Dunchurch Infant School & Nursery


During the year the children are taught through these topics.

Autumn 1


Children will find out about the life of Neil Armstrong and Christopher Columbus and make a comparison.



The children will learn about the weather: Comparing weather patterns in the UK to hot and cold areas of the world in relation to the equator.

The children will learn to name and locate the 7 continents and 5 oceans of the world.

The children will compare locations –understand geographical similarities and differences through studying the human and physical features of a small area in the United Kingdom and a small area in a contrasting non-European country.


Autumn 2


Children will learn about the Victorian time period and Queen Victoria.



The children will be taught how to make a clay pot linked to the festival of Diwali.

Children will study Picasso and consider form, drawing, colour making and shapes. They will create a collage using different materials to create a portrait.


Spring 1


The children will be taught about the significant events of the first motor car, steam train and aeroplane. They will visit the Transport Museum linked to this.



The children will create their own moving vehicle. They will learn to use axles and wheels to create a moving chassis. Also, they will explore structures to create faster and stronger vehicles.



The children will identify and compare the suitability of every day materials including wood, metal, plastic, glass, brick, rock, paper and cardboard for their particular uses. They will find out how the shapes of solid objects made from some materials can be changed by squashing, bending, twisting and stretching.


Spring 2


The children will learn compass directions and location and directional language. They will devise a map with routes and a basic key.


DT The children will learn cooking skills so that they can make savoury scones. They will learn how to keep and store ingredients and food hygiene.



In year 2, the children will learn about Piet Mondrian and his techniques as an artist. From this, they will create their own piece of art inspired by Mondrian. The children will learn how to draw straight horizontal and vertical lines and measure shapes on different materials to create a collage.


Summer 1


In Science, children will learn that animals, including humans, have offspring which grow into adults. They will find out about and describe the basic needs of animals including humans for survival. They will also describe the importance of exercise, eating healthily and being hygienic.

The children will observe and describe how seeds and bulbs grow into mature plants. They will learn how plants need water, sunlight and a suitable temperature to grow and stay healthy.


Summer 2


The children will observe and describe how seeds and bulbs grow into mature plants. They will learn how plants need water, sunlight and a suitable temperature to grow and stay healthy.


The children will explore and compare the differences between things that are living, dead and have never been alive. They will identify that most living things live in habitats to which they are suited and describe how different habitats provide the basic needs for animals and plants to survive. They will identify and name a variety habitats including micro-habitats. They will describe how animals obtain their food from plants and other animals using the idea of a simple food chain and identify different sources of food. They will visit Coombe Abbey linked to this.



English Texts

The Great Explorer- Chris Judge, Grandad's Island- Benji Davies, Diwali poetry, Audrey the Amazing Inventor- Rachel Valentine, Lighthouse Keeper's Lunch- David and Ronda Armitage, Little Red Riding Hood and poetry, Victorian Diary of Jane Pinny and non-fiction texts about wolves.





 Individual Reading

  • Children have 3 books at a time
  • Children are able to change one, two or even all three books each day if they need to
  • When children read to an adult, individually, comments will be made and possible advice given.  If you have any questions or queries, please feel free to write them in the diary
  • Children will have two guided reading sessions per week.

  Phonics/SPaG (Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar)

In Year 2, children work at Phase 6 in their phonics.  This involves re-capping the graphemes involved in Phase 5, the introduction of prefixes and suffixes, and grammar work.  The children continue to work on applying their knowledge of phonics when reading and spelling out words

Punctuation and grammar (word types e.g. adjectives, adverbs, verbs and nouns including the different types).



The children will be applying the above skills in their day-to-day writing, based on our topics.




We use  the Mastery approach and ensure concrete, pictorial and abstract is used in every objective covered in the curriculum.

The children will build upon the basic skills learned in Reception and Year 1.  They learn how to solve questions involving addition, subtraction, multiplication and division, using a variety of methods.  Work is also carried out in relation to fractions, space, shape, measures and data handling.  The children also take part in problem solving activities where they can demonstrate their understanding of maths skills.


P.E. (Physical Education)

The children have two sessions of PE a week.  This year the children will have their lessons on a Thursday and Friday.  The school uses "Real P.E." which develops : personal, social, cognitive, creative, applying physical and health and fitness elements.  

Please ensure that your child has a named PE bag on their peg containing a PE kit consisting of a white t-shirt, dark coloured shorts and pumps. We often complete PE sessions outside and the children can bring in a jumper, jogging bottoms and trainers to wear in these sessions if they wish to do so. Please ensure that earrings are either removed or covered up on PE days.


 R.E. (Religious Education)

R.E. is taught by Mrs. Maguire and the class teachers.  The units taught in year 2 are: How should we care for others in the world?, Understanding Christianity (Incarnation- Why does Christmas matter to Christians), Who is a Sikh and how do they live?, Understanding Christianity (Salvation- why does Easter matter to Christians?), Understanding Christianity (God- What do Christians believe God is like?) and Who is a Hindu and how do they live?  The children will visit Coventry Cathedral and the Gurdwara in Leamington Spa as part of their learning.



Music is taught by Sarah Morgan.  Children in year 2 will learn how to play the Ukulele.  They will listen to these types of music: Musical Theatre, Country, Classical, 80's, Rock and Jazz.


P.S.H.E. (Personal, Social, Health Education)

We use the scheme "Jigsaw" to deliver P.S.H.E. lessons.  The units covered are:  Being me in my World, Celebrating Differences, Dreams and Goals, Healthy Me, Relationships and Changing Me.



Children take their S.A.T.S. in the Summer Term of Year 2.  These are statutory and must be taken by every child.  The children really enjoy the S.A.T.S. and they are presented to them as a special task.



For the children transitioning to Dunchurch Junior School we begin the process in the Summer Term.  All children visit the school and carry out fun and exciting activities with their new Year 3 teachers.

Learning Behaviours

We have an animal for each half term linked to a learning behaviour.  The children are introduced to the animal in assembly and can earn stickers when showing the behaviours.

These are :

  • Sensible Squirrel
  • Concentrating Crocodile
  • Effort Elephant
  • Tough Tortoise
  • Wise Owl
  • Team Meerkat

Knowledge Organisers- Please click on the links below to find out more about the learning in Year two.


Art- Mondrian

Art-Picasso and Self Portraits

D.T. Moving Vehicles

D.T. Savoury Scones

D.T. Sewing

Geography- Continents and Oceans

Geography- Cuba


History- The Victorians

History- Transport and Inventions

R.E. - How do we care for others?

R.E.- Hinduism

R.E.- Sikhism

R.E.- God



Science- Animals including Humans

Science- Living Things

Science- Materials


Curriculum Summaries- Please click on the link to see what your child is learning this half term.

Summer 1 2022

Summer 2 2022


 Please feel free to contact us at any time if you have any questions or concerns. Our doors are always open!