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Sir John Heron Primary School

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Year 2

Autumn Term 2018


We are very much looking forward to working with you and your child this term and hope it will be an exciting and rewarding experience! This letter outlines the Year 2 curriculum for the Autumn Term 2018.



For the first part of the term, we will be focusing on all aspects of English including spelling, grammar and punctuation. Our first book that we will be reading is ‘The Snail and the Whale’ by Julia Donaldson. This exciting story tells the story of a whale and snail who go on lots of exciting adventures together. In class, we will be completing lots of fun activities based around this exciting book. Speaking and listening will be a big focus, ensuring children are speaking in clear, full sentences. Writing will also be a big focus this term as we are going to be writing lots of new stories. We will be exploring the book in great depth, taking part in acting lessons and making our own puppets so we can re-tell the story.  


During our second half term, we will start reading ‘The Magic Finger’ by Roald Dahl. This book is very exciting and we will be exploring the characters in greater depth.


During this half term we will also be focusing on:

  • Punctuation and grammar, ensuring we are using capital letters and full stops correctly.
  • The four sentence types, exclamation, question, statement and command.
  • Using adjectives, verbs and adverbs in our writing to make it more exciting and interesting.
  • Linking themes and ideas from other books that we have read, making comparisons.



Our first Maths topic will be focusing on numbers and the number system, counting and comparing as well as calculation methods for adding and subtracting. We will have the opportunity to use a range of practical resources such as Numicon and Diennes.


Later in the term, we will be focusing on:

  • Recognising and naming different 2-D shapes and find everyday examples of 2-D shapes
  • Recognising and naming different 3–D shapes and find everyday examples of 3-D shapes
  • Developing mental arithmetic skills and knowledge of multiplication tables
  • Exploring properties of numbers and exploring ways of writing calculations
  • Solving problems involving multiplication and division



For the first part of the term we will be focusing on ‘Working Scientifically’. This will include looking at the absorbency of materials, the resistance of materials as well as identifying and classifying objects. We will also be evaluating our discoveries at the end of term.


Later in the term we will be focusing on:

  • Exploring and comparing the differences between things that are living, dead, and things that have never been alive.
  • Identifying that most living things live in habitats to which they are suited and describing how different habitats are and why.
  • Identifying and naming a variety of plants and animals in their habitats, including microhabitats.
  • Describing how animals obtain their food from plants and other animals, using the idea of a simple food chain.



Our first computing topic for this term is ‘We are astronauts’ which is very exciting. The children will be learning how computers work, exploring instructions and understanding what an algorithm is.

We will be focusing on:

  • Working together as a team, exploring algorithms and debugging programs.
  • Learning how to stay safe on in the internet.
  • Becoming more confident when using I.C.T equipment.


History and Geography

In History, we will focus on ‘Intrepid Explorers’. We will be learning new facts about Christopher Columbus and Neil Armstrong. Throughout this topic we will explore the changes within living memory and the effects of these changes.


We will be focusing on:

  • Making comparisons between then and now.
  • Discussing the importance of what these explorers discovered.
  • Writing diary entries from the point of view of these explorers.


During our second half term we will be learning about farms, discussing the features of a different farms and why they are important. We will be labelling farms and learning about the different animals that live on different farms.


Art and DT

Throughout this term we will be having lots of fun in Art, we will be learning about Andy Goldsworthy. We will look at the artwork from Andy Goldsworthy and be creating our own pieces over several lessons.


We will be focusing on:

  • Creating our own artwork in the style of Andy Goldsworthy, using natural resources that we find.
  • Sketching techniques and improving our sketches.



In PE we will be learning ‘Physical Literacy’ which will focus on agility, balance and co-ordination enabling us to move safely in a variety of different contexts. Later in the term, we will learning basic gymnastic skills, which include jumping, landing and climbing.


We will be focusing on:

  • Ensuring we can follow instructions and work as a team.
  • Balancing and moving around a space safely.
  • Using different ways to move around a space, e.g. hopping and skipping.



Our topic this term for PSHCE will be called ‘Being me’. Throughout this topic, we will be discussing our hopes and fears for the year, our rights and responsibilities as well as rewards and consequences. This will enable the children to overcome any worries they have and help them have a better understanding of themselves.


Throughout this term we will be discussing where the world came from and how we should look after our world. We will be doing this by looking at all religions and worldviews.

Later in the term we will be reflecting on:

  • What holy books are special to us and why?
  • Why is the Bible special and for whom?
  • What is the Torah and why is it special?
  • What makes the Guru Granth Sahib a special book?
  • What makes me special?