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Year 2

The Year Two Cornerstones topics are described below. Teachers will plan to use a selection of these topics, usually six – one each half term, from the programme. 

Beat Band Boogie!

Boom, boom boom parrup, bah-dum, TISH! Here comes the marching band! Left, right, left right… Atten-SHUN

Step in time to the beat: 1,2,3,4, let’s make sounds, high and low!

This half term, we’ll be stepping in time to the beat and learning all about music. We’ll listen to a music ensemble, identify pulse, rhythm and pitch, and move in time to the music. Leading and following instructions will help us make percussion instruments and we’ll also design our own.

We’ll learn nursery rhymes including The Grand Old Duke of York and read the story of The Little Tin Soldier. Our bodies will turn into instruments as we try to master the art of body percussion. We’ll learn lots of new songs and write lyrics and tunes of our own. We’ll listen carefully to different sounds outdoors, test our sense of hearing and find out how far different sounds can travel.

Land Ahoy!

Yo-ho-ho and a bottle of rum! Arrr…hearties, it’s a sailor’s life for me!

Get your sea legs on, it’s time to sail the salty seas. Navigate, investigate and explore the world – just like Captain Cook. Make a boat, sink a ship, fly a pirate flag! Speak like a pirate, write like a poet, then weigh and measure a pirate’s booty!

How do rescues happen at sea? Find out about brave volunteers and young Miss Darling, rowing her boat across stormy seas. Sing a sea shanty whilst cleaning the poop deck then search the school grounds for Captain Longbeard’s hidden treasure. Thar’s land ahead, me buckos! Let’s get t’ship t’port.

Towers, Tunnels and Turrets

See the castle ahead? Get ready to invade its mighty walls! Shoot a projectile with an archer’s aim! Head across the drawbridge, over the moat and up to the top of the tower…Meet Rapunzel who lives in a tall, tall tower. Let’s build a brand new one…whose is the tallest? Can you measure it? Then dig deep, deep down making burrows and tunnels, just like the animals who live underground.
What’s that sound? I hear little hooves going trip, trap, trip, trap, over the rickety bridge. Watch out for the angry troll underneath….he likes to gobble up little girls and boys!
Make sure your bridge is sturdy enough to take the weight and get us safely to the other side. And finally….meet three little pigs who need your help to build a strong fortress. Inside its strong walls they’ll be safe from the big, bad wolf! No huffing and puffing will blow your fortress down!

Wriggle and Crawl

Grab your coat and pooter – we’re going out and about on a mini-beast hunt!
Sweep your nets in puddles and ponds and lift up logs to see who’s home. Then set up your own mini-beast laboratory and observe their every move. Add notes and labels and ask your own research questions – just like a real entomologist!
Learn about bees and worms and butterflies too. Can you make a food chain to show who eats who? Carry out investigations to find out more, like how far a snail travels in a day and how a spider catches its prey. Then animate to show how your favourite bug transforms from one form to another, perhaps a caterpillar to a butterfly or a maggot to a fly…urgh!
On your belly, legs at the ready, it’s time to wriggle and crawl!

The Scented Garden

Tiptoe through the tulips as your senses discover the blooming foliage and enchanting fragrances of flowers and herbs.  Year 2 will explore the astounding world of the scented garden learning about the marvellous properties of plants, flowers and herbs.
They will learn to describe how plants need water, light and a suitable temperature to grow and stay healthy.
They may even use what they learn to grow their own plants!



Throw it, catch it, roll it, bounce it!

This project has a P.E. focus. Design a game! Then write instructions for someone else to play it. Are the instructions clear enough? Can the players follow them? Who will score highest?

Then let’s create a sporting challenge day for our families… Can they hit it, roll it and win?



Oh I do like to be beside the seaside! Do you? That’s good, because you’re about to become an expert beachcomber!
Head to your nearest beach to look for interesting and unusual objects, using your senses to spot, sniff and seek them out.
Invent your own rock pool resident! What features will it need to survive happily in its watery environment?
Got your shorts and sunglasses on? Bucket and spade at the ready? Splish, splash! Let’s go beachcombing!


Muck, Mess and Mixtures

Let’s hold a ‘Messy Mixtures Morning’! Allow the children to experience a variety of weird and wonderful mixtures that they can feel with their hands and feet. Create messy mixtures from cornflour and water, paint, jelly, paste, shaving foam, body lotion, soap flakes and clay. Children learn about amazing materials and colour. This project develops children’s knowledge of how to mix colours and apply materials to create unique pieces of art!



Street Detectives

This way or that way? Where should we go? Up to the local shops or down to the playing fields? Let’s learn about our local community, looking at houses old and new and finding out how our streets have changed since our parents were young