Curriculum: Autumn Term 2017

Fiction: What would You Do? In this unit, the children read two stories that deal with themes of overcoming worries and facing fears. They look in depth at two different characters and explore how they overcome their fears. They develop their knowledge of sentence constructions, joining two or more sentences with ‘and’ and correct punctuation, and explore using expanded noun phrases to add more detail. The writing tasks include writing a letter in role, writing a continuation of one of the stories, and writing their own story based on their own experiences.

Poetry: Pattern, Rhythm and Rhyme: The children discuss their favourite lines from the four poems, recognising simple rhythm and rhyme and discussing vocabulary choices. They identify patterns in the poetry and work towards class performances of the poems, trying to learn them by heart along the way. They create new whole class poems – based on those already read – and then they evaluate a class performance of one of their compositions.

Non Fiction: All about Orang Utans: In this unit, the children explore the Big Question: Could you keep an orang-utan as a pet? They read the interactive eBook All About Orang-utans, asking questions and collecting facts. They research other animals in ‘expert groups’ and present their findings. They learn about imperatives and how they are used in commands and instructions, writing their own instructions to tell someone how to care for a pet. In the long writing task, they design and write their own mini non-fiction book or report and make this into an eBook.

Newshounds: The children are introduced to the idea of the unit: that they write their own new reports, becoming newshounds! As a class, they read and discuss a variety of news stories, looking at the big news questions and the structure of a news report to develop their skills. They practise recounting events in the past tense and using noun phrases to write captions, as well as writing questions using correct punctuation. After some teacher modelling, the children write news reports about something that has happened at school. Time is given at the end of the unit for the children to edit and proof-read their work before it is published. They then discuss whether their news stories are a success.

Plants:In this unit children have the opportunity to closely study plants and trees in the natural environment, taking measurements and making observational drawings. Children plant a seed and compare them as they grow. They record changes in their plants in words and pictures, take measurements throughout the unit and finally draw bar charts to show the growth of the two plants. Children set up a comparative experiment to observe what plants need to grow well, and watch the germination process first hand by growing cress. Children begin to learn about plants we eat, and understand that farming involves creating the right conditions for food crops to grow.

Uses of Everyday Materials: This unit is about the uses of everyday materials including wood, plastic, metal, glass, brick, paper and cardboard. Children then go on to compare the suitability of different everyday materials for different purposes. They explore how objects made of some everyday materials can change shape and how the recycling process is able to reuse some everyday materials numerous times. It finishes with children learning about new discoveries which have made over time with a specific focus on John McAdam. A range of learning activities are used in this unit including, discussions, debates, sequencing and a local walk where children work scientifically to identify the uses of everyday materials in the local area.

Nurturing Nurses: This nurturing nurses unit will teach our class about the influential nurses Florence Nightingale, Mary Seacole and Edith Cavell. It asks children to establish what makes a person significant, explores and compares the lives and work of these nurses and considers how these individuals have influenced nursing today.

Number and Place Value: Estimate and count a number of objects up to 100; locate numbers on 0−100 beaded lines and 1−100 squares; compare pairs of numbers and find a number in between; order three numbers, order 2-digit numbers. Know and use ordinal numbers; understand that 2-digit numbers are made from some 10s and some 1s; Understand place value using 10p and 1p coins; find and record all possible amounts using 10p and 1p coins; find 10p more and 10p less; Find 10 more and 10 less.

Mental Addition and Subtraction: Revise number bonds to 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10; know number bonds to 10 and begin to learn related subtraction facts; know multiple of 10 number bonds to 100, learn bonds to 20, rehearse number bonds to 10 and 20 using stories. Add and subtract 10, 20 and 30 to any 2-digit number; Add and subtract 11, 21, 12 and 22 to any 2-digit number; Solve addition and subtractions by counting on and back in 10s then in 1s; solve addition and subtraction problems using concrete and pictorial representations. Add and subtract 2-digit numbers; Solve addition and subtraction problems using concrete and pictorial representations; Add near doubles to double 15; Add several small numbers spotting near doubles or pairs to 10

