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Mrs Robbins Y2

Our topic this term is:

Plants & Animals


Throughout the summer term, Year 2 children will be learning about plants and animals. Focusing on rainforest habitats, children will learn about the weird and wonderful species that live in the Amazon Rainforest. Initially, children will focus on the structure and main features of non-fiction texts. They will choose a rainforest animal and conduct their own research in order to create interesting and informative non-fiction booklet about their chosen animal. Following on from non-fiction texts, children will be reading Lord of the Forest by Caroline Pitcher and will innovate the text before creating their own fictional stories, set within the Amazon Rainforest.

While children continue to apply their phonic knowledge when reading and writing, there is now a greater emphasis on the teaching of Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar. Children will continue to develop their understanding of common exception words and alternative spelling patterns, whilst also learning how to use basic punctuation (including commas, question marks and apostrophes) and write grammatically correct sentences. 

In Maths lessons, children will be reviewing the four operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division) and securing their understanding and confidence in using different strategies. They will also be reviewing the properties of 2D and 3D shapes and learning vocabulary relating to position and direction. Children are continuing to practise the fast recall of multiplication and division facts for the 10, 5 and 2 times tables. In addition to these skills, children will be focusing on using their maths knowledge to solve problem solving and reasoning questions – some of which can be quite tricky!


In topic lessons, children will be leaning about animal requirements, habitats and food chains. They will investigate the requirements of plants, and investigate the factors which may affect growth. Children will be comparing habitats (UK woodlands and the Amazon Rainforest) and will be learning about where food comes from – focusing on the produce that can be sourced from Brazil and other South American countries. We will also be taking a trip to the Eden Project, where children will experience a rainforest environment in the tropical biome and also build shelters using rainforest materials.


For more details, please find our Topic Web and Weekly Learning Letters below!


“Let all that you do be done in love” (1 Corinthians 16:14)


Love, Friendship, Thankfulness, Respect, Forgiveness, Perseverance, Trust

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