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Welcome to Class 2!

Autumn Term 1 2022

Mrs Howell and Mrs Weston hope that you are looking forward to a fun packed year of learning. We have lots of great topics to cover this year. We are kickstarting our learning in this first half term with.....

The Enchanted Woodland


If you go down to the woods today you’re in for a BIG surprise. Foxes and badgers, voles and mice, beady eyed owls in the swaying tree tops. Beneath the leaves are tiny footprints – animal or imp? You decide. Deciduous or evergreen? Can you match a leaf to its tree? Let’s build a den, stick by stick and branch by branch. Or we could make a teeny tiny home for a woodland fairy. Then let’s party down in the woods with Mr Fox and all his woodland friends. We’d better not get lost. Let’s leave a trail of conkers as we go.

During this topic, we will be covering and learning the following...



Write narratives in the style of a known fairy tales/traditional tales ; Write instructions, recounts and lists; Read, write and perform poems. 


Number and place value, Addition and Subtraction.


Observe the local environment throughout the year and ask and answer questions about living things and seasonal change.


Draw or read a simple picture map.  Follow a route on a prepared map using simple compass directions. 

Make a simple map of the school including the woodland area. Construct a basic key using symbols. 

Use observational skills. 


Know about Robin Hood. 

How has Swithland Woods changed / not changed over time? 

What are the structures in Swithland Woods? 



Ball skills – rolling, throwing & catching and aiming.  

Design & Technology

Design and construct simple structures, models or other products using a range of materials. Select and use a range of materials, beginning to explain their choices. Discuss and explore how products can be improved.

Use good hygiene in food preparation.  Select healthy ingredients for a fruit or vegetable salad.


Know about the famous artist Claude Monet and Andy Goldsworthy.

Make transient art and pattern work using a range or combination of man-made and natural materials. Identify and use paints in the primary colours.

Describe the sensory properties of a range of different materials and decide which ones to use when making something.

Use lines to represent a shape or outline when drawing and painting. 

Outline personal likes and dislikes regarding their own work. 


Christian value:

Who do Christians say made the World? 



Country Gardens-Granger 


Understand that there are online tools that can help people to create content and communicate.

Understand what an algorithm is.

Online research about the Woodland Trust. 

Use internet to find, copy and paste images. Develop basic word processing skills.

Use technology safely and respectfully. Know where to go if they have any concerns. 


Routes 2 Resilience-  We will be focusing on the words   Confident, Resilient, Curious  

Healthy Lifestyles, Mental Health,  Growing & Changing

Knowledge Organisers

Recommended Reads

Additional recommended topic reads

Important information about Class 2


Please ensure PE kits are in school everyday.  They will be sent home each half term but should remain in school throughout the half term.  Every child should bring water in a named bottle to school each day.  They will be encouraged to drink regularly throughout the day.

Book bags should be in school every day as we will always take every opportunity to listen to children read, the children can change their own books if needed. Individual reading books will be changed once a week. It is important to re-read books several times in order to build on fluency, understanding and enjoyment. 


Spelling tests will take place later on in the next half term.


Homework will be posted onto Teams every Thursday and is expected to be handed in by the following Monday.  


Please do not hesitate to contact us by email, telephone call or note if there is anything we can do to help you or your child during their time with us in Class 2. 


As a school, we carry out lessons on internet safety. Because many children are currently spending more time online, we would like to signpost you to the following sites so you can talk together about staying safe online.


Top tips on how to stay safe online.


Here is a series of 3 videos aimed at children aged 4-7 discussing staying safe online.

Games and activities

Previous topics

Rio de Vida- Summer 2022

Dancing feet, step to the samba beat. Shake it, shimmy, hands in the air, wave your flags in the cool night air. Come join the party down in Rio, keeping the rhythm with your party shaker. Bright colours, patterns and feathers. Can you make a headdress or party mask? Meet magical creatures from Brazil’s myths and legends and create your own too. Be as fancy as you like. Let’s get down to Rio where football is king, and practise our skills on golden beaches. Now we need to plan a celebration with fabulous music and song.

Bem-vindo ao Brasil os meus amigos.



During this topic we shall be focusing on the following areas / skills:

English: Stories from other cultures, myths and legends; Poetry, reading and composing our own; Information texts about Brazil and the rainforests.

Maths: Year 1 - Multiplication and division, Fractions, Position and Direction, Place Value within 100, Money and Time.

           Year 2 - Length and Height, Position and Direction, Time, Mass, Capacity and temperature.

Science: Exploring everyday materials.

RE: Our new Christian Value this half term is Trust and we shall be reading the Bible story of Daniel in the Lion`s Den; Who is Jewish and how do they live? How should we care for others and the world and why does this matter?

PSHE: Our new Routes 2 Resilience words / qualities this half term are Honesty, Polite and Understanding; Living in the wider world.

Geography: Identifying countries, oceans and continents; Comparing human and physical features of Brazil and the UK; Using aerial photographs.

History: Looking at significant historical monuments and how they have changed over time; Researching a local monument, Old John and it`s significance.

Computing: Creating simple videos and power points; Using technology safely and respectfully.

Art: Designing and creating simple mono prints; Using clay to create realistic forms.

DT: Make a musical instrument taking inspiration from existing products. Identifying strengths or weaknesses of their own and others` work.

PE: Athletics.

Spring 2 

Memory Box

Welcome back Class 2!  We hope you have had a restful half term. This half term we will be starting our new topic titled Memory Box.


The best thing about memories is making them.