Mental Multiplication and Division: Double numbers to double 15, use patterns in number bonds, use number bonds to solve more difficult additions, to subtract and to solve additions bridging 10. Count in 2s, 5s and 10s from zero; Count in multiples of 2p, 5p and 10p; Number sequences of 2s, 5s and 10s; Find the totals of coins and ways to make an amount; Use coins to make given amounts of money

Geometry; Properties of Shapes: Sort 2D shapes according to symmetry properties using Venn diagrams, identify right angles and sort shapes using Venn diagrams, recognise squares, rectangles, circles, triangles, ovals and hexagons, investigate which tessellate, sort shapes and objects using a two-way Carroll diagram. Understand and use terms and vocabulary associated with position, direction and movement; Measure lengths using uniform units; Begin to measure in centimetres and metres. Understand and use terms and vocabulary associated with position, direction and movement; Measure lengths using uniform units; Begin to measure in centimetres and metres.

Number and Place Value (Problem Solving Reasoning and Algebra): Begin to mark numbers on a landmarked line, compare and order numbers, using < and > signs, work systematically to find all possible inequalities, find 1 and 10 more or less using the 100-square, find 10 more and 10 less than any 2-digit number.

What a Wonderful World: In this unit children will learn about the location of countries, continents and oceans of the world in relation to the position of the United Kingdom and children’s own locality. Children will develop global awareness by looking in detail at the position of the seven continents and five oceans of the world, understanding that the world is spherical and creating their own journeys across the world. Children continue to build on their map skills developed in Year 1 using atlases, world maps and globes more widely, along with using aerial photographs to recognise human and physical features including landmarks.

Fabric Bunting: This Fabric Bunting unit will teach our class about working with fabric. It starts with children evaluating a range of existing bunting with a theme around counting. Children are then set a design criteria. They will learn how to use a graphics program to create a design and template for their bunting. Working with felt, children will cut out a bunting shape and use a simple running stitch. Children will be given the chance to explore different fabrics that they could use to enhance their designs. Using techniques such as sewing, stapling and gluing, children will decorate their felt flag. Finally, children will evaluate their product.

Using the Internet: This unit introduces children to using the Internet safely and with a purpose. Children are shown how to search the Internet using one word; how to make sense of the returned results; how to use “for kids” to return more suitable results; how to follow links and return to the search results. Children are encouraged to use a search engine Google. The children then learn to blog safely and responsibly. Children will learn how to use Active Learn website. They will be taught how to login using their account details and logout.

In this term, children will learn how to pronounce and write Arabic Alphabets properly.

Curriculum: Spring Term 2017

Word Detectives

It’s Word Detectives week! Children take on the role of word detectives to investigate spelling patterns and generate their own spelling rules. Investigate how the spelling of words ending in a consonant changes, meanings and spellings of Homophones and when to use different spellings of dz sounds.


In this unit, the children enjoy listening and responding to poems in a range of different ways. They explore poetic language and identify adjectives and verbs in a poem. They draft, edit and compose their own poems and read them aloud.

Non Fiction; Does Chocolate Grow on Trees

In this unit, the children explore the Big Question: Does chocolate grow on trees? They read the interactive eBook, finding information and exploring the layout of explanation texts. They answer the Big Question, planning and writing their own explanation texts based on a model.

Measurement and Statistics

Tell the time to the nearest quarter of an hour using analogue and digital clocks; understand the relationship between seconds, minutes and hours and use a tally chart; interpret and complete a pictogram or block graph where one block or symbol represents one or two things.

Mental Multiplication and Division

Revise 2, 5 and 10 times-tables; revise arrays and hops on the number line; multiply by 2, 3, 4, 5 and 10; arrange objects into arrays and write the corresponding multiplications; make links between grouping and multiplication to begin to show division; write divisions as multiplications with holes in and use the ÷ sign.

