Welcome to Year Two...



Dates for the diary...

  • Swimming begins Wednesday 13th September
  • Year Two Worship Assembly - Tuesday 14th November
  • Christmas Packed Lunch - Monday 11th December
  • Christmas Jumper Day - Tuesday 12th December
  • Christmas School Dinner - Tuesday 12th December
  • Christmas Service in Church - Wednesday 13th December (pm)
  • Christmas Disco - Thursday 14th December (1.30pm)



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 Friday 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 Mondays 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

Remembrance Day - November 2017

Reception, Year One and Year Three watched a special Remembrance Day Service prepared by Year Two. We read prayers, sang hymns, listened to The Last Post and held a two minutes silence. It was a very moving service - well done Year Two!

Poppy visits Year Two - Remembrance 2017 History

Autumn Fun Seasonal Changes - Science

Mathematics Place Value and Number

                                  Year 2 Yearly Plan







Signs & Symbols





Spread the Word





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


Musical Instruments


 Tic-Tac drums






















Year Two Autumn Planning


Beginnings: The children will be able to recognise creation as a religious story and may be able to retell the story using phrases from the psalms. They will be able to recognise and use some religious terms and phrases about types of prayer. The children will recognise that people are kind and loving because God made them. They will be able to say what they wonder about the beauty around them and God creating the world.

Signs and Symbols: The children will recognise and some might describe the signs and symbols used in baptism and use some religious words and phrases used in that sacrament. They will recognise that Christians act in a particular way because they are members of the Church family. Some children might be able to describe some ways in which Christians live as followers of the light of Christ.

Preparing: Children will be able to recognise the events around the birth of Jesus as religious stories. They will recognise and some might describe signs and symbols and use religious words and phrases connected with the liturgical season of Advent. Some children might be able to retell the stories of the Annunciation, the Visitation and the Nativity and be familiar with the characters in those events. They might be able to describe how Christians follow Jesus as the light of the world and live that out in their lives



The children will be introduced to our class author King Smith and we will enjoy a variety of his books at story time. We will look at a range of texts this term including: The Hodgeheg by King Smith, Eliot - Midnight Superhero by Anne Cottringer, BBC Remembrance Day e-book, Where the Poppies Now Grow by Hilary Robinson, The Great Fire of London Non Fiction big book and Toby and the Great Fire of London by Margaret Nash. The children will study the layout of fiction and non-fiction texts. They will plan and create their own superhero comic and write their own diary entry about The Great Fire of London.  In addition to this the children will study the war poem Flanders Fields by John McCrae, write letters to the local Fire Station and a recount detailing their adventures during the Summer Holidays. The children will develop their sentence work by planning their sentences before writing them and checking they make sense afterwards. They will check that their sentences have a capital letter and full stop. In Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar we will focus on different word types such as nouns, verbs, adjectives and adverbs. The children will recap what they learnt in Year One on plurals and the ed/ing suffix.


The children will be studying three topics this term:

  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.

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


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.


The children will be studying two topics this term:

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 Great Fire of London: The children will be able to place the Great Fire on a class time line and sequence the main events of the fire correctly. Know why the fire started and what happened. Understand why it ended and some of the results. Know that the fire was represented in different ways. Look at a variety of sources to further their understanding of The Great Fire of London. The children will also compare historical and modern day fire-fighting techniques.



Linked with our Science topic on Weather and the Seasons, the children will be learning about the countries of the United Kingdom and their capital cities.


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.

Sir Christopher Wren: The children will study the architecture of St Paul’s Cathedral which Sir Christopher Wren designed after the cathedral burnt down during The Great Fire of London. They will compare the building to what remains in London today. The children will draw and build their own versions of both buildings. 


In Year Two we follow the SCARF (Safety, Care, Achievement, Resilience, Friendship)  PSHE scheme of work. The children will make and sign a class contract, demonstrating an understanding of the need for school rules. The children will also design some posters to help the younger children to learn these rules. PSHE will link with History (Remembrance) and RE this term.

We will also take part in a whole school project of promoting the Friendship and Safety themes from SCARF in the autumn term.


The children will begin swimming this term at Morton School. For the autumn term the children will swim every Wednesday starting on the 13th September.  Their other PE session will be held on Fridays where the children will participate in cricket during the first half of the term and then a dance inspired by The Great Fire of London in the second half of the term.


Year Two Literacy Overview - Autumn Term




Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Contemporary and Classic Poetry


Summer Poetry

 Autumn Fires by Robert Louis Stephenson

Flanders Fields by John McCrae

Stories, Fairy Stories, Traditional Tales


The Hodgeheg

Eliot Midnight Superhero/Traction Man

Toby and the Great Fire of London






Great Fire of London ebook

Remembrance Day ebook

Where the Poppies Now Grow

Writing Opportunities


Summer recounts


Road safety posters


Information text


Diary entry


Spoken Language




Performance poetry




Performance poetry


Freeze Frame/Conscience Alley



 Additional Literacy activities include: Guided Reading, Phonics, Independent Reading, Spellings, Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar (SPaG), Shared Reading and Writing. Writing will also take place in other subjects such as RE, History, Science etc and Literacy skills will be developed through Enhanced Independent Learning activities.