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Sir John Heron Primary School

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Year 2

Year 2

Spring Term 1

Key Vocabulary


This term we will be reading ‘Man on the Moon’ by Simon Bartram.

Bob is everyone's favourite man on the moon; follow him on his daily adventures. Bob has a special job - looking after the moon. He keeps it clean and entertains passing space tourists as well as giving guided tours. He knows everything about the moon and that there is definitely no such thing as aliens!


The main writing outcomes will be:

  • Narratives based on the story, e.g. My Day Trip to the Moon.
  • Simple instructions/rules for moon tourists.


For the narrative:

  • Children will be able to tell the story to a friend, using complete sentences (subject-verb-object), and choose appropriate adjectives for characters/settings.


For instructions:

  • Children will  follow a set of instructions (through a practical task), and explain why they have to be in a certain order.


Grammar focus:

  • Use present and past tenses correctly and consistently, including the progressive form.


Punctuation focus:

  • Use of apostrophes to mark where letters are missing in spelling (contraction) and to mark singular possession in nouns.


Spelling focus:

  • Learn to spell common exception words.
  • The /n/ sound spelt kn and (less often) gn at the beginning of words.
  • The /r/ sound spelt wr at the beginning of words.
  • The /l/ sound spelt –le at the end of words.


Handwriting focus:

  • Form lower-case and upper-case.
  • Letters of the correct size relative to one another.
  • Use correct diagonal and horizontal strokes to join letters.


Noun, noun phrase, statement, question,

exclamation, command, adjective, tense, conjunction,

sentence, punctuation, commas

rocket, launch-pad, moon suit, astronaut, aliens,

Mars, Saturn, craters


During this term we will be focusing on ‘Measuring space.’


We will be learning to:

  • Choose and use appropriate standard units to estimate and measure length/height in any direction (m/cm); mass (kg/g); temperature (°C); capacity (litres/ml) to the nearest appropriate unit, using rulers, scales, thermometers and measuring vessels.
  • Compare and order lengths, mass, volume/capacity and record the results using >,<.


We will also be focusing on ‘Fractions.’

We will be learning to:

  • Recognise, find, name and write fractions 1/3,1/4,2/4and 3/4 of a length, shape, set of objects or quantity.
  • Write simple fractions for example, 1/2 of 6 equals 3 and recognise the equivalence ¾ and ½.

Unit, length, height, distance, width, breadth, mass, weight,

temperature, capacity, volume

metre, centimetre, 

gram, kilogram, litre, millilitre, degrees, Celsius, 

Ruler, metre stick, tape measure, scale, scales, thermometer, container, vessel,

order, compare, greater than, less than, notation

Abbreviations of units: m, cm, g, kg, l, ml, °C

The symbols >,< equals.


Part, equal, whole, half, halves,

quarter, three quarters, third

equivalent, fraction,

numerator, denominator,

unit fraction, non-unit fraction,



This term we will be learning about ‘Everyday materials’.


We will:

  • Identify and compare the suitability of a variety of everyday materials, including wood, metal, plastic, glass, brick, rock, paper and cardboard for particular uses.
  • Find out how the shapes of solid objects made from some materials can be changed by squashing, bending, twisting and stretching.


Types of materials: wood, plastic, glass, metal, water, rock,

brick, fabric, sand, paper, flour, butter, milk, soil.

Properties of materials: hard/soft, stretchy/not stretchy,

shiny/dull, rough/smooth, bendy/not bendy, transparent/

not transparent, sticky/not sticky.

Verbs associated with materials: crumble, squash, bend,

stretch, twist.

Senses: touch, see, hear, smell and taste.

Tier 2 words:






In computing this term, our topic is 'Boat Race.'

We will learn how 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,

route, instructions, robot, 

predict, Scratch blocks, efficient, 



In history this term we will explore the topic of the ‘Fire of London.’


We will learn about:

  • Changes within living memory.
  • The lives of significant individuals in the past who have contributed to national and international achievements.

London, Britain, fire, destroyed, Stuarts, objects, archaeologists, debris, buried, parliament, decision, Pudding Lane,

flammable, fire bucket, paintings, pictures. analyse, examine, deduce, indicate, evaluate, primary, secondary


Art and DT

In the Spring term we will be learning about ‘Super Sculptures’.


We will:

  • Use a range of media to create a number of drawings that represent sculptures.
  • Look at Dale Chihuly pieces and compare and contrast between the two images.
  • Use graphite to experiment with different types of lines to create a drawing that appears spherical (lines come from centre of the drawing).
  • Select two colours of oil pastels or wax and create a representation using a colour.
  • Use a wash of colour to go over the drawing.
  • Compare Chilhuly and Moore tone and form.
  • Continue using graphite and experiment with tone.
  • Draw a single line outline filling A3 paper, apply tone to show three dimensions and the ground.

Tone, curved, spikey, smooth, texture, repeated, patterns,

Spherical, bright, dull, muted, objects, favourite, colour, decorate, pattern, lines, variety, primary, secondary, mixing, light, dark, shades.



This term, our focus will be on celebrating difference.


During PSHCE lessons, children will:

  • Be able to discuss gender stereotypes.
  • Be able to explain what bullying is.
  • Be able to stand up for myself.
  • Be able to create friendships.
  • Be able to celebrate someone else’s differences.

Things in common, unique

equality, on purpose, gender

male, female, stereotypes

including, friendship, solid


In the Spring term we will be looking at ‘Why are special books special for different people’?


We will learn to:

  • Say why holy books are special and how people can learn from them.
  • Say why holy books are important to a believer.
  • Say which holy books are important to me.


Guru Granth Sahib, Sikh, Granthi, Chauri, Romalla, brahim, shrimad bhagwad, Tipitaka,

Bible, Qur’an, Bhavagita, Buddha, Torah, Noah’s Ark, Moses, Joseph


Our theme in music this term will be ‘I wanna play in a band’.


Children will:

  • 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.


This term we will take part in outdoor activities  such as ‘Throwing and Catching’.


We will be looking at:

  • Developing basic movements including running , jumping, throwing and catching.
  • Developing balance agility and coordination and applying these in different situations.


Target, pace, underarm throw, stance, release, spin, Jack Ball, rules, tactics, ramp,

lob, court, overhand, accuracy, competition, propel, target, object, non throwing,

arm, dominant arm.