Mental Multiplication and Division; Fraction, Ratio and Proportion

Double multiples of 10 and 5 (answers less than 100); double 2-digit numbers ending in 1, 2, 3 or 4 (answers less than 100); find a quarter of numbers up to 40 by halving twice; begin to find 3/4 of numbers; find 1/2 1/4 and 1/3 of amounts (sharing); spot patterns and make predictions when finding a third of numbers.

Mental Addition and Subtraction

Count back in 10s and 1s to solve subtraction (not crossing 10s) and check subtraction using addition, beginning to understand that addition undoes subtraction and vice versa; add three or more small numbers using number facts; record amounts of money using £·p notation including amounts with no 10s or 1s; find more than one way to solve a money problem.

Mental Addition and Subtraction

Count in 3s, recognising numbers in the 3 times-table; write multiplications to go with arrays and use arrays to solve multiplication problems; understand that multiplication is commutative and that division and multiplication are inverse operations; solve divisions as multiplications with a missing number; count in 2s, 3s, 5s and 10s to solve divisions and solve division problems in contexts.


Measure and estimate lengths in centimetres; tell the time involving multiples of 5 minutes past the hour and 5 minutes to the hour; tell time to 5 minutes; begin to say the time 10 minutes later.


Magical Mapping

This Magical Mapping unit will teach children to develop key map skills through a range of engaging geographical skill based activities suitable for Key Stage One. Children will explore a range of maps at a local, national and global level, developing their understanding of how to navigate around an atlas to find key countries, continents, oceans and seas along with devising their own maps and routes. They will learn how to ‘view from above’ looking at aerial photographs to spot human and physical features, understand simple map symbols, compass directions and develop key geographical vocabulary throughout the unit.

Animals Including Humans

In this unit, children learn about how humans and other animals are born, grow and change, and what we need to survive and be healthy. Children classify different kinds of animal babies, learn about the basic needs that are shared by humans and animals, and research the differing needs of animals within our care. Focusing their own experiences, children explore the need for humans to eat a varied diet, to keep themselves clean, and to take regular exercise. Throughout the unit, the learning materials encourage children to make positive choices that contribute to a healthy lifestyle.

In PE, we are learning about: 

ArcheryThis half term children will learn the basic skills and techniques required to progress in archery. There will be instructors helping the children and providing supervision at all times. Let them feel the strength of the bow and the speed of the arrow as they fire at a variety of targets developing accuracy each time! 

In this term, we will be learning about:

  • Islamic Studies
  1. Manners and friends
  2. Basic cleanliness
  3. When and how to perform wudu
  4. Prophet Nuh(AS)
  5. Actions that breaks wudu
  6. Nuh builds the ark
  7. How to perform ghusl
  8. Prophet Nuh (AS) and the flood
  9. The boy and the King
  • Surahs
  1. Surah Lahab
  • Duas
  1. Dua before Wudu
  2. Dua after Wudu
  3. To someone you hold dear
  4. Reply to “inni uhibbuk fillah”
  5. On seeing something impressive
  6. Reply to someone who says “barakallahu fik”
  7. Whilst climbing
  8. Whilst descending
  9. For acceptance of good deeds
  10. On wearing clothes
  11. On taking off one’s clothes
  12. On leaving the house
  13. On entering the house

Curriculum: Summer Term 2017

Number and Place Value:

Place value and ordering 2-digit numbers; place value additions and subtractions; add and begin to subtract 9, 10 and 11.

Number facts: Addition and Subtraction:

Revise number bonds to 10; begin to bridge 10; subtract from 10 and 20; use number facts to find the complement to ten; find a difference between two numbers by counting on.

Number facts: Addition and Subtraction:

Rehearse complements to multiples of 10; find differences using a number line; find change from 10p and 20p, and from £10 to £20 by counting up and using bonds to 10 and 20; add two 2-digit numbers by counting on.

3D Shapes; Time:

Recognise and identify properties (including faces and vertices) of 3D shapes; sort according to properties including number of faces; name the 2D shapes of faces of 3D shapes; tell the time to the nearest quarter on analogue and digital clocks.

