Children in Year 2 start each half term with a new topic which begins with a Sensational Start and ends with a Fantastic Finish. Children will enjoy books throughout each topic, with two that they will become very familiar with. The book webs set out how subjects are woven throughout the topic.
Autumn 1 - Explorers
Sensational Start: Explorers Dress Up Day
Fantastic Finish: Mobile Planetarium
Children begin the topic with a day to dress up as explorers. They will learn about different types of exploration and famous explorers, including Christopher Columbus and Neil Armstrong. The geography focus is on the naming and locating on a world map the oceans and continents and learning about compass directions. The fantastic finish will be a chance to enter a mobile planetarium to view the night sky, stars, moons and planets, perhaps inspiring the next generation of astronauts.
Autumn 2 - Enid Blyton
Sensation Start: Library Visit and a Talk from Mr Brand at Chantry
Fantastic Finish: Famous Five Inspired Orienteering
We start the topic with a visit to the library and hope to visit Mr Brand at Chantry who is our local Enid Blyton expert. Through reading The Faraway Tree and The Famous Five series of books, children will enter the world of adventure and mystery. They will learn about the life and works of this well-known author and will look at the development of books and information by researching the achievements of William Caxton and Tim Berners-Lee. The children will challenge themselves with orienteering inspired by the Famous Five.
Spring 1 - London's Burning
Sensational Start: Gunpowder Mills Visit
Fantastic Finish: Recreating the Great Fire of London
A visit to the Gunpowder Mills gives children the opportunity to engage in activities related to Guy Fawkes and the Gunpowder Plot. They will learn about what it was like to live in London at the time. Children will find out about the significance and facts of the Great Fire of London using a range of sources and they will write diary entries following the study of Samuel Pepys. After making Tudor houses from cardboard boxes, they will use them to recreate the Great Fire of London.
Spring 2 - Ready, Steady, Grow!
Sensational Start: Amersham Field Centre Visit
Fantastic Finish: Art Exhibition
Children will begin the topic with a visit to Amersham Field Centre, walking in the woods and taking part in a fantastic range of activities to spark an interest in the topic. Children will have the opportunity to plant a seed and understand what it needs to grow healthily, setting up a scientific experiment to find out what happens if one or more of those things are not provided. They will develop an understanding of seasonal weather patterns and create moving pictures. The children will host an art exhibition showcasing their work on observational drawing to end the topic.
Summer 1 - A Suitable Habitat
Sensational Start: Birds of Prey Workshop
Fantastic Finish: Make a Bug Hotel
Children will learn about a wide range of habitats and the animals that live in them. They will begin to consider how they are suited to their habitat and create their own ‘Just So’ stories telling tales of real and imagined adaptations. There will be a focus on nocturnal animals inspired by a bird of prey workshop and the story ‘The Owl Who Was Afraid Of The Dark’. The fantastic finish will be making a bug hotel and going on a habitat hunt.
Summer 2 - Beside the Seaside
Sensational Start: Visit to Southend
Fantastic Finish: Seaside Day and Making Ice-Cream
Oh we do like to be beside the seaside! Children will begin the topic with a visit to Southend where they will spend time on the beach, building sandcastles and strolling along the pier. In Geography they will compare seaside holidays in Southend with those in Sharm-el-Sheikh and research seaside holidays in the past and how they have changed. They will celebrate the end of the topic with a seaside day and learning how to make their own ice cream.