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Year 2

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Hello everyone! We hope that you had a fantastic Summer rest and are ready to come back to do some fantastic learning!

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Autumn 1




In Year Two this half term we will be focusing our learning around the book “Beegu” and “Traction Man.”


Beegu By Alexis Deacon


The entry to the book will include an alien crash in the Key Stage One Playground where we will then hunt for clues to find out who the owner of the spaceship is.

We will then begin our learning by focusing on descriptive writing and recounts. In descriptive writing we will practise using adjectives and using these to write noun phrases using conjunctions to add more detail. When learning about recounts, we will learn why the features are important in everyday life such as speech and language. We will then order events and use time connectives in our writing to explain the order in which something has happened. We will be writing in the first person using our own experiences.



Animation based on the book 'Beegu' by Alexis Deacon created for my second year modelmaking degree Animation and Production by Paul Coley, Music by Sam White, Narration by Hayley Nice

Traction Man


Our new picture book that we are reading is Traction Man by Mini Grey. It is the story of an Action Figure who has been given as a present to a child for Christmas. Traction Man goes on many adventures throughout the home. In this Unit of work we will be writing letters and then planning and writing our own story. To engage children with the book further we have used role play and speech to consider what Traction Man may have been feeling throughout his adventures.

Traction Man is Here! - Books Alive!

Books Alive present a reading of Mini Grey's Traction Man is Here! Your everyday hero in your everyday home fighting everyday bad guys and saving everyday things. Hilarious story of a boy's action man and where his imagination takes them both...and the trusty scrubbing brush sidekick!


In Maths we will be learning about:

· Number and place value—this will include understanding the value of each number. Identifying the tens and ones in a number. As well as the ways in which we are able to partition them. We will also look at greater than and less than to support us in comparing numbers.

· Addition and subtraction—this will include using family facts, comparing number sentences and knowing our number bonds to 100 in tens. We will then continue to add and subtract tens and ones , then further our knowledge to subtract a 1 digit number from a 2 digit number crossing over the tens values.








Other Subject



Our PSHE topic for this half term is ‘Tolerance and Accepting People. In this topic we will learn how to be respectful of others and how to control ourselves and our behaviour in different situations.

Modern Foreign Language

Children will be consolidating their learning from the previous year as well as learning to name nouns that we are familiar with. We will also learn to count to 20.



Our RE topic is called ‘Who wants to be famous?” In this topic children will learn to identify some famous people and the characteristics of what makes them famous. We will learn why leaders of faith are important to believers and begin to know some key stories told by them.



Our Science topic this half term is Animals including humans. We will be learning about the different offspring from different species. And that they grow into adults. We will learn that all humans and animals have basic needs such as eating and drinking. Lastly we will learn about the importance of exercise and how it effects the human body.





Our Topic this half term is “Our Local Area.” In this unit we will be looking at Dagenham, in particular what it was like 100 years ago. We will learn about different places in the borough and how it has changed. We will also learn about the buildings, transport, food and toys. We will learn to use the vocabulary then and now, using this vocabulary to discuss and sort a range of different items and topics. We will also taste food from 1920 and explain what is different and what is the same.