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Year 2

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Year 2

Autumn Term 1

Key Vocabulary


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.

We are also focussing on several objectives from the Year 1 curriculum in order to catch up on the learning that was missed during the summer term. These are:


  • Words containing each of the 40+ phonemes already taught.
  • Common exception words.
  • Adding s and es to words (plural of nouns and the third person singular of verbs)
  • The days of the week.
  • Adding the endings –ing, –ed and –er to verbs where no change is needed to the root word.
  • Adding –er and –est to adjectives where no change is needed to the root word.


  • Form all lower-case and upper-case letters correctly, starting and finishing in the right place.
  • Ensure correct spacing in, and between, words.
  • Maintain consistent size.
  • Form numerals correctly.


We will be learning the following aspects of writing:

  • Join words and clauses using the conjunctions and, soon, after that, suddenly.
  • Proper use of capital letters for proper nouns and personal pronoun. Ending all sentences with correct punctuation.
  • Separation of words with spaces Introduction to capital letters, full stops, question marks and exclamation marks to demarcate sentences.
  • Capital letters for names and for the personal pronoun.
  • Terminology: letter, capital letter word, singular, plural sentence punctuation, full stop, question mark, exclamation mark


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.

During our second half term, we will start reading ‘The Snail and the Whale’. This book is very exciting and we will be exploring the characters in greater depth.


Poet, Poetry, Stanza, verse, simile, adjective


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.

We are focussing on several objectives from the year 1 curriculum. These are:

Numbers and the number system

  • Reading and writing numbers from 1 to 20 in numerals and words.
  • Identifying and representing numbers using objects and pictorial representations including the number line, and use the language of: equal to, more than, less than (fewer), most, least,count, read and write numbers to 100 in numerals; count in multiples of twos, fives and tens.



  • Given a number, identify one more and one less.
  • Counting to and across 100, forwards and backwards, beginning with 0 or 1, or from any given number.
  • Representing and using number bonds and related subtraction facts within 20.
  • Reading, writing and interpreting mathematical statements involving addition (+), subtraction (–) and equals (=) signs.
  • Adding and subtracting one-digit and two-digit numbers to 20, including zero.
  • Solving one-step problems that involve addition and subtraction, using concrete objects and pictorial representations, and missing number problems such as 7 = ☐ – 9.
  • Solving one-step problems involving multiplication and division, by calculating the answer using concrete objects, pictorial representations and arrays with the support of the teacher.
  • Describing position, direction and movement, including whole, half, quarter and three-quarter turns.



  • Recognising, finding and naming a half as one of two equal parts of an object, shape or quantity.
  • Recognising, finding and naming a quarter as one of four equal parts of an object, shape or quantity.
  • Recognising and knowing the value of different denominations of coins and notes.

Later in the term, we will be focusing on:

  • Recognising and naming different 2-D shapes and finding everyday examples of 2-D shapes.
  • Recognising and naming different 3–D shapes and finding 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.

more, less, larger, smaller, number line, fewer, most, least, count, number bonds, equals, addition, subtraction


multiplication, division


fraction, half, quarter


2d,3d. shape, mental, properties, calculations


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.


Vinegar, plastic cup, baking soda, eruption and red food colouring




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

  • To describe carefully what happens in computer games.
  • To use logical reasoning to make predictions of what a program will do
  • To test these predictions.
  • To think critically about computer games and their use.
  • To be aware of how to use games safely and in balance with other activities.
  • To understand what algorithms are; how they are implemented as programs on digital devices; and that programs execute by following precise and unambiguous instructions.
  • To use logical reasoning to predict the behaviour of simple programs.
  • To recognise common uses of information technology beyond school.
  • To use technology safely and respectfully, keeping personal information private.








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.


Wool weaver, servants, head dresses, voyage, explore, geography, astronomy, determined, expedition


mission, organised, launched, astronaut, successful

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.

Puppets, features, finger puppets, glove puppets, marionettes, develop, sewing,  thread, knot, needles, fabrics, running stitch, over stitch, join, gluing, features, decoration, pieces,  materials, tools, scissors, glue, decorate, evaluate.




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.

Realistic, Proud, Success, Celebrate, Achievement, Goal, Strengths, Persevere, Challenge, Difficult, Easy, Learning together, Partner, Team work, Product, Dreambird, Group, Teamwork, Problem-solve, Garden, Proud


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?




Parable, feelings

Samaritan, believe, believer, sacred

Prodigal, apply, relate, identify,

Sacred, message, speculate

Disciples, values

Moral, Value, Gospel, Holy, Apostle


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).

Posture, Arm swing,  High Knee Lift, Opposite, Vigorously,  Angle,  Accelerate,  Stable, Support Leg, Balance, Extend, Crouch, Fake, Change of direction, evade.