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Listen & Communicate

Year 2

Autumn Term 2022 Literacy

We enjoyed two key texts in Literacy this term - 'The Last Wolf' by Mini Grey and 'The Jolly Postman and Other People's Letters ' by Janet and Allan Ahlberg. 

We loved 'The Last Wolf.' We spent time looking at the amazingly detailed illustrations and discovered something new each time we read it.  We noticed straight away that the story had many similarities to the traditional story of 'Little Red Riding Hood.' One of the key themes in the story is endangered animals and habitats. We produced some very informative non-chronological reports about Black Rhinos (another endangered animal). We were amazed to find out that they are actually grey and not black! 

We are enjoying reading the variety of letters to traditional story characters in 'The Jolly Postman' text. We are really appreciating the detailed illustrations and the different letter types. We are writing our own letters to come of the characters in the story. We also really enjoyed a taking part in a drama activity called 'Conscience Alley.'  One side of the alley had to tell Baby Bear why he should forgive Goldilocks and the opposite side of the alley had to tell him why he should not forgive Goldilocks for breaking his chair! 

Autumn Term - Maths

We began this term by focusing on place value. We practised using base ten to help us with understanding tens and ones. We used part -whole models to understand two-digit numbers.  We have also been learning about addition and subtraction by making fact families. We learnt that there needs to be four facts , with two addition calculations and two subtraction calculations. We were able to check our fact families using resources.

We have also been learning how to make arrays to show the two, five and ten times tables. We learnt an important maths word - 'commutative' which means that 2x5 is the same as 5x2 ! 

Autumn Term - Science

Our topic was 'Living things and their habitats.' We began by thinking about things that are living, things that were once living but are now dead and things that have never lived at all. We has to think carefully in order to sort the pictures under the correct headings. To help us, we used MRS GREN. This tells us the characteristics of living things - Movement, Respiration, Sensitivity, Growth, Reproduction, Excretion and Nutrition.  We impressed Mrs Cooper and Mrs Chalker by remembering these characteristics! We also learnt about what plants and animals need to survive and thrive. We noticed that there were some things in common. We learnt about habitats and found out that there are 'microhabitats,' which are very small habitats within a larger one. We went outside to investigate what minibeasts might live under the leaves.  We were surprised at the variety of minibeasts that we found in this microhabitat. 

Autumn Term - Other Curriculum Areas

In Music , Mrs Wright has been coming to work with us each week on Musicianship. We have been learning about beat and rhythm. She has taught us rhymes such as , 'Cobble, Cobbler,' and 'Soft Kitten.'  We have counted the rhythm and beats in these rhymes. 


In Art, we enjoyed learning about Clarice Cliff and recreated one of her ceramic designs on a paper plate. We looked carefully at the colours and shapes she used, then we used black paint and a straw to blow paint a tree. 


We loved our week of Outdoor Learning! We wrapped up warm and headed outside. First,  Mrs Chalker read us a story called 'Not a Stick.' We had to use sticks and leaves to create something - we made fishing rods, magic wands and a mini shelter. We then learnt how to tie a clove hitch - it's quite tricky! We used larger sticks and tied them together using a clove hitch knot. We also made 'paintbrushes' using a stick and either leaves or twigs for the bristles.  Things got a little messy when we used clay to make endangered animals! We enjoyed collaborating with our friends to make animals such as a black rhino, a red panda and even an elephant!