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Autumn 2

Fire! Fire!

This half term we are learning about the Great Fire of London and Guy Fawkes.  This will build on the children's previous learning in Year 1.



Our focus so far this half term has been a non-fiction text called The Great Fire of London.  We have learned about parts of a non-fiction book, and how to use adjectives to make our writing more interesting.  We have heard about Samuel Pepys and what he did during the Great Fire and then wrote diaries pretending we were him!  

We have now moved on to learning about poetry - our focus is shape poems.  All children have written a poem about fireworks and have tried hard to use alliteration.  We will now be thinking all about winter and writing some poems using alliteration and similes.


We made pictures with wax crayons to help imagine the fireworks in the sky.

We made pictures with wax crayons to help imagine the fireworks in the sky. 1

Some of our shape poems

Some of our shape poems 1
Some of our shape poems 2


We have been learning about data handling - tally charts, pictograms and bar charts.  We have made our own charts and graphs and have used the data to find the answers to word problems.  We have now begun to look at 2D and 3D shape and symmetry.



We have thought about how to stay safe if there is a fire and your children should now be able to tell you why we have fireworks on Bonfire Night!



We have begun to learn about the UK and capital cities.  We have looked at London landmarks such as Buckingham Palace, Big Ben and The London Eye.  The children have particularly enjoyed looking on Google Earth and seeing where Barton Clough and Manchester is and comparing this to other cities and places in the world! 



We will continue to look at properties of materials and we will be investigating which materials are best for certain jobs.



We have done a lot of work on how to be a good friend and what bullying is.  We have also been learning about celebrations.