Year 2

Summer Term 2015

This term, Year 2 are going to explore everything about night and day! From plants and animals that need light, to those that lurk in the depths of the night. Our topic this term will focus on Science, Computing, Music and Art.

The children will get the opportunity to create their own habitats using iPads, as well as creating a ‘Day in the Life of’ composition in music. Their challenge in Science will be to grow their own plants and investigate what happens if there is no sunlight or water. In Art, they will learn sketching techniques to draw their plants.

We intend to carry out a local walking trip to investigate local habitats. Why not spend some time at home, thinking about the different habitats that are around you?!

As ever, we will continue with English and Maths, leading up to the Year 2 SATs assessments. Thank you for the support you give your child at home, in completing Learning Logs and reading regularly.


Spring Term 2015 – Rescue

This half term, Year 2 are going to explore the term ‘Rescue’!

To begin with, we will look at a famous historic rescue: The Great Fire of London. We will focus on historical interpretations, looking at Samuel Pepys’ diary and writing our own diaries from different points of view. The children will begin to understand how we use evidence to find out about the past.

After this, we will be focusing on dangers related to electricity. As part of this, we will build our own circuits with a siren and a flashing light.

Following on from this, we will be looking at health and growth: what is a paramedic and how can they rescue sick people? We will also explore how people prevent sickness and how we care for ourselves.

Finally, in anticipation of a long, hot summer, we will look at seaside rescue. We will explore physical and human features of Southsea, linking this back to our Welcome to Portsmouth topic and looking forward to our June topic; ‘Seaside’.


Spring Term 2015

Year 2 are going to work for Portsmouth City Council for the next half term. The purpose of the work will be to get more tourists to visit our Great Waterfront City. This will involve:

·        Exploring Portsmouth further, by foot and minibus

·        Identifying local landmarks and places of interest

·        Developing games to educate people about the city

·        Finding out about historical figures and sites

On 19th January, Year 2 will take part in a scavenger hunt around the city. Look out for a letter about this soon.  Here’s an anagram for one of the historical figures we may meet. Can you work it out? ‘Check Lardiness’.

In English, we will be writing information texts about the city and its attractions. In maths, we will focus on geometry, positional language and measurement – this will help the children to create their own map of the city.

Learning about Portsmouth has never been so much fun!


Distinctive Dragon Learning Logs……

What a pleasure it was yesterday afternoon when Mrs. Needham brought the learning log homework from four children in year two. Just look at their creative ideas…

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Dungeons and Dragons

Autumn Term 2014

Welcome back Year 2! We can’t wait to get stuck into our exciting Dungeons and Dragons topic this half term.

This term we will be finding out all about caves, dungeons and castles. In late September, we will visit Arundel Castle, exploring its Norman motte and imagining we are knights and ladies-in-waiting. Keep your eyes peeled for letters and texts giving further information about this trip.

In English, we will be writing some of our very own traditional tales set in castles; we will then transform these stories into plays. We hope to perform these to our parents and carers in October. We will explore the geography of castles in the United Kingdom. Why do they tend to be built on hills? What is the purpose of the keep? We will also find out about daily life in castles. How does the life of a Flying Bull child compare with the life of an heir to a Lord seven hundred years ago?

Early in September, we welcome all Year 2 parents and carers into school to talk about our plans for this year. This will be a great opportunity to meet us and find out about exciting developments to our school life.

As always, if there is anything else we can do to support let us know.

Mr Way, Miss Churchill and Mrs Krycler



In the jungle, the mighty jungle…

Welcome back year 2.

Your teachers look forward to teaching you lots of exciting things about habitats, animals and growth.
We will be finding out about how the rainforest works, the different layers and the animals that live there. We will find out about deforestation and what we can do to protect the rainforest in the future.
The beach will be our second habitat to explore and we’re going to visit the Isle of Wight and West Witterings to explore different beach types so look out for a letter coming soon!

In English we are going to find out about famous authors like Beatrix Potter, A.A Milne and Shirley Hughes. Nocturnal animals will be our focus for report writing and we are even going to practise our instructional writing again.

In maths we will cover all our units one more time before we move to year 3! So make sure you practise your 2,5,10 times table and try telling the time to the nearest 5 minutes.

We hope you have a marvellous term and enjoy every minute. Year 3 is just around the corner…


Bonjour everyone and welcome to another exciting Spring Term in Year 2.

We have decided to split this terms topic into two. First we will be looking at Mega structures- huge buildings and great modern landmarks, this will include the Spinnaker tower, London Eye and the Sydney Opera House.  We will be researching Isambard Brunel and looking at writing reports using the information we find.  We will design and make our own mega-structures for a fun-fair using Lego, Kinnex and any bits of construction material we can lay our hands on!
After this has finished we are going to start looking at the 1960s and 1970s, from art, toys and music, to festivals, fashion and food. We can’t wait to delve into our hippy history.
Obviously we will be having the usual events; parents open evening in mid January, ERIC mornings on a Wednesday and even a trip or two around the city. As well as all of this we are going to start our Foreign Language Learning this term with a splash of French, we will be looking at numbers and responding to the register first… so get practising.
As always we appreciate your help and would like to take this opportunity to remind you to PLEASE hear your child read three times a week at home and that if you need any support with school work, Learning Logs or anything else then give us a shout!