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Autumn Curriculum Overview- Year 2

Subject Autumn 1Autumn 2

ArtThe children will take inspiration from the artist Andy Goldsworthy to create their own different sculptures. They will use natural objects from inside and outside and explore permanent and ephemeral art. The children will begin to describe how pieces of art make them feel and what they like/dislike. This half term, the children will be looking at patterns and textures from other countries. As part of our India topic, the children will investigate and explore a selection of commercial Rangoli designs. They will plan and design their own Rangoli patterns in the form of a sketch. They will then develop their designs when creating Diwali lanterns. They explore blending and colour.
ComputingThis half term focusses on ‘Online Safety’ where pupils learn to recognise acceptable and unacceptable behaviour, identify ways to report concerns and agree and follow online safety rules. They will get to design an e-safety poster and even learn a fun e-safety rap to teach other children how to keep safe on the internet!

Pupils will have the opportunity to develop their times tables fluency using TTRockstars.
This half term, the children will be learning how to use technology purposefully to retrieve digital content in the context of using a search engine online. They will practise using the technology safely and respectfully, keeping personal information private; identify where to go for help and support when they have concerns. They will search the internet using topic words and learn how to follow links online. They will create their own blog and add images and text and practise posting positive comments safely and respectfully on other people’s blogs.

Design and TechnologyAs part of their India topic, the children will taste and evaluate commercially produced fruit salad. They will then go on to designing and making their very own exotic fruit salad. They will use tools to peel, chop, grate and slice and finally evaluate their final product and share what they enjoyed and what they would like to improve. As part of their India topic, the children will taste and evaluate commercially produced kulfi ice-cream. They will then go on to designing and making their very own kulfi ice-cream. They will use tools to peel, chop, grate and slice and finally evaluate their final product and share what they enjoyed and what they would like to improve.

Following the model text ‘Cinderella’ the children will be retelling the story. We will create a class story map and use the Talk for Writing strategy, which will enable the pupils to become familiar with the structure of the text, language structure and vocabulary choices. Following this, the children will explore an alternative traditional tale called ‘Prince Cinders’ where the children will learn a section of the story using Talk for Writing and innovate. The children will also be establishing their proof-reading and editing skills.

This half term the children will be writing their own set of instructions. They will be immersing into the text ‘How to Trap a Troll’. Linked to their topic India, the children will get to experience buying items from an Indian bazaar. They will then write a recount of their experience.


The children will explore the classic Bonfire Night poem and create their very own bonfire/firework poem. They will also create their very own Christmas cinquain poem.
GeographyThis half term, the children will locate the world’s seven continents and oceans on a world map. This will be recapped throughout the year. They will also name and locate the four countries and capital cities of the UK and surrounding seas. Linking to their India topic, the children will locate Asia, India and New Delhi on a world map. This half term, the children will be exploring the features of Solihull and comparing them with the small Indian village Chembakoli. They will be comparing the weather patterns, daily life and studying the human and physical features. The children will be designing their own map of Chembakoli village with a simple key. They will plan a route home to school on their map using compass directions and directional language.
Guided ReadingIn year 2, key guided reading skills are taught through whole class reading using a range of fiction and non-fiction texts; ‘Sleeping Beauty’ being the main text focus. Linking to their India topic, the Indian flood story ‘Pattan’s Pumpkin’ will be the main text focus.

HistoryLinking to their India topic, the children will research the life of Gandhi. They will place Gandhi’s key events on a timeline and explore the Apartheid system in India. For our Golden Thread of Remembrance, pupils will learn about an aspect of British history, focussing on the evacuees in World War II.

MathsThe children work in small steps and will use a variety of manipulatives and representations to secure and master each concept.

Place Value: Using a range of concrete resources, year 2 develop and enhance their understanding of partitioning numbers into tens and ones and the worth of each place holder.

Addition and Subtraction: Starting with concrete resources, pupils develop a range of skills, strategies and methods to complete calculations in different contexts including using money.
Multiplication and Division: By using their prior learning of place value, pupils learn a range of strategies from concrete to the abstract model to investigate calculations. Will be introducing the 99 times table challenge in this unit.

MusicThe children will explore their first Charanga Music School unit ‘Hands, Feet, Heart’. In each unit the children will build upon their knowledge and skills at using the interrelated dimensions of music and their performance technique. In this unit the children will listen and appraise different pieces of music and discover South African styles. Pupils will continue their learning of the unit ‘Hands, Feet, Heart’. The children will be exploring Indian music/drums and learning Christmas songs.
Physical EducationOutdoor PE this half term is ‘multi skills’ delivered by an external coach. Pupils will balance on low apparatus with good control, practise changing direction quickly with good balance and control (agility) and co-ordinate their body whilst beginning to move at different speeds with various equipment.

Swimming for year 2 takes place across the whole of the Autumn term.
Our indoor PE will be focussed on dance. The children will copy and remember moves and positions. They will learn high and low moves and move with careful control and coordination. They will link two or more actions to perform a sequence. 
Personal, Social, Health EducationFollowing the Jigsaw scheme unit of work ‘Being me in my World’, pupils will learn about self-awareness and managing feelings through a range of group work, discussions and drama activities. Linking to the theme of hopes and worries, the children will be exploring the famous painting ‘The Scream’ by the impressionist painter Edvard Munch and predict how the artist may have been feeling when painting this piece and how it makes them feel. Following the Jigsaw scheme unit of work ‘Celebrating Difference’, pupils will develop their understanding of social skills and learn about the importance of empathy, understanding and tolerance towards people who are different to them. Within this unit, the children will also explore the definition of bullying. They will be given different scenarios and make a decision as a class whether it is bullying or not. They will problem solve as a class and will understand what they can do and who they can go to for help.
Religious EducationLinking to their India topic, the children will learn about Hinduism. They will learn the three Gods that Hindus believe in and know the name of the holy book that Hundus follow. The children will know the name of the place of worship for Hindus. Continuing with their India topic and to celebrate Diwali, the children will role play the story of Rama and Sita.

Enhancing our curriculum with Discovery RE scheme of learning, pupils learn about Christianity focussing on the true meaning of Christmas.
Science Using the Engaging Science unit of work ‘Living Things’, the children will choose local habitats in the school grounds and observe changes over time. They will work scientifically when exploring the characteristics of living things by conducting simple experiments. They will describe the differences between animals and plants and go on a microhabitat hunt. Continuing the unit ‘Living Things’, the children will research different types of habitats. They will observe the habitats they had chosen in Autumn 1 and take photographs of any changes. The children will classify whether things are living, dead or alive and explain how they know. The children will understand how an animal is suited to its habitat and how animals depend on each other. They will create simple food chains.