Gordon Primary School

Gordon Primary School


Year 2 - Learning Summer Term 2022

Welcome to Year 2.

Mrs Abrey, Apollo Class pabrey@gordon.greenwich.sch.uk

Mrs Cuesta, Apollo Class hcuesta@gordon.greenwich.sch.uk

Ms Whiting, Zodiac Class zwhiting@gordon.greenwich.sch.uk 

Learning at Gordon Primary School is broad with a wide range of engaging experiences to reinforce key concepts in every subject; it is balanced so that children get a full and rich curriculum containing all of the subjects and it is implemented well so that children remember in the long term what they have been taught. We place priority on the children’s personal, social and emotional development because we know that is key to a successful school career and life more generally. Every child receives a full and rich curriculum with all of the subjects. We believe this engages and meets the needs of all children and we value success in non-core subjects as highly as we do the more traditional academic subjects.


This term we will be working on the following topics:



Our focus texts will be tradition tales including Little Red Riding Hood, The Wolf’s Story, Three Billy Goats Gruff, The Story Tree, Princess and the White Bear King. Through these texts we will write for different purposes including fictional personal experiences and fictional narratives. We will continue to develop our ideas for character descriptions, settings and story retelling. We will also re-read our own writing to check it makes sense and make simple revisions.

When reading, we will continue to develop our comprehension of a range of texts.

In grammar lessons, our focus will be adjectives, verbs, adverbs and sentence structure including the use of conjunctions to join simple sentences. 



We will be using the Maths No Problem scheme to support our mathematical learning. We will be revisiting addition and subtraction and applying this to solving word problems. We will also be telling and writing the time to 5-minutes and exploring durations of time. We will be comparing volume and learning to measure in litres and millilitres.



We will be studying two science topics this term. In Living things and their habitats we will explore and compare things that are living, dead and things that have never been alive. We will look closely at mini beasts and plants in their habitats We will continue with our on-going learning about plants, observing and recording the progress of our bulbs that planted in the Autumn term and harvesting fruit and vegetables.



We will be learning to use compass points to navigate around a map, Children will explore what aerial views are and identify some different locations based on an aerial photograph and will use this to create their own sketch maps.



We will be learning about Florence Nightingale and Mary Seacole and the impact they had on modern medicine.


Art & Design                

We will be looking at how bodies and faces are portrayed in art: looking at the work of a number of artists, using their bodies to form shapes, creating collages, drawing portraits and creating a peg figure.



In Music this term, Year 2 will start by looking at instruments of the orchestra and timbre through the music of Peter and the Wolf by Sergei Prokofiev. We will then move onto looking at Military music and conducting, focusing on the tempo and beats within marches.

Recorders will continue to run alongside this topic regularly, so that we continue to build on what we learnt last term.​



Pictograms - begin to understand what the term data means and how data can be collected in the form of a tally chart. They will then progress onto presenting data in the form of pictograms and finally block diagrams


Design Technology (DT)                  

Linked to our work on traditional tales, the children will help poor Baby Bear 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 again!


Physical Education (PE)                 

Athletics – we will be learning how to throw and handle a variety of objects. We will also be learning to develop power, agility, coordination and balance.

Dance – we will learn how to perform more sophisticated formations as well as an individual. We will use the stimuli to copy, repeat and create dance actions.  


Religious Education (RE)              

In Christianity we will be learning what happens in a Christian place of worship and how Christians try to follow Jesus' example.

In Islam we will be learning about the five pillars of Islam, what worship means to Muslims and how Muslims show their respect for Allah in everyday life.


Personal, Social & Health Education (PSHE) / Relationships & Sex Education (RSE)  

Our topics this term are:   Physical health and Mental wellbeing which covers  looking at why sleep is important; medicines and keeping healthy; keeping teeth healthy; managing feelings and asking for help. We also look at the topic Growing and changing which covers: growing older; naming body parts; moving class or year. Finally, we look at Keeping Safe which covers safety in different environments; risk and safety at home; emergencies.



Please note the following events and add them to your diary:

  • Science Workshops – Friday 22nd April 2022
  • Year 2 SATs – throughout May
  • Local Elections – Thursday 5th May 2022. Voting takes place in the Sports Hall. The school is open to pupils.
  • Platinum Jubilee: Picnic in the Playground – Friday 27th May
  • Half term holiday – week beginning Monday 30th May
  • Phonics Screening Check – week beginning Monday 6th June (for some Year 2 children)
  • Gordon Exhibition – week beginning Monday 27th June
  • Open Afternoon – Thursday 30th June
  • Last day of the Summer Term – Thursday 21st July



  • Your child needs to bring in a labelled water bottle every day.
  • The weather is beginning to warm up at this time of year. It is important that your child is wearing sun cream and has a labelled hat.
  • Your child should read for 10 minutes every day and completing homework set on Fridays. It is also important that an adult reads to your child every day. Please talk to your child about the book and check their understanding by asking questions about events and the characters’ actions. Please also explain new or unfamiliar vocabulary. Their bookbag should come into school every day. 
  • Your child will have PE on Wednesday and Thursday. Their PE kit should stay in school in a named draw-string bag.
  • We are a Healthy School. Please do not put sweets or chocolate bars in your child’s packed lunch. Please do not send in sweets or other treats when it is your child’s birthday. If you want to celebrate your child’s birthday with their classmates, you could buy the class a book, send in a healthy snack such as boxes of raisins or buy stationery such as a pencil, but due to the impact on the environment, we ask you not to send in plastic toys.
  • If your child will be absent from school, please contact the school office: 020 8850 5486 and leave a message detailing why your child is absent. If your child has had an upset stomach they should remain at home until they have been clear of symptoms for 48 hours. Please try to book medical appointments outside of the school day and note that family holidays will not be authorised.
  • If you have any questions or wish to raise a concern, please contact the class teacher in the first instance. Please use the email addresses above.
  • Donations of boxes of tissues would be very welcomed – thank you!