Class 2 – Autumn Term 2021

Our Topic is

All Creatures Great & Small 



I am really excited about our first topic and hope your children will be inspired by all the fascinating things they will learn.  Our topic will be, ‘All Creatures Great & Small’ which hopefully will appeal to all the children.

We will be finding out about a wide range of animals and their habitats. We will also look at the three ‘eras’ of dinosaur life on our planet.

Our timetable includes; phonics, writing, handwriting and maths during the morning session and reading, science/art/topic/ PE/RE during the afternoons.

Maths: During the Autumn we will be revisiting some key areas of mathematics such as 2D and 3D shapes as well as telling the time.Our main focus will be around place value and the four operations of calculation. (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division). Pupils will be taught skills practically using objects to reason and problem solve, these will translate into jottings and recording maths sentences with understanding.


English:  Over the first term we will be focusing on fiction texts  exploring settings and exploring characters. We will work from ‘Are we There Yet’ -Dan Santat, Various Julia Donaldson titles,   ‘I’ll Take You to Mrs Cole!’ and  ‘Mrs Wobble the Waitress’  We will also read  non fiction texts including; Usbourne ‘Lift the Flap- Dinosaurs- Questions and Answers’. Some of our writing will link to our topic including biographies about Mary Anning and Charles Darwin. We will  read poems by John Foster with a dinosaur theme. Our grammar and punctuation foci will be commas in lists, sentence types and past and present tense. I will be teaching the children how to edit and improve their writing by adding interesting verbs and adjectives, changing word choices and using accurate punctuation.

Reading: In school your child will read at least once a week and have a specific Pathways to Reading lesson  each week focusing on reading skills. We will cover all reading skills from: Unpicking vocabulary, inferring meaning, predicting the  next part of a story, explaining our views, retrieving information and sequencing events. To access your child’s Big Cat ebooks, go to:     

Their username and password have been issued on a bookmark.

Spelling: We revise all of Phase 3-4 in preparation for the phonics screening tests. We will also follow the Year 2 Spellings guidance and phase 5 and 6 phonics . alongside some of the Year 2 spelling requirements, (homophones and plurals). Please continue to practice spellings at home using;’ Look, Cover, Write and Check’.

Science : We will be exploring living and non-living things. We will be finding out about animals and their habitats and researching food chains. We will be learning how to observe features of animals and group them. We will start by grouping dinosaurs based on their characteristics. During our study we will find out about Charles Darwin and explore different ways to classify animals.

History/ Geography : We will be comparing Lyme Regis to Congleton and also improving our basic mapping skills. During history lessons pupils will find out about the important life of Mary Anning and Charles Darwin.

We will explore the 3 dinosaur eras. 

Art and DT : We will be developing a range of art and DT skills during the Autumn term. We will be creating images using a range of materials and also building models of creatures with moving mouths.

ICT: During the first half term we will explore how to stay safe on line. We will also use google maps/ google earth to compare coastal areas with Congleton. We will regularly use the internet to support learning; including reading, maths and general research skills.

P.E:  PE sessions will focus on team games and basic ball skills and gymnastics. PE sessions will happen on Tuesday and Thursday, with the addition of ‘Daily Mile’ each day. Please ensure your child has a PE kit (named) everyday.

Music:  We will explore ‘Peter and the Wolf’. Pupils will learn how to identify parts of the orchestra and how to use various musical vocabulary.

PSHCE: Our focus for this term will involve exploring being a good friend to support playtimes and thinking of others.

My Happy Minds: We will explore two units from our My Happy Minds scheme: ‘Getting to know our Brains’ and ‘Celebrate’. Both units will support pupils’ wellbeing. 

RE: Pupils will be given the opportunity to explore various Christian stories involving Jesus through drama, art and class discussions.

Homework: All pupils will have  homework set each week instructions will initally be shared on Class Dojo, transitioning to Google classrooms by half term.