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Year 2

Our Year 2 team: Mrs Joshua, Miss Law, Miss Tait & Miss Dupree


2Crystal - Mrs Joshua

2Lion - Miss Law


PE - Monday and Thursday

Please ensure PE kits are in school, long hair is tied up and earrings are removed on these days. During the colder months, we ask that tracksuits and trainers are also in the children’s PE kits, as we may be outside. 



Each week the children will have guided reading sessions and will also read individually with the class teacher or support staff. We will be hearing the children read on a Friday and this is when we will be changing their books. As we now have the addition of Rising Stars, our online reading system, we will also be setting books on there, but ask that children complete the comprehension to ensure understanding of what they have read.


Water bottles

Please bring fresh water from home each day. 



If your child requires a 'Grab-a-Bag' for lunch, please fill in the slip at home if possible. Blank slips can be obtained from any member of staff or in the ‘Grab Bag’ baskets in the classroom.

Our topic this half term is...


A twist in the tale

As part of our Talk 4 Writing will be focusing on the book,

The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig’ 

by Eugene Trivizas


In our English lessons we will be focusing on handwriting, spelling and sentence structure. We will be focusing on different word types and securing the children’s understanding of them, enabling to use them effectively within their work. We will be looking at adjectives to describe nouns, adding more detail to our sentences. As part of our Talk 4 Writing we will learn the story of The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig, using actions and drama, progressing onto writing wanted posters, planning our own twist in the tale as a class and finally going on to write our own twist in the tale, taking a traditional fairytale and adding a slight twist. We shall be reading lots of traditional fairytales that have a slight twist, so if you have any at home, please bring them in, as we would love to be able to read them at the end of the day to the rest of the class! 


Maths - 

In our Maths lessons we will be focusing on number skills, recognising number bonds and using our adding and subtraction skills. We will be practising our 2, 5 and 10 times tables and we will also continue developing our reasoning skills as we question answers and prove our findings. We are looking forward to lots of practical Maths work using the equipment.

Please continue to use TT Rockstars and Mathletics at home.


Phonics - 

We will be teaching phonics daily and will be focusing on Phase 5 sounds, but we will be recapping the sounds with all of the children. We will also be looking at rhyming words and developing independence to use their phonics knowledge to complete a carousel of activities.


Topic - 

We find that this topic is such fun and a good transition from their previous work in Year 1. We enjoy making traditional fairytale houses and have a blast when we watch the big bad wolf come and blow down our houses! Which house will be the strongest?! We also enjoy having a teddy bear’s picnic on the field with the sandwiches that we make in class and we then write down our instructions for how we made them. We usually also have a visit from a fairytale character, so fingers crossed she can still come and see us this year!  

Competition Time!

In Year 2 we like to promote a love of reading and we also love a competition, so what better way to start the year than combining the two!

To enter the competition you must send in a photograph to your class teacher of your child reading a book in the silliest place you can think of. We have had children reading in trees, reading in the bath, reading upside down and so many fun places!

We love to use these as a display within the classroom and the winners from each class will receive a special prize, but everyone who enters will get a little something too.

We can’t wait to see your entries! 

Homework - 

We don’t set formal homework, but here are a list of ideas if you wish to complete anything at home. Please do bring it in, as we love to celebrate it and share it to the rest of the class.

*Write your own twist in the tale

*Make a wanted poster 

*Make a fairytale shoebox

*Bake and decorate a gingerbread man

*Write instructions for something you have cooked at home

*Make storystones or storyspoons

*Retell a story to a grown up

*Practise bonds 1-20

*Practise reading and spelling Year 1 common exception words

*Practise phonics sounds

Believe, achieve and shine brighter together.