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Autumn Term 2020


At the beginning of the Autumn Term, staff will not be teaching a full curriculum. Instead, we will be focussing on emotional, social and physical skills as well as ensuring that the children have grasped the basics from the previous year in reading, writing and maths. We have tried to make the focus of the curriculum flexible enough to allow plenty of time to spend on the wellbeing aspects (ie socialisation and friendship building). It will also allow time for establishing new routines, settling in activities and the new behaviour policy.


All year groups will be themed around a song, which reflects our school so that we can introduce a sense of being ‘whole’ even though they will more separated than usual by being in bubbles. This song will be chosen by the class from a selection suggested by the teacher. At the end of the unit, we will have a virtual celebration where each class will share their song and work/learning.


Sessions will be short and broken up using brain breaks or active minutes, for example 20 minutes’ maths then playdough to build up fine motor skills. There will be lots of opportunities for the children to be independent and practical.

Year 2



  • Mindfulness
  • Circle time – discussion about Covid and home learning etc.
  • Yoga



  • 2 lessons a week as usual
  • Active minutes daily – Running/Circuits/walk and talk – opportunities to work on social skills
  • Playdough/gloop/plasticine or other hand strengthening activities daily



Class pick an up-lifting and upbeat song from a selection the teacher chooses. Work linked to this e.g.

  • Learn the song (no more than 15 singing at once, but could speak the words altogether) Use Talk 4 Writing to make a text map to help learn the lyrics.
  • Learn sign language for the choruses
  • Make up an accompaniment to the song on instruments
  • Art – 
  • PSHE – meaning behind the song/personal response
  • Shared text 'Here we are' by Oliver Jeffers


Daily Dashboard

  • Look at the date and revise the days and months of the year. 
  • Discuss whether it is a special day on the calendar e.g. a local/regional/world event or religious festival or someone's birthday! 
  • Complete weather chart
  • Practise skills such as telling the time or review key learning from other subjects



  • Class book read to them daily
  • Individual reading to an adult or independently daily (We will hear all children read individually once a week as a minimum)
  • Spelling – using word list from year 1(initially) teach strategies to learn spellings independently (LSCWC, rainbow writing, pyramids, flash cards etc.)
  • Talk for Writing unit – could link to topic song – use to baseline individual needs. Focus on non-negotiables from year 1.



  • Daily broken into short sections based on the Year 1 objectives.
  • Elements of active maths e.g. action songs to learn key facts as well as lots of practical based investigations.
  • Completing written tasks in books 
  • Number bonds


Throughout the day:

  • 1:1 conferences (not academic to start with – more a chance to get to know the child)
  • Brain breaks



Virtual – mix of teacher led and Oak Academy ones

Our first shared text linked to our initial topic

Our world can be a bewildering place, especially if you've only just got here. Your head will be filled with questions, so let's explore what makes our planet and how we live on it. From land and sky, to people and time, these notes can be your guide and start you on your journey.

Non-negotiables for Maths and Writing (What Y2 children should be able to do by the end of the year)