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Autumn 1- Toys

Investigating Our Book Week Story-Dogger

Testing the Properties of Materials

Creating Our Timeline

Separating Toys

First Practice Of Our Toy Dance

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Toy Museum Trip



This half term Year 2 will be learning all about TOYS!



We are learning how to write a recount before writing our own of our trip to Liverpool Museum!

We will then be reading the book "Dogger" by Shirley Hughes. We will be following a three week plan to read, write predictions and finally write our own story about a toy. 



  • Place value - partitioning tens and ones
  • Ordering numbers 
  • Comparing objects < > 
  • Ordering objects and numbers
  • Counting in 2s, 5s and 10s



This term we will be investigating materials looking at what toys and everyday items are manufactured from and their properties. Describing what we see and feel using technical vocabulary: bendy, bumpy, dull, feel, hard, made, manufactured, material, natural, rough, shiny, smooth, soft, squashy, stiff, stretchy, transparent, flexible, rigid ... 


We will be conducting an investigation to consider why an object is made from a particular material and what would be the best material to make a waterproof coat.


We will find out who is Charles Mackintosh and what was his famous product, we will be emulating his discovery to create our own waterproof material.  


We will be able to:

• distinguish between an object and the material from which it is made

• identify and name a variety of everyday materials, including wood, plastic, glass, metal, water, and rock

•  describe the simple physical properties of a variety of everyday materials

•  compare and group together a variety of everyday materials on the basis of their simple physical properties.



We are learning about the history of toys and exploring the questions 'What were toys like in the past? How and why have they changed?'

We will be exploring old toys and comparing them to new ones, as well as having a visitor in to talk about her old toys.

If any parents or grandparents have their own toys that they would like to share, we would be very grateful!



We will be looking at how we can give directions and the importance of accurate instructions when carrying out a task. We will then begin to input directions into a programmable toy and assess how this impacts on the toy. Finally we will begin to look at any mistakes we have made within our algorithms and begin to debug our instructions.



We will be looking at a range of puppets and talking about what we like and dislike about them. We will establish that some are moving puppets and take a closer look at how they move. From this we will have a go at making a simple moving puppet before designing and making our own slightly more complete moving puppet.  



We will be looking at the music played in two famous films about toys, the Lego Movie and Toy Story. We will be listening to these pieces and thinking about how they add to the emotions and action within the film. We will also begin to describe the pace, structure and other features of the music we listen to.



We will be pretending to be toys in Streetdance on Tuesdays and doing outdoor PE with Mr Busby on Fridays.