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Year 2

 Welcome to Year 2!

Throughout the year, we are trying to become more like our Captains – Captain Reciprocity, Captain Reflective, Captain Resilience and Captain Resourceful. This half term we are trying to be more awesome like Captain Resilience; we are working hard on managing our distractions so that we can set learning goals and work towards them.  Parents are invited to meet the KS1 team on Monday September 11th, the drop in will be held in the small hall from 9.10am.

  • P.E is on Mondays - please make sure your child has their P.E kit in school every day (as P.E. sessions may change days) P.E. kits include a t-shirt, a pair of shorts or jogging bottoms and a pair of trainers or plimsols.
  • Please make sure you read with your child (and write it in their reading diaries) at least 3 times a week.
  • Please make sure your child has their book bag and their book in school every day.
  • Please remember to check our class notice boards for any other information and to see what your child is learning in class.


In English, we have started the year by looking at ‘The Wonder’, a book all about a little boy who’s head is filled with a wonderful imagination.  Inspired by the beautiful illustrations, we will be creating our own recipes for stars, using talk for writing to help us structure and improve our writing.  Our topic during Autumn is adventure, so later in the term we will move on to look at some adventure stories, both fictional and real-life. We will be practicing our handwriting, phonics and spellings in class weekly.  A big focus this year will be on our handwriting where we will be persevering with correct letter formation, working towards joining our letters in a cursive form.

You can help your child at home by:

  • Talking about the sounds in different words and encouraging the children to use their phonics to decode tricky words
  • Reading regularly and recording this in their reading dairies; remember, this could by anything and is not limited to their home reading book
  • Asking the children questions about what they have read, before during and after reading


In Mathematics, we will all be doing different challenges based around number, multiplication and measure. We have been recapping our number bonds to 10 and 20, looking at different ways to represent numbers and starting to apply our knowledge when solving problems.  We will focus this year on using our mathematical knowledge to reason, thinking about different ways to solve problems and choosing the best and most efficient methods. We are continuously learning and practising our 2, 5 and 10 times tables.   We encourage all children to practise telling the time as we will be learning to tell the time in 5 minute intervals.

You can help your child at home by:

  • Playing simple counting games, asking them what’s 1 more, 1 less, 10 more, 10 less etc.
  • Counting in 2s, 5s and 10s; to make it more challenging try starting from a number other than 0!
  • Practise telling the time, talking about key vocabulary like minutes past and minutes to


In Science, we are exploring and investigating every day materials.  We’ll start the year by thinking about what we already know about the properties of different materials, before coming up with questions we’d like to investigate.  We will be moving on to learn find out how the shapes of solid objects made from some materials can be changed by squashing, bending, twisting and stretching and will carry out some experiments to test our predictions.

You can help your child at home by:

  • You could ask your child what materials they can find around the home
  • You can discuss why some materials are better than others for different jobs around the home
  • Make a boat to float in the bath. What materials have you used and why?


Our topic for this half term is adventure.  In Art, we will be practicing our drawing and sketching skills; we will create our own imaginary, adventure worlds, trying to incorporate patterns and shading.  In History and Geography, we will learn about great explorers, finding out about their adventures and where in the world they travelled. In D&T, we will be designing and making our own kites, reminding us to always ‘Aim High’.  In P.E we will be taking part in gymnastics and developing our partner skills.