Year 2

Year 2



Alice Corlett - Class Teacher / Deputy Head with responsibility for KS1

Jennifer Donnelly - Class Teacher

Caroline Webb - Higher Level Teaching Assistant (HLTA)


Curriculum Overview - Autumn 2



Our whole school topic this half term is Our Home.

In Year 2, we will be learning about the United Kingdom, it’s countries, capital cities and other famous landmarks within the countries. See the Topic intended knowledge map for further details.



We will complete our work in English through different texts. This half term, we will read the text ‘The True Story of the Three Little Pigs’ by Jon Scieszka, which is a modern twist on the classic tale. We will also be reading ‘The Day the Crayons Quit’ written by Drew Daywelt and illustrated by Oliver Jeffers. Using these stories, we will complete short writing activities, comprehension, grammar activities and the children will complete a longer piece of writing using a plan, write, edit sequence of lessons. Guided Reading, handwriting and phonics will continue throughout.



This half term we will be starting off by recapping our knowledge of fact families, looking at the links between addition and subtraction calculations. We will spend a few weeks looking at fractions (1/4, 1/3, ½, 2/4, ¾) of both shapes and numbers. After this we will spend some time exploring time and using coins to make different amounts.



Year 2 will be continuing the Science unit Materials this half term. We will link a longer investigation to our English work by exploring and testing which material is best for building the Three Little Pigs’ houses and explaining what our results of this experiment show us about materials and their uses. After learning about a famous scientist whose work is linked to materials, we will start our next unit of Science learning about Animals, Including Humans.


Other Curriculum Areas

RE – Who is Jewish and what do they believe?

DT – Structures (Baby Bear’s Chair)

Music – Charanga unit: Ho, Ho, Ho!

PE – Games (Monday), Gymnastics/Dance (Tuesday), Games (Friday)

PSHCE – Feeling Unwell/How can I keep myself healthy?/What communities am I part of?

Computing – Robot Algorithms


Overview of Empowering Learning



Self Manager

Organise themselves and work out goals and priorities
Show personal responsibility, initiative, creativity and enterprise
Anticipate, take and manage risks
Commit themselves to learning and self-improvement
Respond positively to change

Effective Participators

Engage actively with issues that affect them and those around them.
Play a full part in the life of the school
Take responsible action to bring improvement for others as well as themselves
Discuss issues of concern, seeking resolution
Present a persuasive case for action
Propose practical ways forward                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Try to influence others, negotiating and balancing diverse views

Resourceful Thinker

Think creatively by generating and exploring relevant ideas, and making original connections
Find links and see relationships
Explore & experiment with resources and materials
Ask ‘why’, ‘how’ and ‘what if’ questions
Apply imaginative thinking to solve a problem
Try different ways to tackle a problem                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Work with others to find imaginative solutions and outcomes that are of value

Reflective Learner

Evaluate their strengths and limitations as learners
Review their work and act on outcomes
Set themselves realistic goals and criteria for success
Monitor their own performance and progress
Invite feedback and deal positively with praise, setbacks & criticism.
Make changes to improve their learning                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Communicate their learning in relevant ways to different audiences

Independent Enquirer

Gather, process and evaluate information in their investigations
Plan what to do and how to go about it
Draw conclusions and evaluate outcomes
Take informed and well-reasoned decisions, recognising that other have different beliefs and attitudes
Use range of techniques to collect and organise information

Team Worker

Work confidently with others, adapting to different contexts and taking responsibility for their own role
Listen and take account of others’ views
Form collaborative relationships, resolving issues and reaching agreed outcomes
Adapt behaviours to suit different roles and situations                                                                                                                                                                                                      Show fairness and consideration towards others


Important Dates

9th November – Health Fest (2.30pm KS2 playground) See newsletters for details

13th November – Anti-Bullying Week

17th November – Children in Need

20th November – World Children’s Day

22nd and 29th November – Progress Evenings

12th December – Christmas Enterprise Market and Singalong (more details to follow later in term)

19th December – Christmas Dinner day

21st December – Carols by Candlelight and end of term (2pm finish)



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