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Year 2 Project, SUMMER 1 - Flowers and Insects

Entry Point: 

To go on a nature walk around the school grounds on Monday 19th April 2021.

Exit Point:

A possible trip to Kew Gardens on Monday 24th May 2021.

  • What's the big idea

    Have you seen any flowers today? Where did you see them? Have you seen any insects? Where did you see them? Flowers and insects need  each other. Without insects there would be no flowers and with flowers there would be no insects.

  • What are we learning?


    We will know:

    • The parts of a flower
    • What plants need to grow and survive
    • Life cycle of an insect and a plant
    • The differences between things that are living, dead, and things that have never been alive

    We will be able to:

    • Investigate and describe how plants need water, light and a suitable temperature to grow and stay healthy
    • Make observations and describe how seeds and bulbs grow into mature plants.


    We will know:

    • The names of continents and oceans.
    • The weather and climate of Canada and the UK
    • The journey of the Monarch butterfly
    • The difference between insects and plants in Canada and the UK
    • Locate Canada on a variety of maps.


    • Creating a portrait based on Giuseppe Arcimboldi using fruits and vegetables
    • Create our own Monet painting using water colours
    • Create scientific drawings of plants and insects
    • Use a range of materials to create flowers
    • Add and subtract across 10
    • Recognise subtraction as difference
    • Add and subtract within 100
    • Reasoning and problem solving
    • Order and sequencing events
    • Respond to a picture
    • Predictions
    • Information booklet/factfile
    • Persuasive writing

    We will focus on:

    • Joined up fluent handwriting
    • Different sentence starters
    • Spelling – common exception words for year 1 and 2, check spellings using word banks and personal dictionary
    • Write in sentences using capital letters and full stops accurately
    • Be confident at editing and improving their writing.

  • Year 2 Notes and dates

    School day:

    The Year 2 school day starts at 8.50am. Your child needs to enter school through the main gate and walk through the KS2 playground. Staff will direct your child. Your child needs to be collected from the KS2 playground at 3.15pm.

    All adults dropping off or picking up children must wear face masks from now on. Thank you. Please ensure you stay two metres away from other families.

    PE Kits

    School P.E. uniform is black shorts (or tracksuit bottoms) with a white t-shirt and black shoes. P.E. kits should be worn to school on these days. P.E. is Tuesdays and Fridays. 

    Home learning – please regularly practise the x 2, x 5 and x 10- tables and learn the Year 1 and 2 common exception words. 

    Children will be set home learning through Mathletics and DB Primary. These  link to learning we are doing in the classroom. We will email you each week to let you know when this is ready.

    Your child has their login details – if you need these again, please email: sphinx@greendragon.hounslow.sch.uk

    Please read with your child as often as possible and change when your child has finished reading the book and a comment is written in the reading journal. 

    If your child reads for 20 minutes a day they will hear 1,800,000 words per year!  Amazing!

    Trips - Some places you could take your child:

    • Local park
    • Garden centre
    • Wetlands Centre
    • Gunnersbury Triangle
    • Kew Gardens


    Symptoms of COVID-19 or of a cold:

    You will be asked to follow the COVID-19 guidance for households with possible infection coronavirus guidance.


    You will be asked to have your child tested for COVID-19 as this could have an impact on our school. This can include testing for all children and their families, if displaying symptoms.

    *If your child does not take a test, your household will have to isolate following government guidance – please contact the school for more information.

  • Statutory Spellings

  • Phonics

    At Green Dragon Primary School we teach phonics using ‘Letters and Sounds’. 

    What is phonics?
    Phonics is the system of ‘blending’ sounds together to read, and ‘segmenting’ sounds to spell. They are both complimentary and interlinking skills that are taught together. You may hear your children use some vocabulary that you are not familiar with that they have learnt in their phonics lessons.

    A phoneme 
    Is the smallest unit of sound that we use in the English language. A phoneme can be made up of one letter as in the alphabet sounds – s, a, t, p, i, n etc, or two letters (a digraph) as in sh, ch, th, ay, ar, or three letters (trigraphs) as in air, ear, ure. Phonemes can not be broken down into separate sounds.

    A grapheme
    Is the way we spell a phoneme. A phoneme may have only one grapheme,for example ‘b’. Or may have several different spellings –for example or can be spelt ‘or’ in torn, ‘aw’ in claw, ‘au’ in naughty or ‘ore’ in more. The children will initially be introduced to one common grapheme for each phoneme, but as they progress through the school they will taught the less common spelling alternatives and encouraged to try and choose the correct grapheme for a particular word they are trying to spell.

    Consonant blends
    Are made up of two or three phonemes blended together quite quickly as we learn to read. Examples are sc, sm, bl, pr, str

    Short Vowel Sounds
    Are the vowels saying their sound as ‘a’ in c a t.

    Long Vowel Sounds
    Are the vowels saying their name as ‘ay’ in day, ‘oa’ in boat or ‘igh’ in night.

    How do we teach Phonics at Green Dragon  Primary School?

    We follow the Letters and Sounds programme Letters and Sounds is a phonics resource published by the Department for Education and Skills in 2007. It aims to build children’s speaking and listening skills in their own right as well as to prepare children for learning to read by developing their phonic knowledge and skills. It sets out a detailed and systematic programme for teaching phonic skills for children starting by the age of five, with the aim of them becoming fluent readers by age seven.

    There are six overlapping phases. Below is a summary based on the Letters and Sounds guidance for Practitioners and Teachers. For more detailed information, click here to visit the Letters and Sounds website.

    Phonic Knowledge and Skills

    Phase One 
    Activities are divided into seven aspects, including environmental sounds, instrumental sounds, body sounds, rhythm and rhyme, alliteration, voice sounds and finally oral blending and segmenting.

    Phase Two 
    Learning 19 letters of the alphabet and one sound for each. Blending sounds together to make words. Segmenting words into their separate sounds. Beginning to read simple captions.

    Phase Three
    The remaining 7 letters of the alphabet, one sound for each. Graphemes such as ch, oo, th representing the remaining phonemes not covered by single letters. Reading captions, sentences and questions. On completion of this phase, children will have learnt the “simple code”, i.e. one grapheme for each phoneme in the English language.

    Phase Four
    No new grapheme-phoneme correspondences are taught in this phase. Children learn to blend and segment longer words with adjacent consonants, e.g. swim, clap, jump.

    Phase Five 
    Now we move on to the “complex code”. Children learn more graphemes for the phonemes which they already know, plus different ways of pronouncing the graphemes they already know.

    Phase Six 
    Working on spelling, including prefixes and suffixes, doubling and dropping letters etc.
    Recommended: the Synthetic Phonics Toolkit

  • How to Contact The Year 2 Team

    Email us on the address below : 


    Teachers will respond between the hours of 8:00 and 4:00pm.

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