Year Two

Autumn Term 2019

Welcome to Year 2

The children have settled into their new routines well and have made an excellent transition into Year 2 and a productive start to the term. Outlined below are some details about the subjects and work we will be covering this term.

English/Cross Curricular

This first half of the term the children will be focusing on a cross-curricular learning theme about ‘Famous Explorers’. During this topic your child will have a range of writing opportunities that will include stories, poetry, letter writing and non-fiction factual pieces. Through the various genres of writing we will be developing our understanding of grammar looking specifically at noun phrases, conjunctions, similes and questions. The topic will also include history elements as we learn about Christopher Columbus, Neil Armstrong and Robert Falcon Scott. In Geography we will look at the oceans and continents and where in the world the explorers went.

In the second half of the term our focus will be India. We will be creating posters on India and retelling the traditional story of Rama and Sita. We will then have an R.E. focus on Christianity and the Christmas story.

Your child will be exposed to a wide and varied range of reading materials. They will continue to bring home reading books on a daily basis. They should read for approximately 15 minutes each day.  They may keep longer books for more than one evening. Your child will participate in guided reading sessions at least twice a week.


This term in mathematics we are concentrating on:


Your child will be learning about the properties of materials.  They will name, identify and hunt for everyday materials including wood, metal, plastic, glass, rubber, brick, rock, paper, fabric and card. They will list properties of different materials such as hardness, strength, flexibility and shininess.  They will learn that the properties of materials are important to the object they are made from.  They will identify suitable and unsuitable materials for different objects. Working scientifically, children will classify materials sorting them into groups in a variety of ways. They will use reference materials to find out some fascinating facts about a type of material. They will compare the strength of different types of materials predicting which will be the strongest. They will learn what absorbency means and explore the absorbency of different types of materials.  They will examine different ways to record results and select an appropriate way to record the results of an investigation about waterproof materials.


I.T. is an integral part of the children’s learning in Year Two.  They will be developing their I.T. skills to support all areas of the curriculum.  We will be using specific apps such as Pic Collage and Book Creator to support learning in Maths, English and Science as well as using a variety of websites to research our topics and support our learning.


In P.E. this term you child will be focusing on invasion games and gymnastics activities.  In games they will further develop their throwing, catching, kicking and  striking skills, as well as developing their awareness and understanding of games, space, positions, rules, tactics and strategies.  In gymnastics, they will be focusing on developing different methods of travel, flight, shapes, balances and climbing through the use of floor and apparatus work.


Your child will be developing their sense of pitch through singing games and story songs, and will investigate how to play tunes on pitched percussion instruments.  They will learn about long and short sounds and how to combine these.  They will sing a variety of topical and seasonal songs.

Art/Design Technology

Your child is going to be using a range of materials creatively to design and make products.  We are going to make rockets in D.T. as well as sew owls.  In Art we are going to explore a wide range of techniques in using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space starting with water colour astronauts.

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Please make sure that your child has their painting apron and a named bottle of water in school.  When the weather gets colder please ensure that your child brings a warm coat to school.

As always, should you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us.

Kind regards,

Ms Byrne       Mrs Chappell-Jenkins        Mrs Christopher