Year 2 Updates

Autumn 2

This half-term our Learning Journey has been ‘Marvellous Medicine’ and was based around the nurses from history; Mary Seacole and Florence Nightingale.


We have been learning how to write a non-chronological report and how to set it out correctly using sub-headings and paragraphing. We have used conjunctions to extend our sentences and add detail to our writing.

For fiction we have been focusing on the journey story, ‘The Papaya that Spoke.’ The children learnt the story and created actions to help them to re-tell it. They then created their own imitation of the story, changing the characters and places visited. We had some great writing with lots of imagination, creating Christmas journey stories.


In Maths, we have been learning to add and subtract numbers. Children who have mastered this unit will be able to differentiate between addition and subtraction problems, understanding how to represent the numbers provided within the context in different ways, using different resources. Children should be flexible with the methods they can use to calculate different problems depending on their complexity in order to work efficiently. Children who have mastered this unit will be able to relate each number in a calculation to what it represents within a context. Children will be able to use a variety of manipulatives to represent addition and subtraction and use these alongside the number line method. Children will also become fluent at recalling and applying their number bonds within 20 to addition and subtraction equations and adding two 2-digit numbers in a variety of ways.


In science this half term we have been learning how to keep ourselves healthy. We enjoyed finding out how much food, water, rest and exercise a human needs to survive. We now know the difference between wants and needs. We also looked at the word ‘hygiene’ and what it means to be hygienic.


This half term in Art, we have been developing our drawing skills, focusing on shape and adding tone to show light and dark areas in portraits. We have practised out shading skills and built up our knowledge to apply to a final piece on self-portrait.


We have been learning all about Mary Seacole and Florence Nightingale in History. We now know all about the Crimean War and how both nurses helped. We also looked at their legacy and how times have changed for Woman over the centuries.

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