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Year 2

Home Learning Monday 4th March

Remote learning doc



Autumn Term 2 - To the Rescue

Key Events
  • 30th October – Year 2 superhero dress up day
  • 31st October – PTA Halloween biscuit sale after school
  • 3rd November – Foxy Fireworks
  • 13th November – Be Bright Be Seen day
  • 17th November – Children in Need (dress down day)
  • 24th November – Dress down day for hamper donations (PTA)
  • 27th November – Infants flu vaccinations
  • 4th December – Year 2 Christmas performance AM
  • 6th December – Year 2 Christmas performance PM
  • 8th December – Christmas jumper day
  • 8th December – Winter fayre 1pm-3:30pm
  • 11th-15th December – PTA Christmas gift shop week
  • 12th December – Colbury church visit & Christmas lunch
  • 13th December – PTA Disco & Grotto

The children will come into school dressed up as superheroes (real or fictional). They will spend the morning fully embracing superhero life. After creating their own superhero, the children will be encouraged to discuss the particular superpowers their superhero possesses. Turning the focus to real heroes, the children will be inspired to learn about significant individuals who have contributed to national and international achievements. The children will find out all about significant nurses from the past, in order to make comparisons between different time periods.


After learning about significant nurses from the past, the children will apply their knowledge of rescuing others to their Christmas play. This year, the Year Two Christmas production is called ‘A Midwife Crisis’. It is a modern Nativity story about a very busy midwife who never misses an important birth. The midwife is extremely excited to hear that a king is about to be born in Bethlehem.


This half-term, the children will be revisiting the concept ‘Reading for Pleasure’. During this learning journey, the children will develop their pleasure in reading, motivation to read, vocabulary and their understanding, by exploring a range of texts including fiction, non-fiction, classic and contemporary poetry. Children will discuss different texts and express their views about texts beyond the level they can independently read. When studying fictional stories, the children will learn to discuss their favourite words and phrases and clarify the meanings of words by linking new meanings to known vocabulary. After exploring new vocabulary, the children will practise retelling stories and sequencing events in texts with a high level of independence. Once they have mastered this skill, they will explore and use a range of non-fiction texts that are structured in different ways. They will also study the key features of classic and contemporary poetry. Building upon their knowledge from Year One, they will learn to appreciate, discuss and explain their understanding of poems and will learn to recite some, using appropriate intonation to make the meaning clear. Please see our text and vocabulary mapping for further information.

Lead Text: Vlad and the Florence Nightingale Adventure


During Autumn 2, the concept for writing and learning remains ‘Communication’. Now that the children have learned (from Autumn 1) to communicate through effective use of different sentence types, they will learn to use an effective mixture of different sentence structures within their writing. The children will learn to use an accurate tense, keeping the tense consistent throughout their writing as required. They will revisit the use of conjunctions (from Year One), however, they will now learn to use both coordinating and subordinating conjunctions (pink words) to write compound and complex sentences. They will practise using these sentence structures effectively when writing for different purposes. After unpicking the conjunctions used in their lead text ‘Vlad and the Florence Nightingale Adventure’, the children will be inspired to help author Kate Cunningham by writing a Mary Seacole adventure story to entertain children, from the perspective of Vlad the flea. Towards the end of the learning journey, the children will be supported to apply their learning by writing for different purposes. By the end of the half term, they will have revisited writing to persuade and will create their own poster or leaflet to persuade someone to build a new hospital in Ashurst. They will also write a letter inviting parents/carers to their school play and they will have their first attempt at writing a poem, after studying the features of poetry in guided reading.


This half-term in maths, the children will be learning about addition and subtraction. They will learn to find number bonds and will also learn about 2D and 3D shapes. The journey begins with children building upon their place value knowledge and understanding what addition means and how to calculate this. This begins with the use of concrete apparatus (Dienes), before moving on to pictorial representations and using both structured and unstructured number lines. They will then also develop fluency in using mental methods to solve addition calculations. Within their addition journey they will learn about commutativity, that an addition calculation can be solved either way round (e.g. 6 + 4 is the same as 4 + 6). They will then move on to subtraction and will repeat the process of concrete, pictorial, abstract. Once secure in this, they will learn about the inverse relationships (how subtraction is the opposite of addition). They will learn to find fact families, use related facts and will learn how to solve missing number problems. They will then use their addition and subtraction knowledge to identify number bonds to 20. The children will learn to recall these quickly and accurately and will learn to use this knowledge to derive related facts to 100. The children will also learn about shape. They will revisit their Year One shape knowledge to name and identify common 2D and 3D shapes. The children will then build upon this to learn more about properties of shapes, including sides, lines of symmetry, edges, faces and vertices.


