Year 2 – What am I learning now? (Term 2 2022-23)

Where we are in time and place

Central idea

Homes can be affected by significant events.

Lines of Inquiry –  an inquiry into

  • Disasters that affect homes (causation)
  • How significant events lead to improvements (change)
  • Ways in which humans can respond to disasters (responsibility)

Subject Focus – History & Science

Year 2 will explore a range of subjects in this unit of inquiry.

Our lead subjects are History and Science. We will explore The Great Fire of London and the impact the fire had on homes.


To begin our unit of inquiry, we will explore natural disasters and significant events. We then will use materials / objects from the classroom to create a free standing structure. Children will be challenged to knock down their homes in the form of a significant event.

Home Learning Opportunities

  • Daily reading. Try to read every night.
  • Log in to Times Tables Rock Stars once a week.
  • Research the Great Fire of London – whose fault was it?

Class Stories

  • The Cat and the King – Nick Sharratt

Transferrable skills (approaches to learning)

  • Thinking skills – I can acquire new knowledge and apply the knowledge.
  • Research skills – I can plan and observe.

Links to PSHE / SMSC

Relationships- We will be learning about family and community relationships, including recognising people who can help me and how to respond to bullying.

Key Vocabulary

  • Ash
  • Sense
  • Diary
  • Historical
  • Event
  • Past
  • Present
  • Chronological Order
  • Europe
  • Properties
  • Flood
  • Hurricane
  • Tornado
  • Climate
  • London
  • Fire
  • Materials
  • Homes
  • Samuel Pepys
  • Natural Disasters
  • Destroyed
  • Metal
  • Glass
  • Bricks
  • Rubber
  • Rocks
  • Wood
  • Smoke

Career Links

We are…

  • Historians
  • Builders
  • Architects
  • Bakers

If you have a job linked to our inquiry and would be willing to visit us, please get in touch!

Sharing Success

  • Take a selfie – we will use ClassDojo to share images of work we are proud of.
  • Principal’s Certificate – we may be awarded certificates for our learning at the end of each week.
  • We will be awarded Dojo points to celebrate our Learner Profile Attributes.


  • We will create a newspaper report to report on a natural disaster and the effect it has had on homes and families.
  • We will then investigate how we can respond to such disasters and how to plan for the future.

Milestones covered in this Inquiry

  • Write a diary, newspaper report and poem.
  • Orally compose and reread my sentences.
  • Begin to explore coordinating conjunctions – or, and, but.
  • Sometimes use subordination e.g. when, if, because.
  • Use commas to separate lists.
  • Write expanded noun phrases.
  • Use my phonics to read and spell words.
  • Spell common exception words.
  • Use voice and expression to engage the listener.
  • Form letters correctly.
  • Use clay and other mouldable materials.
  • Make 3D models.
  • Create a piece of work in response to the style of our focused artist.
  • Explore a non-European locality using a range of sources.
  • Describe a place outside of Europe using key vocabulary.
  • Follow the design process of research, design, make and evaluate.
  • Explore the properties of materials and their uses.
  • Work scientifically.
  • Present information in different ways.
  • Identify and explore online relationships and their implications.
  • Explore how London has changed over time.
  • Use a range of appropriate words and phrases to describe the past.
  • Understand what Muslims believe.
  • Identify ways of producing sounds.
  • Recognise and play rhythmic patterns.
  • Develop fundamental skills
  • Dance
  • Stretch and Shine
  • Understand relationships