Curriculum Overview

Year 2 - Summer 2

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.

Wriggle and Crawl

Unit Overview

Put on your coat and wellies and let’s head outside on a minibeast hunt.

This term, we’ll head to a woodland to identify minibeasts in their natural habitat. We’ll write a guide book for other children to use on a minibeast hunt, draw sketch maps of our minibeast hunting area and create minibeast stories and poems. Heading out into the local area, we’ll explore trees and bushes to see what lives there, investigate how far and how fast a snail can travel and create a minibeast habitat of our own. We’ll draw delicate sketches of minibeasts, make models from a variety of materials and use microscopes to observe minibeasts up close. Our ICT skills will help us create a minibeast animation and we’ll observe a beehive through live webcam footage.

MEMORABLE MOMENT

Visit a local woodland, grassland, heathland, wetland or fen to observe and identify minibeasts in their natural habitat.

🏁 BIG FINISH

A special assembly at the end of our project will give us the chance to share our knowledge. We’ll create a PowerPoint presentation, use scientific vocabulary to explain what we have learnt, display our artwork and perform our minibeast poems with musical accompaniment.

👉 DRIVERS & ENHANCERS

The driver subject for this unit of work is Science.

The unit will be enhanced through Design Technology.

📖 FOCUS TEXT(S)

The class will be reading The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle.

The Bad Tempered Ladybird by Eric Carle.

️✏️ WRITING OPPORTUNITIES

Throughout this unit of work we will be writing a guidebook about going on a mini beast hunt, instructions about how to care for mini beasts, book reviews for stories about mini beasts, an information book about bees and poetry. about mini beasts

🌳 LEARNING OUTSIDE THE CLASSROOM

In this unit of work we will...go on a minibeast hunt and explore trees to see what lives there.

Unit Sequence

Driver Subject: Learning Intentions

  1. To ask and answer scientific questions about the world around them.
  2. To use simple equipment to measure and make observations.
  3. To 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. To begin to notice patterns and relationships in their data and explain what they have done and found out using simple scientific language.
  5. To use a range of methods (tables, charts, diagrams and Venn diagrams) to gather and record simple data with some accuracy.
  6. To identify and name a variety of plants and animals in a range of habitats and microhabitats.
  7. To describe the basic life cycles of some familiar animals (egg, caterpillar, pupa, butterfly; egg, chick, chicken; spawn, tadpole, froglet, frog).
  8. To explain how animals, including humans, need water, food, air and shelter to survive.

APPROXIMATE LENGTH OF UNIT: XX hours

Enhancer Subjects: Learning Intentions

  1. To select the best materials and techniques to develop an idea.
  2. To make simple sketches to explore and develop ideas.
  3. To select the appropriate tool for a task and explain their choice.
  4. To choose appropriate components and materials and suggest ways of manipulating them to achieve the desired effect
  5. To explain how closely their finished products meet their design criteria and say what they could do better in the future.

APPROXIMATE LENGTH OF ENHANCER UNIT: XX hours