KS1: Ben Hope

Year 2: Welcome to Ben Hope



Our project for term 5 is Paws, Claws and Whiskers

Paws, Claws and Whiskers

Soft fur, sharp claws and twitching whiskers. What’s your favourite animal? One that meows? One that barks? Or maybe one that scurries or slithers? From pets at home to animals in the zoo, let’s find out what animals like to eat and where they like to sleep. Do you know how to look after a rabbit? A cat? Or even a snake? Find out how the elephant got his trunk and how the rhinoceros got his leathery skin. Perhaps you know how the dog got his waggy tail? Can you make a food chain to show who eats who? Who is a herbivore and who is a carnivore? When a gaggle of mysterious pets arrive at the local pet shop, it’s up to you to take care of them. Feed them, clean them and discover their daily needs. After all that work, curl up and take a cat nap

Topic Focus

Art and Design

Key texts

Puss in Boots – Ladybird; Animal Poems – compiled by Jennifer Curry; Just So Stories – Rudyard Kipling


Narrative writing based on The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark by Jill Tomlinson and Wombat Goes Walkabout by Michael Morpurgo. Non-chronological reports

Art and Design

Talking about art; Drawing; Collage; Making models; Painting; Sculpture; Masks and products


Retrieving images; Photography; Using presentation software


Designing labels; Designing and making animal enclosures


Using and making maps; Describing physical features


Animal Songs


Animal movements; Dance


Caring for animals


Animals, including humans; Working scientifically

Science Investigations

Can you leap like a frog? What is camouflage for? What can worms sense?

PE in year 2

Tuesday: Outdoor PE Excel Tennis

Thursday: Indooor PE Dance 

Children need to wear their PE kit into school on these days. If you can put your child’s name in each item of clothing it will help minimise lost property.

What have we been up to this week? 

We have been exploring animal art work. Please have a look at us recreating the animals using water colours, oil pastels, crayons, pencils and colour pens.

We also explored animals and minibeasts using Now Press Play.

This week we have explored how animals camouflage themselves. We have created animal patterns using collage. Can you guess which animals we have created? Please have a look in the gallery below.



Homework will be uploaded onto Satchel One every week. Remember you can bring your homework into school each Friday to show of your hard work as part of our celebration assembly. We love seeing how hard you are working at home.