Year 2

Year 2


Term 3

“Planes, trains and automobiles”

How We Organise Ourselves: People use different forms of transport for different reasons. 

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Building Moving Vehicles!

To finish our topic this term, the children designed, made and evaluated their own moving vehicles! The children researched different ways to make moving axles and then worked in small groups to create their own projects. The children thoroughly enjoyed this task and were very proud of their final products!


As part of our topic this term we have been learning about vehicles and roads. The children in Year 2 planned and carried out an investigation to determine if the amount of friction from different materials has an affect on the distance a toy car can travel.


During the second week of term Take Pride came in to run some Active Minds sessions for the children in year 2. These sessions were thoroughly enjoyed by the children and we have continued to use their mindfulness and meditation techniques in school. Take Pride have provided us with some resources which are linked below.

Take Pride Mindfulness pdf

Term 2

“Exceptional Events”

Where We Are in Time and Place: Significant Events Shape Our Lives. 

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As part of our topic this term the children have learned about dinosaurs, and how their existence has shaped our lives. The children enjoyed learning about fossils and how we can use them to find out about the past. They thoroughly enjoyed making their own using a salt dough mixture. The children also learned about colour mixing and creating lighter and darker shades in art. They mixed a variety of shades of green to paint a diplodocus.


The children were very excited to see some real fossils! They enjoyed sketching them, looking closely at the different shapes and shading.

Tuesday 19th November

In science the children learned about an exciting exceptional event – the discovery of gravity by Sir Isaac Newton! We discussed the effects of gravity and how it can be affected by air resistance. The children undertook their own investigation to discover which material would be the most suitable to create a parachute.


“There’s no place like home”

Who we are: Where people live may determine who they are.

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Thursday 17th October

The children in year 2 were lucky enough to have a tennis lesson at Hartley Country Club on Thursday morning. They had a great time and showed some impressive tennis skills!

Monday 14th October

On Monday the children became architects for the day! They used their blueprints from the previous week to construct prototypes of unique houses. There were some amazing models and the children enjoyed talking about their creations.

Week beginning 7th October

As part of our Harvest Festival celebrations the children enjoyed learning about the Homowo Festival celebrated by the Ga people in Ghana. As part of their celebrations, the Ga people perform the Kpanlogo dance. During our PE lessons the children performed their own versions of this dance.

Tuesday 10th September

As part of our learning journey topic this term the children have been learning about the habitats of different animals. The children created their own animals using outdoor materials and chose a habitat for their animal. They were then asked to explain why the habitat they had chosen was a suitable place.

Outdoor Learning

Year 2 have enjoyed a range of outdoor learning experiences so far this year. They have fun creating their own Andy Goldsworthy inspired sculptures using natural resources.


During Outdoor Learning Week the children had the opportunity to create their own paintbrushes and paint using natural resources.


As part of our topic this term the children have been learning about the homes and habitats of animals. They hunted for minibeasts in the school forest and went pond dipping in the school pond to see if they could find any animals in these habitats.



“Express Yourself”

How we express ourselves: Creativity may allow people to show their ideas.

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‘Food Glorious Food’

How we organise ourselves: Most food goes through several stages of production before it gets to homes.

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‘I wonder….?’

How the World Works: Understanding the properties of materials can help us solve problems.

Monday 4th March

Our unit of inquiry this term is “Understanding the properties of materials can help us solve problems.” As part of this topic we have been looking at the story of The Three Little Pigs. The children in year two undertook an investigation to see which materials could be used to build the strongest house when tested against the Big Bad Wolf (a hairdryer!)

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“Then there were none…”

SHARING THE PLANET: Human actions affect wildlife.

Friday 8th February

Year 1 came to visit Year 2 to hear the stories that they had written about mythical creatures. The afternoon was thoroughly enjoyed by all!

Monday 4th February

We learnt about how different animals are suited to their habitats.
As part of our unit of inquiry this term we asked whether unicorns were extinct animals. We also asked whether humans had killed all of the dragons. This led to us writing our own stories about mythical creatures.
We have enjoyed participating in lots of outdoor learning this term. We particularly look forward to completing the weekly outdoor learning challenge!

Wednesday 16th January

We wrote a description using some of the fantastic vocabulary that we have been learning this term.
We created Endangered Animals Leaflets to let others know which animals are endangered, why they are endangered and how people can help these animals.
We enjoyed using our geography knowledge to find the location of some endangered animals on a world map. We also labelled the continents and the oceans.

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“Exceptional Events”

WHERE WE ARE IN TIME AND PLACE: Significant events shape our lives. 

 Wednesday 5th December

As part of our learning journey this term we answered the question “How was life different during the war?” We learnt about Britain during World War 1 and the children wrote letters to share the things they had discovered.

We have also been learning about the Great Fire of London and the children wrote a description using interesting vocabulary.

Friday 30th November

As part of our Learning Journey we have been looking at the Great Fire of London. The children built their own houses and recreated Pudding Lane. We then set fire to the houses to experience how the fire spread.

We are using the title:

‘Exceptional Events’

As part of this topic we have been learning about inventions and discoveries that have impacted and influenced our lives. The children learnt about Isambard Kingdom Brunel, a famous engineer who designed the first passenger train line from London to Bristol; they learnt about the difficulties he overcame to achieve this, as well as discussing how his work has impacted our lives today. 

The children created their own bridges and experienced first hand the challenges that Brunel faced when designing his railway. 


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“Blast Off!”

Year 2 Term 1 Newsletter