Welcome to Year Two...

PE for this half term - Swimming (Wednesdays) Basic Moves (Thursdays)

Dates for the diary...

  • Back to School - Tuesday 4th September 
  • Swimming at Morton Pool begins Wednesday 12th September
  • End of Key Stage One Assessment talk for Parents - 2.40pm in the Year Two Classroom
  • Finish for half term - Friday 19th October

The Year Two Weather Stars are famous!!!!

The Year Two Weather Star's photograph was selected as an Editor's Choice on the BBC Weather Watchers website and was featured live on the BBC's Look North Weather Report.


PE this half term will be swimming on Wednesday mornings. Your child will need to bring a swimming costume (no bikinis or long swimming shorts please) , towel, goggles (if necessary) and £1.50 - you do not need to provide armbands. Our other PE session will be on Thursday and your child will need black shorts, a plain white t-shirt, a sweatshirt, jogging bottoms, trainers and a spare pair of socks. Please ensure that your child is not wearing jewellery, that long hair is tied back and that all clothing is clearly marked with your child's name on PE days.

Homework is given to the children on Fridays and is collected in on Tuesday mornings. Please ensure that your child brings their reading book and library book every day in their folder as we change books on different days throughout the week.

Please can you provide your child with a drinks bottle, filled daily with water and a pair of black plimsolls to wear inside school.

Menus are attached to the weekly newsletter - we ask that completed menus be handed back by Wednesday.


We will continue to ask for £1 snack money. We will collect this in on Wednesdays (along with the £1.50 swimming money) and the money will be used for trips and educational resources.  


If you have any questions, please feel free to come in before or after school to speak to us.

Thank you for your support,

Miss Smith & Mrs Abba

Judo was great fun!

                                  Year 2 Yearly Plan







The Chosen People

Signs & Symbols





The Good News



The Mass

Spread the Word




The Church


Seasonal Changes

Everyday Materials 

Uses of Everyday Materials

Seasonal Changes

Seasonal Changes

Living things and their Habitats

Seasonal Changes

Living things and their Habitats

Seasonal Changes


Capital Cities

Countries of UK



Looking down from Space - Continents


Africa - Topic

Comparing Silloth to another seaside location



Remembrance Day


The Great Fire of London 

Travellers – comparing Neil Armstrong with Christopher Columbus


Seaside in the Past

Silloth in the Past – local study


E-Safety Unit

Fix it and Find it

 Fix it and Find it

E-Safety Unit

Animal Top Trumps

 Animal Top Trumps


E-Safety Unit

Shapes & Safety

E-Safety Unit

Shapes & Safety




Christopher Wren


Drawing Buildings

Keith Tyson Artist


Mixing paints wet/dry surfaces


Van Gogh Starry Night - Patterns & textures in thickened paint.



 D & T

 Joseph’s Coat




 African Instruments

















Year Two Autumn Planning


The Chosen People

The children will learn that Abraham, Moses and Daniel were chosen by God and that they had to put their trust in him. The children will reflect on this and discuss times when they have been chosen to do something important and how that made them feel. The children will also learn the story of Joseph and his Coat of Many Colours through cross curricular work in Design and Technology.


The children will know and reflect on mysteries. They will learn about the Holy Trinity and understand that there are three persons in one God: God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit.  The children will recap the story of the birth of Christ and make Advent promises. They will understand that Jesus was God’s gift to the World.


The children will find out about and enjoy a range of books by our class author King Smith. The children will explore recounts by writing about their summer holidays and about Max's adventures in The Hodgeheg. They will research hedgehogs and create an information poster about them. The children will explore the outdoors in autumn and the many autumnal festivities such as Halloween and Bonfire Night to create autumn poems. The children will read Eliot Midnight Superhero  by Anne Cottringer and use this to generate ideas to create their own comics.

After half term, the children will find out information from non-fiction texts, poetry, pictures, visitors and video clips to learn about poppies and why we remember. The children will create an information report explaining what happens on Remembrance Sunday.

Finally the children will read Katie in London and Katie at Christmas by James Mayhew. The children will plan their own adventure stories in London and write a postcard to their family detailing what happened on their trip to our capital city.

The children will develop their sentence work by planning their sentences before writing them and checking they make sense afterwards. They will understand that a sentence needs a capital letter and full stop and begin to explore conjunctions such as and, but, because and when. The children will begin to learn about the different word and sentence types and learn spelling rules for plurals and the suffixes ing/ed whilst exploring the past and present tense.


