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Year 2

Autumn Term 2020 

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. 

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 (2KW) 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 be able to understand the term E-safety and understand how to keep safe online. We will be able to understand what personal details are and how we should keep them safe from others. We will be able to create, organise, store, manipulate and retrieve digital content and be able to save images.

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.

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 be exploring music from South Africa, in particular, Afropop. We will learn different rhythms and beats using a song ‘Hands, feet and heart’ as inspiration.

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 be able to identify what is important to Jewish people. We will find out about the Jewish special place of worship which is known as the synagogue. We will be learning about the Torah and the importance of the ten commandments to Jewish people. We will find out about what Shabbat and Rosh Hashanah are, why they are celebrated and how they are celebrated.

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.

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 ‘What continent do I live in?’ We will begin to locate and name the seven continents.  We will develop our knowledge about the world, the United Kingdom and our locality.

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 be able to understand the importance of staying safe online through using the story of ‘Smartie the Penguin.’ We will know what to do if we ever encounter a problem online and we will be able to give advice to others about staying safe online. We will be able to understand what a bee bot is and know how a bee bot works. We will be able to understand the term algorithm and begin to create our own.

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 begin by exploring rapping. We will understand what rapping is and create our own raps. We will also be exploring Christmas songs.

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.