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Welcome to Year 2 

Autumn Term 2018


Welcome to class 2! We’ve had a wonderful start to the year and all the children seem to be settling in well. We have a fabulous term planned packed full of exciting learning opportunities from celebrating Victorian pioneers to composing our own music! I’m so looking forward to working with your children this year and hope that, through engaging and interesting lessons, they will progress happily through year 2, cementing their core skills in readiness for Key stage 2. If you have any concerns, please do not hesitate to pop in and see me and I’ll do my best to help.



In Literacy this term we will be looking closely at two stories that deal with worries and concerns. We will discuss the stories and practise our reading comprehension skills. We will sequence the story and ‘magpie’ ideas to plan and write our own versions. In addition to this, the children will become news hounds and start writing their own newspaper reports. Get ready for some serious questioning! We’ll be revising phase 5 phonics and introducing phase 6 phonics which largely focuses on learning spelling rules. In SPAG, the children will be learning about different word classes (Nouns, Adjectives, Verbs & Adverbs), practising using capital letters and full stops and refining our cursive handwriting.


In Maths the children will be focussing on place value, specifically working out how many tens and units are in a number. We will also be focussing on number facts and, in particular, number bonds to 10 and 20. Learning these facts will really help the children with their mental fluency. We’ll be using these number facts to practise our addition and subtraction. We’ll then turn our attention to the properties of 2D shapes. We will learn to recognise them, name them and classify them according to the number of sides and right angles.

Physical Development

In PE we will be working concentrating on our hitting, kicking and throwing skills in Games and balancing in Gymnastics. P.E. will be on a Monday morning and a Friday afternoon.

Wellbeing & Wonder and Pioneers

We have started this term off with a focus on wellbeing and wonder using ‘The Journey’ by Aaron Becker. This beautiful, wordless book is illustrated with a fabulous story about a young girl who has a magic crayon. With her crayon she enters a magic land and travels on a boat, a hot air balloon and a bicycle encountering many obstacles. Her adventures have given us the opportunity to reflect on resilience, bravery and friendship. We will continue with this topic for a further two weeks in which we will explore family trees and how your children’s childhood differs from that of their Grandparents. Following this, we shall turn our focus onto Victorian Pioneers, looking in particular at George Stephenson and Queen Victoria. We shall hold a Victorian day for the children on Wednesday 23rd of October. Children may dress up as Victorians.


In RE we will be learning about who God is and the Creation. We will focus on our responsibility as humans to look after the earth and the importance of gratitude for all that we have, particularly during Harvest time.


In science we will be focussing on health and exploring a balanced diet, exercise and hygiene. We will make fruit smoothies and carry out a number of experiments looking at the impact of exercise on our heart and lungs.

Art, Design and Music

The children have already used their design skills to build and evaluate a super flying machine. There were some very interesting models! The children will be drawing a self portrait and focussing on how to draw a person in action. We will also explore colour mixing and using pastels. In music, the children will be looking at how tempo impacts the feel of a piece of music and they will even be composing their own piece of music! 


Cursive letter formation powerpoint

Spellings for Autumn Term 2018

  • Knightlow C.of E. Primary School,
  • Hill Crescent, Stretton-on-Dunsmore,
  • Rugby, United Kingdom, CV23 9NF
  • Tel: 0247 6543 751
  • Email: 0247 6543 751