Multiplication and Division:

Count in 2s, 5s and 10s to solve multiplication problems and find specified multiples; introduce the × sign; record the 2, 5 and 10 times-tables; investigate multiplications with the same answer; write multiplications to go with arrays, rotate arrays to show they are commutative.

Money and Money Calculations:

Recognise all coins, know their value, and use them to make amounts; recognise £5, £10, £20 notes; make amounts using coins and £10 note; write amounts using £.p notation; order coins 1p – £2 and notes £5 – £20; add several coins writing totals in £.p notation (no zeros in 10p place); add two amounts of pence, using counting on in 10s and 1s; add two amounts of money, beginning to cross into £s.

Problem Solving:

Locate, order and compare 2-digit numbers on 0-100 landmarked lines and on the 1-100 square; use < and > signs; locate numbers on an empty 0-100 line; introduce numbers 101 to 200 and count in 100s to 1000; add 2-digit numbers by counting on in 10s and 1s; subtract 2-digit numbers by counting back in 10s and 1s.

Problem Solving Investigations:

Use doubles and number bonds to add three 1-digit numbers; use number facts to 10 and 20 in number stories; find complements to multiples of 10; understand subtraction as difference and find this by counting up; find small differences either side of a multiple of 10.

Poetry; Silly Stuff:

In this unit, the children explore poems with themes and language that are funny and engaging. They enjoy reading a range of poetry, including jokes and tongue twisters, and listening to a poem being read by the poet. They learn poems by heart, experimenting with sound and pattern as they recite and perform their poems. They explore alliteration, onomatopoeia, repetition and rhyme, comparing poems and responding to humour and word play. They create, edit and evaluate stanzas and poems based on models.

What’s the most unusual Place?

In this unit, the children explore the Big Question: What is the most unusual place in the world to live? They read the interactive eBook, finding information and exploring the layout of non-fiction texts. They use drama and improvisation to imagine living in unusual places and write a postcard based on a model. They answer the Big Question, planning and writing their own screen for the eBook.

Live; Act It Out:

The children are introduced to the idea of the unit: that they will stage and perform a play in front of an audience. They learn about the differences between a storybook and a play script and discuss what might make a play entertaining for an audience. The children learn about scenes, props, sound effects and how to write stage directions. Together with the teacher, they learn how to write a scene for a play, and create an alternative ending that could be used in the final performance.

In this term Children will practice for their Sats exams.

Living Things and their Habitat:

In this unit children will learn about a variety of habitats and the plants and animals that live there. They learn to tell the difference between things that are living, dead and things that have never been alive, and apply this in a range of contexts. They make observations of a local habitat and the creatures that live there, investigating conditions in local microhabitats and how they affect the minibeasts found within them. This unit allows children to research a range of global habitats and how the living things that live there are suited to their environments, to learn about food chain and also provides an introduction to the idea of dependency between plant and animal species.

Scientists and Inventors:

This ‘Scientists and Inventors’ unit will teach our class about famous scientists and inventors linked to the Year 2 science curriculum. Children will learn about the invention of the waterproof coat, and will explore other waterproof materials by carrying out simple tests. Children will find out about the work of doctors, and will learn about Elizabeth Garrett Anderson, the first woman doctor in Britain. Children will have the opportunity to create their own greenhouse based on the invention of the biomes at the Eden Project, and use their greenhouse to compare the growth of plants. They will learn about how germs are spread, looking at the work of Louis Pasteur and carrying out a fun experiment to prove how far germs can spread in a few minutes. Children will set up a small world to show the effects of water pollution, as discovered by Rachel Carson during her research on ocean habitats. Finally, children will learn about the development of wind turbines and how this invention is used to generate power. Throughout the unit, children will work in a fun and hands-on way to learn about scientists and inventors.


In this term children will learn to enjoy being in water and become more confident. They will learn how to keep afloat, move in the water, meet challenges and breathe when swimming. At first they use swimming aids and support – in time, some children will manage without these. In all swimming activities, children have to keep afloat and propel themselves through water. Learning to swim enables them to take part in a range of water based‐activities.

Class Teachers

Apa Jamila Aziz
Apa Aaliyah
Teaching Assistant