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Spring Term topic

This term our topic shall be

Where the wild things are:

Mini-beasts and Animals

Welcome to Spring term in Year 2. This term our team will consist of Mrs Morrison, Mrs Leech, Miss Pickup, and Mrs Burgess. Our second creative curriculum topic is ‘Where the wild things are: mini-beasts and animals ‘ and I hope the children will enjoy learning all about animals, their habitats and life cycles. We have lots of fun activities planned including lots outside.

Below is brief summary of some of the key things you may find useful to know about Year 2.

Below are our pre-planning questions to give you an idea of what we shall be looking at, the children were really interested and had lots of questions:

Where the wild things are: mini-beasts and animals

 Alfie:Do turtles have teeth? 

Eli: Why are mini beasts so small?

Maia:Why do butterflies fly?

Oliver S:How many legs do centipedes have?

Mia: Why are horses clever?

George H: What are dragonflies?

Poppy: Why do foxes build burrows?

Ross: What is a habitat?

Evan: How do animal turn different colours?

Chloe: Why do lady birds have coloured spots?

Euan: How do insects survive in the cold?

Finn: How do animals protect themselves?

Rebecca: How many mini beasts are there?

Lucy: Why do we grow?

Harrison: How do leopards camouflage in the grass?

Oliver H-L: What is a sculpture?

Lily: Why do dogs have good hearing?

Emelia: How many animals are there in zoos?

Eva: What do insects eat?

Oliver H: Why do animals run away from other animals?

Oliver B: Why do guinea pigs have good senses?

Olivia: Do mini beasts grow quickly or slowly?

Harvey: Why do caterpillars turn into butterflies?

Ethan: What types of habitats are there?

Callum: Who is Henri Rousseau?

Emily: Why do caterpillars make cocoons?

Katy: How are ants so strong?

Matthew: Why do spiders make cobwebs?

Below is some information on what we shall be doing in each subject during the Spring term


We shall be using a range of books to help focus our lessons and to inspire different types of writing.

Firstly, we shall be using

  • Insect Detectives- Steve Voake
  • Various non-fiction books on animals, mini-beasts and life cycles


We shall be creating our own information texts, writing stories about the wild, looking at non-fiction texts and writing poems about animals and mini-beasts as well as learning more about SPVaG (Spelling, Punctuation, Vocabulary and Grammar) and writing within our topic work.


Maths- This term we shall be covering the topics outlined below.

Number and place value

Measurement (capacity and mass/weight)


Measurement-money and time



Geometry-shape and Position and direction



P.E. This term PE will take place on a Monday afternoon and a Tuesday morning. We shall be learning lots of skills to help us become ready for playing more sports in the juniors. Please ensure your child has he correct PE kit on a Monday and Tuesday -this includes pumps, particularly when we are out on the field or playground. This term the children shall be working on dance related to the carnival of animals and throwing and catching skills.


Understanding animals and humans -We shall look into how animals, including humans, have offspring which grow into adults. We shall investigate and describe the basic needs of animals/ mini beasts for survival as well as looking at the importance for humans of exercise, eating the right amounts of different types of food and hygiene.

Investigate living things We shall explore and compare the differences between things that are living, that are dead and that have never been alive.

We shall 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/ mini beasts and plants



To investigate patterns-

  • Discuss similarities and differences of human and physical geography of where animals live near us compared to other countries.

To investigate places-

  • Ask and answer geographical questions: What is this place like? What lives there and why?
  • Use world maps, atlases and globes to identify the UK, as well as the countries, continents and oceans linked to where animals/mini-beasts are from.
  • Name and locate the world’s continents and oceans.

To investigate and interpret the past :

  • Observe evidence about our local area to ask and answer questions about the past. How has our area changed? How has this affected wild life?

To understand chronology

  • Recount changes that have occurred in their own lives in their surrounding area.



  • We shall be listening to the carnival of the animals, discussing which instruments are linked to which animals as well as thinking about why the composer chose these. We shall also compose our own theme for an animal.
  • Sing animal songs and look at tempo, timbre and pitch.



  • Design our own mini-beast or animal to match a habitat, thinking about what it needs to be like and making it out of clay. We shall make its habitat out of collage materials.
  • We shall also be looking at the artist Henri Rousseau as well as creating our own animals prints/ camouflage.


Design Technology

Textiles-We shall be creating animal puppets- we will be researching, designing and making an animal/mini-beast hand puppet.

- We will have to shape textiles using templates, join textiles using a running stitch and colour and decorate textiles using a number of techniques




  • Judaism- introduction to Judaism
  • Christianity-What special relationship do some worshippers believe they have with God? Children will watch a retelling of the story of the life of Joseph exploring his relationship with God.
  • Christianity- How and why do Christians celebrate Easter?- Children will be looking at the events of Holy week and how foods eaten at this time link with main events of the festival.



  • Coding using scratch
  • Databases

The RSPB Bird Count

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