Y1/2 London - past and present


In year 1 we are learning about seasonal changes and plants and in particular:

Seasonal Changes:

  • To observe changes across the four seasons;
  • To observe and describe weather associated with the seasons and how day length varies;
  • To observe and describe weather associated with the seasons (winter/spring).


  • To identify and describe the basic structure of a variety of common flowering plants, including trees;
  • To identify and name a variety of common wild and garden plants, including deciduous and evergreen trees.

In year 2 we are learning about plants and living things in particular:


  • To observe and describe how seeds and bulbs grow into mature plants;
  • To find out and describe how plants need water, light and a suitable temperature to grow and stay healthy.

Living things:

  • To explore and compare the differences between things that are living, dead, and things that have never been alive.


We are learning about the history of London and in particular:

  • To know about the events of The Great Fire of London in 1666;
  • To know what changes were made to the buildings in London following the Great Fire;
  • To know how the fire service was organised after The Great Fire;
  • To know about the diaries of Samuel Pepys and how historians use them to learn about that time.


We are learning about London and in particular:

  • To be able to locate London on a map of the UK;
  • To be able to name, locate and identify four countries and capital cities of UK and surrounding seas;
  • To know and spot the human features of London, including city, house, office, and shop;
  • To know and spot the physical features of London, including The River Thames;
  • To know and recognise key buildings of London and their uses.


We are learning about how London is represented in art and in particular:

  • To use photographs to explore images;
  • To use photographs to make our own artwork;
  • To take our own photos of London;
  • To make collages of buildings and the London skyline;
  • To make material collages of plants and patterns in nature;
  • To make clay sculptures of London landmarks.

Design Technology

We are learning about moving pictures and in particular:

  • To develop an understanding of simple mechanisms through designing and making moving pictures;
  • To base their design on characters or scenes from stories;
  • To design a moving picture for use in storytelling activities;
  • To develop their understanding of how movement can be created by investigating everyday products;
  • To investigate making simple levers and sliders from given examples.


We are learning to bake bread and in particular:

  • To think about what baking was like in 1666 and how baking has changed;
  • To know about the importance of health and safety when cooking.

Religious Education

We are learning about special places and in particular:

  • To understand that special rules apply when visiting special places, e.g. places of worship. They will be able to describe some of these rules
  • To be able to describe some external and internal features of the place of worship they have visited and say how these are important in the religion;
  • To be able to describe what kind of setting they find helps them

Year 1 Computing

We are learning about creativity and Computer networks and in particular:

1.3 We are painters – illustrating an eBook by learning:

  • To use the web safely to find ideas for an illustration;
  • To select and use appropriate painting tools to create and change images on the computer;
  • To understand how this use of ICT differs from using paint and paper;
  • To create an illustration for a particular purpose;
  • To know how to save, retrieve and change their work;
  • To reflect on their work and act on feedback received.

1.4 We are collectors – Finding images using the web by learning:

  • To find and use pictures on the web;
  • To know what to do if they encounter pictures that cause concern;
  • To group images on the basis of a binary (yes/no) question;
  • To organise images into more than two groups according to clear rules;
  • To sort (order) images according to some criteria;
  • To ask and answer binary (yes/no) questions about their images.

Year 2 Computing

We are learning about creativity and Computer networks and in particular:

2.3 We are photographers – Taking, selecting and editing digital images by learning:

  • To consider the technical and artistic merits of photographs;
  • To use a digital camera or camera app;
  • To take digital photographs;
  • To review and reject or pick the images they take;
  • To edit and enhance their photographs;
  • To select their best images to include in a shared portfolio.

2.4 We are researchers – researching a topic by learning:

  • To develop collaboration skills through working as part of a group;
  • To develop research skills through searching for information on the internet;
  • To improve note-taking skills through the use of mind mapping;
  • To develop presentation skills through creating and delivering a short multimedia presentation.

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