St Pauls CE Primary School

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Year 2 

Saint Saens Class     Autumn Term 2

This half term the children will be learning about the Great Fire of London.  The children will develop an understanding of the historical events by looking at first hand accounts of Samuel Pepys.  In order to support this learning we will have a visit to The Monument and St Paul's Cathedral where the children will gain a better perspective of the size of the area and significance of the River Thames.

This leads to opportunities for creative diary writing and non- fiction writing about the fire.

Our key text for later in the term will be The Magic Finger by Roald Dahl.  This engaging story will explore decision making and debate after which the children will then be able to write an alternative version of the story and letter writing.

Grammar, spelling and handwriting are part of everyday learning and embedded in all other curriculum writing that we do.

Mathematics this half term has a focus on the number system leading on to addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.  In addition to reasoning, the children will be developing their mental fluency with known and related facts. 

In science, the class will continue to learn about living things and their habitats. The work will include raising and answering questions, classifying, making observations and learning about how living things are suited to their habitats.  The children will explore micro-habitats: exploring where in the immediate locality mini-beasts have made their homes.

Our RE topic is all about how we learn about God through stories: in particular the story of Daniel from the Old Testament.  'Celebrations' will be a focus of learning as we approach the Christmas season.  The children will learn about celebrations of world faiths and why they are so important to people.

We will teach the computing curriculum with Purple Mash. This half term will be learning how to code and debug.

The class have a dedicated music lesson each week. The lessons include singing and composing in addition to practising essential skills in rhythm.


Monday- games

Friday – dance in the hall

Please ensure that your child has a full PE kit for these lessons. Generally speaking, if your child is well enough to come to school, the expectation is that they will participate in the PE lesson. However, if there are any particular circumstances, please speak to the teacher.


The children will be developing their watercolour skills and now mixing paint with other medium: collage and pastel, to create a picture of the Fire of London.  We shall also be making clay decorations for the children's stall at the Christmas Fair.



Homework is handed out on Thursdays and due back on Tuesdays.

Please check that your child understands what they have to do. The homework is meant to consolidate learning and should be done independently. It will usually be work that has previously been taught in class or sometimes a ’finding out’ homework.

If you have a query, please speak to Miss Gray or Ms Smith.  

Spellings are given out and tested on Mondays. To begin with, the children are revising high frequency words and previously taught phonics. Sometimes the spelling words will be connected to topics we are learning about. Please help your child learn the spellings in the context of whole sentences: read the word out aloud in a sentence or children can have a go at writing sentences using the word.

We have recalled the maths games and presently updating them to ensure that all the pieces are present.

Reading books are changed twice per week. It is essential that children both read and discuss books frequently at home, not only to help with decoding and vocabulary, but also with understanding. If your child needs an extra book, please see Miss Gray or Ms Smith. If your child is reading longer books, it may be that this won’t need changing as frequently.



Spellings Autumn 2



Current Homework

Song words for the Christmas Concert


Fire of London information sheet

Fire of London design template

Maths 8/11/18 A

Maths 8/11/18 B

Maths 8/11/18 C

Extra squared paper

Homework 16th November

Fluency 1

Fluency 2

Fluency 3

22nd November Homework

Extra Lined Paper

Adverbs 29th November





A very special visit.. (10 images)

We had a very exciting afternoon thanks to a visit from West Hampstead firefighters. They talked to us about their jobs and gave us lots of facts about the engine as well as how to look for hazards at home. We even got a chance to have a go with the hose!

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The Fire of London Revisited (24 images)

Year 2 explored how the Great Fire of London spread by burning our own model houses.

Created: 23 Jan 17 16:00 | Last modified: 23 Jan 17 16:51

Year 2 Trip to Kidzania (0 images)

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Year 2 Christingle making (6 images)

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Year 2 Nativity (23 images)

Nativity and Christingles December 2016

Created: 8 Dec 16 11:55 | Last modified: 8 Dec 16 12:01

2016 Nativity (23 images)

Year 2 Christingles

Created: 8 Dec 16 11:16 | Last modified: 8 Dec 16 11:53

Year 2 trip to the CLC (2 images)

Year 2 went on a visit to the Camden Learning Centre to learn about coding. Here are a couple of examples of our work.

Created: 27 May 16 15:56 | Last modified: 27 May 16 15:57

Science- spreading germs! (6 images)

We investigated how germs spread and how to wash our hands effectively. Our lucky volunteers coated their hands in oil and then flour to represent germs whilst the class predicted what would remove the most dirt. The choice was out of using a combination of soap, no soap, hot or cold water. It was quite messy and quite shocking to see how thoroughly we needed to wash our hands. We then practised good handwashing techniques.

Created: 29 Apr 16 16:24 | Last modified: 29 Apr 16 16:25

Year 2 Watercolours on the Hill (6 images)

On Wednesday we were very lucky to have an artist who specialises in watercolours to take us up Primrose Hill to paint the view. Our focus was trees and fortunately we managed to catch some sunshine too! We were working on using different brushes and layering colour.

Created: 29 Apr 16 16:18 | Last modified: 29 Apr 16 16:20

Y1 3D Wild Things (7 images)

We recycled materials to make our own wild things. Do you like them?

Created: 2 Oct 14 13:35 | Last modified: 23 Oct 15 11:35

Y1 DT (26 images)

We made 'Gruffalo crumble' by listening and following instructions. It tasted delicious!

Created: 14 Oct 14 11:21 | Last modified: 23 Oct 15 11:35