Hunter Class (Year 2)

Hunter Class Topic Spring Term 2019

Our main topic for this term is The Great Fire of London. The science connected to this is Materials. Outlined below are some of the exciting areas of learning we hope to explore.

The Great Fire of London

We will be finding out about domestic life in Stuart London (particularly the houses) and why the fire spread so quickly and burned for so long. We will compare aspects of everyday life then and now, making lists of similarities and differences. We will use a range of historical sources and evidence to find out about The Fire (including non-fiction books, contemporary paintings, illustrations and documents) but one of our most important sources will be a family of mice who ‘escaped from the burning bakery in 1666’ (and are visiting us with a bit of magic). A great site to visit together at home to find out more about the Fire is:

We will be writing a diary entry on The Fire as an ‘eye witness account’ inspired by the diarist Samuel Pepys. We will make up narratives in our small world fire station, and explore weight and money in our ‘Pudding Lane bakery’ role play area. We are arranging a visit to the Weald and Downland Living Museum  later in the term and will be writing recounts of our visit.

We will learn about London as our nation’s capital and where to locate it on a map of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland; recognising England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. We will explore London using Google Earth, and find locations important in the story of the fire.

We will learn about fire safety and the modern day fire service, comparing it to Tudor times. We are hoping to arrange a visit from fire fighters with a fire engine to talk about the modern day fire service and fire safety.


We will find out about natural and man-made materials. We will consider the properties of materials and experiment to find out which materials are waterproof or absorbent, transparent or opaque, flexible or stiff and so on. We will discuss the suitability of different materials in the making of products and will redesign Cinderella’s glass slippers to make them better ‘fit for purpose’. In DT we will explore the strength of folded paper by designing and making paper bridges.

The Lost Words

In the second half of the term we will use the book The Lost Words by Robert Macfarlane and Jackie Morris as inspiration for our work in English.  The Lost Words is a very special illustrated collection of spell-poems about words from nature that have been removed from the Oxford Children’s Dictionary.

Please see the weekly planning letters for information on what the children have been up to!

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