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Autumn Term

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.
In our maths learning we have built on the skills learned in Year 1, counting objects to 100 in words and representing these numbers in numerals. The children have used a ranged of concrete materials to show how the number is made up e.g. 42 is 4 tens and 2 ones but also 3 tens and 12 ones. The children have compared a variety of objects using the vocabulary more than, less than and equal to, and the symbols <, >, =. The children have been counting forwards and backwards in 2s, 5s and 10s from multiples of these numbers.

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 Design and technology they have designed and made fairy tale puppets by perform practical tasks such as cutting, shaping, joining and finishing. After listening to a range of fairy tales the children have used their imagination to present fairy tale characters in a range of media.

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.

Our Autumn 2 Learning Journey is called ‘Marvelous Medicine’ and is based around nurses from history Mary Seacole, Florence Nightingale and Edith Cavell.

As part of our English work this half term we have been writing letters in the role of a historical character. We have had to use lots of adjectives to describe how hospitals would have looked in the past. We have written instructions to explain how to make poppies linked to our work on Remembrance Day. In spelling sessions we have focused on silent letters such as; w in wren, b in lamb, k in knight. You could help your child with their English skills by reading with them as often as possible and learning to read and spell the tricky words on pages 18 and 19 of your reading diary.

In maths we have been learning to add and subtract numbers. We have learnt how to add three numbers using a variety of strategies; finding bonds to 10, finding doubles or near doubles. We have thought about the best strategy to use when adding and subtracting 2 digit numbers; metal strategies, written methods and drawing pictures.  We are becoming more confident at our 2, 5 and 10 times tables. You could support your child further by chanting these at home e.g. 1 x 5 = 5, 2 x 5 = 10…

We have been learning how to keep ourselves healthy. We enjoyed finding out how much food, water, rest and exercise a human needs to survive. We now know the difference between wants and needs.


Creative Curriculum

We have done lots of learning about Remembrance Day and enjoyed listening to the poem in Flanders Fields by John McCrae. We used the poem as inspiration to produce our own poppy pictures using a range of media. We also went on an enjoyable visit to the Rotherham Civic to watch the Pantomime Sleeping Beauty. We look forward to sharing our learning on this around school.