Curriculum Overview

Year 2 - Autumn 1

This page explains what your child will be learning this half-term as their main project in class. Please use the menu at the side to view objectives for additional objectives for the stand-alone subjects (Mathematics, Physical Education, Computing, Music, Languages, PSHCE and Religious Education) and for our extended curriculum.


Unit Overview

Oh, I do like to be beside the seaside. Do you? Thatโ€™s good, because youโ€™re about to become an expert beachcomber. Head to your nearest beach to look for interesting and unusual objects, using your senses to spot, sniff and seek them out. Have you seen the rock pools yet? We can take a peek into the cool water to learn about the weird and wonderful animals and plants in their microhabitats. Maybe we can kick back in a deckchair and do a little reading. Whatโ€™s your favourite book about the seashore? Let's invent an amazing rock pool resident. What features will it need to survive happily in its watery habitat? Make a 3-D model of your plant or creature. Got your shorts and sunglasses on? Bucket and spade at the ready? Letโ€™s get beachcombing.


Head for the coast and go beachcombing, experiencing the sights, sounds and smells of the seashore. Locate beach zones, including foreshore, backshore, splash zone and dunes. Look carefully at both living and non-living things and collect interesting and unusual objects.


We will be taking on the role of our newly created sea creature and explaining to others, using correct scientific terms and vocabulary, how their features help them to survive in their rocky habitat


The driver subject for this unit of work is Science.

The unit will be enhanced through Art and Design.


The class will be reading Sharing a shell b yJulia Donaldson


Throughout this unit of work we will be writing letters and non chronological reports.


In this unit of work we will visit the beach.

Unit Sequence

Driver Subject: Learning Intentions

  1. .Identify and name a variety of plants and animals in a range of habitats and microhabitats.

2. Compare and group things that are living, dead or have never been alive

3. Follow a set of instructions to perform a range of simple tests, making simple predictions for what might happen and suggesting ways to answer their questions.

4. Observe objects, materials, living things and changes over time, sorting and grouping them based on their features and explaining their reasoning.

5. Use simple equipment to measure and make observations.

6. Explain how animals, including humans, need water, food, air and shelter to survive.

7. Describe how some objects and materials can be changed and how these changes can be desirable or undesirable.

8. Ask and answer scientific questions about the world around them.

LENGTH OF UNIT: 25 hours