Curriculum Overview

Year 2 - Summer 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.

Magnificent Monarchs

Unit Overview

In the Magnificent Monarchs project, your child will learn about English and British monarchs from AD 871 to the present day and consider how the power of the monarchy has changed over time. They will study six significant sovereigns; Alfred the Great, William the Conqueror, Henry VIII, Elizabeth I, Queen Victoria and the current monarch, Elizabeth II. Finally, they will choose which of the sovereigns that they have studied is the most significant.

❇ MEMORABLE MOMENT

Children will sort the different historical periods and be introduced to the different British and English Monarchs. They will be challenged to order the given information into different periods chronologically.

🏁 BIG FINISH

We will create a class timeline showing the different monarchs throughout the time period.

πŸ‘‰ DRIVERS & ENHANCERS

The driver subject for this unit of work is History.

The unit will be enhanced through Art.

πŸ“– FOCUS TEXT(S)

The class will be reading Paddington at the Palace by Michael Bond.

️✏️ WRITING OPPORTUNITIES

Throughout this unit of work we will be writing poetry and stories during our English lessons and also creating a fascinating facts board about the Monarchs that we are learning about.

🌳 LEARNING OUTSIDE THE CLASSROOM

In this unit of work we will create a castle on the playground and provide suitable props and dressing up outfits to represent kings, queens, nobles and servants. The children will play imaginatively and explore the roles of the different characters in their royal residence.

Unit Sequence

Driver Subject: Learning Intentions

  1. To learn about events beyond living memory that are significant or global.

  2. To understand historical concepts such as continuity and change, cause and consequence, similarity and difference and significance , and use them to make connections, draw contrasts and analyse trends.

  3. To learn about changes within living memory and where appropriate should be used to reveal aspects of change in national life.

  4. To understand the methods of historical enquiry, including how evidence is used rigorously to make historical claims.

  5. To gain and deploy a historically grounded of understanding of abstract terms.

  6. To learn about the lives of significant individuals in the past have contributed to national and international achievements.


APPROXIMATE LENGTH OF UNIT: 12 hours