Year 2

Class Teachers –  Miss Tiplady
Dear Parents/Carers
This information outlines the teaching and learning to be covered over the half-term. If you require any further information, please do not hesitate to contact us. Thank you for your continued help and support.

Summer 2018 First Half-Term

This term’s topic is called ‘Castles’

Some of the activities for this half-term.

  • EnrichmentTrip to visit Bolsover Castle
  • Medieval Banquet

Fiction Writing based on the book Hector and the Big Bad Knight. (Use Talk for Writing to plan own versions of story, story mountains to box up story and help plan stories.
Grammar – Revisit use of suffixes/possessive apostrophes. Look at examples of apostrophes for contracted words.
Research facts and ask questions about Bolsover Castle before trip. C.C Links to history. Children will ask questions for partner to research answer to.
Information Texts based around castles – Living in a castle, castle jobs, castle entertainment. Use role-play to act out different jobs. How to become a knight.
Children will write a recount about their trip to Bolsover Castle.

Chronological understanding
Children will use phrases and words like ‘before’, ‘after’ ‘past’ ‘present’.
Children will use a range of appropriate words and phrases to describe the past.
Knowledge and interpretation
Children will explain how their local area was different in the past?
Historical enquiry
Can they answer questions by using a specific source such as an information books.
Can they research the life of someone who used to live in their area using the internet and other sources to find out about them?

Mental addition and subtraction of 2 digit numbers by partitioning or counting on. Choose to add or subtract to solve word problems.
Understand division as the inverse of multiplication. Solve word problems using multiplication and division based on knights and castle theme.
Know names and order of the days of the week, months of the year.
Tell the time to t the nearest quarter of an hour and 5 minutes.
Halve and double 2-digt numbers. Halve and double 1 digit numbers using dominoes.

History Activities
Children will find out about the history of Bolsover Castle a motte and bailey castle using the Internet and books. They will find out about what it was like to live in a castle, who lived in a castle, and the structure of a castle.
Children will make links to Bess of Hardwick who we found out about earlier in the year when they visited Chatsworth and who is also linked to Bolsover Castle. C.C. Links with Literacy.

Science – Grouping & Changing Materiels  

Changing materials
Can they explore how the shapes of solid objects can be changed by squashing, bending, twisting, stretching?
Can they identify and compare the suitability of a variety of everyday materials, including, wood, metal plastic, glass brick, rock and paper, cardboard for particular uses?

Can they explain how materials are changed by bending, twisting and stretching?
Can they tell which materials cannot be changed back after being heated, cooled bent, stretched or twisted?
Can they say whether things happened as they expected and not why not?

Activities (inc cross curricular Links)
Children will find out about the uses of different materials which is dependent on their properties.   Why are some materials used for specific uses?  They will experiment changing shapes of objects by squashing and bending them etc.  
Children will record their observations using tables and charts.
They will investigate which materials are best for a droughty window in a castle?
Plan and carry out an investigation to find out which material is best for armour?
They will make a rope for Shrek to climb up to reach the princess investigating how ropes can be made stronger by plaiting/twisting/weaving.


Physical Geography
Can they describe some physical features of their own locality?
Can they explain what makes a locality special?

Geographical Enquiry
Can they label a diagram or photograph using some geographical words. Can they find out about a locality using different sources of evidence?

Locate castles in the local area and mark them on a UK map use atlases and maps.
Children will find out why castles were built in specific locations including Bolsover Castle.    

ICT – Computing
Can they follow the school’s safer internet rules?
Can they send and reply to messages sent by a safe email partner (within school)?
Can they word press a piece of text?
Can they insert/delegate a word using the mouse and arrow Keys
Can they highlight text to change its format (B, U ,I)?

Revisit importance of using the Internet safely and correctly. Children word process questions and captions for photographs taken on trip to Bolsover Castle for new classroom display. They will word process headings for display and type up recounts/interesting facts using Bold/U font. Make captions for role-play area.

Create presentation about Bolsover trip using Rabbit app on I Pad. They will insert pre-recorded sounds into the presentation and record the narration.


Links to details from previous term’s topics


Spring Term 4 – ‘Its A Bugs Life’

Spring Term 3 – Once Upon A Time’

Autumn Term 2 – Popular Culture’

Autumn Term 1 – ‘Fruitastic’


Summer Term 6- ‘Amazing Animals’

Summer Term 5 – ‘Superheroes’

Spring Term 4 – ‘Through the Door’