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Year 2

Year 2

Spring Term 2

Key Vocabulary


In Literacy this term, we will be reading ‘The Lonely Beast’ by Chris Judge. We will be completing lots of creative tasks around this book including making our own beast characters and describing them. We will be making cakes for the Beast’s tea party and writing instructions to show our parents/carers how to make them.

Main writing outcomes:

  • Character descriptions of The Beast and a friend for The Beast
  • Front page of a  newspaper article

Throughout this term, we will also be preparing for our SATs, ensuring we can:

  • Identify a noun, adjective, verb and adverb.
  • We will be identifying different sentence types and practicing our use of punctuation.
  • We will be practicing our handwriting, making sure that we are joining using the correct joins so we are ready for Year 3!

Noun, noun phrase, statement, question, exclamation, command, adjective, tense, conjunction,

sentence, punctuation, commas, adverb


Text-specific: beast, monster, creature, trek, quest, sea, mountain, city



This term in mathematics, we will be exploring fractions.

We will be learning how:

  • to recognise, find, name and write fractions 1/3, 1/4, 2/4 and 3/4 of a length, shape,
  • set of objects or quantity,
  • We will also write simple fractions for example, 1/2 of 6 = 3 and recognise the equivalence of 2/4 and 1/2

We will also be looking at mathematical movement:

  • The children will be able to  use mathematical vocabulary to: describe position, direction and movement including movement in a straight line
  • Distinguishing between rotation as a turn and in terms of right angles for quarter, half and three-quarter turns (clockwise and anti-clockwise).

Part, Equal, Whole, Half, halves, Quarter, Fraction, Numerator, Denominator, Notation,

Horizontal bar for fractions; 1/2,1/4

Diagonal bar for fractions; 1⁄2, 1⁄4


This term in science, we will be learning about animals including humans.

 Pupils will:

  • Notice that animals, including humans, have offspring which grow into adults.
  • Find out about and describe the basic needs of animals, including humans, for survival (water, food and air).
  • Describe the importance for humans of exercise, eating the right amounts of different types of food, and hygiene.


Classification - Birds, fish, amphibians, reptiles, mammals and invertebrate

Classification - Carnivores, herbivores, omnivores

Stages of growth of many insects – egg, larva, pupa, adult

Names of some invertebrates – ladybirds, butterflies, dragonflies, etc

Names of some amphibians – smooth newt, common frog, toad

Stages of life –baby, toddler, child, teenager, adult

Life processes – growth, nutrition (feeding), respiration (breathing is part of this)

Hygiene – clean, wash, germs

Foods – healthy, grow, strong, energy

Tier 2 words:

organise, sequence and categorise


During this term the children will be studying the topic of ‘We Are Astronauts’.


Children will be able to:


  • Understand what algorithms are; how they are implemented as programs on digital devices; and that programs execute by following precise and unambiguous instructions.
  •  Create and debug simple programs.
  •  Use logical reasoning to predict the behaviour of simple programs.

sprite, code, debug, algorithm, instructions, predict, problem, program, robot, scratch











This term the children will study the topic of  ‘Bangladesh and Manor Park’.


The children will be studying the following:


Place knowledge:

  • Understanding geographical similarities and differences through studying the human and physical geography of a small area of the United Kingdom, and of a small area in a contrasting non-European country.


Human and Physical:

  • Identify seasonal and daily weather patterns in the United Kingdom and the location of hot and cold areas of the world in relation to the Equator and the North and South Poles.


Skills and fieldwork:

  • To use simple fieldwork and observational skills to study the geography of their school and its grounds and the key human and physical features of its surrounding environment.

Wind, rain, cloud, frost, ice, storm, thunder, lightning, food, weather, season, spring, summer, autumn, winter, tempera-

ture, thermometer, map, globe, plan, country, continent, ocean, area,


place, position, north, south, east, west, near/far, left/right, up/down,

Digital map, key, compare, contract, similarities, differences


Art and DT

In this term the children will be learning about the artist Howard Hodgkin.


By the end of the term the children will be able:

  • To create an image that represents a specific place.


Steps to achieve end points:

  • Look at the work of the artist to identify the features.
  • To be able to discuss what they like/do not like about the piece of work.
  • Discuss the colour choice on the impact of mood.
  • Identifying a corner or a building to represent local to school.
  • Create a background colour.
  • Experiment with mark-marking with brushes.
  • Work from the inside out creating some simple marks to represent objects/buildings.
  • Different marks to create a frame.

Tint, shades, stroke, pattern, lines,

Diagonal, Vertical, repeated, mood,


This term the children will be learning about ‘Relationships’.


In this topic the children will be learning to:

  • To identify the different members of my family, understand my relationship with each of them and know why it is important to share and cooperate.
  • To understand that there are lots of forms of physical contact within a family and that some of this is acceptable and some is not.
  • To identify some of the things that cause conflict with my friends.
  • To understand that sometimes it is good to keep a secret and sometimes it is not good to keep a secret.
  • To recognise and appreciate people who can help me in my family, my school and my community.
  • To express my appreciation for the people in my special relationships.

Feelings, Family, Different, Similarities, Special, Relationship, Important, Cooperate, Friends, Likes/dislikes, Conflict, Point of view, Positive problem solving, Empathy, Trust, Trustworthy, Honesty, Reliability, Compliments, Celebrate, Positive, Negative, Appreciate, Secret, Surprise, Telling, Adult, Frightened, Anxious, Honesty


During this term, our topic will be ‘What is Easter and why is it important?’


 We will be discussing:

  • What does the Bible tell us about Easter?
  • What happens on Ash Wednesday?
  • What are the events that happen on Maundy Thursday and Good Friday?
  • How do we feel when we hear what happened to Jesus?
  • What can we learn about Jesus’ death?
  • What other Symbols are associated with Easter?

Ash Wednesday, Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday, Easter day (Pascha), resurrection & Easter


In music this term the children will be studying the topic ‘Zootime.’


In this topic the children will be able to:

  • Use their voices expressively and creatively by singing songs and speaking chants and rhymes.
  • Play tuned and untuned instruments musically.
  • Listen with concentration and understanding to a range of high-quality live and recorded music.
  • Experiment with, create, select and combine sounds using the inter-related
  • dimensions of music.

Composition, improvisation, band, dynamics, ending, introduction, melody/tune, notation, original, performance, pitch, pulse/beat, rhythm, solo, style, tempo, verse, chorus.



In this term children will be exploring the topic of dance.


The children will be able to:

  • Perform dances using simple movement patterns.
  • Master basic movements including running, jumping, throwing and catching, as well as developing balance, agility and coordination, and begin to apply these in a range of activities.

Movements, Stimuli, Observe, Describe, Improvise, Perform, Simple actions, travelling, Stillness,