BerkswichCE Primary School

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Autumn 1



In English the children will be completing lots of exciting writing tasks. They will be reading an inspiring book called 'Journey' written by Aaron Becker. This book is a wonderful illustrated, wordless book about self-determination and unexpected friendship. The children will follow a girl on an elaborate journey. She is a lonely girl but one day draws a magic door on her bedroom wall and through it escapes into a world of adventure. Where will her journey begin and end?


Through this book they will learn the difference between speech bubbles and thinking bubbles, what common nouns and proper nouns are, how to use 2a phrases and adverbial conjunctions correctly in their writing. The children will also be focusing on using capital letters correctly, not just at the beginning of sentences but also for proper nouns, full stops, question marks and commas. They will imagine they are the main character in the story and learn how to write a diary entry correctly.


During the week the children also have a Grammar/Punctuation lesson, handwriting sessions and reading adventure activities.


Reading Adventures

Our Reading Adventure sessions are going to be very exciting as I have heard that a character from a book is going to leave Year Two a gift in the woodland area. He is also going to leave us a number of reading challenges to complete. This character is also going to introduce us to a wealth of new vocabulary. Who is this character going to be?



Year Two continue to be taught Phonics daily through a variety of exciting activities. This half term the children will be revising all of the phase 5 graphemes.



The children will be learning to read and write numbers to at least 100 in numerals and words, recognise place value of two digit numbers, compare and order numbers, use place value and number facts to solve problems, recall and use addition and subtraction facts to 20 confidently, and derive and use related facts up to 100 and add and subtract numbers ; a two-digit number and tens, two two-digit numbers and adding three one-digit numbers.


Religious Education

Year Two will be considering the question 'Who Made the World?' They will learn all about the Creation story, understand that people have different beliefs about creation and understand that the story tells Christians about God, creation and the world.



The title for this half term's unit is 'Our Class'.  The children will be understanding the need for class rules and how they help us. They will relate these to Christian Bible teachings.  They will also be thinking about ways to deal with different feelings particularly negative ones.



The children will be busy understanding and investigating plants. What are the similarities and differences between deciduous and evergreen trees? Are roots always at the bottom of plants? What are the similarities and differences in the growth of seeds and bulbs? These are just a few of the questions that they will be discovering the answers to. 



The children will be investigating how Information Technology improves our world, and they will also learn about using Information Technology responsibly.



Year Two will be stepping back in time and finding out about five significant people from the past and why they are still remembered today.



In art lessons Year Two will be finding out what portraits are and discovering famous artists who are well known for portrait art. The children will also have the opportunity to try different media and materials to create their own portraits.



Year Two will have two PE lessons a week although there will be plenty of other opportunities within lessons when they will be physically active. One of the PE lessons will be focusing on target and tag activities and the other will be fundamental skills:


'Stability, locomotion and object control are the three foundations of fundamental movement knowledge. They need to become automatic so that students can move without having to think about it, much the same as decoding while reading needs to be automatic before fluency and comprehension is possible. Without mastery of fundamental movement knowledge, students will have little working memory to think about strategy and tactics, key components of physical education. Fundamental movement begins as generic knowledge then develops into sport-specific knowledge.'



In music the children will be taught to use their voices expressively and creatively by singing songs and speaking chants and rhymes.



Important Dates

Thursday 21st October-Children break up for Half Term

Friday 22nd October-Inset Day

Monday 25th October-Friday 29th October-Half Term