 Seasonal Changes: Observe changes across the four seasons, observe and describe weather associated with the seasons and how the day length varies.

Everyday Materials: The children will distinguish between an object and the material from which it is made. Identify and name a variety of everyday materials, including wood, plastic, glass, metal, water, and rock. Describe the simple physical properties of a variety of everyday materials. Compare and group together a variety of everyday materials on the basis of their simple physical properties.

Uses of Everyday Materials: The children will identify and compare the suitability of a variety of everyday materials, including wood, metal, plastic, glass, brick, rock, paper and cardboard for particular uses. They will find out how the shapes of solid objects made from some materials can be changed by squashing, bending, twisting and stretching.


This term the children will learn to read and write numbers to at least 100, recognise the place value of a two digit number, compare and order numbers up to 100, use <> = signs. Count in steps of 2,3,5 and 10, find 1/10 more or less from a given number, identify, represent and estimate numbers using different representations, including the number line, use place value and number facts to solve problems. Choose and use appropriate standard units to estimate and measure height/length in any direction (m/cm) using a ruler, mass (kg/g) using scales and volume (litres/ml). Know that addition can be done in any order and that subtraction cannot, recall and addition and subtraction facts to 20 fluently and derive and use related facts up to 100, solve problems with addition and subtraction, add and subtract numbers mentally, using concrete objects and pictorial representations, add three one digit numbers. Recognise and use the inverse relationship between addition and subtraction. Identify and describe the properties of 2D/3D shapes, compare and sort common 2D/3D shapes.  Understand multiplication as repeated addition, show that multiplication can be done in any order and division cannot, recall and use multiplication facts for the 2, 5, 10 tables including recognising odd and even numbers. Use mathematical vocabulary to describe position, direction and movement, including movement in a straight line and distinguishing between rotation as a turn and in terms of right angles for quarter, half and three- quarter turns (clockwise and anti-clockwise). Recognise, find, name and write fractions of a length, shape, set of objects or quantity. Recognise and use pounds (£) and pence (p), combine amounts to make a particular value, find different combinations of coins that equal the same amounts of money. Tell and write the time to five minutes, including quarter past/to the hour and draw the hands on a clock face to show these times, know the number of minutes in an hour and the number of hours in a day.


Remembrance Day: The children will learn that we have Remembrance Day each year due to events that happened in the past and that this year it has been 100 years since the war began. They will know who we are remembering on Remembrance Day. Understand why we have Remembrance Day and what happens on that day each year. Discover why it is important to remember. The children will learn about changes in national life that resulted because of the war.


The children will find out about London, England’s capital city. They will locate and identify characteristics of London. They will use maps, atlases, aerial photographs and plans to recognise landmarks and basic human and physical features. The children will develop geographical vocabulary whilst studying London.


Joseph’s Coat: The children will learn how to use a graphics program to try out their ideas and suggest improvements in order to create a design for Joseph’s coat. Develop using templates to create fabric shapes for their coats and improve their cutting skills. Test the best way to join their fabric coats.


In Year Two we follow the SCARF (Safety, Care, Achievement, Resilience, Friendship)  PSHE scheme of work.

 This term's themes are Friendship and Safety.

We will also be creating and signing a class contract as we begin the new year.


The children will begin swimming this term at Morton School on Wednesday 12th September.  Our other PE session will be held on Thursdays where we will be working on Basic Moves.


Year Two Literacy Overview - Autumn Term




Autumn 1

 Autumn 2

Contemporary and Classic Poetry


Autumn Fires by Robert Louis Stevenson



 In Flanders Fields by John McCrae

Stories, Fairy Stories, Traditional Tales


The Hodgeheg by King Smith

Eliot Midnight Superhero by Anne Cottringer

Katie in London

Katie at Christmas by James Mayhew






Remembrance Day e-book

Writing Opportunities


 Summer recount

Max Hedgehog diary

Hedgehog information poster

Autumn poem


 Remembrance Day information report

Adventure story


Spoken Language



Freeze Frames

Home corner / superhero costumes

Autumn sensory walk

Planning sheets


 Visit from Poppy

Remembrance Sunday Homework - Carlisle City Centre/Television

Video clip - London

Story Mountains


 Additional English activities include: Guided Reading, Whole Class Guided Reading, Read, Write Inc Phonics, Independent Reading, Spellings, Punctuation and Grammar (SPaG), Shared Reading and Writing, IDL Groups. Writing will also take place in other subjects such as RE, History, Science etc and English skills will be developed through Enhanced Independent Learning activities.