Cradle Hill Community Primary School

Year 2

In Year Two we have a cross curricular approach to learning to provide context and engagement for our children. During each topic we go on a learning journey to inspire their curiosity and imagination.

Term One and Two

Our first topic in Year Two is Explorers!

We travel to Antarctica to learn all about the amazing explorer Shackleton and his incredible expedition to the South Pole.
We learn about how  28 men survived when their ship The Endurance became stuck in the pack ice.
In Art we use pencil techniques to sketch The Endurance and use our watercolours to create an Antarctic scene.
As Scientists we investigate different materials to find out which is best for an explorer's bag and boat!
The roleplay area this term turns into Shackleton's boat 'The Endurance' complete with a real ship's steering wheel.

Term Three

This term's topic is The Great Fire of London! 

We start our topic with a visit from Samuel Pepys who explains how the fire began in 1666.



We learn about important changes that came about after this event. 

 In Art we use colour mixing to make a fiery scene with a moving boat. We make a press print of a Tudor house to add to our scene.

Our roleplay area this term turns into the bakery on Pudding Lane.

Term Four

The topic this term is all about Authors with a focus on Oliver Jeffers.

The children enjoy reading, writing and sharing their own stories.

Term Five and Six

During the final two terms our topic is 'Where are the Wild Things?'. The children enjoy exploring the local environment and the creatures that live in it. 

As part of our science learning we observe the life cycle of a butterfly by nurturing caterpillars and setting them free as butterflies. 

Ways to support your child at home

  • Lexia (for early readers)
  • TT rockstars (times tables)
  • MyMaths (supporting year two maths curriculum)
  • read regularly with your child
  • practise spellings using one or more of the suggested strategies


Useful documents