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Year 2


Welcome to Year 2

I am Mrs Rothery and am delighted to be teaching Year 2 this year.

The children have all settled in well and are looking forward to the year ahead.

In our class we are supported by Miss Simpson. Mrs Mayes will also be teaching our class on a Thursday.

This term we will be learning about Travel and Transport and A Healthy Me.

We have P.E once a week on Thursday.


In order to support your child at home with their learning please encourage them to:  

  • Be responsible readers and read every night
  • Bring their book bag every day and write (with support) in their reading record
  • Organise their belongings so that they are ready to learn
  • Complete all the home learning tasks set
  • Learn Year 1/2 statutory spelling lists
  • Practise their real and alien words ready for the Phonics test
  • Complete their Numbots time
  • Practise their lovely leads in their handwriting
  • Talk about what they have been learning each day in school
  • Practising quick recall of number facts such as doubles and halves, number bonds to 10/20 and counting in 2s, 5s and 10s.
  • Find out some facts about our topics below


This term in English we will be using the books ‘The Train Ride’, ‘Last Stop on Market Street’, ‘Bold Women in Black History’, ‘Meerkat at Christmas’ and ‘My Christmas Star’ as a focus for our writing. We will be using the Writing Rainbow to secure and build on our basic sentence structure (capital letters, full stops, finger spaces, making sense, using our sounds to spell). We will also have extra practise with our handwriting and spelling of Year 1 and 2 common exception words. In Reading we will continue to read individually and as a group, developing our Vocabulary, Inference, Prediction, Explaining and Sequencing skills.

In Maths we will be catching up on the missed learning from year 1 (including word problems, multiplication and division, time, fractions, money and capacity) and continuing our topics of Numbers to 100, Addition and Subtraction, Multiplication of 2, 5 and 10, Length and Mass.

In Science we will be catching up with the Year 1 unit The Animal Kingdom (including identifying carnivores/herbivores/omnivores, labelling the parts of the human body and senses). We will study the Year 2 units Using Materials (identifying and comparing materials and investigating if they can change shape) and begin looking at Plants (what they need to grow and observing how they do it).



We will be learning how to stay safe on line and then studying Questioning in computing. 

Our History and Geography topics this term are looking at the lives, achievements and impact on society of The Wright Brothers (history of flight) and Mary Seacole.

In Art and D.T the children will be using a range of techniques and materials related to the architect Shigeru Ban who using cardboard tubes in his work. We will also be making decorations for Christmas.

We will be focussing on a safe and happy return to school and then learning about Medicine and Road safety and Being in My World in PSCHE. After half term we will be Celebrating Differences.

In R.E we will be exploring the ideas of Jesus’ teaching and asking ‘Is it possible to be kind to everyone all of the time?’ and ‘Why do Christians believe that God gave Jesus to the World?’

We will also be studying the units Hands, Feet and Hearts, using our body to follow a rhythm  in Music and practising our jumping and throwing skills in P.E.

All of the curriculum information can be found on the curriculum page on the website. 

If you would like to speak to me about your child’s learning please contact the office and I will be in contact. 

Please check the website regularly as we will be updating it with all of the wonderful learning that has been taking place. 


Homework Projects



Autumn 2

Project 1:

Geography-Make a treasure map

 Label it with a compass and use north, south, east and west to give directions to the treasure.

Project 2:


Can you write a Christmas rap like our Ho!Ho!Ho! song in Music?

Project 3:


Draw or write about the animals or plants that we find in our local area.



These are due on Wednesday 9th December.

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