Year 2 – What am I learning now? (Term 3 2022-23)

How the World Works

Central idea

Technology may enhance lives.

Lines of Inquiry – an inquiry into

  • How technology has changed over time (change).
  • How technology is used in different areas of our lives (connection). 
  • How views of technology may differ (perspective). 

Subject Focus

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

Our lead subjects are Computing and History.

We will explore a range of technology and devices from the past and look at the impact of new technology on our present day lives.


To begin our unit of inquiry, we will explore a range of old devices and see if we can figure out what they are.

We will look at how some technology has changed over time and will discuss the responses to the questionnaire.

Keep a look out for photos on ClassDojo.

Home Learning Opportunities

  • Daily reading. Try to read every night.
  • Log in to Times Tables Rock Stars once a week.
  • Investigate one of our weekly inquiry questions on Dojo!
  • Use Purple Mash to explore coding your own video game.

Class Stories

  • Fortunately the Milk by Neil Gaiman
  • Blackout by John Rocco

Transferable skills (approaches to learning)

  • Communication Skills – I can use information technology to communicate with others.
  • Research Skills – I can use online devices accurately.
  • Social Skills – I can interact safely online.

Links to PSHE / SMSC

Healthy Body & Online Reputation

We will be revising how to keep our bodies healthy.

We will explore online reputation by discussing the content and information we may share online and understand that once online it can stay there for many years.

Key Vocabulary

Technology, device, computer, tablet, chronological, past, present, perspective, opinion, coding, algorithm, software, photography, reputation, entrepreneur, engineer.

Career Links

We are…

  • Software Engineers
  • Entrepreneurs

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 an instructional piece of writing and video to teach others how to use a tablet device.

We will create a business to help others succeed with technology.

Milestones covered in this Inquiry

  • Write an adventure narrative and instructions.
  • Orally compose and proofread my sentences.
  • Begin to explore time conjunctions.
  • Use the -ly suffix.
  • Identify and use imperative verbs.
  • Use specific nouns.
  • Write in third person.
  • Use my phonics to read and spell words.
  • Read words containing common suffixes.
  • Spell common exception words.
  • Use voice and expression to engage the listener.
  • Form letters correctly using diagonal joins.
  • Use flipbooks to animate.
  • Make strips and books.
  • Create a piece of work using photographs to display my moods.
  • Create a piece of work in response to another artists work.
  • Explore environmental damage and improvements.
  • Explore jobs in different parts of the world.
  • Follow the design process of research, design, make and evaluate.
  • Explore the properties of materials and their uses.
  • Work scientifically.
  • Create a computer program using an algorithm.
  • Debug simple programs.
  • Understand online privacy and security.
  • Explore the history of a significant individual.
  • Use a range of appropriate words and phrases to describe the past.
  • Understand how we should care for others and why it is important.
  • Explain and differentiate between beat and rhythm.
  • Explain and perform upwards and downwards pitch direction.
  • Develop fundamental skills
  • Gymnastics
  • Invasion skills
  • Keeping healthy.