During Autumn 2, the concepts the Year Two children will explore in science are: ‘Investigating and Exploring’ and ‘Classifying’. The children will begin their Chemistry and Physics learning journey, during which they will build upon their Year One knowledge of the properties of everyday materials. The children will find out how the shapes of solid objects made from some materials can be changed by squashing, bending, twisting and stretching. They will practise asking questions, showing an understanding of how questions can be answered in different ways, performing tests and gathering and recording data to help in answering questions. The context for the children’s learning will be to assess the suitability of a solid material (wood) in building a new hospital. To apply what they know and to develop their scientific skills, the children will conduct an experiment to determine whether wood can be squashed, bent, twisted and stretched. They will use what they know to draw conclusions.


In Autumn 2, the children in Year Two will continue learning about the concept of chronology. Their learning journey builds from Autumn 1 and as we begin Autumn 2, they will learn to explore and compare the lives of significant individuals in the past, who have contributed to national and international achievements within their own locality. The children will learn about Florence Nightingale and Mary Seacole. They will learn about these inspirational women and their particular contributions, considering the impact of their achievements on modern day society. Their learning will be contextualised by focussing on the changes made within the nursing profession. Once the children have demonstrated a secure understanding of this, they will progress onto step 4 of their journey. During this step the children will use their knowledge of Mary Seacole and Florence Nightingale to explore and explain similarities and differences between different time periods and how this has shaped and made changes to society today. The children will build their awareness of the 1800s and use the context of these individuals to make comparisons between then and now.


In Autumn 2, the children in Year Two will revisit the concept of ‘Investigating Places’ and will build upon their knowledge of their immediate environment from Year One. In Year One, the children learnt about physical and human features and they spent time conducting basic fieldwork within the school grounds. Now that they are in Year Two, the children will take a more sophisticated approach to developing their fieldwork and observational skills, with a greater level of independence. The children’s learning will be contextualised through the following key question: Would Ashurst be a suitable location for a new hospital? The children will work in groups to plan their approach, conduct initial research and then conduct fieldwork in the local area. They will make observations, use pictures, maps and other sources of information to draw conclusions and will learn different ways to present their findings. Once the group has decided on their answer to the key questions, they will present their findings to the rest of the class.

Art and Design

This half term, the children will learn within the concept of ‘printing’. The children need to know about different printing tools and how they are used. The children will learn about the work of different printers (William Morris and Cath Kidston). They will apply their knowledge of colour mixing and painting from Year One and will consider pattern, shape and space when designing and creating their own print creation. After practising printing, the children will design and create their own wallpaper to decorate a hospital ward.


In Autumn Two, the children will continue learning within the concept ‘Inspiration and Exploration’. The children will build upon their mechanisms knowledge from Autumn One, however, this time they will focus on levers and sliders. The children will evaluate a movable chair, focussing on the lever mechanism. They will evaluate the effectiveness of the slider mechanism in pop-up books and cards. After evaluating existing products, the children will design and make their own hospital bed, using levers and sliders to make it move.


During Autumn 2, the Year Two children will learn about pitch during music lessons. They will further develop an understanding of beat and rhythm patterns and will learn about the pitch of different Christmas melodies. The children will apply their knowledge by playing different tuned and untuned percussion instruments. They will also apply their musical abilities during our Christmas play, during which they will learn to use their voices expressively in different ways.


The children will learn about how computers can be used to create media. They will explore the different functions of Word and learn how to change the font, size and colour of their writing. They will also learn how to add an image onto their document. They will use their knowledge to create a poster of Florence Nightingale/Mary Seacole as well as where the best place would be to build a hospital (linking from their Geography learning). Finally, they will think about why a computer is a good tool to make a poster on.


Now that the children have achieved their Autumn 1 milestones, the children will focus on the concept of relationships. They will learn about what a healthy friendship means and think about how they can help someone who is feeling angry in different scenarios. They will then talk about how they can be kind to others and help people if they are feeling left out. Finally, they will consider how they can resolve conflict, working in groups to think of solutions and strategies to help them navigate conflicts they may face.


In their Real PE lessons this half-term, the children will focus on the social cog. This means they will learn to praise and encourage others in their learning, share their ideas and show patience and support to others. These skills will be developed through the context of dynamic balance to agility, during which the children will learn to jump and land in different ways. They will be using these to think about the skill of jumping and landing, using this and applying it in different ways. The children will also develop their social skills through our Real Dance unit, during which they will focus on using shapes.


In RE this half-term, the children will learn about how a candle can be used as a symbol. They will carefully consider what a candle means to them. To contextualise this new learning, the children will learn about the Jewish festival of Hanukkah, with a particular focus on the way in which candles are used during this time, in the form of a Menorah. The children will also apply their learning to consider how Christians use light as a symbol at Christmas.


To enrich their learning this half-term, the children will:

  • Have a visit from a science workshop
  • Walk to the local park to find a new hospital site.
  • Have a visit from music students at Hounsdown
  • Visit Colbury Church for the Christmas service.