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Year 2

Curriculum Information

Termly Topics
Autumn Spring Summer
The Great Fire of London Castles Minibeasts
Autumn Term 2017-18 Subject Overview



We will be covering place value, number facts and counting at the beginning of the Autumn Term. We will consolidate and build on work from Year 1 on number bonds to 10 and begin familiarizing children with the hundred square and working with numbers 1-100. We will also be learning about addition and subtraction, in particular adding and subtracting a two digit number and ones or multiples of ten.


Using our Power of Reading focus text ‘The Lonely Beast’ as a stimulus, we will be writing letters and diaries. We will link the genres to our topic by also writing diaries about the Great Fire from the viewpoint of Samuel Pepys. Phonics teaching, in particular spelling, will focus on our application of alternative graphemes.


Our topic for this term is materials. We will be looking at the uses of everyday materials including wood, plastic, metal, glass, brick, paper and cardboard. Children will then go on to compare the suitability of different everyday materials for different purposes. They will explore how objects made of some everyday materials can change shape and how the recycling process is able to reuse some everyday materials numerous times. We will conduct scientific enquiries to look at the suitability of materials, including an investigation involving waterproofing.


Linking to our English work on ‘The Lonely Beast’ children will be making an e-book about the story using the program 2Create. They will develop the skills to create, organise, store, manipulate and retrieve digital content through the creation of their own animated story book.


Design Technology

We will be designing, making and evaluating a Pudding Lane house. It will link to our work in Science on materials by building structures that are stable and strong.



We will learn about the key events of the Great Fire of London, and begin to develop an understanding of the ways in which we can find out about the past through discussing primary sources. We will be introduced to Samuel Pepys and his infamous diary. The children will have the opportunity to increase their awareness of the past by comparing and contrasting past and present-day London, as well as looking at how life was different in the 17th century.


PSHE and circle times this term will focus on the topics ‘Lost and Found’ and ‘Family and Friends’.



Indoor sessions focus this term on gymnastics. Outdoor sessions focus on cricket.