Year 2

To view a tutorial for a greater understanding of how we teach RWI at Herringham, please see the video at the bottom of this page.

Spring Term 1

Topic overview

Our topics for this half-term are “The Great Fire of London” and “Materials”.   

We will be using a range of resources to research The Great Fire of London.  The children will be finding out about when and where it started. Sequencing the main events and looking at reasons why the fire lasted so long/caused so much damage. They will also think about how we know so much about the past e.g. from eyewitness accounts (Samuel Pepys diary) and paintings.

In science children will learn to distinguish between an object and the material from which it is made. They will investigate properties of different materials. They will learn about some of the ways materials can be changed and that heating can cause changes which produce materials which are often useful.

Ideas to support your child

Show children pictures and maps of London and point out famous landmarks.

Visit London for the day and take a bus tour to spot famous landmarks.

Explore materials used for various objects in your home/garden and what makes them a suitable material for that purpose.

Talk about Fire safety with your child and plan a fire escape route/drill together in case of an emergency.

Guide on the Side

You need to choose 2 activities from the list in the Guide of the Side document.

Homework projects are due in by the first Friday in February

Remember, if you need any resources you can speak to a member of staff.


Fire! Fire!

We will begin our Great Fire of London topic with our wow days.

Visit to Museum of London.

Autumn Term 2

Topic overview

HPA Aut2 Y2

This term we will be looking at influential people with our main focus on Florence Nightingale and her influence on modern medicine culminating in a visit from the great women herself!

In mathematics we will focus on a range of different addition and subtraction written forms of calculation as well as mental methods that can support this process. As well as this we will look at inverses such as doubling and halving in addition to looking at 2D shapes and their properties. 

In literacy we will continue RWI and building on pupil’s phonic knowledge and blending. We will also be looking at a range of texts, such as Something Else and be building on pupil’s abilities to structure sentences. The focus for this half term is securing punctuation with full stops and capital letters and beginning to develop extended sentences with conjunctions and noun phrases. The picture below shows pupils using actions in story mapping. In reading we will look at Mr Majeika as our class My Book Blog text and be focusing on retrieval skills.

In PE we will be building on our gymnastic skills from year 1 and will continue to receive Premier Sports PE tuition. In RE, we will look at Hanukah, looking at the beliefs and reasons behind this Jewish faith and the stories linked to it. Our science is Light, and pupils will be able to identify artificial and natural light, will be able to explain what a shadow is and how a shadow can change its size. The half term will also incorporate a core values day for Children in Need as well as an amazing Christmas fete and performance.

Ideas to support your child

Build in addition and subtraction skills during shopping visits.

Start to look at telling the time in anticipation for spring term.

Get your child to identify everyday shapes seen in the outside world.

Start using My Book Blog and engage in the blogging activities.

Look at stories with clear morals and discuss the purpose of the stories.

Ask simple retrieval questions during reading at home and ask your child to show you evidence of the answer.

Research Florence Nightingale or watch her adventures on Horrible Histories.

Continue with the 2 times tables and link it to doubling and halving.

Autumn Term 1

Whole school theme: Who's Who?
Year group theme: Home or Away? Here or There?

Topic overview

Our topic for this is half-term is “Home or away?”  We will be using our geographical skills to learn how pirates worked their way around the UK.  We will be looking at the contrasting locations, such as coastal areas, rural areas, cities, villages and towns. The children will carry out their own research to find out about the location and physical features of these areas. To help us with our research we will be using atlases, information leaflets and the internet. We will also be developing our design and technology and maths skills to help us design our own pirate flags.  In Science we are focussing on plants and will be investigating what plants need to grow well.  We will be making observations of the plants and trees around school and will be growing our own cress seeds.  In Art we will be looking at the work of Monet and learning how to use watercolours to paint fantastic landscape scenes. Our RE will be focussing on how we should care for others and the world and why it matters. In Personal Development, we will be learning about how to be safe.

Ideas to support your child

Look at maps to find places of interest and talk about the symbols used. 

Draw a map of the journey from home to school.

Talk about the changes in the trees throughout the autumn months.

Plant seeds and bulbs to explore what plants need to grow.

Go on a nature walk to look at the different plants in your local area.

Give the children opportunities to taste new fruits and vegetables.  Discuss where they are from and what part of the plant they are.

Guide on the side homework

Choose an island around the world to research and produce an information leaflet. 

  • Where is the island located?
  • What is the weather like?
  • What animals and plants are found there?
  • What can visitors do?
  • What are the islands traditions? (Food, clothes, festivals etc)

HPA Popcorn Aut1 Y2

We will be having a parents showcase at the end of the half term to show all of the wonderful work we have done.


We will be visiting Rainham Village (dates to follow).

Ideas to help support your child at home and succeed in Year 2

  1. Complete the weekly homework with your child. If they find it too difficult – don’t panic, help as best you can and leave it if they are struggling. If they find it too easy – challenge them. Ask them to explain how they have found their answers, ask them to write a word problem about what they have just done, create some new questions for them.
  2. Spell words that aren’t on the usual weekly spellings or ask your child to write some sentences including the spellings. Are they still spelling those words correctly?
  3. Read WITH your child every day. Often when children read on their own they won’t always be reading words correctly or understanding all of the words.
  4. Read lots but also read different things. Story books, information books, recipes, magazines, road signs (make this into a game!), diaries, subtitles on the television, websites.
  5. Always ask comprehension questions about anything your child has read such as tell me what the book was about in only one sentence? What might happen after the story? What would happen if one thing was changed? Did you enjoy it and why? Was the book like any other books and why? How were characters feeling? Imagine you were in the story, what would you have done?

There are LOTS of free websites to access, here are just a few:

Help your child complete the Guide on the Side

  1. Ask your child what they have done at school and to explain this. For example, if they say we have been subtracting numbers, how can we do that?
  2. Let them count any money or change you have and maybe help pay for things. Use the journey to school to practice times tables.
  3. Begin to tell the time using analogue clocks

Download the latest Parent Partnership Meeting notes on the left!