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Autumn 2


We will be writing a tale based on losing and finding something or someone, with a focus on writing a strong setting. We will learn a well written tale to help us understand what a good tale looks like, before writing our own tales both as a class and individually. We will then explore the vocabulary and imagery of a range of poems to support us in writing our own poem about the night and stars. Our grammar learning will come through playing a range of grammar games that build on our knowledge of powerful adjectives, verbs and adverbs. The grammar games that we play will also support us in our individual writing pieces.

 Key vocabulary

Adjective, noun, verb, adverb, narrative, tale, fiction, character, dialogue, action, setting, description


We will explore a range of texts linked to our units of learning, by using our Reading for Inference skills. We will also be exploring a range of alternative fairy tales.

Books we will be reading:

Beware of the story book wolves

The day louis got eaten

The Little Red Hen – to link to Mr Wolf’s Pancakes


Goldilocks and just the one bear 

Trouble on Planet Christmas

Froggy rescue

The Three Little Twisted Pigs 

The Last Wolf

Rapunzel and the Billy Goats

Cinderella and the beanstalk

Snow White and the Enormous Turnip

Key vocabulary

Echo read, paired read, think like a detective, notice breakdown, visualise, background knowledge, VIP words, question, wonder, predict



We will continue our focus on Addition and Subtraction. The children will explore tens and ones, and adding or subtracting using two digit numbers. We will also be learning about the features of 2D and 3D shapes, including sides and vertices. We will use this knowledge to sort shapes. We will also be learning about money: we will learn how to recognise coins and notes, compare amounts and find totals, differences and change. We will then begin to recognise, make and add equal groups.

Key vocabulary

Add, subtract, greater, more, less, column, method, tens, ones, exchange, sides, vertices, faces, two-dimensional, three-dimensional, triangle, square, rectangle, circle, pentagon, hexagon, cone, sphere, pyramid, triangle base, cylinder, cuboid, symmetry, notes, change, pence, pound, difference, equal, groups, share, divide


Science – Living Things and Habitats

We will compare the differences between things that are living, dead, and things that have never been alive. We will also explore which habitats are suited to which living things. We will identify and name a variety of plants and animals in their habitats, including microhabitats. We will also describe how animals obtain their food from plants and other animals, using the idea of a simple food chain, and identify and name different sources of food.

Key vocabulary 

Plant, animal, habitat, microhabitat, food, energy


Geography Geography: Would you rather live in a hot or cold place?

We will learn where the continents are, where the hottest and coldest places on earth are and what it is like in hot and cold places. We will then use our knowledge to decide if we would rather live in a hot or cold place.

Key vocabulary

Continent, land, ocean, country, locate, sea, globe, desert, climate, pack ice, arid, compass, weather, ice sheet, savannah, grasslands, tropical, vegetation, rainforest, weather, polar, human feature, rural, physical feature, Equator, urban, map


Computing – Computing systems and networks – word processing

We will learn about word processing and how to stay safe online as well developing touch typing skills. Introduce important keyboard shortcuts, as well as simple editing tools within a word processor including: bold, italics, underline and font colour as well as how to import images. Options for both Google and Microsoft schools.

Key vocabulary

Backspace, bold, copy, copyright, cut, delete, forward button, highlight, home row, home screen, image, import, italics, keyboard, keyboard character, keyboard shortcut, keyword, layout, navigate, paste, redo, search, space bar, text, text effects, touch typing, underline, undo


Design and Technology - Sliders and levers

Children will investigate how sliders and levers work and products in the world that use sliders and levers. We will the design, make and evaluate a project. Our project is ‘To design, make and evaluate a card with sliders/levers for a family member for Christmas'.

Key Vocabulary

Design criteria, design brief, design, make, evaluate, product, user, purpose, sliders, levers


RE - Why does Christmas matter to Christians?

We will be learning why Christians celebrate Christmas and why it is important to them. 

Key vocabulary

Christian, holiday, festival, Christianity, Jesus, Christmas, religion, nativity, birth


Music – Orchestral instruments

Children will learn about the instruments in an orchestra and practise identifying these when listening to music. We will learn how different characters are represented by ‘timbre’, how emotions can be represented by ‘pitch’ and how changes in ‘tempo’ can convey action.

Key Vocabulary

Orchestra, strings, woodwind, brass, percussion, dynamics, sound effects, tempo, timbre, vocals


PSHE – Health and Wellbeing

We will learn about the benefits of exercise and relaxation on physical health and wellbeing, learn strategies for managing emotions, set goals, develop a growth mindset and understand dental hygiene.

Key vocabulary:

Diet, emotions, exercise, growth mindset, healthy, physical activity, relaxation, skill, strengths


PE – Boccia and tag rugby

Boccia – we will work as a team and think tactically about ball placement for this game.

Tag rugby – we will work on use of space and using tactics to close each other down and begin to attack and defend.

Key Vocabulary

Attack, defend, tag, mark, tactics, positioning, aim, strength, power


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Key dates

Monday 31st October – Halloween disco

Monday 14th - Friday 18th November - Mental Health Awareness Week with the theme Reach Out.

Friday 18th November – Children in Need day

Thursday 8th December - Christmas jumper day

Tuesday 20th December - Christmas lunch

Wednesday 21st December – End of term