Year 2

Teacher Name

Mrs Bentzien

Autumn Term Information

Please click here to view the Autumn Curriculum Overview 2023

My name is Mrs Bentzien and I am the year 2 class teacher.  I am also the school SENDco (Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Co-ordinator), Senior Mental Health Lead, Computing subject lead and KS1 lead.

Mrs Franklin teaches Art, PE and Religious Education on Monday and Tuesday afternoon (during my allocated SENDco time and SLT time).

My email address is

Here is our class timetable for Autumn 2023



Homework is handed out every Friday and needs to be returned by the following Wednesday.

Mobberley Reading Journey – Our Favourite Five

This term we will be enjoying Six Dinner Sid by Inga Moore, Pumpkin Soup by Helen Cooper, Ruby’s Worry Tom Percival, Paper Planes by Jim Helmore and Flat Stanley by Jeff Brown.

Shared Reading – The Owl who was Afraid of the Dark

This half term we will be reading The Owl who was Afraid of the Dark, by Jill Tomlinson.  The children will take part in daily shared reading activities to develop their comprehension, prediction and inference skills.


Autumn Stimulus Text 1 – The Little Green Dinosaur by Pie Corbett (Talk4Writing)

Our writing focus will be fiction story writing.  The children will learn the features of a short fiction story before writing their own version of the story.

Stimulus Text 2Look Up! by Nathan Byron.

Our writing focus will be information texts and fictional recounts.  The children will learn the features of information texts before researching Mae Jemmison and producing an information report about her life and achievements.  The children will also learn how to write in role as the character Rocket.  They will produce a fictional recount of her day using the story as a guide.

SPaG – The children will be focusing on using different word classes including nouns, adjectives, verbs, adverbs, prepositions and time connectives in their creative writing.

Autumn 2

Stimulus Text 1: How to wash a Woolly Mammoth by Michelle Robinson

Our writing focus will be instruction writing.  The children will be learning about the features of instructions before writing their own set of instructions using time connectives and imperative (bossy) verbs.

Stimulus Text 2: Jack and the Baked Beanstalk by Colin Stimpson

Our writing focus will be fictional diary entries.  The children will learn the features diary entries before writing in role as the character of Jack.  They will produce a fictional diary entry of his day using the story as a guide.


Our focus this half term will be Place Value and then Addition and Subtraction.  We will consolidate prior learning by revisiting place value at the start of the term.  The children will use tens and ones frames, Base 10 equipment, part whole models and tens frames to make, order and compare different 2 digit numbers.  The children will use < > and = to compare different numbers.  We will then work on different strategies for addition and subtraction.

After half term we will be working on strategies to add, subtract, multiply and divideWe will continue to work on different strategies for addition and subtraction including column method and the expanded method.  We will then look at the 2’s, 5’s and 10x tables and strategies to solve calculations, including arrays and repeated addition.

Autumn 1 History

This half term our focus will be history.  The children will learn about Guy Fawkes and the Gunpowder Plot.  They will create a timeline of events, take part in drama activities and write letters in role.  

Autumn 2 Geography – Amazing Africa

This half term our focus will be geography.  The children will learn about the seven continents of the world before looking more closely at Kenya.   The children will find out about Nairobi – the capital city of Kenya, it’s population, climate and physical and human features of the city.  They will then compare the similarities and differences between our local area and a rural town in Kenya.  They will also take a look at Mombasa – the largest city in Kenya using Google Earth and information texts.  The children will compare satellite images of Mombasa and London, identifying similarities and differences between the two cities.

Science – Materials

science symbols

This half term we will be learning about materials and their properties.  The children will sort and classify materials by their properties, they will describe different materials and sort man-made and natural materials.  The children will take part in a comparative experiment to find out which materials would work best for a rain coat.

Scientist Study: The children will find out about Charles Macintosh and John McAdam.

PSHE (Jigsaw) – Being Me in My World


This year we are continuing to use Jigsaw for a whole school approach to PSHE (Physical, Social, Health and Emotional learning).  Each class has their own Jigsaw mascot – Year 2’s mascot is called Jo. 

Our first school unit is called Being Me in My World.  In this unit, the children will discuss ways to make our class and school environment a better place.

Computing – Programming – Scratch Jr.

This half term the children will be learning what the blocks on Scratch Jr do and will be using them to write code to create different short animations.  The first will be an animation of an animal moving, the second will be two characters retelling a joke and the final project will be creating a short animation of a familiar fairy tale. 

Computing Autumn 2 – Algorithms Unplugged

In this unit the children will begin to develop confidence with the keyboard and the basics of touch  typing.  They will continue to develop word processing skills, including altering text, copying and pasting and using keyboard shortcuts. 

They will learn the terms decomposition, debugging and abstraction.  They will decompose a game to predict the algorithm used to create it.  They will need to use logical thinking to explore software, predicting, testing and explaining what it does.


The children will need to come to school wearing their full Mobberley PE kit on a Thursday and Friday this term.


Art is taught on a Tuesday afternoon by Mrs Franklin.  

Religious Education

RE is taught on a Monday afternoon by Mrs Franklin.  The children will be learning about the Christian Church with a focus on Christian values and our own school ethos.

My Happy Mind

This term we are proud to announce that we will be starting to introduce the children to My Happy Mind.

My Happy Mind is taught across five modules and each introduces a new set of content and habits to help children build resilience, self-esteem and confidence.

Meet Your Brain

Understanding how your brain works and how to ensure we look after it so that we can manage our emotions and be at our best. Growth mindset is a key part of this too.


Understanding your unique character strengths and learning to celebrate them. This is a fantastic module for building self esteem.


Understanding why gratitude matters and how you can develop gratitude as a habit. Gratitude is key to well-being and resilience and we’re all about making it a habit!


Understanding why positive relationships matter and how to build them. We’re focussed on the building blocks of good relationships and friendships.


Understanding how to set meaningful goals that matter and how to keep resilient in times of challenge. This module is all about building self esteem and resilience too.

Maths Game Links

Place Value Basketball

Ordering numbers


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