Rowans (Year 2)

Welcome to Rowans Class!

Class teacher: Mr Sapsford

Class teaching assistants: Ms Woodruff and Mrs Martin

Meet the teacher presentation - Year 2

Specialist Pathway 

Below is a summary of what children will be learning in each subject in the Specialist Pathway Curriculum this term. As well as the key knowledge the children should know for each unit. We are really excited about our new curriculum!


In Science, we will explore and compare the differences between things that are living, dead, and things that have never been alive. We will identify that most living things live in habitats to which they are suited and describe how different habitats provide for the basic needs of different kinds of animals and plants, and how they depend on each other. We will identify and name a variety of plants and animals in their habitats, including microhabitats and describe how animals obtain their food from plants and other animals, using the idea of a simple food chain, and identify and name different sources of food. 


In Geography this half term, we will be learning about England and South Africa. We will expand upon our understanding of physical features and understand how the process of erosion can change physical features. We will then compare London to South Africa to further develop our understanding of locational and physical geography. Later on in the half term, we will develop our fieldwork skills and refine our ability to draw a map with a key and accompanying symbols. Likewise, we will  develop our locational and directional vocabulary by using compass points to describe. 


The topic for history is ‘Great Fires.’  We will develop our ability to ask and answer questions, our chronological understanding of key events that have occurred within a certain time period and examine different sources of information to study the Great Fire of London in greater depth. By the end of this half term, we will know about the Great Fire of London and the Great Fire of Market Square and be able to reflect on the similarities and differences between the two. 


For the first part of the term, we will understand how Siddhartha Gautama came to be known as ‘the Buddha’. We will recognise Buddhist symbols which explain why Buddha was special and be able to explain the meaning of a Buddhist parable. We will understand how Buddha taught Buddhists to live their lives and recognise where and how Buddhists worship. Finally, we will understand how and why the life of the Buddha is celebrated during Vesak. For the second part of the term, we will understand what a rite of passage is and we will understand what happens at a Baptism Ceremony. We will learn about a Holy Communion as well as explore a marriage ceremony. Finally, we will explore the death and funeral ceremony of a Christian person.

importance of compassion;

respect for all living things and the

intention not to harm them;

 importance of being generous,

kind, truthful, helpful and patient;

And the importance of reflection and meditation, developing inner peace.


For the first part of the term, we will be studying the unit digital photography. We will learn to recognise that different devices can be used to capture photographs and will gain experience capturing, editing, and improving photos. Finally, we will use this knowledge to recognise that images we see may not be real. For the second part of the term, we will be learning about programming. We will develop our understanding of instructions in sequences and the use of logical reasoning to predict outcomes. We will use given commands in different orders to investigate how the order affects the outcome. We will also learn about design in programming and will develop artwork and test it for use in a program. 

Knowledge Digital Photography:

Knowledge Programming:


In DT this term, we will be exploring wheel mechanisms and designing our own Ferris wheel which we will construct ourselves. We will select all the appropriate materials needed to build and test that it moves accordingly to our own design. 


This half term, we will be looking at the work of two ceramic artists whose work is influenced by nature. We will then be developing our observational drawing skills and clay work as we use shells to influence our work. In the second half term, we will be developing our painting skills as we experiment with creating tints and shades with both water colour and ready mixed paints. We will be studying and comparing the work of Elaine Allison and Georgia O’Keefe. 


In the dance unit, we will explore space and how our body can move to express an idea, mood, character or feeling. We will expand our knowledge of travelling actions and use them in relation to a stimulus. We will build on our understanding of dynamics and expression. We will use counts of 8 consistently to keep in time with the music and a partner. We will also explore pathways, levels, shapes, directions, speeds and timing. In the net and wall games unit, we will develop the basic skills involved in net and wall games. We will develop our understanding of the principles of net and wall games such as using the ready position to defend our space and sending the ball away from an opponent to maximise our chances of scoring. We will learn to play games honestly, abiding by the rules and showing respect towards our opponents and teammates. 

Dance unit:

Net and wall games


In the first unit of this term  - Our Musical Names - we will be composing simple rhythms using our names and those of famous faces. We will be using the chimes to develop these rhythms into melodies and finally combining these motifs to make a class performance. After half term, we will be creating a soundscape using our voices and instruments. We will be looking at how famous composers have achieved this in their own work and developing our musical vocabulary in order to discuss key elements. 

Knowledge (‘Our Musical Names’):

Knowledge (‘Into Space’):


In English, we will looking at a range of newspaper. In this unit, we will be focusing on writing a newspaper article to inform about an event. We will look at some of the features we need to include when writing a newspaper article. We will magpie ideas from good examples to help us when we independently write our own. We will also be looking at expanded noun phrases, conjunctions and possessive apostrophes during the unit.

Website Y2 Bewick Bridge Writing Cake .pdf

Maths this Year!


PE Kits: The children have PE on Fridays, and need to come into school wearing their PE kits. We will have a mixture of indoor and outdoor PE lessons so please ensure your child's PE kit is appropriate for all weathers. 

Reading books: Please make sure your child has their reading books in school every day and are recording their reading on our online reading log.

Water bottles: Please make sure your child has a water bottle in class every day. 

Home Learning!

We expect children to read daily. School books need to be in school each day.

Over the course of the week, we expect children to spend time learning their Year 1 and 2 common exceptions words, practise their maths skills (using Numbots and TTRockstars) and learn their Key Instant Recall Facts whilst working on their home learning project.

Year2 KIRF 2022_23.pdf

Recommended Home Reading!

If you would like to know what books we recommend for your child to read in Year 2, please look at the list below.

Year 2 Suggested Reading List:

The Lighthouse Keeper’s Lunch - Ronda and David Armitage

 Into The Forest - Anthony Browne 

Gorilla - Anthony Browne 

The Cat Who Lost His Purr - Michelle Coxon 

Mr Wolf’s Pancakes - Jan Fearnley 

Cat and Mouse Story - Michael Rosen 

The Snow Lady - Shirley Hughes 

Grace and Family - Mary Hoffman and Caroline Binch

 The Adventures of Captain Underpants - Dav Pilkey 

 Little Wolf’s Book of Badness - Ian Whybrow 

Mrs Wobble the Waitress - Allan Ahlberg 

Pirate School: Just a Bit of Wind - Jeremy Strong 

The Guard Dog - Dick King-Smith

 Emily’s Legs - Dick King-Smith 

No Tights for George - Julia Crebbin

 Princess Smarty-pants - Babette Cole

 Prince Cinders - Babette Cole

 Jolly Roger - Colin McNaughton

 The Worst Witch - Jill Murphy

 Horrid Henry Series - Francesca Simon

The Magic Finger - Roald Dahl 

The BFG - Roald Dahl 

George’s Marvellous Medicine - Roald Dahl 

A First Book of Nature - Nicola Davies and Mark Hearld

The Big Book of the Blue - Yuval Zommer