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Year 2

Our Year 2 team: Mrs Joshua, Mrs Dunn, Miss Tait & Miss Bradley


2Crystal - Mrs Joshua

2Lion - Mrs Dunn


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...


Fire, fire!

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

'The Bojabi Tree’ 

by Diane Hofmeyr


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 and practising using 2A sentences to uplevel our work. As part of our Talk 4 Writing we will learn the story of The Bojabi Tree using actions and drama, focusing on key vocabulary to describe the setting and characters within the story, we will use similies to improve our descriptions and a variety of conjunctions to improve our sentences and enable our writing to flow. We will plan a multicultural story together as a class, following our power of 3 rule and we will finally progress on to write our own stories, based in a hot climate using a variety of characters. After this we will then look at writing factfiles about different African animals and we will use our ICT skills to research interesting facts. We will present our findings to the other class.


Maths - 

In our Maths lessons we will be focusing on statistics, finding, gathering, presenting and reading data in a variety of formats. We will also be learning our 2D and 3D shapes and identifying their properties. We will continue developing our number skills, recognising number bonds and using our addition, subtraction, multiplication and division skills. We will be practising our 2, 5, 10 and 3 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 recapping the sounds. We are now focusing on alternatives sounds and spellings as well as the Year 1 and Year 2 common exception words. We will also be looking at rhyming words and developing independence to use their phonics knowledge to complete a carousel of activities.


Topic - 

This is a contrast to our previous topic of, 'ice, ice baby', as we now look at a hot climate and begin to compare. We will look at hot and cold countries and look at where we are in the World. We will also be learning about London, as we find out some interesting facts about The Great Fire of London.

Competition Time!


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.

*Compare hot and cold climates 

*Make a factfile about an African animal

*Look at a map of the World. How many countries have you heard of before?

*Create an information poster about a warm climate

*Science experiment - how does a layer of blubber help animals to survive?

*Make storystones or storyspoons

*Retell a story to a grown up

*Practise 2, 5, 10 & 3 times tables

*Practise reading and spelling Year 1 & Year 2 common exception words

*Practise phonics sounds

Believe, achieve and shine brighter together.