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Year 2



We will be updating the year 2 page every half-term with all our exciting news and updates as well as regular curriculum information and our half-termly topics.

Louise Robbins, Lottie Watson, Hannah Sullivan, Jo Randall and Donna Haines

Class Teachers: Miss Lottie Watson (Penguins) and Miss Hannah Sullivan (Puffins)

Teaching Assistants: Mrs Louise Robbins (Penguins) and Miss Jo Randall (Puffins)

1:1 Support Staff: Miss Donna Haines


Welcome to year 2 and the Autumn term. We are so looking forward to another exciting year and have plenty of fantastic topics, trips and projects up our sleeves!

Our topic for this next half term is Minibeasts.


This half term we will be looking at Media and its various mediums. We will be using films, short clips and still images as literacy drivers for our writing. The children learnt a great deal of new grammar and punctuation skills in the first half term, we will be further practising these skills as well as learning new ones.

This term the children will be learning suffixes, similies, personification and how to write in the past tense as well as practising expanded noun phrases and informal writing whilst also focusing on our 'non-negotiables' (capital letters, finger spaces, punctuation, re-reading their work and ensuring the work is neat and presentable).

For more information on the year 2 English curriculum please visit



This term we will be continuing to practise place value, addition and subtraction in different contexts. We will also start looking at shape, fractions and statistics. We encourage the children to use resources to aid their learning, namely dienes. We ask that the children practise their 2, 5 and 10 times tables at home as much as possible as these are requirements by the end of year 2.

For more information on the year 2 Maths curriculum please visit



This term we will be learning about the habitats and microhabitats of animals, especially minibeasts. We will be looking at writing our own research questions and how to ensure our testing is fair.


The first term can be a little daunting for our new year 2s. As many of you will know, year 2 is a SATs year. We sit these in the first few weeks of May but intend on keeping them as low key and stress-free as possible. It does however mean that the pace picks up in English and Maths especially.

Our home learning task this term will be in line with our Minibeasts topic. The children have their own home learning books to complete their work in. We will send the weekly spellings home on a Monday or Tuesday. The weekly spelling sheets are for the children to keep at home in preparation for the spelling tests on Friday mornings. We encourage the children to write/draw their home learning tasks in their books and keep their spelling sheets at home.

Please make sure your child brings their reading book into school every day and that they are reading regularly at home. We are a team of budding literacy fans and will ensure that the children have plenty of opportunities to explore varied texts by the bucket load! They will have a chance to change their reading book every day but will be encouraged to revisit their book several times before they change it, in order to ensure that have grasped the story/purpose of the book, the rich language and also discuss what they loved and disliked about the text. The children will be given the opportunity to visit our school library on a Friday afternoon, during this time they will be able to select one free-reading book of their choice. We will be listening to the children read regularly in class and will listen to them on a one-to-one basis in order to determine when they are ready to move up to a new colour band.

Our PE days will be on a Monday and Thursday, please ensure that your child has a full PE kit in school every day as there may be occasions when our PE slot may need to be changed at short notice. Girls will need to have long hair tied back and earrings must be removed or covered with tape for PE.

If you have any questions please pop in and see us in the morning or after school or arrange a meeting through the office. We look forward to working with you over the next academic year.

Miss Sullivan and Miss Watson.