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Year 2

Autumn Term 2023


Does being brave make you stronger?

This term the children will be focussing on the question ‘Does being brave make you stronger?’ The Giraffes will focus on 4 key concept words that will be covered throughout the term and linked into teaching where possible. The concept words are rights, change compassion and fairness. This terms topic is History based. We will explore a range of significant events from the past and the people linked to them. We will be looking at the Titanic and people who were on board the ship. We will also look at how this impacted our lives today. We will also be looking at the lives of significant individuals from the past who have contributed to national and international achievements.

How we'll be doing it...

WOW day

Our WOW day will be on Thursday 7th September. We will be joining with year 1 to jump into a time machine and travel back to the past. The children will learn about different eras and important people and events.

Authentic Outcome

Throughout the term we will be working towards an authentic outcome that is meaningful and has a purpose for the children. By the end of this term I am hoping that the children will have a vast knowledge of the Titanic. They will have learnt a range of significant information and will know about specific people who were on the ship. At the end of the year we are going to create a mini presentation to present to the year 3 class to tell them all about the Titanic.  We will link this authentic outcome to our computing learning on Paint.



Over the term we aim to cover a fiction and non-fiction text in order for the children to be able to use and identify specific text type features. We will be looking at these books over the term and using them to write some wonderful narrative and non-narrative writing.                                                             

The children will innovate a story, write a character description, write some simple letters using specific features and create a non-chronological report.


This year in Maths, the children will extend their knowledge and progress from their learning in year 1. We will be looking at place value, addition and subtraction and shape. We will continue to develop our maths skills and work on problem solving and reasoning.


This term in Science we will be looking at how we grow and stay healthy. We will be looking at different exercise that make our bodies strong and also the nutrients our bodies need. We will also be looking at a range of animals and their groups. We will be using out scientific inquiry skills to observe, sort and group. The children will learn that their physical characteristics help them to survive.


Growth mind-set unit

To work in a specific role in a learning group.
To identify and describe how we feel when we make a mistake.
To discuss and debate whether girls should be allowed to be engineers.
To explain what the characteristics of effort are.
To set a learning challenge.
To identify the different stages of effort.
Families and relationships           

To begin to understand the role of families in their life.
To begin to understand the range of families they may encounter now and in the future.
To recognise how others show feelings and how to respond.
To begin to understand how some friendships might make us unhappy and how to deal with this.
To begin to understand the conventions of curtesy and manners.
To begin to understand how loss and change can affect us.
To develop an understanding of stereotypes.

Children in year 2 will be learning a range of fundamental movement skills this term. This will include running, jogging, throwing, catching and skipping. They will also learn skills to apply to a net and wall game. They will be able to engage in competitive physical activities.


Our question this year is, ‘how do we respond to things that really matter?’

This term in RE we will cover Judaism and Christianity. The children will build on prior knowledge from year 1. They will apply their skills and learn new knowledge to help them understand the world around them and how they may link it to their own lives.


This term we will be focussing on computing systems and networks and looking at IT around us. We will also be creating media using digital photography.


The children will begin to generate ideas from a wider range of stimuli, exploring different media and techniques. They will also experiment in sketchbooks, using drawing to record ideas. Use sketchbooks to help make decisions about what to try out next. Children will also develop observational skills to look closely and reflect surface texture through mark-making.


We will also be getting creative this term. Within DT we are going to focus on sewing and attaching materials. The children will learn some basic sewing skills linked to our History topic of the Titanic. They will learn to join fabrics using a running stitch, over sewing and a blanket stitch.


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