What We Are Learning: Summer 1




During this half term we will be learning…



Our first unit of work will be volume. We will be comparing volume, measuring in litres and millilitres and solving word problems associated with volume. We will then move on to a unit of work, ‘solving word problems’, using our addition and subtraction skills to help us to solve one-step and two-step problems. We will then finish the term looking at statistics, where we will be reading, interpreting analysing and constructing picture graphs.



This half term some children will continue to progress their reading and writing skills through Read, Write, Inc. Children not doing Read, Write, Inc will be exploring different types of text and their key features, for example Haikus poetry and non-chronological reports, they will study the different aspects of the text before producing an independent write. We will also be looking at cursive letter formation, year 2 common exception words and different spelling patterns.


Religious Education

In R.E, our theme will be, ‘What happened at the Ascension and Pentecost?’ We will begin to explore the concept of God. We will be able to re-tell the stories of Ascension and Pentecost and think about our own ideas of heaven.


Key Vocabulary:

Ascension; Pentecost; Holy Spirit; disciples; power; heaven and Trinity.



During our Theme lessons the children will learn about the Great Fire of London. The children will explore why this was a significant event from the past and begin to understand some of the ways in which historians find out about the past and the different ways in which it is represented. The children will also be using pastels and paints to explore mixing and texture to create their own Great Fire of London paintings.



We will have two P.E lessons each week. Our first P.E lesson will take place on a Monday afternoon and will focus on tennis.  Our second lesson of the week will be taught by the Sport’s Coach on Wednesday afternoons and will focus on dance.



Our music unit this half term is based around a unit called ‘Reflect, Rewind, and Replay’. All the learning is focused around revisiting songs and musical activities, a context for the History of Music and the beginnings of the Language of Music. As well as consolidation of previous skills learnt, children will begin to develop their composition skills.



In computing the children will recap online safety and how to stay safe online for example creating and storage of passwords. They will also be using the coding website ‘Scratch’ to create their own stories.



During this term we will be using the tale of The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark as inspiration, the children will help the wise owl by making him a brand new chair. When designing the chair, they consider his needs and what he likes and explore ways of building it so that it is a strong and stable structure and doesn’t break!

Key Vocabulary: cut, join, wall tower, framework, weak strong, top underneath, side, edge and surface.


We will also be focussing on Food: A balanced diet. During this theme we will explore what makes a balanced diet and taste test food combinations. Through our exploration of what makes a balanced diet, we will taste test food combinations of different food groups. We will also aim to make a wrap that includes a healthy mix of protein, vegetables and dairy, and learn about the term ‘hidden sugars in different food groups.

Key Vocabulary: Alternative, diet, balanced diet, evaluation, expensive, healthy, ingredients, nutrients, packaging, refrigerator and sugar.



This half term our unit of work will be: ‘Los instrumentos.’ We will be learning the names of ten instruments in Spanish, and using the correct gender, as well as using the verb, ‘tocar’ to say a sentence about which instruments we can play.


Summer 1 Apr-May


During this half term we will be learning…


During this half term, our main focus in maths will be money. We will be representing money using £ and p and revising counting methods using fives and tens to count quickly and efficiently. We will be finding equal amounts of money and exchanging money. Towards the end of the unit we will be using a bar model to calculate the total amount of money spent and then working out how much change is required from amounts below £100.

In addition we will look again at ‘Time’. We will recap what we learned last year before starting our Year 2 unit with recognising time to 5 minutes. We will then develop our skills of telling the time, sequence it and manipulate an analogue clock. We will then be learning how to find the duration of time, the end of a length of time, the beginning of a length of time and finally, compare lengths of time.



Alongside our Read, Write, Inc groups we will be working on an exciting unit of work in our English lessons. Using “Aladdin” as a baseline, the children will be immersed in opportunities to revisit key skills learnt throughout KS1 reading and writing. Throughout this unit children will develop their comprehension skills using quality texts and animations and extending their writing skills through modelled and independent writing opportunities including setting description, diary entry in the role of a character and persuasive letter writing. By the end of the unit children will independently write a narrative in the form of an additional chapter.


