Year 2 - Autumn 2



Science Curriculum


Walk to School

Learning Values

Learning Values

Learning Values: Independent and engaged. Is it important to remember history?

Learning Values

S.M.S.C: Developing a sense of independence. Respect for special days in different cultures.


Speaking and Listening

  • Develop ability to discuss views and opinions with peers.
  • To give instructions using language associated with position and direction
  • Reading – Developing a love of reading, fluency and comprehension through daily RWI phonics sessions, sharing whole class texts, comprehension lessons, group guided reading and individual reading.

Stories about Journeys

  • Man On The Moon – Simon Bartram
  • Non-Fiction Texts
  • Moon Landing Books
  • The Life of Neil Armstrong
  • Various non-Fiction books


  • Writing stories and identifying features of non-fiction texts with increasing skill and complexity.
  • Learning how to use punctuation correctly, including capital letters, full stops, question or exclamation marks.
  • Learning how to use sentences with different forms: statement, question, exclamation, command.
  • Continuing to use expanded noun phrases to describe and specify, e.g. adjectives to describe nouns.
  • Using conjunctions (but, and, because) to join simple sentences.

Letter Formation and Handwriting

  • Form letters correctly by learning the two basic letter joins – ‘the arm’ and ‘the washing-line’ and begin to use cursive writing.

Key Questions:

  • What are the features of a non-fiction text?
  • Can you create an exciting 2A sentence?
  • What type of sentence uses an exclamation?
  • What type of sentence is this?
  • Explain what a BAB sentence includes?
  • What is your favourite book about space and why?

Writing outcomes

  • Creative writing based on our class book The Rain Door.
  • Non fiction writing linked to History and Science.
  • Cross curricular biographies, fact files and a recount of the Moon Landing.
  • Memorizing poetry linked to Space and Christmas.

Multiplication and Division

  • Accurately count in steps of 2 and 5, recognise the multiples of 2 up to 50, and counting in steps of 5 to 100.
  • Recognise and use the multiplication (x) and equals (=) signs correctly
  • Recognise multiplication facts for the 2 & 5 multiplication tables and begin to write the corresponding multiplication fact for a given situation
  • Recognise and use the division (÷) and equals (=) signs correctly
  • Begin to understand the relationship between multiplication and division, applying their knowledge of the 2 & 5 multiplication tables to division
  • Apply their knowledge of multiplication and division to solve simple problems accurately


  • Measurement Choose and use appropriate standard units to estimate and measure length/height in any direction (m/cm); the results using >, < and =
  • Shape – Compare and sort common 2-D and 3-D shapes and everyday objects.
  • Identify and describe the properties of 2-D and 3D shapes, including the number of sides, and line symmetry in a vertical line.
  • Fractions –The pupil can identify 1 3 , 1 4 , 1 2 , 2 4 , 3 4 and knows that all parts must be equal parts of shapes.
  • Money – The pupil can use different coins to make the same amount.
  • Time – we will start learning how to read the time and how to read the times O’clock and half past.

Key Questions:

  • Can you describe the properties of this 2D/3D shape?
  • How many ways can you make 50p?
  • How many seconds in a minute/hours in a day?
  • Can multiplication and division be done in any order?
  • What is the inverse of addition?
  • What can you tell me about quarters?

Seasonal changes:

  • Throughout the year we will be exploring the weather and how it changes season to season. This half term we shall be focusing on Autumn and looking at the vocabulary, weather and changes associated with this particular season.


  • This term we will be exploring the planets in our solar system. We will be naming the planets, researching and recalling facts and comparing other planets to Earth.
  • Why is Earth suitable for human life?
  • How many planets are there in our galaxy?
  • Dance linked to our space topic. Children will be building on the balance and movement skills they have learnt so far, to create and perform a space dance in small groups.

Key questions:

  • How can I create a shape with my body?
  • Can I hold that pose successfully?
  • Can I transition between one pose and another?
  • How can I create a particular mood?

Linking to our topic of journeys and Space, we will be learning basic coding.

  • How would you get the rocket to turn left?
  • BBC Ten Pieces ‘In the Hall of the Mountain King’.
  • Discriminating between high/low sounds and create simple melodic patterns and shapes.

Key questions:

  • Can I sing a song at different pitches and speeds?
  • Can I notate and read from a simple dot grid?

This half term we will be exploring the 5 main food groups and the difference between healthy and unhealthy food.

  • What makes a food unhealthy?
  • What are the 5 main food groups?
  • Why is it important to save energy?

Why is it important to Remember history?

  • Lives of significant figures from the past.
  • This year we will be studying Neil Armstrong, Christopher Columbus and Katherine Goble.


  • What obstacles did these individuals overcome?
  • What did these people achieve?
Art/Design Technology

This term we will be designing and making our own vehicle models linked to our history topic. This is linked to our topic of journeys.

  • How would you make your vehicle move?
  • Explain why your design would be successful.
Religious Education

This term we will continue to study journeys in religious texts. We will be exploring the Nativity story, culminating in a Christmas show.

  • Why were these journeys necessary?
  • What can we learn from these journeys?
  • This half term the children will continue to consolidate basic greetings in Spanish.
  • Revise and consolidate numbers 0-10.
  • Learn Spanish names for numbers to twenty through song and movement.
  • Revise colours.
  • Learn how to describe colours in dark and light tones.

Geography: We will not be studying this subject this half term.

Mrs Page

Mrs Ward

Mrs Wareing

Mrs Hayre-Milne

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