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Year 2


Welcome to Year 2!



It is hard to believe that we are coming to the end of the first term in Year 2.  We are busy practising for the Christmas play which this year is called "Christmas with the Aliens.'  We thought this would fit in very well with the Year 2 topic for this half term which is 'Space.'  We would really appreciate you helping your children to learn their words and we hope you enjoy the show on December 13th at 6pm.


There has been a slight change in the staff in Year 2 this half term.  Mrs Farrelly continues to work 2 all day on Mondays and in the afternoons on Tuesdays and Mrs Franklin will be in on Tuesday mornings and all day on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. We are fortunate that Mrs Edwicker will now be supporting Year 2’s learning in class full time.


Autumn Term in Year 2.

We will continue learning using the ‘carousel’ approach familiar with the children from Year 1, meaning that most mornings the children will complete 4 activities which are either English or Maths based. The children will work with an adult for at least 2 of these activities each day. Topic, Science and most other subjects are usually in the afternoons but we try to use links between subjects whenever appropriate.



As story detectives we will share books to build our prediction skills, look closely for interesting language patterns and develop ideas for our own writing. We will identify different types of text, compare features, look at how one event leads to another and use this to help our own story writing. With non-fiction texts we will be looking for different organisational features to help us learn to retrieve information and create our own illustrations with labels and captions. Writing will focus on planning the structure of a story using familiar tales and texts. We will work on skills in punctuation and explore using extended punctuation such as question marks and exclamation marks.  We will learn about using expanded noun phrases and identifying different sentence types.  We will build skills in checking their writing and setting simple goals. The children will also be putting their skills into writing recounts, poems, explanations and instructions.



Much of the first half of term will be spent learning about the value of numbers to 100.  We will be making numbers with concrete apparatus and learning about different pictorial representations for numbers.  We will be learning to count in 2s, 3s, 5s and 10s. We will then move onto addition and subtraction of ones or tens to 2 digit numbers.  We will think about applying these skills using money and then learn about multiplying and dividing some numbers.



Before half term we are looking at the Katie Morag books and comparing life in Hazlemere with life on the fictional Isle of Stray. We will then be thinking about the life of Mary Anning and Mary Seacole. After half term our topic will be Space.



Some Practical Points

  • PE is on Tuesdays (Games) and Thursdays (Swimming in the first half term, Gymnastics in the second half) Please keep a named PE kit in school all the time so the children don’t miss out. This must include shoes that fit please. The children will need a tracksuit when the weather gets cooler as we will go outside whenever possible.
  • Home Learning will come home on a Friday and need to be returned on the following Thursday.
  • Words for Writing will be sent home on a Friday to be learnt for a test the following Thursday. The words will either be common words or words using a particular phonic pattern. Please focus on the phonic pattern to help your child learn the words and be able to use the pattern in their own writing.
  • Library books will be coming home on a Friday and can be changed each week if they are in the book bags.
  • Reading books will come home in the book bags on Wednesdays and need to be returned to school on Wednesdays too. Please read other books from home too. The children will also have a reading record as they did in Year 1. Parents are asked to read and discuss texts with children and record this in the Reading Record Book. The children will get a sticker if they have read  Please also send this book into school on a Wednesday. Please try to read a range of genres to broaden the children’s experiences of reading.
  • The children need a fruit or vegetable snack from home for the morning and we will give them a piece of fruit or vegetable for the afternoon snack. Please provide a named water bottle for use in the classroom each day.
  • We are looking forward to a fantastic year with your children.


Please do feel free to come and discuss any questions you have.


Mrs Franklin and Mrs Farrelly.



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