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Sir John Heron Primary School

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Year 2

Year 2

Autumn Term 1&2

Literacy

During the first three weeks of Autumn 1, we will be focussing on Poetry. Pupils in Year 2 will look at poems
  from ‘Around The World’. The main outcomes will be :

  • To experience poetry as pleasurable and meaningful.
  • To compare how a common theme is presented in poetry.
  • To explore the language and style of poetry through talk, performance, visual art, reading and writing.
  • To learn how to bring out the meaning of a poem through performance.
  • To learn more about writing poems (as a class, group and individually) based on observation and experience.
  • To write and perform two of their own poems, based on the themes/forms in the anthology.

During our second half term, we will start reading ‘Snail and the Whale’. 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. 

Maths

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.

Science

In Science, we will be looking at the topic ‘Working Scientifically’.  The children will learn about the scientific method and how to create a fair test. Later in the term, we will be looking at animals including humans. Children will be:

  • Performing simple tests.
  • Observing closely using simple equipment.
  • Using observations and ideas to suggest answers to simple questions.
  • Identifying and classifying.
  • Observing and classifying different animals and learning about how humans work.
  • Working scientifically by making tables and charts about animals and humans.

Computing

In this term, our topic for Computing will be ‘We are Celebrating’. Children will be learning:

  • To develop basic keyboard skills, through inputting and formatting text.
  • To develop basic mouse skills.
  • To use the internet to find and select images.
  • To develop skills in opening and saving files.
  • To improve vocabulary and sentence work by using a word bank.
  • To develop skills in combining text and images.
  • To discuss their work and think about whether it could be improved.

History

In the Autumn term  the children will be learning about ‘Intrepid Explorers’.

In this topic they will be learning:

  • When Christopher Columbus lived what he was trying to achieve.
  • About Christopher Columbus’s journey and what he discovered. 
  • The impact of Columbus’s voyages and what he brought back to Europe.
  • Who Neil Armstrong is and why he is remembered today.
  • About Neil Armstrong’s landing on the moon and the impact this had on the world.
  • To compare the lives and achievements of Columbus and Armstrong.

Geography








 

In the Autumn term, the children will be learning about ‘Where do I Live?’.

In this topic they will be learning:

  • To name the seven continents of the world and locate the UK on a world map.
  • To identify the countries and capital cities of the UK.
  • To identify features and characteristics of the countries of the UK.
  • To explore the town we live in.
  • To be able to describe where you live.

Art and DT

In the first Autumn term the children will be exploring ‘Puppets’. They will be learning:

  • To investigate a range of puppets and their features. 
  • To develop and practise sewing skills. 
  • To be able to work with fabric to create a finger puppet.
  • To be able to design a glove puppet. 
  • To be able to follow a design to make a puppet. 
  • To be able to evaluate a finished product. 

 

In the second half of the Autumn term the children will be exploring ‘Vehicles’. They will be learning: 

  • To investigate a variety of vehicles and their uses and features. 
  • To investigate wheels, axles and chassis. 
  • To be able to investigate ways of creating and decorating the body of a vehicle. 
  • To be able to design a vehicle. 
  • To be able to make a vehicle based on a design.
  • To be able to evaluate a finished product. 

PSHCE

In our topic ‘Dreams and Goals’, children will:

  • Set simple goals and will identify their successes and achievements.
  • Set a goal and work out how to achieve it.
  • Tackle a new challenge and understand how this might stretch their learning.
  • Identify obstacles which make it more difficult to achieve their new challenge and work out how to overcome them.

 

We will also be learning about ‘Keeping Safe’. The learning objectives are as follows:

  • To be able to explain what makes me feel angry and how I can manage my emotions.
  • To be able to explain what makes me scared and how I can manage my emotions.
  • To be able to explain what makes me sad and how I can manage my emotions.
  • To be able to explain what makes me anxious and how I can manage my emotions.
  • To be able to explain what makes me frustrated and how I can manage my emotions.
  • To be able to clearly express how I feel to others .

RE

In the first part of the Autumn term children will be learning about ‘What stories did Jesus tell?’ The learning objectives are:

  • What makes a good story?
  • What kind of stories did Jesus tell?
  • What can we learn about the characters in a parable?
  • What other stories did Jesus tell?
  • Why did Jesus tell stories?

 

In the second half of the Autumn term the children will be learning about ‘Forgiveness’. The learning objectives are:

  • What does it mean to say sorry?
  • Why do some people not want to say sorry?
  • What can we learn from the story?
  • What do other people think about forgiveness and saying sorry?
  • How can I express what values are important to me?

Music

Our first unit in music will be “Hands, feet, heart”.

 In this unit the learning is focused around one song: Hands, Feet, Heart. The material presents an integrated approach to music where games, the dimensions of music (pulse, rhythm, pitch etc), singing and playing instruments are all linked. As well as learning to sing, play, improvise and compose with this song, children will listen and appraise different styles of South African music.

 

Later in the term, our unit will be “Ho, ho, ho!”

This topic  builds on children’s previous learning. Children’s learning is focused around one song: Ho Ho Ho - a Christmas song. They will listen and appraise other styles of music and continue to embed the interrelated dimensions of music through games, singing and playing.

PE

This  term children will be learning about ‘Agility, Balance and Coordination’. The key skills they will be learning are: 

  • To bend knees to generate and disperse force.
  • To reflect on performance and only move on when you can do things many times.
  • To bend knees for stability.
  • To use arms to help to generate force and  height.
  • To view things we can’t do as an  opportunity to improve (resilience).

 Later on, children will be learning about ‘Gymnastics’, with a focus on how to travel on and off apparatus.

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