Troll Swap Year 2 Autumn 2


As part of our continued focus on mental health and wellbeing, the children will be learning about resillience. At the start of each week, the children are going to identify actions and targets that will help them to build their own resillience in and out of school.

Daily reflection time will allow the children to discuss their successes and challenges related to their resillience target. This will support the children to adopt a 'can do' attitude and develop the perseverance needed to be happy, successful learners. This will under pin all other aspects of the curriculum.

Maths, English and phonics lessons will continue to address gaps in learning. Over the next few weeks, other curriculum subjects will be gradually introduced to allow the children to practise their resillience targets.


Study of Spanish artist Joan Miro

The children with explore the shapes, patterns and colours used by Joan Miro to create their own artwork. The final piece will be a painting of a troll in the style Joan Miro.


The topic this half term is called

“Hands, Feet, Heart”

A study of South African music where the children will begin to recognise styles; find the pulse; recognise instruments; listen and discuss other dimensions of music.


Dancing around the World

A fun and lively dance unit exploring music and movement from around the world.


This half-term, year 2 will be reading the engaging fantasy story Troll Swap by Leigh Hodgkinson.

The children will write their own stories based upon the model text. The focus will be on character description by creating two opposing characters for a story.

Duirng guided reading sessions, the children will be using clues to predict what might happen next in the story. They will answering and asking questions about about the delightful story by Julia Donaldson - The Troll

The Three Billy Goats Gruff by Mara Alperin provides a further opportunity for the children to compare character and increase their own vocabulary.


A study of the UK. The children will locate and name the four countries and their capital cities as well as the surrounding seas.

They will develop the skills to draw ‘birds eye’ view maps.

The children will showcase their knowledge of the UK by creating a weather report. Look out for these on year 2's Twitter page!


The focus this half-term is place value. Once the children can identify the number of tens and ones in any given number, they can use this knowledge to successfully compare 2-digit numbers.

They will then move on to addition and subtraction of numbers within 100.

You can support your child at home by helping them to practise counting in 2's, 5's, 10's and 3's.


Living Things. This is a biology focus where children learn about the basic needs of living things in order to survive and how living things contribute to food chains.

Children are able to identify what it means for something to be living by first classifying the difference between living, dead and never been alive. Through this basic understanding, the children are then able to explain why a certain object or thing has never been alive by linking their explanations back to the basic needs of living things.

Children will recognise and create simple food chains. During this topic, year 2 will also look at human food chains and diet to explain the importance of eating the right amounts of different types of food and how exercise effects the body.


Year 2 will learn what it means to be ‘online’ and the risks this brings when not following E-safety rules. Children will investigate online risks in more detail by identifying the different age rules for websites and games.

The children’s understanding is deepened through the use of videos such as ‘Smartie the Penguin’ and Safer Internet Day resources as this gives them rules to follow and information about who they can communicate with if they feel that they are unsafe whilst being online.

Religious Education

Understanding Christianity: The Creation Story.

Key question: How should we relate to others and to the natural world?


The topic for this half-term is called

Being Me in My World

Throughout this topic, the children will explore the following concepts:

  • Hopes and Fears for the Year
  • Rights and Responsibilities
  • Rewards and Consequences
  • Resillience
  • How to keep a healthy mind.

Physical Education

Games – ‘Chasing’ playground games

Children will participate in games, developing simple tactics for attacking and defending. Children encouarged to develop a positive attitude towards exercise and being physically fit.

The children will continue to learn and practise yoga poses focusing on breathing and relax the mind.

Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural

Spiritual – Children to embed the Academy Christian values in all they do.

  • RE lessons will provide opportunities for the children to reflect on their spiritual development as well as learn about different peoples’ faiths, feelings and values.
  • Participation in collective worship
  • Music lessons
  • PSHE – Mindfulness
  • The beauty and wonder of nature – Outdoor learning

Moral - Friendship (How do we treat others)

  • Food donations. Discuss poverty and helping others. Remind children of the food bank and work towards Harvest celebrations.
  • Discuss the Academy Golden rules (Good to be Green). Why do we have rules? Why is it especially important to follow our new golden rules?
  • Healthy choices- children will explore through Science and PSHE the best ways of looking after themselves.
  • Through PE, children will learn the importance of working as a team.


  • Participation in the Harvest festival.
  • Children will participate in class and school based activities with different pupils to aid social skills development.
  • Children will develop effective teamwork through group activities in Outdoor learning, English, Drama, PE, Dance and Music.


  • Children to think about our place in a diverse community. Link to study of Mae Jemison and the challenges she faced.

Year 2 Reminders

P.E. kits. Can all children bring their P.E. kit in on a Monday and take home on a Friday please. This allows to to be flexible with P.E. sessions depending on the weather.

Planners and reading books. Please can planner and reading books be in school each day.

Bags A reminder that the school encourages book bags lunch boxes only, please do not send children to school with large rucksacks.

FInally a HUGE thank you for all your help and support getting the children back into school safely. We know there are lots of new rules and regulations to follow to keep everyone safe and your cooperation and patience is much appreciated.


Created with images by Mark König - "These sign is standing close to Trollstigen, a steep curved road onto a plateau. It seems to be the most successful street sign of the planet since nobody ever reported an accident with a troll :-) " • Drew Beamer - "Numbers and such. " • Elena G - "untitled image" • Niclas Illg - "untitled image" • Ravi Pinisetti - "PSALM 19 1 The heavens are telling of the glory of God; And their expanse is declaring the work of His hands. 2 Day to day pours forth speech, And night to night reveals knowledge. 3 There is no speech, nor are there words; ...... ..... ..... 12 Who can discern his errors? Acquit me of hidden faults. 13 Also keep back Your servant from presumptuous sins; Let them not rule over me; Then I will be [e]blameless, And I shall be acquitted of great transgression. 14 Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart Be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, my rock and my Redeemer." • Toa Heftiba - "untitled image" • Kelly Sikkema - "untitled image"