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Year 2

Welcome to Year 2

Autumn Term 2022

Areas of study for Year 2*


This term in literacy, we will be encouraging the children to develop their language skills by having many opportunities to articulate their ideas for writing in talk.  They will be encouraged to speak in sentences and use accurate and interesting vocabulary to plan their writing tasks. The children will continue to develop their narrative/story telling skills by writing their own lost toy stories based on ‘Dogger’ by Shirley Hughes and dragon stories based on the book ‘George and the dragon’. They will also be writing autumn sensory poems and writing letters to the Highway Rat. They will be developing new vocabulary in their topic work and writing non-chronological reports about schools in the past. They will also be writing recipes and instructions.  


This term the children will focus on recapping and consolidating their skills in representing numbers to 100, using practical apparatus such as tens frames, dienes and ones.   They will continue to develop their understanding of number using part-whole models and number facts. They will be comparing and ordering numbers using the mathematical signs for greater than, less than and equal to (<, > and =).  They will consolidate their skills in arithmetic (adding and subtracting numbers using pictorial methods and practical apparatus) and they will apply these skills to working with money. The children will continue to develop their reasoning skills by explaining their thinking and making choices.  They will also be developing their times tables skills by learning the 2, 5, 10 and 3 times tables.  


In reading this term, the children will continue to develop the skills to become fluent, confident and attentive readers. They will build their fluency and decoding skills by consolidating their phonic knowledge in daily phonic sessions and by reading (and re-reading) books matched closely to their phonic knowledge. They will also participate in choral and echo reading. The children will develop their comprehension and understanding of texts through shared story times and in guided sessions where they will be exposed to high quality texts and encouraged to be ‘reading VIPERS’ focusing on understanding new vocabulary, making inferences, predicting, explaining and retrieving information from the text.  


The children will continue to work on their ability to recall the different sounds up to and including Phase 5, with an emphasis on identifying gaps in their knowledge and focusing on them. The children will be identifying, using and applying their sounds throughout the day in reading and writing tasks. They will be learning how to blend in order to decode words and to segment in order to spell words in their writing.  


In RE this term the children will be using a question based approach to articulate their own thoughts and feelings about who is special to them and why.  They will be widening their understanding by thinking about who is special in our community and the people we rely on.  Moving on they will begin to study how different religions regard key figures as special, and investigate who is special to Christians, Jews and Sikhs. They will also be learning the story of the Nativity and re-enacting it for our year group performance.


During PE this term the children will be investigating different skills in gymnastics. They will learn a variety of balances, jumps and rolls and link these skills to make a gymnastics sequence. The skills learnt will be performed on low and high level equipment. The children will focus on having control over their bodies throughout their routines.

They will also be working on fundamental movement skills, using their bodies to perform a range of tasks and actions in order to solve physical challenges involving agility, balance and coordination. There will be a focus on travelling with control using a ball, including bouncing skills.


In Science this term, the children will be exploring their knowledge of animals and their habitats. They will be looking at a variety of large and small-scale habitats and identifying how these meet the needs of the animals living in them. They will then be carrying out their own investigation into the habitat of a woodlouse.

The children will also be investigating materials and their everyday uses. They will begin to think about how the materials around them are better suited to specific purposes. They will be conducting their own investigations into the properties of these materials and test how well they bend, twist and stretch.


Our focus in History this term will be on gaining an understanding of our local area. Linked to our work in Geography, the children will be looking at how the local area of Sandhurst has changed. They will then compare our school with what schools were like in the past, and find out how the lessons and the equipment in the classroom has changed over the years. The children will also be comparing toys now to those in the past. They will be using a timeline to show how toys have changed over the years.


This term our focus will be on the local area. The children will be using a variety of maps to identify key features of our local area as well as exploring how to create their own simple maps. They will be looking at the different symbols on maps and using these on their own maps. The children will also be comparing the human and physical features of our local area.


In music this term, the children will be learning songs for the Harvest and songs for our Christmas performance. We will using un-tuned percussion instruments to develop our understanding of rhythm and beat, and practising improvisation using djembe drums.


This term in computing the children will be using laptops and Microsoft Word to develop our keyboard skills as well as learning how to open, save and edit a document. The children will also be using iPads to capture photos and then edit them.

Art, Design & Technology

This term in Art, the children will be studying the work of Andy Goldsworthy and exploring pattern and shape in nature. They will use found and natural materials to create their own ‘art installations’ in the school grounds. They will also be experimenting with collage, creating their own dragon collages.  In design and technology, the children will be developing their skills in food technology by inventing their own delicious no-bake cake. They will taste and review common ‘no bake cakes’, then design and make their own using good hygiene skills and their measuring and mixing skills. Finally, they will evaluate their creations!

* To teach phonics in Key Stage 1, we use the Twinkl Phonics scheme and Rhino readers. These are organised systematically and carefully matched to the child’s phonic stage, to ensure that all of our children develop the skills they need to become fluent and confident readers.

**To teach reading in Key Stage 1, the children learn the sounds they need to decode words and read texts that are linked closely to their phonic knowledge. Alongside daily phonics sessions, the children participate in guided reading sessions to focus on their comprehension skills. They are encouraged to become reading VIPERS and focus on the key objectives of Vocabulary, Inference, Prediction, Explanation, Retrieval and Sequencing. We read the children a wide selection of engaging and entertaining real books to inspire in them a love of reading and develop their language and understanding.

*If you require additional information relating to our school curriculum, please ask at the school office or the class teacher.


Top Tips

  • Share books with your children- you read to them, they read to you.
  • Discuss books and stories — characters, events, endings etc.
  • Make suggestions for a different ending, new character etc
  • Join the local library & encourage your child to choose their books— this helps to develop preferences etc.
  • Don’t forget rhymes and poems – particularly good for improving fluency.
  • Encourage your child to write shopping lists, notes, postcards, diaries.
  • Encourage correct letter formation — this will help with cursive writing later.
  • Play I spy using phonic/sounds - don’t forget endings.
  • Practise reading and spelling keywords.
  • Watch, listen and discuss news (ideally CBBC Newsround).
  • Rewards them with educational games, programmes and web-games.
  • Devise a home timetable for your child to complete homework and read.

Educational websites

The following sites provide information relating to trips and studies...

Educational web-games

The following sites host links to relevant KS1 (Infant) web-games. You may wish to challenge your child to try some KS2 (Junior) web-games as the academic year progresses.