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Year 2

Autumn Term 2022 

Our topics this term are Superheroes and RobotsA flavour of some of what the children will be learning and experiencing during these topics is given below.


During Literacy this term, we will be exploring adventure stories. We will be looking at superhero characters and writing character description. We will use adjectives to describe what they look like and how they behave. We will also look at where the stories are set and use our senses to describe them. We will use the story ‘Eliot midnight superhero’ as inspiration to write our own story. Before writing our own story, we will sequence and retell the story. We will also be writing letters. We will explore super villains and write letters to them after learning about the features of letters. We will take part in daily phonics sessions.

In Numeracy, we will be learning about the place value of numbers up to 100, looking at tens and ones, comparing and ordering numbers and counting in 2s, 5s and 10s.  We will learn how to add and subtract two 2-digit numbers together, crossing the tens and working out ten more or ten less. We will also be naming and discussing the properties of 2D and 3D shapes.

In Science, we will be learning about animals including humans. We will be able to identify how animals and humans change as they grow and we will also find out about the basic needs of animals and humans too. We will be further developing our working scientifically skills throughout our science this term and we will be able to plan and carry out our own investigation to find out if taller children have bigger hands.

As part of Geography, we will be learning about superheroes bases through map work. We will be able to identify features of simple maps and explain how using symbols and a key makes maps clear and easy to understand. Using different resources, we will create 3D maps. We will understand ‘bird’s eye view’ and create our own maps.

In History, we will be learning about our class name. We will learn about famous nurses from the past, Seacole (2RW), Cavell (2RK) and Nightingale (2JG). We will learn why they are famous and why we remember them. We will compare nurses and hospitals from the past and present.

In Computing, we will explore the question ‘How is information technology (IT) being used for good in our lives?’ With an initial focus on IT in the home, we will explore how IT benefits society in places such as shops, libraries, and hospitals. Whilst discussing the responsible use of technology, and how to make smart choices when using it.

In Art, we will be exploring repeated patterns. We will begin by copying repeated patterns and then understand and choose simple shapes to use for our own repeated patterns. We will design and then refer back to our designs and make a template of our repeated patterns. We will explore the work of William Morris.

In Design Technology, we will begin by discussing what a product is for and reasons for use of materials and design aspects. We will use our knowledge of existing products to design our own superhero cape. We will mark out and shape materials and use techniques from art and design i.e. cutting, sticking, patterns, colouring. We will evaluate our final product and discuss our likes and dislikes.

During Music, we will learn a traditional Ghananian song, use simple musical notation and compose some simple call and response rhythms through the theme of Animals.

In PE, we will have two sessions and try to have these outside as much as possible. We will develop the fundamental skills of balancing, running, changing direction, jumping, hopping and skipping. We will have opportunities to work with a range of different equipment. We will observe and recognise improvements for our own and others' skills and identify areas of strength. We will work collaboratively with others, taking turns and sharing ideas. During outdoor PE, we will develop our fundamental ball skills such as throwing and catching, rolling, hitting a target, dribbling with both hands and feet and kicking a ball. We will have the opportunity to work independently, in pairs and small groups. In the Autumn term, we will also take part in Sports week.

As part of our learning in RE, we will begin to understand how a Sikh family celebrates their faith. We will understand what the 5 K’s are. We will learn about the Gurdwara and Guru Granth Sahib. We will learn about Guru Nanak and be Introduced to some Sikh stories with the idea of respect and equality.

In PSHE, we will be following the Cambridgeshire scheme. Our topics will be Beginning and belonging and well-being and managing emotions.


During Literacy this term, we will be exploring fantasy stories. We will base our writing around stories about robots. We will continue to practise our basic sentence writing skills including adjectives and conjunctions. We will write setting and character descriptions and learn how to begin to edit our writing. We will practise our spelling, punctuation and grammar daily. We will also write instructions as part of our Design Technology. We will look at the features on instructions and discuss their purpose. We will write instructions for making a robot. During our poetry sessions, we will learn about rhyming poems. We will identify rhyming words and use these when writing our own robot poems.

In Numeracy, we will recognise coins and notes and learn how to find a total amount of money and calculate change.  We will recap multiplication and division work from year 1 making equal groups, adding equal groups and making arrays. We will explore measures, focusing on length, weight and capacity. We will explore data and create our own tally charts and pictograms. Finally, we will be beginning to look at time. We will be learning to tell the time on an analogue click, focusing on o’clock, quarter past, quarter to and half past.

In Science, we will be able to identify a variety of everyday materials and distinguish between an object and its materials. We will carry out our own investigations to explore and find out about the suitability of materials.

As part of Geography, we will be exploring the question ‘Where and how does a robot move?’ We will use positional language and explore maps.

In History, we will learn about the first robot that was invented. We will begin to explore inventors and look at timelines. We will learn about and celebrate Poppy Day and discuss who Guy Fawkes was and why we remember him.

In Computing, we will discuss the term ‘data’. We will begin to understand what data means and how this can be collected in the form of a tally chart. We will learn the term ‘attribute’ and use this to help us organise data. We will then progress onto presenting data in the form of pictograms and finally block diagrams. We will use the data presented to answer questions.

In Art, we will understand what collage means. We will explore who the artist Matisse is and the style of his work. We will draw a robot design in the style of ‘Matisse’ and understand how different techniques and materials can be used to produce a collage.

In Design Technology, we will be creating our own robots using junk modelling. We will design and make our robot. Once we have created our robots, we will evaluate them. We will discuss our likes, dislikes and anything we would change if we were going to make it again.

During Music, we will be introduced to the different instruments of an orchestra through listening and practical work. We will be able to identify them and start to understand how they work. We will then play a piece as if we are following a conductor, as part of a “classroom orchestra”.

In PE, we will learn explore and develop basic gymnastic actions on the floor and using apparatus. We will develop gymnastic skills of jumping, rolling, balancing and travelling individually and in combination to create short sequences and movement phrases. We will develop an awareness of compositional devices when creating sequences to include the use of shapes, levels and directions. We will learn to work safely with and around others and whilst using apparatus. During outdoor PE, we will develop the basic skills required in invasion games such as sending, receiving and dribbling a ball. We will develop our understanding of attacking and defending and what being 'in possession' means. We will have the opportunity to play uneven and even sided games and learn how to score points in these types of games and how to play to the rules. We will show respect and kindness towards our teammates and opponents.

As part of our learning in RE, we will be learning about what happens in the Christmas story. We will be able to retell the story and sequence the key events.

In PSHE, we will be following the Cambridgeshire Scheme. Our topic will be family and friends.