Year 2

Teacher - Emma Pooley (Mon – Thurs)
Shira Begum (Fri)
Teaching assistant - Gill Bunce

Autumn Term


Children will be learning about how to use technology safely and will focus on how to communicate online and how to stay safe and where to get help. Children will also work on coding and programming.


We will be focusing on animals including humans. We will be finding out about and describing the basic needs of animals, including humans, for survival (water, food and air). We will develop our ability to categorise animals and our understanding of the differences between offspring growing into adults. We will describe the importance of exercise, eating the right amounts of different types of food and hygiene.

In addition, we will learn about different materials and their properties.

We will also be looking at materials the children are familiar with, such as wood, glass and plastic, and encouraging them to think of vocabulary to describe these materials.


We will be learning how to plan, edit and publish our writing. We will initially work on narrative writing and we will write our own version of The Smartest Giant by Julia Donaldson. This will enable us to cover learning that we will need to consolidate because of the lockdown during year 1. We will follow this with narrative writing linked to The Gigantic Turnip.

In the second half term we will find out about The Great Fire of London and create our own explanation text. We will learn to identify and create key features of an information text including index pages, a glossary and title pages. Children will construct a glossary of words drawn from another curriculum area and they will discuss how diagrams, charts, labels and captions are used in non-fiction texts.


We will be learning how to solve problems in an organised way and give explanations for our methods and decisions, in spoken or written form. We will be able to identify the properties of 2D & 3D shapes and we will be able to read and write two-digit and three- digit numbers in figures and words. 

We will work on explaining the value of each digit in a two-digit number and learn how to add or subtract mentally a one-digit number from a two-digit number.

We will be continually working on our

ten, five and two times tables.


Teaching will be based around the theme ‘At the Farm’. We will find out about three different types of farms, arable, livestock and dairy. How are they similar and different? How do seasonal changes affect farming life?  We will learn how to navigate around the farm using a map, also looking at compass directions and how they can help describe positions on a map.


We will be thinking about where the world comes from and how we should look after it. We will then move on to thinking about what it means to say sorry.

Throughout the year we will listen to different stories. Whilst listening to these, we will think about whether stories can change people.


We will learn about colour mixing. We will make silhouettes scenes of the Great Fire of London. As well as that we will be making Christmas decorations.


We will be learning about the Great Fire of London and the effect it had on the people of the time.

We will find out about how the fire started, why it spread and how it was finally put out. We will use different sources of evidence and find out what an eyewitness report means


We will be working on our singing and will focus on pitch, timing, rhythm and melody.


Children will be taking part in football, gymnastic, dance and multi skills lessons


Our learning will be centred around establishing a positive environment and how we can share our feelings.