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Year 2

Welcome to Year 2

Autumn Term 2020

Areas of study for Year 2*



This term the children will plan, write and edit stories, poems, non-chronological reports and recipes. They will have the opportunity to create fantasy settings using natural materials and then through discussion, they will develop the vocabulary to describe these settings. They will create their own narratives based on the book ‘The Enchanted Wood’.  They will also use stories with familiar settings and stories from other cultures to develop ideas for their own narratives. Later in the term, they will be exploring their natural surroundings to write autumn sensory poems, reviewing their understanding of pattern and rhyme. Non-fiction writing will draw on their work in the wider curriculum and they will be writing about schools in the past and creating recipes. Throughout the term the emphasis in literacy will be on expanding their vocabulary to write interesting engaging text, revisiting their letter formation skills, their use of sounds in words and developing their use of appropriate punctuation.  



In mathematics this term the children will be using concrete apparatus and pictorial methods to partition two digit numbers until they are ready to do so numerically. They will be revisiting their addition and subtraction strategies and using these to add and subtract two digit numbers.  They will be finding and making money totals and working out change (up to £1.00). To develop their reasoning skills, they will be exploring pictorial methods using the Bar Model.  The children will be identifying the properties of 2D and 3D shapes and finding fractions of shape and number. They will also be exploring the use of a variety of units of measure including grams, kilograms, centimetres, metres, millilitres and litres, and will be learning to tell the time on an analogue clock in quarter hour intervals. Throughout the term, the children will be revisiting number bonds to develop their mental arithmetic skills and they will be learning their 2, 5 and 10 times tables.




Our reading curriculum will be begin with securing the children’s decoding skills using their phonic knowledge and they will be reading books linked to their phonic stage. They will also be reading books for pleasure and interest in group guided sessions.  The children will be encouraged to be reading ‘VIPERS’ by questioning unknown Vocabulary, using Inference, Prediction, Explanation, Retrieval and Sequencing to develop their comprehension skills.  They will be using the skills of choral reading (in small socially distanced groups) to build their fluency and will also share texts linked to our writing curriculum. They will be reading widely across the curriculum, exploring texts in science, history, geography and religious education.  At home the children will be expected to read four times a week.


This term we will be revising key phonics skills using ‘Letters and Sounds’ and a variety of supplementary phonics games and resources, to prepare the children for their postponed Year 1 Phonics Check. This will take place in the second half of the Autumn Term.  They will be revisiting the sounds from Phases 3,4 & 5 and practising using these sounds to read ‘real’ as well as ‘alien’ (not real) words. They will also be reading phonically linked texts to consolidate their skills and using sound mats in writing to apply them.



The children will be using a question-based approach to RE. They will begin the term by asking who is special to them and why. They will then expand their perspective to begin thinking about who is special in the wider community and to discuss how different religions regard different things and people as special. They will discuss and investigate who and what is special to Christians, Sikhs and Muslims. They will be celebrating and appreciating diversity. They will also be reading and re-enacting the Nativity story.



The children will begin the term by signing up to our ‘Class Charter’ and learning about their rights. They will be discussing how we are a Rights Respecting school and be encouraged to take an active role as good citizens in our community. They will be exercising their democratic rights by voting for their School Council Members.  During the term the children will also be celebrating Black History Month. They will be encouraged to develop a ‘Growth Mindset’ and maintain a positive, can-do approach to learning. They will be learning about good ‘Habits of Mind’ with an emphasis this term on applying past learning to new situations and using questioning skills. They will extend their understanding of how their own behaviour affects others, both in school and in the wider community.  They will also learn about privacy and respect.


In PE this term, our focus is gymnastics. The children will be learning different types of balances, rolls and ways to travel. They will be putting skills together to perform a sequence, using mats, small and large apparatus. The children will be learning how their bodies should look during performances including a start and finishing position. Throughout the term the children will learn about the impact that exercise has on their body as well as the importance of warming up and cooling down.

They will also be developing their movement competency by performing skills and actions based on techniques used in Invasion Games, such as basketball, hockey and rugby.

They will be working on a variety of non-locomotor and locomotor skills such as finding, creating and using space, object control, travelling with and without a ball, sending and receiving a ball and shooting/aiming at a target.



In science this term the children will be developing the scientific skills of questioning, predicting, testing, comparing and accurately recording their understanding. They will be studying habitats with an initial focus on those that they can explore first-hand; including ponds, woodlands, trees and micro-habitats for mini-beasts.  They will be comparing plants and animals and finding out how they depend on their habitat for survival, while learning about food chains. They will also be expanding their understanding to include habitats in the wider world and discussing how our behaviour has an impact on these. 

In the second half of the term they will be studying materials. They will be investigating their properties and uses and evaluating their suitability for different purposes. This work will be linked to the history of toys and we will be discussing the use of plastics and their environmental impact.




In history this term the children will be encouraged to become ‘historians’ by using their questioning skills and evaluating evidence in the form of photographs and artefacts. They will be studying the history of where they live, beginning with our school. They will be learning about what schools were like in the past compared with today.  They will be discussing what life was like for children in the past and linking their historical investigations with their non-fiction writing.  They will also be studying toys in the past and will experiment with a range of artefacts, discussing how they are different from toys today and linking this to our science work on the materials used to make them.




In Geography this term the children will be exploring our local area and developing their map making skills. They will be learning what an aerial view is and making maps of our school and the surrounding area.  They will be discussing what a landmark is and how to use them when giving directions. They will also be using a key to identify features on their maps.  They will be investigating the difference between the physical and human features of an area and relating these to their own knowledge of where they live. 




In music this term the children will be singing (in outdoor spaces) and learning songs linked to the harvest and Christmas.  They will be introduced to the concepts of rhythm and pitch and have the opportunity to play tuned and un-tuned percussion instruments. The children will be learning about colour-coded music and begin to understand how music can be written in different ways. Using tuned instruments (including hand-bells and boom-whackers) they will play simple pieces and experiment with composition. They will also have the opportunity to listen to a variety of musical styles from different eras and develop their music appreciation skills.



In computing this term the children will be looking at the ways we communicate with each other. They will start by looking at forms of communication that were used in the past and then compare those with ways we communicate today. The children will learn how to stay safe online when using different forms of digital communication. They will also explore the process of making their own short films and videos. They will be using Microsoft Word to learn how to use a keyboard by creating a document, editing the text and using the different features of word processing programs.


Art, Design & Technology


In art this term the children will be studying the work of Georgio Morandi and experimenting with line drawing and still life painting. They will be developing the skills of colour mixing and using colour wheels.  They will also be creating fantasy landscapes linked to their writing.   In Design & Technology, the children will have the opportunity to design, make and evaluate winter salads, reinforcing their understanding of good hygiene, their cutting and mixing skills and their knowledge of a healthy diet. They will also be making calendars and Christmas cards.


* To teach phonics in Key Stage 1, we use 'Letters and Sounds' supplemented by Phonics Play and Jolly Phonics.

**To teach reading in Key Stage 1 we use real books to inspire a love of reading, texts linked to the child’s phonic stage and when they are securely decoding text, we move on to other reading scheme books including the Oxford reading tree, Ginn and Collins.

*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.