Curriculum Information

Autumn 2021

Year 2 Staff



Teacher: Miss Yetkil

Teaching Assistant:  Miss Photiou



Teacher: Miss Katsi

Teaching Assistant:  Ms Monaghan 



Home Learning:

Home learning is set on Google Classroom every Wednesday, this needs to uploaded and returned for the following Monday. Children will also practise their rapid recall target weekly and spellings. Homework activities will alternate between English and Maths. Please work with your child to complete the activities, but please don’t do it for them! In Year 2, we always remind the children to try their best even if they might make mistakes. 

When we set writing activities, it would be best to get your child to write down their answers on a piece of paper and take a photo of it. This way we can make their spellings, handwriting and punctuation too. 


Spellings: Spellings will be set and available to view every Friday on Google Classroom. The children will then be tested in class every Friday morning so that they have a week to practice. It will be a mix of high frequency words and words linked to a phonics sound. Your child will receive a login and password to access Spelling Shed, a programme we are using to teach spellings. There will be games for them to access at home. Please encourage this at least once a week. 


PE Days:

Both classes will now have PE on Tuesdays and Fridays. 


Please send your children into school wearing their PE kit. 



We follow the ‘Come and See’ scheme of work. Each topic usually lasts for four weeks. We begin each topic by exploring what each topic means to us before moving on to how it relates to religion. During the year we also learn about other faiths. At OLM we focus on Judaism and Islam. This is a brilliant way to teach respect for our community as a whole, regardless of cultures and beliefs.

The Topics we will be learning about in the Autumn Term are as follows:


New Beginnings 

Signs and Symbols



Our first topic is 'New Beginnings '

During our first topic, children will be learning about new beginnings e.g. first day at school and then will learn about God’s creation story. Children will be encouraged to ask and respond to questions about their own and others’ experiences about new beginnings.


Throughout the year, OLM focuses on different elements of Catholic Social Teaching (CST). Each month we look at a different value and discuss what each one means: 

September- We are Called to Live as Family and Community

October- Rights and Responsibilities

November- Promotion of Peace

December- No CST- focus on Advent

January- Solidarity

February- An Option for the Poor and Vulnerable

March- The Dignity of the Human Person

April- No CST- focus on Lent

May- The Dignity and Rights of Workers

June- We are Called to Stewardship

July- Recap

Please ask your child what we have discussed


 At OLM we use the Centre for Literacy in Primary Education (CLPE) Power of Reading scheme to teach English. Our first topic is on a text called 'One Day on our Blue Planet...In the Savannah.' 



Our grammar focus will be sentence types (statement, command and question), using subordination e.g. when, if, but and using a variety of punctuation including commas, exclamation marks and question marks.


In Year 2, we will continue the teaching of phonics, with a focus on consonant graphemes.  We will also begin looking at the spellings of homophones, words that sound the same but have a different meaning and are spelt differently e.g. their and there, pair and pear


The children are read to daily by an adult and also have twice weekly sessions on a one to one basis. This is to ensure that children are exposed to a rich vocabulary and a chance to explore their understanding of a text. Please could parents support their child with reading by reading aloud to them but also ensuring children are reading to them independently for approximately 10 mins a day.  It is important that children now work on their comprehension skills (understanding) so please do spend time discussing what you are reading and questioning your child about a text.


Text Types: Diary entries, character descriptions, stories, setting descriptions


Grammar includes:

Write different kinds of sentence: statement, question, exclamation, command.

 Use expanded noun phrases to add description & specification.

 Write using subordination (when, if, that, because) and co-ordination (or, and, but).

 Correct & consistent use of present tense & past tense.

Correct use of verb tenses.


Write with correct & consistent use of:

o capital letters

o full stops

o question marks

o exclamation marks

Use commas in a list.

Use apostrophe to mark omission and singular possession in nouns.


Write under headings.


Handwriting- Write lower case letters correct size relative to one another.

Show evidence of diagonal & horizontal strokes to join.


At OLM we use the Maths No Problem scheme. This scheme focuses on mastery of different mathematical concepts.  This term we will be focusing on:

  • Numbers to 100

    -counting to 100

    -place value

    -comparing numbers

    -number bonds

    -making number patterns


    Addition & Subtraction

    -simple adding

    -adding with renaming

    -simple subtracting

    -subtracting with renaming

    -addition of 3 numbers


    Multiplication of 2, 5 & 10

    -multiplication as equal groups

    -2 x table

    -5 x table

    -10 x table

    -multiplying by 2, 5 and 10

    -solving word problems


Please ensure you continue to practice on your rapid recall targets as these are invaluable to your child’s mental arithmetic skills.

Times Tables

We will continue to practice the 2, 5 and 10 times tables until the children are completely confident in these.  If you feel they are ready to move on, then please start practising the 3 and 4 times tables too.  Please do practise these regularly. We have introduced the children to Times Table Rockstars and already sent home log ins. This is a fun way to motivate them to learn their tables. We will assign time during our Computing lessons to also support them. 


For the second part of the term Y2 will learn about The Great Fire of London. This again will enhance their Science learning too.  



Oceans and seas

(all oceans and continents)



Mouse and keyboard skills.

Children will be learning how to right and left click on a mouse, become more comfortable with using the mouse and learn how to type with emphasis on upper and lower case letters. There will also be lessons on online safety.


We will practise logging into Google Classroom, Times Table Rockstars and Spelling Shed. Please look out for reminders on usernames and passwords being sent soon. 


Children will receive 2 PE lessons delivered by their class teacher and Tommy.  Tommy will focus on SAQ (Speed, agility and quickness), whilst the class teacher will introduce 

Outdoor Adventure Activities which focusses on communication, problem solving, balance, map skills, team work



This half term we welcome back Music lessons! Mrs Edwards will be teaching children about pitch, tempo, dynamics and rhythm. 

The focus will be 'Vocal Control-Singing'

Pitching accurately. Dynamics-loud/quiet. Tempo –fast/slow-respond to leader’s direction/visual symbols. Crescendo /Dimuendo/pause  ‘Rain, Rain Go Away’

Listening –Teaching & learning stories, origins, traditions, history, and social context. Link to Aut 1 curriculum where possible.  


Art & DT

We will be focussing on collage using a range of materials. Our focus is 'What does The Savannah look like?'

We will then be making a diorama of the Great Fire of London.  


Key Dates:

Tuesday 21st September. Year 2 Staff Meet & Greet in the amphitheatre (am but time tbc) 


How you can support your child’s learning:


Information for parents- National Curriculum Tests