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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.

  • P.E is on Mondays and Thursdays - 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.
  • Book change and spelling tests are on Tuesdays, Maths ‘Superhero Times Table’ tests are on Thursdays
  • Please make sure you read with your child (and record it in their reading diaries) at least 3 times a week.
  • Please make sure your child has their book bag, reading diary 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.
  • Year 2 will be taking part in a RSPB workshop on Tuesday 16th January.


We are starting the Spring term by exploring the picture book ‘Tuesday’ by David Wiesner, in which some frogs fly through a sleepy town on their lily pads and no-one can explain why!  We will be doing some drama based around the story, before writing our own newspaper reports about the phenomenon.  Later in the term we will be researching and writing biographies about wonderful individuals from history, before finally looking at some different myths and legends from years gone by.  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
  • Practicing reading and writing the common exception (tricky) words for their phase – the children should have these on a bookmark and/or keyring!


In Mathematics, we will all be doing different challenges based around measure and shape.  We will start this term by continuing to look at different units of measure (cm, ml, g, ̊C etc.)  We are continuously learning and practising our number bonds and tables (2s, 5s and 10s) through our ‘superhero maths’ tests which are every Thursday.   We encourage all children to practise telling the time as we will be learning to tell the time in 5 minute intervals. 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.

You can help your child at home by:

  • Practising recall of the 2, 5 and 10 times tables. To make it more challenging, try asking the tables in different orders, playing ‘elevens’ with the particular table or using the division facts as well.
  • Practise telling the time, talking about key vocabulary like minutes past and minutes to, how much longer till…? What time will it be in….?
  • Discussing different measures when out and about, cooking or shopping. Encourage children to handle money so they are familiar with coins and notes, and use measures to help in the kitchen!


In Science, we are exploring plants.  We will carry out some experiments and investigations on our Science day (19th January) and go on a nature walk to identify the different plants and tress around the school grounds.  We will find out what it is that plants need to grow healthily and investigate what happens to different seeds and bulbs.

You can help your child at home by:

  • Talking to them about the different fruits and vegetables you have at home – what do they look like and where do they come from?
  • Ask, what happens if a plant has no light? Water? Oxygen?
  • Go on a walk around your garden, local park or street and see how many different kinds of plants you can find. Take photos, sketch them or do a bark rubbing to record what you find.


Our topic for this half term ‘Wacky, Wild and Wonderful’. In Art, we will be learning about the artist Joan Miro and his ‘magical surrealism’, before creating our own magical pictures and sculptures.  In Geography, we will be finding out about the continents and oceans of the world, looking at some wild and wonderful places across the globe.  In computing, we will be coding using expresso on the iPads.  We will be taking part in Rugby sessions with Notts Rugby every Thursday afternoon, as well as regular PE sessions every Monday.