Dragons, Fires & Machines Year 2 Spring Term 1

Children are reminded daily of our new 'Golden Rules' to keep them safe in school.

There will be a continued focus on the importance of our 'Golden Rules' to keep us safe in these times of COVID-19.



This half-term we will be reading the amusing and enjoyable story by Josh Lacey -

'The Dragonsitter' by Josh Lacey

In addition, the children will be learning about the legend of St.George & the Dragon.

Creative Writing

The children will be writing their own stories using inspiration from the fantastic fiction book - 'The Dragon Machine' by Helen Ward.

During the guided reading sessions, the children will be predicting what will happen in the story, answer and ask questions linking to the story and make inferences on the basis of what is being said and done.

Writing Mastery Keys

Do dragons really exist and have they visited Whitchurch CE Infant & Nursery Academy?

The childen will be finding clues and investigating dragons throughout this topic. What are they like? What do they do? Are some of them friendly?

The children will be developing the skills to write their own dragon adventure story. Their final piece of writing will demonstrate the following writing techniques -

  • the use of subordination (because and when)
  • sentences with different form: commands, statements, questions and exclamations.
  • the use of punctuation.
  • the correct and consistent use of present and past tense.
  • sequencing of the story using a beginning, middle and end.
  • characters and setting descriptions.


Extending the children's vocabulary is essential to effective story writing. The following words appear in the book 'Dragon Machine' and are our focus words this half-term. It is important the children fully understand the meaning of the these words so they can use them effectively in their writing.

overlook, perch, havoc, troublesome, advice, consult, tragic, lumbered, wreckage, venture, telephone, tulips, sank, water lilies, pond, encyclopaedia, machine, undercarriage, engine, fields



The focus of this half-term is multiplication and division. Once the children recognise the multiplication (x), division (÷) and equals (=) signs, they will use this knowledge to solve simple multiplication and division problems.

Children will know that multiplication of two numbers can be done in any order (commutative) and division of one number by another cannot. They will use known multiplication facts to check the accuracy of calculations.

The children will continue to work on the recall of the 2, 5 and 10 multiplication facts.

To support your children at home, continue to practice their 2, 5 and 10 times tables. As your child becomes more confident with these, start to work on the 3 times table.

The children can use Time Tables Rockstars to develop their fluency of the times tables. Follow the link below.


Through fun activities and investigations, the children will explore the properties of materials.

Design and Technology


The children will have the opportunity to design and make their own machine using a range of materials and their imagination! The text 'Robot Rumpus' by Sean Taylor will provide lots of fun and challenging ideas for the children.


The children will develop an understanding of instructions, logic and sequences through coding.



The children will be exploring ROCK MUSIC this half-term. The children will listen to a variety of rock music including “I wanna play in a rock band”.

The children will develop the following skills -

  • listen accurately following a melody.
  • imitate changes in pitch
  • clap rhythms.
  • create a mixture of different sounds (long and short, loud and quiet, high and low).
  • choose sounds to create an effect.
  • sequence sounds to create an overall effect.
  • create short, rhythmic phrases.
  • identify the beat of a tune.
  • listen and appraise a range of musical styles.


During PE lessons, the children will work on their agility, balance & coordination. The children will explore and create dances to engaging and fun 'dragon' music.


What do Sikhs believe?

The children will be exploring this question to gain an understanding of the beliefs and teachings. By the end of the topic, they will be able to :

  • recognise and explain the meaning of some religious symbols.
  • identify the things that are important in their own lives and compare to religious beliefs.
  • describe some of the teachings of Sikhism.


The children will be exploring their dreams and goals by:

  • choosing a realistic goal and thinking about how to achieve it.
  • recognising some of their strengths as a learner
  • choosing children they can work well with.
  • working cooperatively in a group to create an end product.
  • explaining how I have worked cooperatively.
  • sharing success with others.


You're never too small to make a difference!


BIG QUESTION - What would help you to persevere at the moment?

Recognise the many circumstances in which a person may need to persevere. Explore how we value widely respected ideals about perseverance and think of ways to help us persevere at the moment.

Participate in group and class discussions about building good relationships by being courageous enough to try new things and make different choices.


Created with images by Leon Amorelli - "La Machine Dragon, Ottawa 2017" • andreyalpha - "paper craft school" • Tom Joseph - "untitled image" • _Alicja_ - "digits counting mathematics" • rjasso - "sheet music music melody" • ‏🌸🙌 فی عین الله - "untitled image" • James Pond - "My fiancée was having a hard time at work and thinking about quitting. She was feeling quite depressed that week and I wanted to see her smile again, so I grabbed a few of my LEGOs and went out to see what I would come up with. In the end I came home empty handed and almost stepped on this little guy, which gave me the idea for the picture. The idea was simple: never give up, even when the enemy seems stronger than you. We now have a nice print on the wall to remind us of that." • geralt - "never give up auto task"