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Class 2

Welcome to Year 2

with Mrs Ball and Mrs Hope

Welcome to Year 2



Autumn Term 2018



Here is an outline of what we will be covering in class this term.


We will be learning about the Old Testament.

We will listen to stories such as Noah’s ark, Jonah and the Whale and David and Goliath.

We will think about why different people were called to be friends of God.

We will also learn about some saints and different forms of prayer.

After half term we will learn about the life of Mary and Jesus and the call of the disciples.

We will then move on to thinking about Advent and the lead up to Christmas; remembering the story of the Immaculate conception and why Mary was chosen by God to be the mother of Jesus.

We will understand how advent is a time in which we prepare for the coming of Jesus.


We will begin by looking at an adventure story “Traction Man”

We will then move on to listening and writing poetry from the book Machine Poems. During this time, the children will also be focusing on using cursive handwriting to encourage quality presentation and legibility.


The children will take part in daily phonics sessions in which we will focus on revisiting sounds learnt during Year One before moving on to alternative spellings; looking at how different letters are sometimes used to create the same sound, depending on the word where it is found.


Maths work is split between the following areas: Arithmetic, Geometry, Data & Measure and Reasoning. The children will continue to use various practical aids to support working out calculations. They will learn how to measure accurately, the properties of 2D and 3D shapes, and how to work out addition and subtraction calculations.

Please help your children to practise their times tables at home; particularly 5x, 10x and 2x to begin with. Each week, the children will be tested on their times tables.


The science focus for this half term will be ‘Animals including Humans’ We will find out and describe the basic needs of animals, including humans for survival.


Please read with your child every night for at least ten minutes. This greatly benefits their reading progress and will help them in class when working independently. The children will be listened to every week and will take part in group guided reading sessions.

Any books that are sent home will be changed as necessary once they have been read.

Please keep a record of your child’s reading at home by writing in their homework diaries.


Spellings will be sent home on a Tuesday and tested on the following Monday. These will link in with the work covered in Phonics sessions. Spellings from the National curriculum for Year 2 will also be included as appropriate.

Your child will need a bottle of water in school, to stay hydrated and aid their concentration during lessons. Please clearly label your child’s water bottle with their name.


We look forward to working with you and your children over the coming academic year.

Yours sincerely,

Mrs Hope & Mrs Ball


Spring Term 2019





Here is an outline of what we will be covering in class this term.

Dive in to find out about all the fun we will be having!



We will be learning about the first man on the moon, Neil Armstrong and how his voyage changed space travel



In Geography this term we will be investigating China. We will use different maps to find out where this country is, use grid references and compass directions to find its famous landmarks and compare its physical and human features



Art and design

The children will be learning about the artist Miro, in Design and technology we are doing a topic called ‘Our Fabric Faces’ which links with our Science work on Materials.




Our texts this term are: The Man on the Moon by Simon Bartram and One Giant Leap by Don Brown



In maths this term we will cover lots of areas including fractions, place value and multiplication & division.




During the first half of this term we will be learning about uses of everyday materials.

After half term we will then begin learning about Scientists and Inventors.




Lessons take place on a Tuesday and Friday.

Children should have a full PE kit in school at all times ready to take part.





Homework is given out every Tuesday, ready to be returned the following Monday.

Children are encouraged to read for at least 10 minutes each night too.



If you have any questions or queries we are available every day after school to talk to you J


We are looking forward to an exciting term of learning.


Year 1 and Year 2 Curriculum and Expectations

Below you will find the expectations for Year 1 and Year 2 in Reading, Writing and Mathematics. This year the year 2 will be following the government's End of Key Stage 1 interim curriculum. The government guidance can be downloaded at the bottom of the page. This document provides detail of the specific expectations for the end of year 2 statutory tests and expectations.

The document for year 1 which can be downloaded below identifies Year 1 expectations. In this document we have also produced ‘deepening’ targets for parents to show you the targets that the children will be working towards if they have met all of the ‘expected’ targets to master their learning skills.

As a school we shall report your child’s progress against these end of year expectations at parent’s evening during the year.

The following terms will be used:

·         Your child is not on track to meet the end of year national expectations.

·         Your child is on track to meet the end of year national expectations .

·         Your child is on track to deepen the end of year national expectations.

Any extra support you can provide in helping your child or children to achieve these will benefit them greatly.