area have changed over time.
The lives of significant people
Children look at the life of famous inventors and the machines they invented as well as evaluating the impact of their work on people’s lives.
GeographyWhere do I live?
Children use maps and aerial pictures to compare different countries, focussing on physical and human features.
Children use compass directions to describe the locations of the features they identify.
UK Regions and Cities
Children use maps to locate London and discuss how The United Kingdom is divided into countries, regions and cities.
Local geographical study
Children use maps and pictures to identify the features of Bradford and use their knowledge of maps and compass directions to navigate a local walk.

Where is water?
Children look at different types and bodies of water and consider the different ways in which people use water.
Maps, Continents and Oceans
Children consider how maps are used. To learn about key geographical regions.
Children think about how to keep themselves safe online by developing an understanding about what is and is not right to share
Computer science
Children begin to think about how real and virtual devices can be controlled using instructions (algorithms)
Children think about how to keep themselves safe online by developing an understanding about what is and is not right to share
Combine moving images and sound. They will also create simple animations.
Information Literacy
Children use a range of computer programs and the internet to research and appropriately present information across the curriculum.
Data Handling
Children use data bases to hold information and carry out surveys
Art and DesignSelf Portraits
Children use their pencil control and drawing skills to produce self-portraits that reflect who they are.
Sketching, Colour mixing and mixed media
Children create artistic impression of buildings dating back to 1666 using a range of mediums and techniques.
Children develop their ability to create textures to reflect the physical and human geographical features of our local area.
Water Effects
Children look at how water can affect colour mixing and pattern making.
Mixed Media Collage
Children use a variety of mediums to create accurate collages of animal habitats.
Machine Junk Modelling
Children use larger items to create junk models and sculptures in groups
Design and TechnologyHealthy Food
Children make foods that reflect the cultures represented in the year group.
Children reflect on the health benefits of the chosen foods.
Weaving Textiles
Children use their knowledge of weaving from the class trip to produce their own weaving designs.
A home for a living thing.
Children design and build a habitat and then monitor how the habitat changes over time.
Moving robot
Pneumatic machine
Children design and build a robot with moving parts.
REPrecious things
Children will find out about precious objects in the Christian, Muslim and Hindu faiths including holy books.
Special days
Children will find out about some special days in the Christian, Muslim and Hindu calendar.
Special places
Children investigate religiously significant place. They will also look at the number and use of religious buildings in our local area
PETri Golf
Children will learn aiming and striking skills.
Children will design and join a series of dance moves to reflect different words.
Children will explore gymnastic actions and still shapes. They will develop balance, agility and co-ordination, and begin to apply these in a range of activities.
Athletics Activities
Children will practise running, jumping and throwing skills.
Children will develop throwing and catching skills within the context of a variety of games.
Team Games
Children will develop partner and small team games. They will devise their own simple rules for games.
MusicHands, Feet, HeartAll Things Pop!
Music from other cultures
Glockenspiel Stage 1I wanna play in a bandZootimeSummer
PHSCEHealth & Identity
Children develop an understanding of what is included in a healthy lifestyle. They also reflect on their feelings and how to manage them.
Children think about money and its importance and why it is important to look after it.
Children think about the risks associated with fireworks and how we can keep ourselves safe in these situations.
Relationships and citizenship
Children think about how they can make and sustain positive relationships. They learn about positive attributes of a good citizen. They also reflect on their feelings and how to manage them.
Trips/experiencesParental visits weekly
Food from other countries
Road safety workshop
Real History Alive-Great Fire of London
Trip to Temple Newsam
Leeds industrial MuseumDoe Park – Raft Building and Pirates experienceZootopia Film Screening and drama workManchester Museum of Science and industry

Kensuke’s Kingdom

This half term Year 2 have been reading a class text called ‘Kensuke’s Kingdom’. We have been thinking carefully about what life on a desert island would have been like for Michael (a character from the story) and how different it would have been from the United Kingdom and from our way of life. To explore this further, we visited Doe Park Water Activity Centre. While we were there we thought about lots of the challenges Michael would have faced on the desert island. We built a shelter using tarpaulins and natural materials so we would have a safe, dry place to sleep and we even made a fire using dry wood, a flint and cotton wool. When we had started the fire, we boiled some water in a volcano kettle to make our own hot chocolate drinks and tried to make smoke signals to the boats passing. After that, we went for a hike around the countryside using a map to find our way, just like Michael. Finally, we went in canoes on the reservoir and pretended we were the people sailing past the island, listening carefully and looking out for the smoke signals we might see.

As well as our fantastic trip, we have also been thinking about Kensuke’s Kingdom in our geography. We have compared the natural and man-made geographical features of the United Kingdom and a small, tropical island. The children have really enjoyed developing their atlas skills to find lots of different places around the world.

Victorian Times

This half term Year 2 have been learning about life in the Victorian times, focusing inparticularly on the lives of children and the jobs they would have had to do. To find out even more, we visited the National Coal Mining Museum in Wakefield. We did lots of different things, including meeting the pit ponies and finding out what sorts of jobs they would have done in the coal mines. A lady called Sally told us about what it would have been like to be five years old and working in a mill. We also went underground into a real coal mine!


L.S. Lowry

This half term in art we have been learning about the artist L.S. Lowry. We spent some time looking at his work and the style and features that he uses. We had a go at creating our own Lowry style line drawings using different mediums such as chalk and charcoal.


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Our Local Area

Year 2 have been learning about how our local area has changed since our Parents and Grandparents have lived here.


Year 2 have also been learning about our emotions and how we can talk about our emotions. Each morning we work in collaboration groups to talk about how we are feeling and how we are going to start the day ahead. We also talked about changes and how change makes us feel. We linked this in to talking about how we have changed and how we are going to change as we grow older.


DT – Strong Structures

In DT we have been learning about strong structures. We had a lot of fun using sweets and cocktail sticks to investigate. At first we all made square and rectangular shapes. However, we soon learnt that by putting a diagonal stick between two corners, the structure would be much stronger. We used our knowledge of strong structures to help build some model houses. We needed to build houses to replace the ones burnt down during the Great Fire of London.


Samuel Pepys

This half term started with a visit from Samuel Pepys, a man who wrote a diary in 1666. At first we weren’t sure why he had come to school. However, we quickly learnt that he had come to tell us about the Great Fire of London. We have had a lot of fun learning about how the fire spread. We’ve had lots of fun burning things, learning about the fire triangle and investigating what materials are flammable and which aren’t.

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