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Autumn 2

Year 2 – Fire of London


Our topic for the next term is the Great Fire of London! The children will be exploring how the fire started, why it spread so far and how it was put out in the end. We will look at how the fire changed the way buildings in London are built, and how it led to the formation of an official fire brigade. In DT the children will explore different building materials and design their own boat that could have been used to escape.

Key Vocabulary: Diary, Samuel Pepys, London, fire brigade, Thames


In English this term Year 2 will be focusing on non-fiction texts, poetry and diary writing. We will also write instruction texts for baking bread. We will think about how a non-fiction text is different from the stories that we have looked at during our work on Twisted Tales. Children will write their own diary entry from the Baker’s perspective about the great fire, and imagine what it would have been like to be there. We will continue to practice our reading and our phonics throughout the term.

In Spelling, Grammar and Punctuation we will be making sure we remember all of the different types of sentence we have learned so far – command, exclamation and question – as well as ensuring we are always using full stops and capital letters accurately.


In Maths this term Year 2 will continue to build their number skills from last term. We are mainly focusing on addition with renaming, moving onto subtraction with renaming. The column method will build on the children’s understanding of their partitioning skills using tens and ones. Please do practise number bonds and facts with your child at home e.g. all of the number pairs that can be added to make 20 (12+8=20, 10+10=20, 20=13+7, 20-1=19) as well as continuing with the times table books sent home before half term (focusing on 2s, 5s and 10s).

Key Vocabulary: addition, subtraction, number facts


This term in Science we will be looking at materials. The children will consider how materials are classified and sorted. The children will compare and contrast the properties of different materials and consider why a material is more suited to a particular task than other materials.  

Other Curriculum Areas

RE – Christmas story and Christian traditions

PSHE – Working together as a team, understanding how to build and maintain friendships

Design and Technology – Building a boat

Art and Design – Pastel London skylines and geometric drawing

History – How has London changed over time, how was London different in the past

Computing – Designing Tudor houses

PE linked with Music – Dance and body movements linked to sounds

Diary Dates

1.11.18 Individual Photos

Week commencing 12.11.18 Anti-Bullying Week

12.11.18 -14.11.18 - Consultation Evenings

16.11.18 - Children in Need

3.12.18 - Gardening Week

5.12.18 - Year 2 Christmas Performance

13.12.18 - Christmas Lunch

14.12.18 - Christmas Jumper Day