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All Saints Primary School

Aiming High

Belle Vue Street, Gorton, Manchester
Lancashire, M12 5PW


Year 2

Mrs McElwee


Welcome back everyone! We have had a great start to Year 2 and we are ready for more exciting learning challenges this half term. Read below to find out what we will be learning in Autumn 2.


Learning Overview for Autumn 2

Our new topic is called 'Pirates and Explorers'. We will be finding out lots about pirates and a very famous explorer, Christopher Columbus.



Our pirate theme will inspire our reading and writing this half term. Children will write a poem about pirates and they will write a recount about our pirate Wow Day on November 12th.   They will also write a fictional recount based on the story 'The Night Pirates'. We will work on using accurate punctuation in our writing and checking to make sure it makes sense. Children will use a range of conjunctions and adjectives to make sure their writing includes more detail.



This half term, we will focus on addition, subtraction and multiplication.  Children will also learn more about money. They will recognise different coins and notes, make totals and find change. 

We will continue to do lots of work on learning the 2, 5 and 10 times tables. Help your child at home by counting in 2s, 5s and 10s, and by asking them to count coins, groups of objects in 2s, 5s and 10s. Try asking them to tell you the times table they are learning in reverse order!

If you have a tablet at home which your child can use, there's a great free website for practising times tables and number bonds.

Search for Hit the button to play. 



Our Science topic is called 'Did pirates get their 5-a-day?' We will ask questions such as 'Which foods did pirates eat?' and 'How can we keep food fresh?' Children will learn about the importance of exercise, a healthy diet and why they need to brush their teeth. 



This half term we will focus on our skills as geographers and historians. Our topic is called 'Which foods did Christopher Columbus discover?' Children will learn about who Christopher Columbus was, when he lived and what he discovered. They will also learn the names of the world's continents and oceans. 


The Learning Challenges document below shows you what we are going to learn about each week this half term.

Important information


Our PE days are TUESDAYS and THURSDAYS. All children should have a full PE kit, which includes a T-shirt and shorts or jogging trousers/leggings. Children will need outdoor shoes this half term as we will be doing Outdoor Games.

Please make sure that your child's name is written inside each piece of kit. Long hair must be tied back and no earrings should be worn on these days.


Homework will be sent out on Fridays. Please return homework books by the following Wednesday so it can be marked.

All children will have spellings to learn every week. They will be sent out on Mondays, and children will be tested on Fridays. Please make sure your child brings their spelling book back to school, so we can mark it and send it home in order for you to keep track of their progress. Practising spellings at home for a few minutes each day is essential, and really helps to improve children's written work. Thank you for your support at home.


Reading and Book Bags

Children need to bring their book bags to school every day. They will read regularly as part of a group or individually when possible, but reading at home is just as important.

Now they are in Year 2, children are encouraged to change their own book bags. There will not be a change over day - children will change their books when they have read them, but it is expected that this will be at least twice a week. They can change their book every day if they wish!

Please continue to read with your child at home and sign their reading record when they have read their book. Many thanks for your support.