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Autumn Term 2

In this busy half-term in the run-up to Christmas, the children are working hard to learn their words and practise the songs for our Nativity play: Baarmy Bethlehem. Thank you for all the hard work you are doing at home to prepare the children for their performance.

 Autumn 2 Term Topic: Is it better to stand out or fit in?

We are excited for our Kindness Fashion show. Remember to enter our competition to design the front cover of our programme. 

Deadline is the 17th of November.

 This half term we are focusing on:

  • How can we change our school for the better?
  • Being real life craftivists by making and selling poppies inspired by the Angering Yarn Bombers.
  • Planning and practicing our fashion show.

English Learning

In English this half term, we will be focusing on fictional story writing. We will be using the following stories:

  • Snack attack (a video stimulus)
  • The true story of the Three Little Pigs

We will be orally retelling the stories using actions. We will place the key plot points on a story mountain and then we will write our own versions of the story.

We will then end our topic with ‘Helicopter stories’- a chance for children to see their story being brought to life through role play.

Mathematical Learning

This term we are focusing on:

Addition and subtraction

  • Recap number bonds to 10 and 20

    Using number bonds to 10 and 20 to support new learning of number bonds to 100

    Add 3 digit numbers

    Adding and subtracting by bridging 10.

    Compare number sentences

    Missing number problems

  • Sorting 2D and 3D shapes

    Lines of symmetry

    Counting edges, faces and vertices

    Make patterns with 2D and 3D shapes

PSHE Learning

We will be learning about ‘health and wellbeing’. We will understand the benefits of being active, how to look after their teeth and what a healthy diet looks like.

Scientific Learning

This half-term our topic is Living things and their habitats.

We will be learning about:

  • Different habitats across the world
  • Antarctic animals and their characteristics
  • Recapping food chains

Art & DT Learning

  • Printing
  • Digital media
  • 3D

Music Learning

We are learning a Christmas song called ‘hohoho’ by Joana Mangona.  We will be practicing our Nativity songs each day to make sure we know it very well for our performance.

Faith and Wonder Learning

We will be learning about the Christian concept of incarnation and asking “Why Christmas matters to Christians.  We will learn about:

  • The events of the Christmas story
  • Why Jesus’ birth is special to Christians
  • How the events of the Nativity story demonstrates that Jesus is special

Computing Learning


PE Learning

In Outdoor PE, we are learning to throw, hit and catch balls and pass them with greater accuracy. We are developing our positioning and interception skills in small-group games.  We are continuing to take part in the ‘Daily Mile’.

How can you help?

  • If you can spare any time at morning drop off or any other time during the day to help with reading, then please speak to your child’s class teacher. You may need to obtain a DBS check first
  • Listen to your child read their reading book from school as often as possible. Your child can change their own book once they have read at home
  • Complete the maths homework tasks that are provided each week
  • Keep reading stories to your child to enrich their vocabulary and enjoyment of stories
  • Offer to accompany your child’s class school trips
  • Offer your time to come in and teach a skill during ‘Discovery time’. For example, sewing or typing etc.


Events/trips planned for this half term:

Please see school newsletter for whole school dates.



Thank you to those parents and relatives who volunteer to hear children read during the day in Cherry or Willow Class. If anybody else is able to volunteer, please speak to us.

Please come and see your class teacher if you have any queries. We are available at the end of the day after we have dismissed the class. Alternatively, you can contact us on Seesaw or via our class emails.

 The Year 2 team

Mrs Hills and Miss Haywood