Year 2: Autumn Term

Autumn Term 1:

 Our new project is ‘Muck, Mess and Mixtures’.

Dive in and get your hands and feet all covered in paint. Play with liquids, squish some dough and check out the slushiest and mushiest foods.

Pour, mix, stir, splat! How does it feel to get your hands covered in goo?

write recipes, instructions, riddles and poems- there are loads of scrummy words to describe messy mixtures!

Work with paint and other squelchy stuff to create your own art. what will you make? How will you arrange it?

Don’t worry about the mess… it’ll always wash!


  • Cook something with a grown- up and create a picture record of what you have done. Perhaps you could try one of Roald Dahl’s revolting recipes?
  • Take your grown-up shopping and encourage them to try food they’ve never tasted before. Remember to take lots of photographs!
  • In the bath, use a measuring jug to measure different amounts of water. Create your own capacity problems and bring them into school four our ‘Let’s Solve It’ board.
  • Create your own piece of artwork inspired by Carl Warner using foods that you have at home. Take some photographs of your creation to share in class.
  • Set up a melting experiment. Take two or three glasses and fill them with the same number of ice cubes. Put them in different places and see which melts first. Do the ice cubes melt faster when you stir them?
  • Compare how long it takes for a sugar lump to dissolve in cold and warm water. How can you record your findings?
  • Write a poem with the title ‘Muck, Mess and Mixtures’ to share in our poetry assembly of a Thursday. Practise reading your poem aloud. Can you recite it from memory?

We are reading:

A taste of her own medicine.
George is alone in the house with Grandma. The most horrid, grizzly old grunion of a grandma ever. She needs something stronger than her usual medicine to cure her grouchiness. A special grandma medicine, a remedy for everything. And George knows just what to put into it. Grandma’s in for the surprise of her life–and so is George, when he sees the results of his mixture!

Autumn Term 2:

Our new project is ‘Land Ahoy!’

Yo-ho-ho and a bottle of rum! Arr… me hearties- it’s a sailor’s life for me!

Get your sea legs on, it’s time to sail the salty seas. Navigate, investigate and explore the world- just like Captain Cook.

Make a boat, sink a ship or fly a pirate flag! Speak like a pirate, write like a poet and weight and measure a pirate’s booty!

Sing a sea shanty whilst cleaning the poop deck! Explore our world finding out about the continents that make up our world. Would you like to explore the seven seas?

Thar’s land ahead, me buckos! Let’s get t’ship t’port!


  • Search the internet and non-fiction books to find out about a famous boat or ship. Make an information book by writing down interesting facts, downloading images or making detailed drawings. Famous ships to choose could include the Titanic, the Santa Maria, the Cutty Shark or HMS Belfast.
  • Design and make your own boat to take part in a class boat race. What materials will you use. What shape will your boat be? What name will you give it?
  • Visit a maritime museum.
  • Visit our local library to read stories and information books about the sea. If you’re not already, perhaps you could become a member and take your favourite books home with you to read.
  • Make your own pirate treasure chest using a lidded box and other recycled materials. What will you keep in your treasure chest? Bring it to school and explain to our class how you made it.
  • Make a map of your home or local area to show all the main features. Include physical landmarks such as woodland, rivers and hills as well as human features such as shops, farms or stations. Where would be a good place to hide your treasure? Can you plot a route to find it?
  • Find and learn some pirate jokes. Practise performing them at home ready to make your friends at school laugh. Aye, that be funny!
  • Look at holiday brochures or travel websites and investigate holiday destinations around the world. How would you get there? Is it close to the Equator? What countries, seas and oceans surround each location?

We are reading:

The Owl and the Pussycat