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Penguin Class Year 2


Dragons and Fire 

Autumn 1 


Welcome back after the Summer break. I hope everyone had a lovely time with their families. 



This term our focus text is 'The Dragon Machine' by Helen Ward. The objectives covered will be:

  • using co-ordination e.g. and, or but to write compound sentences
  • Most sentences will be demarcated using accurate punctuation of capital, full stops and question marks. 
  • Plan draft and orally rehearse writing using keywords and new vocabulary
  • Re-read writing to check for meaning and tense form.

  • Read work aloud with appropriate intonation

  • Make phonically-plausible attempts to spell words, spelling many correctly

  • Write capital letters, lower case letters and digits with correct size and orientation,

  • Use spacing between words that reflects the size of the letters. 


Phonics and Reading 


Read, Write, Inc. will take place daily. These lessons will incorporate learning phonics sounds, reading, writing and spelling.  We would like to encourage our children to develop a love of reading and ask you  to support them as much as possible in their reading journey.  It is important that they read as often as possible and that they share their reading with an adult or fluent reader who can ask questions about what they have read and enjoys the content with them.  We ask that the children aim to read with an adult every day



In Maths the focus will be on Place Value. The objectives covered will be: 

  • count in steps of 2, 3, and 5 from 0, and in tens from any number, forward or backward
  • recognise the place value of each digit in a two-digit number (tens, ones)
  • identify, represent and estimate numbers using different representations, including the number line compare and order numbers from 0 up to 100;
  • use and = signs
  • read and write numbers to at least 100 in numerals and in words use place value and number facts to solve problems.



We will be learning about the Great Fire of London. Objectives covered will be: 

  • comparing similarities and differences between time periods
  • develop understanding through using different sources
  • sequencing events of the fire
  • understanding causes and consequences
  • learning about significant individuals - Samuel Pepys
  • using the language of time 


Art and DT

In Design and Technology we will be designing, making and evaluating wheeled vehicles. The children will explore ways to combine moving parts, using materials safely and constructing a simple chassis.



We will be exploring rhythm.



We will use computing to enhance learning in other subject areas through use of multimedia apps on the iPads. We will also be using the Kodable app to practise and develop our Coding skills



PE takes place on a Monday and Friday, and we will be working on Gymnastics and Ball Skills.  Can you please make sure that your child has a named PE kit in school each day, with a school PE T-shirt, a pair of school PE shorts, a pair of trainers/pumps and a pair of warmer joggers and top for outdoor sessions.  Please remember that for safety reasons the children cannot wear earrings for PE.  Can you make sure that your child can remove their earrings or please send tape to put over them. Thank you



We will be learning about materials and the changes that we can place on them. 


In RE we will be looking at Christianity with an introduction to the Bible.   



Homework will be sent home on a Friday and needs to be returned by Wednesday. Sometimes homework may involve using the internet to access games and resources, please do speak to us if you have any problems accessing this at home.  The children will be responsible for giving their own book in.


Water Bottles

Please make sure your child has a named water bottle in school each day - it's thirsty work being in school and we have very limited supplies of cups for our water dispenser.