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Year 2 - Thomas Barnardo Class

Year 2 Autumn 1 Curriculum Information


Welcome back to the new school year! I am really looking forward to this year and can’t wait to get started. We have a very busy half-term ahead of us which I am excited to tell you about!

We are going to start Year two by reading our class novel which is ‘The Iron Man’ by Ted Hughes. This brilliant book explores many themes including bravery and prejudice. The Iron Man is a robot who has a good heart however his appearance can be deceiving. This links to our school values as we focus on courage and acceptance.


We will complement our class novel ‘The Iron Man’ as we read a picture book called ‘The Tin Forest’ by Helen Ward which looks at dreams and aspirations; it shows us that nothing is impossible if we work hard. It also provides us with the opportunity to talk about how ‘one man’s rubbish is another man’s treasure,’ which links nicely to important topics such as recycling and waste.


All of our reading is going to help us in our English lessons, as this half term we are going to create our own stories based on the book ‘Stardust’ by Jeanne Willis.


We are also looking forward to marking Roald Dahl day in September which will allow us to explore some of our favorite stories and characters. What is your favourite book by Roald Dahl? This is a great opportunity to dress up as a character from your favourite Roald Dahl book. You could display our school value of teamwork and work together to make an outfit!


We will begin our maths lessons by learning about place value. This is a useful topic which will help our learning in maths lessons throughout year two.


In geography this half term, we will be answering our big question: What will I find in my local area? We will start by looking at maps, and how they are designed - even getting to create our own! I am looking forward to our geography lessons, as we may be able to go into our local area and explore Melton Mowbray.


In science we will be learning about the human body. Our big question this half term is: Why and how should we look after our bodies? We will be learning about how impressive our bodies are, specifically learning about the human skeleton, the circulatory system and exploring how we can stay healthy. I’m sure our PE lessons will help us with this, as we begin to learn the fundamental skills such as running, jumping, skipping and balance.


At The Grove we enjoy learning about other cultures and the beliefs of others. Religious education provides us with a great opportunity to do this, and we will begin Year two by learning about Christianity.


We are very lucky this half term to have a visitor coming in to offer us some recorder lessons during music. I’m looking forward to learning a new instrument, although might need to invest in some noise-cancelling headphones!


Please keep your eye out on Class Dojo for lots of updates - I am really excited for what this half term has in store!