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Autumn Term

Autumn 1st Half 


What a busy first term we have had in Year 2! Our learning has centered around the story of “The Jolly Postman” by Janet and Allan Ahlberg.  We have also taken part in a conservation week where the children have learnt how they can protect our planet. As part of this learning we have created posters to explain how to protect endanger species such as tigers (Class 5) and elephants (Class 6). We enjoyed many talks from specialist in these areas.

In school this year we have adopted a maths scheme called Power Maths to support our teaching of maths. Power Maths is a resource that has been designed for UK schools and is built on the belief that EVERYONE can learn maths successfully. Unit 1 focuses on children’s ability to read and understand numbers to 100. They have used their growing understanding of place value to help them sort, compare and order numbers.  In Unit 2 the children have built upon the number bonds to 10 that they learnt in Year 1. The children have consolidated this understanding and applied it to number bonds to 20. They have been introduced to writing fact families of equations, and to relating addition and subtraction operations. As a result, children have learnt to use the inverse of one operation to check calculations using the other operation. We have begun looking at the column method which they will use throughout their time at school, applying mental strategies appropriately. This method is introduced alongside a variety of different visual representations to ensure a strong conceptual and procedural understanding.

Our Grammar has focused on learning different word classes e.g. nouns, verbs and adjectives. In spelling sessions we have been revisiting phase 5 alternative graphemes for ai, ee, igh, ow, ew.  In English the children have written their own innovated fairy tale based on the story Jack and the beanstalk. They have used adjectives and powerful verbs to make their writing interesting to the reader.

In PE the children have linked movements to create a dance based on a quest. In gymnastics we have looked at moving in different ways and at different levels.


Our Science this half term has been around materials. The children have identified and compared the uses of a variety of everyday materials, including wood, metal, plastic, glass, brick, rock, paper and cardboard. They have performed simple tests to compare how things move on different surfaces.