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Year 2

2Crystal - Mrs Joshua

2Lion - Mrs Dunn

Year 2 supported by Miss Tait


Dates to remember:

Tuesday 12th October & Thursday 14th October - Parent's Evening 


Key information: 

P.E. - Wednesday & Friday

Children will come to school in their P.E. kits on their allocated P.E. days. Please ensure long hair is tied up and earrings are removed on these days. During the colder months, tracksuits and trainers are advised as we may be outside. 


Reading - Diaries on Fridays

We love reading and have fabulous reading areas and challenges to encourage a love of reading.


We have a daily reading lesson which will develop your child’s passion for reading as well as their comprehension skills. The daily reading session will always start with the teacher reading to the children exploring and discussing the language, vocabulary, feelings and themes within a variety of high-quality texts. In addition to this, we will be listening to the children reading a range of texts and teaching them how to talk about books confidently and develop their comprehension skills to a deeper level.


Books will be changed on Fridays. Remember - comment in and sign your child’s reading records each time they read to you.  


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.

If children read their book from school and their Rising Stars books, we encourage children to read books at home. Why not visit the library? It's the perfect opportunity to look at different texts and find an author you love!


Recorders - Friday

We are very lucky to be able to have DPA providing recorder lessons each week. Update videos of the classes progress shall be posted regularly on Dojo, so be sure to keep a look out. Later on in the year (and after much practise!) the children shall perform infront of parents.


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...

Ice, ice baby

During this topic we will focus on these texts:

English -

Our topic this half term, is 'Ice, ice baby'. Join us on an Arctic adventure as we explore the coldest places on earth & how animals have different adaptations in order to survive. We will focus on the text, 'The Emporer's Egg' and learn how penguins look after & protect their eggs from such harsh conditions. We will then go on to research our own facts and write factfiles which we will share with another year group, so that they can find out about our discoveries. After that, we will focus on the story, 'The way home for wolf'. We will learn the text together, focusing on key points to help us improve our written work, such as looking at adjectives, expanded noun phrases, adverbs & exciting sentenxe starters. Eventually, we will plan & write our own story using the underlying scenario as a guideline to follow. We will make these as books, designing the front cover and developing the story section by section until the final product is complete, ready to share with our peers & use within within classroom in our reading area.


Maths - 

In our Maths lessons, this half term, we will begin by focusing on our number skills, looking at our addition and subtraction skills, as well as developing our multiplication and subtraction skills. We will also look at using money & giving change. We will do this through lots of engaging activities using practical equipment to guide us.

Please also use TT Rockstars and Mathletics at home to help all areas of Maths. Login details can be found in the front of your child's reading diary.


Topic - 

We will produce artwork using cold watercolours as well as creating clay Arctic animals.

We will look at cold places and begin looking at maps, eventually comparing to hot places.

We will also look at a variety of famous explorers.


R.E. - 

'What does Christmas mean to Christians?'

In the build up to Christmas we will focus on Jesus' birth - the nativity story. We will think about advent & why Christmas is such a special celebration for Christians & how it is celebrated. This is a lovely focus in R.E. as we think & reflect upon the true meaning of Christmas.

2C Competition Time!

As our topic is a chilly one, we would like you to design & make your very own igloo to bring into school. Be creative! We have had some very unique creations in the past. We look forward to seeing your creations! Please send them in no later than Friday 10th December to enable them to be judged & winners chosen.


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.

*Create a snowy scene in a shoebox

*Research an explorer

*Create a factfile about an explorer

*Create a snowglobe

*Research how people survive in cold conditions 

*Research different cold countries 

*Create a picture of the Northern Lights

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

*Practise using the four number operations + - × ÷

*Practise 2, 5, 10 and 3 timetables 

Believe, achieve and shine brighter together.