Infant School

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Year 2

School Year 2019 - 2020


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Save the Rainforest!

Year 2

Spring 2 2020


Our Topic this half term is about ‘Saving the Rainforest’.  We will become global detectives and scientists as we learn about the issues surrounding the rainforests all around the world. We will learn about plants, animals and their habitats.




The children will become storytellers as they write and recite their own stories and poetry to a younger audience using:

  • Adjectives, verbs and nouns
  • Contractions
  • Alliteration, rhyme and similes


Non Fiction

The children will become news reporters as they highlight the dangers of palm oil and deforestation using:

  • A range of sentence types (commands, exclamations, questions and statements)
  • Expanded noun phrases



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


  • Explore how rainforests are different from our environment
  • Location of rainforests and continents
  • Effects of palm oil/ deforestation
  • Name, locate & identify characteristics of the four countries and capital cities of the UK.
  • Global issues and endangered animals
  • Map work on human and physical features found in Popley, the Amazon and Uganda.



To create a collage in the style of Henri Rousseau using:

  • Pastels, paints and pencils to draw rainforest leaves.
  • Techniques such as blending and smudging, patterns and textures.
  • Place value
  • Polygons and quadrilaterals.
  • Lines of symmetry on 2D shapes.
  • Inverse of addition and subtraction.
  • Inverse of multiplication and division.
  • Equivalent fractions



Children to report from the Rainforest using the software ‘Green screen’ to film their news



Pitch (higher and lower sounds).

Beat (to know the difference between rhythm and beat).


Gymnastics – shape and balance

Dance - Jungle theme.


Merton Mission - Please choose from below.  It can be done at any time during the half term. This should be a fun and enjoyable time with your child to embed their learning skills.  A new mission will be given out for each new topic.


Read it: Research which companies use palm oil.

Make it: Make a pair of binoculars and/or an animal mask for the rainforest role play area.

Do it:  Make a poster for our playground protest to save our rainforests.


Miss L Bennett                                                               Mrs C Epstein

                         Maths Manager/ KS1 leader                                             Science / RE Manager