Year 2


 Welcome to Year 2

 Autumn Term 2017





This term our topic is:

Medieval Madness

and Cool Castles

Welcome to Year 2, your children are now the oldest in the infants! We have a great team in Year Two consisting of myself, Mrs Morrison, Mrs Burgess and Miss Pickup and we are all looking forward to a great year. Our first creative curriculum topic is ‘Medieval Madness and Cool Castles' and we shall also be touching upon the Great Fires of London and Nantwich. I hope the children will find it all really interesting; we have lots of fun activities planned.

Below is brief summary of some of the key things you may find useful to know about Year 2.

Our Autumn term will start with a couple of days dedicated purely to our new topic to help the children engage with their new topic and teachers.

Below are our pre-planning questions from our moving up day to give you an idea of what we shall be looking at, the children were really enthusiastic and had lots of interesting questions:

Medieval Madness and Cool Castles

       Ross- How did people make swords?

       Euan- How did they make shields?

       George- Why did we have Knights?

       Alfie- Why were there kings and queens?

       Callum- Why were castles made?

       Chloe- Why did kings and queens live in castles?

       Evan- Where did medieval chefs get their ingredients from?

       Eli- Why was there a medieval time?

       Oliver.H-How were castles made?

       Ethan- When was the first castle built?

       Finn- Why did knights wear armour?

       Emily- What was the first castle called?

       Lucy- When was the medieval times?

       Eva- How did they make bricks?

       Oliver S- How did you become a knight?

       Emelia- Where are there castles?

       Lily- What did they eat in medieval times?

       Maia- Where did people sleep?

       Harvey- Who made the first castle?

       Poppy- why did they have flags?

       Harrison- How did knights sleep?

       Olivia- What were the castles made of?

       Oliver H-L- How did they go to the toilet in medieval times?

       Oliver B- How did knights feel when they needed to fight?

       Ben- How many castles are there in the UK?

       Mia- How did they make thrones?

       Rebecca- How did knights sit down in their armour?

       Matthew- Can you make castles out of sand?

       Mrs Burgess- Why do some castles have moats?

       Miss Pickup-Why were castles built on hills?

Below is some information on what we shall be doing in each subject during the Autumn term


This year during English lessons, we shall be using a range of books to help focus our lessons and to inspire different types of writing.

To start with we shall be using

·         Non-fiction information books on castles and the medieval period

·         A comic book version of some of Chaucer's Canterbury Tales


We shall be writing stories, particularly looking at how to structure a good story. We shall also be creating information texts, writing letters, creating instructions and writing poems as well as many other types of writing through topic and other subjects. Over the term we shall also be working on our SPaG knowledge learning all about new parts of grammar and punctuation.

Phonics lessons will happen within class and some phonics interventions shall happen in the afternoon.



This term we shall be covering the topics outlined below.

Number and place value

Measurement (length and height)


Measurement-money and time


Multiplication and division




This will take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays. We shall be learning lots of skills to help us become ready for playing more sports in the juniors. Please ensure your child has he correct PE kit -this includes daps/pumps, particularly when we are out on the field or playground.  For the first half term we shall be doing gymnastics and skipping. Then during the second half term, they shall be doing medieval dance with myself and playground games with Premier sports.   


Grouping and changing materials and working scientifically

·         Properties of materials -What are the properties of shields, castle walls, doors, etc, why are these materials good at these jobs.  (advantages/ disadvantages)

·         Why are materials that can be bent or stretched useful in an object

·         Investigation ‘Which is the best material to use as a catapult missile?  Link to forces: What are forces? How do they help us? What can forces do?  



·         People/ roles in medieval village

·         Buildings in medieval times

·         Life as a knight/poor or rich in a medieval village

·         Castles through time - sequence on timeline

·         Types of castles

·         Castle life - banquets, jousting

·         Geographical location of castles

·         Who were some famous medieval people? E.g. William the Conqueror, Chaucer etc

·         Explore the Bayeux Tapestry

·         Clothing in Saxon/ Norman times

·         Compare medieval life with today's life.

·         Fire of London/Nantwich



·         Listen to medieval music and look at medieval instruments

·         Understand, copy & show a steady beat. Use beat and rhythm to accompany stories/songs

·         What are Tempo and pulse?



·         Design and make our own medieval shields as well as looking at why they had family crests and what these meant.


Design Technology

·         Creating a castle front with a moving portcullis using a winding mechanism.



·         Introduction to the Bible

·         Christmas stories from around the world



·         E-Safety-How can we protect our personal information?

·         Beebots- programme a toy and follow instructions. Create improved instructions.

·         Creating text and pictures- To investigate paint and word packages to create posters/pictures.

·         Internet research-Using the internet to find out about medieval life.


Writing equipment

Pupils shall be provided with pencils, rulers, rubbers and pencils sharpeners. Within class we have a selection of colouring pencils and felt tip pens.


Homework is given on a Wednesday and due in on a Monday    

The homework will mainly be Maths Whizz to give the children chance to practise maths skills including their times tables and number bonds. However, sometimes the homework may be related to our topic or English work. If your child needs support I am happy for you to help, but please put a note on it to say how much guidance was given.

Spellings within KS1 shall now been done differently than before. For year 2, we shall give out a list of the common exception words for the year group at the beginning of Autumn term and the children will be tested randomly on these throughout the term. During phonics sessions we shall be doing spellings and spelling activities but to start with they will not be sent home. Later in the year we shall give out spelling lists to practise at home.

Reading books

Children should read as much as possible at home both from the reading scheme and from books they enjoy from home or from the library. In Year 2, children are encouraged to read for a minimum of 3 times per week for approximately 10 - 15 minutes. Please try and re-read the books and talk about them in more detail. They should look at the language or punctuation used, how it is laid out or what the characters are like as well as using their phonics to decode and look up any new words. Parents should record their comments on the cover sheet provided weekly in the yellow homework books.

If you have any concerns at all you can write me a note or make an appointment to come and see me, I'm always happy to discuss any concerns or issues. Similarly if I have concerns or worries about your child, I will let you know. I feel it is important that your child is happy in the classroom so that they might achieve their full potential.

 Meet the teacher powerpoint - September 2017


Year 2 Curriculum 






Art and Design


Design and Technology


Physical Education


Religious Education


Year 2 Calculations booklet for parents