Can you remember being small? Being a baby and learning to crawl? Do you recall a favourite toy, maybe a teddy bear or a favourite book? Look back at family photos of special occasions, perhaps holiday snapshots or a birthday or two. Remember a wedding or a christening and find a funny photo of your parents when they were young. Learn how to write a diary of days gone by and find out about the days before you were born: it’s called history and it’s all about the past. Then make a special box, a memory box, to keep special things safe. In years to come, you can revisit them and remember how you looked when you were young. Memories are special. Let’s make some more.


During this topic we shall be focusing on the following areas / skills:


Book reviews; Diary entries; Rhymes; Descriptions


(Yr 1)Number and place value, Measuring length, height, weight and volume

(Yr 2)Properties of shape and fractions


Humans- body parts, the senses, keeping healthy.


Observe changes over time; features of the local environment; Identify and compare seaside resorts


Compare our lives with those of older family members; pose questions; sequence artefacts from different time periods, observe and discuss changes over time


Dance; Gymnastics

Design & Technology-

Plan, design and make products-memory box, celebration cards, food for a teddy bear’s picnic


Portraits, Drawing, Collage, Famous Artists


Christian value: Forgiveness; Why does Easter matter to Christians?


Songs and percussion for Easter performance


Scratch Junior; word processing skills


Routes 2 Resilience- our new words are ... Aspirational, Self Control and Independent

Everybody`s Welcome -  The Family Book ; Mommy, Mama and Me

Managing Hurtful behaviour and Bullying; Respecting self and Others

Spring 1 

Paws, Claws and Whiskers




During this topic we shall be focusing on the following areas / skills:


English - Traditional Tales; Fables; Non-Chronological Reports. Our class novel is "The Hodgeheg" by Dick King-Smith.

Maths - Division; Place Value;Measurement - length and height

Science - Animals; Structures of animals, identifying and classifying, life-cycles.

PE - Forest Schools; Games Skills - bat and ball - Strike and Field.

PSHE - Our three new R2R words are "Determined, Kind, Creative". Relationships- Families and Close Positive Relationships.

Art - Exploring different media; Using lines of different thicknesses; Comparing artwork from the past and present.

DT - Investigating and designing food packaging.

History - Investigating the life of Charles Darwin.

Geography - Finding and naming the continents on a world map; Comparing two contrasting areas, Africa and Antarctica.

Computing - Scratch Junior; Sending emails; E-Safety- understanding what it means to be online.

RE - Our new Christian Value this half term is Loyalty and children will be learning the Bible story of Noah and the Ark. 

Music - Peter and the Wolf - Prokofiev; Music and Technology.


As a school, we carry out lessons on internet safety. Because many children are currently spending more time online, we would like to signpost you to the following sites so you can talk together about staying safe online.


Top tips on how to stay safe online.


Here is a series of 3 videos aimed at children aged 4-7 discussing staying safe online.

Autumn 2 

Moon Zoom!

CRASH! What’s that in the playground? Let’s go outside and take a look. Stand back everyone – it looks like a UFO has crash landed. Find out who might have landed by exploring the craft and investigating scattered scientific specimens. How can we welcome our alien explorer?  How can we explain what life is like on our planet? Would you like to be an astronaut? You’ll need a pretty sturdy spacecraft if you do. Let's make a rocket! How far can you make it travel?  Find out the names of the planets. There’s Mercury, Neptune, Mars and – do you know any others?   Can you help get our alien explorer home?  Are you ready for take off ? 

Hold tight. 5, 4, 3, 2, 1… LIFT OFF!

Moon Zoom! Class 2 Knowledge Organiser


Narratives; Persuasive texts; Non-fiction texts


Addition and subtraction, Money, 2D and 3D shapes


Working scientifically, investigating - How wild is the wind? How big is a raindrop?

Art & Design  

Use of line, texture, colour and shape, make 2D and 3D representations


Design, plan and create rockets; Joining materials, sewing


Significant people in History - Neil Armstrong; Timelines


Locate hot and cold regions; Identify physical and human features, Identify seasonal and UK weather patterns


Keeping safe; Our new Routes 2 Resilience words are Positive, Happy, Tolerant

Computing      Web searches;  Use Google Earth; word processing skills; programming


RE                   Our new Christian Value for this half term is CONSIDERATION. Children will be learning the Bible story

                         "Jesus feeds the 5000" and reflecting on how they can show consideration for others, especially those who

                         are most in need.  We shall also be exploring the question "Why does Christmas matter to Christians?" 



Autumn 1


Oh, I do like to be beside the seaside. Do you? That’s good, because you’re about to become an expert beachcomber. Head to your nearest beach to look for interesting and unusual objects, using your senses to spot, sniff and seek them out. Have you seen the rock pools yet? We can take a peek into the cool water to learn about the weird and wonderful animals and plants in their microhabitats. Maybe we can kick back in a deckchair and do a little reading. What’s your favourite book about the seashore? Let's invent an amazing rock pool resident. What features will it need to survive happily in its watery habitat? Make a 3-D model of your plant or creature. Got your shorts and sunglasses on? Bucket and spade at the ready? Let’s get beachcombing.




Labels, lists and captions; Tongue twisters; Narratives; Letters; Non-fiction texts


Habitats; Living and non-living things; Food chains; Basic needs of animals; Working scientifically


Sketchbooks; 3-D modelling; Sand art; Seascapes


Web searches; Common uses of ICT; Digital presentations


Finger puppets


Coastal features, Physical and Human Features


Caring for the environment, Our new Routes 2 Resilience words are Confident, Resilient, Curious

Science investigations

How many arms does an octopus have? Will it degrade?



RE                                Our new Christian Value for this half term is being Thankful. Children will be learning the Bible story "Jehoshaphat defeats Moab and Ammon" and reflecting on all they have to be thankful for.  We shall also be exploring the question "What is God like?"