Religious Education

Our unit this half term is, ‘Why is the Church a special place for Christians?’. We will be exploring the connections between holy places of the Old Testament and the building of places of worship. Children will begin to make links between the building and the Gospel, and understand that the Church is a body of people.



Our theme this term is called ‘Skelmersdale on Safari’. During this unit of work children will explore the geographical similarities and differences between Skelmersdale and Kenya. The children will have the opportunity to connect with school children at a Braeburn International School, Nairobi, Kenya. This will take form in letter/email writing plus a live question and answer session with the children at Braeburn International School. This is a wonderful opportunity for the children to expand their cultural capital and understanding of children and school life from different cultures. We will also be linking this to our storytime book ‘Meerkat Mail’.

Key Vocabulary: endangered, game reserve, habitat, migration, national park, rural, savannah, tourists.



We will have two P.E lessons each week. Our first P.E lesson will take place on a Monday afternoon and will focus on OAA (Outdoor Adventurous Activities).  Our second lesson of the week will be taught by the Sport’s Coach and will focus on athletics.



Our music unit this half term is based around a unit called ‘Friendship song’, all about being friends. We will continue to develop a range of skills including: listening and appraising; composing and performing.


Computing – Code a Story

Key Vocabulary: Repeat, backdrop, program, loops, characters, code, sequence, debug, password, username, execute/run, browser, WWW, images, digital book.

During this unit of work we will learn how to write a basic story with illustrations. We will then turn this into an animated story using visual coding. The activity will introduce new concepts such as conditional language, repeat loops and debugging. In completing this unit we will learn how to code using Scratch. 


D.T - Mechanisms: Fairground Wheel

Key Vocabulary: Design, design criteria, wheel, Ferris wheel, pods, axle, axle holder, frame.

This half term we will be learning more about mechanisms. We will design and create our own Ferris wheels, considering how the different components fit together so that our wheels rotate and the structures stand freely. We will have the opportunity to select appropriate materials and develop our cutting and joining skills to create a final product.


Spanish – Los Transpotes

By the end of this unit of work – Transport, we will be able to recognise and recall 7 modes of transport in Spanish. In addition we will recap prior learning and be able to recall numbers 1-5 and the colours yellow, red, green, orange & blue more easily in Spanish. A lot of tasks to help us learn to listen more carefully in Spanish. Repeating the words and short phrases each lesson to ensure we can remember all the new words and language presented to us. Revising what we already know each lesson before learning new words so that we can improve our memory skills.

We will learn to listen carefully and repeat what we hear with improving accuracy. Working on memory skills so we are able to remember the new words we have learnt in Spanish long term and with accurate and authentic pronunciation.


PSHE - Relationships

Key Vocabulary: Belong, family, friend/friendships, qualities, caring, sharing, kind, help/helpful, community, confidence.

During this unit we will develop our understanding of friendship, family and other relationships, conflict resolution and communication skills, bereavement and loss.

It is important to explain that whilst the Relationships Puzzle (unit) in Jigsaw covers most of the statutory Relationships Education, some of the outcomes are also taught elsewhere in Jigsaw e.g. the Celebrating Difference Puzzle helps children appreciate that there are many types of family composition and that each is important to the children involved. This holistic approach ensures the learning is reinforced through the year and across the curriculum.


Science - Plants

Key Vocabulary: Seeds, bulbs, grow, healthy, water, light, temperature, soil, nutrients, leaves, flowers, blossom, petals, fruit, roots, trunk, branches, stem.

During our work this half term in science we will observe and describe how seeds and bulbs grow into mature plants. We will find out and describe how plants need water, light and a suitable temperature to grow and stay healthy. There will be opportunities to grow our own plants from seeds and describe the changes we observe as they grow.





Spring 2 Feb-Apr


What we are Learning- Spring 2

This Half Term our theme is called ‘Famous for more than Five Minutes.’ We will be learning about significant people who changed History and we will compare their lives to today’s world.

Key Vocabulary: See our attached Knowledge Organiser


Chronological Understanding,

Understanding of Events, People and Changes,

Historical interpretations.




See Attached Knowledge Organiser



Food-A Balanced Diet

We will raise awareness of hidden sugars in food and explain that sugary foods are not always unhealthy.