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2019 Autumn Term Year 2 - Upper School

Curriculum > 2020 Autumn Term - Upper School

Curriculum Advice for Parents

Welcome back to the beginning of a new and exciting academic year! In addition to the Whole School Curriculum Overview (available from the school website) this page will give you more details of planned work for this term. We hope that you will be able to help your son/daughter explore and discuss these areas as well as complete set homework.

All year groups will be having English and Mathematics lessons every day. You can support your child in a variety of ways including: reading and discussing books with your son/daughter; helping him/her to learn spellings and number facts (e.g.multiplication tables).

Please continue to refer to the homework diary for general expectations, such as those relating to uniform (summer uniform expectations are in place until October half term). Thank you!

Examples of areas we plan to cover

Art & Design
In our Art lessons this term, the children will be exploring drawing techniques, learning about light, shade and tone by using a variety of drawing pencils. We will then look at the use of perspective within a drawing and produce a piece of artwork to reflect the skills we have learnt.


The children will be researching buildings and houses and then designing and making their own model versions using a variety of materials that range in size, texture and usage. If they could bring in a shoe box after half term, that would be very helpful!

In computing this term we will be considering the vitally important issues of being safe on the web (e-safety) and how we can communicate using email. Towards the end of the term we will be exploring the skills needed to create our very own podcast, which will focus on our progress with the Christmas Play. It is a very exciting term, as we explore many modern ways of communicating amongst our peers and further afield.

Children will be studying the differences between Essex and Norfolk; through using their place, location and human and physical knowledge. They will describe and understand key aspects of Norfolk's physical geography, including: climate, vegetation and rivers. The children will be creating maps using compass points, symbols and keys.


In Music this term the Upper School will be practising and learning new keyboard skills. They will develop their ability to read music and also keep in time by having a sense of beat and rhythm. They will have the opportunity to compose their own pieces and play Christmas songs towards the end of the term.

This term the children will be learning new gymnastic skills using the theme "the Circus", preparing dances for the Christmas Play and taking part in games such as tennis and hockey.

In the first half of the term we will be learning how our network of friends changes during our time in school and how we can deal with this change. In the second half of the term we will be studying drug related issues, through a study of their medical uses and dangers.

This term in RE we will be considering how Christian beliefs and scientific understanding can complement each other or conflict with each other. We will also be exploring the significance of Jewish synagogues as places of worship. Later on in the term we will look at some Old Testament prophecies that point to the birth of Jesus and why we celebrate this at Christmas.


This half term we will be learning about habitats with a focus on plant and animal life-cycles and how species adapt to the habitats in which they live. The children in year 6 will also be receiving their relationships and sex education (RSE) sessions. After half term, we will be exploring electricity. We will create a range of circuits to control different components and draw circuit diagrams to represent them.

We will be learning about food eaten in Spanish tapas restaurants. We will be learning to show likes and dislikes for dishes, how to ask the kind of questions appropriate to dining in a Spanish restaurant. We will end by designing menus for our own restaurants and role-playing being waiting staff and diners going out for a meal.

You may like to talk to your child about these topics. The prospectus (which details how the different subjects are taught) is available for download by clicking here.

In addition, you may also wish to:

: research ideas at the local library and help your child to develop his/her library skills;
: search the internet for relevant websites and activities;
: watch relevant television programmes that may support their work, or visit a museum or place of interest;
: simply talk to your child about what they are learning!

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