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Year 2

Welcome to Year 2

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

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

This term our topics are A Healthy Me and African Safari.

We have P.E on Thursday and Friday.


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 ‘Bold Women in Black History’ to write a biography about Mary Seacole (one of our Nurturing Nurses in History) and ‘The Crow's Tale’ as a focus for our narrative writing along with writing a non-chronological report about ‘Big Cats’. 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). For our non fiction writing we will be headings, subheadings, paragraphs and labels. We will continue to practise 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 covering the topics of Temperature, Picture Graphs, Word Problems, Money, 2D/3D Shape, Fractions, Time and Volume. We will be ensuring that we know our number facts-doubles/halves, number bonds to 10/20/100 and counting in 2s, 3s, 5s and 10s. We will be practising adding and subtracting using the column method.


In Science we will be continuing with our topics about Plants and Animals. Within this topic we will be finding out about plants, how they grow and what they need to grow and growing some of our own. We will be linking our previous work about animals, their diets and habitats to baby animals, what animals need to survive and staying healthy.


We will be learning how to make music, how to search and how to make pictures in Computing


Our History and Geography topics this term are looking at Nurturing nurses (exploring the lives and importance of Florence Nightingale, Mary Seacole and Edith Cavell) and studying the country Kenya through an African Safari.


In Art and D.T the children will be designing, making and evaluating a pizza. We will also be learning about the work of Andy Goldsworthy.


We will be learning about Relationships and Changing Me in PSHE.


In R.E. we will be asking ‘Does praying at regular intervals help a Muslim in his/her life?’ 'Does going to a Mosque give Muslims a sense of belonging?' and 'Does completing Hajj make a Muslim a better person?' We will also be catching up on our Year 1 learning about Judaism.


We will also be studying the units ‘Friendship song’ and ‘Reflect, Rewind, Replay’, using our voices and instruments in Music and learning to play tennis and cricket 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. 

Home Learning Project




Summer  1

Project 1:

History/Nurturing Nurses

Write a letter to Florence Nightingale or Mary Seacole explaining how the changes they made to hospitals helped with the pandemic.

Project 2:


Design your own secret garden. What type of plants would you have? Think about paths, trees, ponds, mazes, cabins, treehouses-will your garden have a theme?

Project 3:

P.E./Cricket rules

Write or draw a set of instructions explaining how to play cricket. Remember the title, what you need list and bossy verbs.


These are due on Wednesday 26th May.

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