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Welcome to Year Two





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Just a reminder that it's the parents/carers sharing session Monday 2nd July at 2.30pm. We are looking forward to seeing you to share our Matisse artwork. Thanks.




Summer 1 PE - Monday (outdoors)  and Wednesday (outdoors

Summer 2 (After half term)PE - Monday (outdoors) and Tuesday (outdoors)


'Special work' for year 2 pupils starts this week and will continue throughout the whole of May.

'Special writing' will continue throughout June.



Recorder lessons 

Places are all taken now and the group is full. Thank you.

Please stick NAMES ON RECORDERS as they all look exactly the same. Plus name all books.Thanks


PE Summer:

Please wear PE uniform on PE days. Track suits to be worn over shorts. Long hair must be tied back. Thank you.

Mondays - Games -  outdoors

Wednesday (summer 1) - outdoors

Welcome to Year 2

I hope you enjoy reading our class page. Topic information will be updated ready for the start of each topic which is approximately each half term. Latest news will be updated fortnightly on  a Thursday. Photographs will be updated after an event.

The Year Two staff team consists of Mrs Hughes and Mrs. Meek. Mrs Questa will also be working alongside year 2 over the week.


Reading books will be changed on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.


Show and Tell : There will be 4 show and tell sessions per half term which will be in house groups.


For Summer 2 these will be on Tuesdays:

Dales: 12th June

Lakes: 26th June

Moors: 3rd July

Rivers: 10th July


The 'Speaking and Listening' aspect of English will be a focus for these sessions: 

Speak audibly and fluently with an increasing command of standard English - I can say most speech sounds clearly and accurately.

Participate in discussions - I can ask relevant questions, listen carefully and take turns.


Upcoming Events

This is where to look to find out about trips, special events, reminders and requests.


Parents/carers sharing - Monday 2nd July 2:30-3pm. A chance share the latest learning from the children.



May - this is our window for our Y2 'special work' - Statutory Assessments.

In June there will be some 'special writing' to demonstrate all the skills we have learned in Year 2





Latest News

We are really looking forward to all the opportunities 2017/18 will have to offer in Year 2 and have lots of exciting topics and new learning to do.





Please 'give us a wave' at the end of day pick ups - it really helps to put names to faces. Thank you.

Homework expectations

Learning Logs  will be given out on Friday indicating skills to be practised. Learning logs need to be back in school the following Thursday. Some homework will be over longer periods to enable research for example. In Year 2 the children have a session to share homework with classmates and staff. Pupils get the opportunity to see each other’s learning and discuss findings. This enables the children to really engage with homework by sharing good ideas and information. The children really enjoy these sessions as it gives them a chance to take learning deeper. All homework is related to what’s going on in the current curriculum and supports their classroom learning. All homework is read by one of the Year 2 staff and initialled.


Spelling Logs with new words to practise can go home each night but need to be in school daily because we use them in English. We change spelling patterns each Monday and do a check up of the previous week's pattern (words to log and learn) and 'red words' (jumping red words).


Children need to read daily and discuss their reading - see questions for reading below. Reading books will be changed on a Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Please 'linger longer' on reading books to get the most out of them - sequencing events, predicting, inferring. Practising these skills on their reading books helps them to apply them to more challenging texts used in school. The children are also expected to reads lots outside school and be able to talk about a wide variety of texts, their preferences and different authors. The children need to build up stamina in reading as well as reading a variety of texts. Your support with reading is greatly appreciated and really enhances learning.

Curriculum this half term



We have already found out a bit about the artist and have had a go at 'wild' portraits. We are going to study the range of his art next and have a go at some pieces inspired by him. 


We have tried lots of artwork inspired by Matisse now including sketching with pencils and charcoal, printing, and collage. We are looking forward to sharing our pieces with you on Monday.


Reading – consolidating all the sounds, red words and recap work on syllables, comprehension questions to retrieve information and infer meaning. In addition to this we will be practising fluency and learning poems and passages by heart.

WritingSpelling - RWInc spelling weekly. We will be learning Year2 spelling patterns – particularly suffixes – as well as learning Year 2 red words. We will have the opportunity to revisit some Year 1 spellings and phonics as preliminary work. Please see the list of non negotiable spellings for KS1 below. We are onto RWInc book 2B now and the suffixes are longer and more complex but really enhance writing at this stage.

Grammar – we will  work on simple sentences initially then progress onto using conjunctions. We will explore sentence types with punctuation - commands, questions, statements and exclamations. The children need to practice varying their sentence types in their writing. Genres – story writing (familiar settings), non chronological reports, poetry. Handwriting – neat, legible, joined up style.


Number and place value - Partition numbers into tens and ones

Addition and subtractionRecall and use addition and subtraction facts to 20 fluently and derive and use related facts up to 100.

Add and subtract numbers mentally, including:
-2-digit numbers & ones
-2-digit numbers & tens
-two 2-digit numbers
-adding three 1digit numbers

We will be looking at the order that you can add and subtract numbers.

Multiplication and division - recall x2, x5, x10 times tables and know matching division facts. We will look at the order that you can multiply and divide numbers

Odd and even numbers

Measures - select appropriate units to measure length and mass. We will then move onto temperature and capacity.

Statistics -draw and interpret charts, tables, graphs and pictograms

Position and direction - We will learn about turning quarter turns clockwise and anti - clockwise


Problem solving 




Summer –  Biology - 'Living Things and their Habitats' 

  • research and describe simple food chains and dependency
  • identify various plants and animals in different habitats


  • observe and describe how seeds and bulbs grow
  • Investigate what plants need to grow and stay healthy



 Data Handling, online safety, communication

  • Logging on and logging off
  • Keyboard skills and typing
  • Finding and opening/closing programs
  • Saving and retrieving work
  • Changing text
  • Researching using Safesearch
  • Creating charts and graphs  - data retrieving and organisation
  • Using art packages to create pictures

We will be using 'Purple Mash' regularly for data handling and art work. The children can have a go at home using the login cards sent home in the autumn.

Please also continue to support children with typing skills. Purple Mash has great games and challenges to develop typing skills. We are now having a go at typing words against the timer.



Discovery RE Islam - Does going to a Mosque give Muslims a sense of belonging?

Discovery RE Islam Does completing Hajj make a person a better Muslim?



Outdoor PE - Mondays and Wednesdays

Summer 2 after half term - outdoors Mondays and Tuesdays


Keeping safe and Managing risks- indoors & outdoors

Drugs, tobacco and alcohol ed. Medicines and me.

British Values

Tolerance, Individual Liberty and Mutual Respect.

Respect Code

Personal Development Goals

KS1 Non Negotiable Spellings

Maths calculations methods for KS1 and end of year expectations for year 2 in reading, writing and maths.

KS1 interim teacher assessment framework - end of year

Trip to Harlow Carr

Other useful links.