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The Year 2 Team.

Welcome to Year Two








A very warm welcome back to Year 2. 

Your teaching team is Mrs Hughes, Miss Lilley and Mrs Shaw. Mrs Hughes will be teaching Monday - Wednesday and Miss Lilley will be teaching Thursday and Friday. Mrs Hughes and Miss Lilley will teach alternate Wednesday afternoons. Mrs Shaw will be our teaching assistant Monday - Friday mornings.

We hope you've had a fabulous break and that the children are ready to get back into Year 2!

We hope you enjoy reading our class page. Topic information will be updated ready for the start of each half term. Photographs will be updated after an event.’ 

We hope you are all well and have had a great break. 

Take care,


Mrs Hughes, Miss Lilley and Mrs Shaw.

The Year 2 Team

Update 5/6/23

Not long till the end of the year now. How the time has flown!

We still have lots of lovely learning to do and are looking forward to our last Parent sharing afternoon in July.

PE for Summer 2 will remain in Tuesday and Friday - both outdoors weather permitting.

Please keep up with the reading at home plus completing the 'Boom' app when the books have been read. Thanks.

The Year 2 team

Update 17/5/23

The 'Special Work' has been going very well and the children have worked very hard. Well done everyone! We should be all finished very soon.

Have a great half term and we look forward to our last half term together.

The Year 2 Team 

Update 27/4/23

Our Statutory SATs will be starting next Tuesday 2/5/23.

We will keep it low key and as relaxed as possible. We will be working on them throughout May until half term. Please keep up with the reading at home and don't worry, the children are very well prepared. As we said at parents evening it is just one part of the assessments at KS1. 

Thanks for your support.

The Year 2 Team

Update 17/4/23

Welcome back after Easter.

PE days continue to be Tue - indoor & Friday outdoor for the summer term.

May is the Year 2 Statutory assessment window so SATs will be starting in week 3 for the whole of May. It will be quite a squeeze this year with 2 bank holidays and May half term overlapping the end of May. Please keep going with reading, Numbots and Times tables as this will help to keep skills sharp.

Thank you for all your support,

The Year 2 Team.

Update 29/3/23

We would like to welcome Miss Bickler to Year 2 for the next few weeks. She is doing her first teacher training placement in a primary setting . Do say hello if you see her around. She is really looking forward to meeting you all at our parent event this morning.

We hope you have a very 'Happy Easter'.

The Year 2 Team

Update 24/03/23

Please may we remind you of our Parent Event which is taking place on Wednesday 29th March.

Surname Me – W 9.15 am - 9.45 am (bottom 15 of register) then surname B to Ma (top of register) 9:50 am - 10.20 am.

We look forward to seeing you!

Looking closely for mini beats. Pond dipping!

Brilliant hiding using camouflage!Mini beast art using natural resources. Our Visit to Skelton Grange


Wow, Year 2! What a fantastic day we had yesterday. The children were all so incredibly enthusiastic, and didn't let a splash of rain get in the way of their fun. We did lots of exciting activities including pond dipping, mini beast hunting, and even some games! Year 2 were exemplary and demonstrated every aspect of our RESPECT code. We hope you had as much fun as we did.



Update 7/3/23

Library Books

The children have been visiting our school library and will be bringing home a library book tomorrow Wed 8th March. The children have chosen the book themselves and may be able to read the book independently or it could be a book for you to share or read to them. 

The library books need to be returned on Tue 29th March in their reading book wallets.


Reading books: Please ensure the Boom Reader app is updated by Tuesday each week. If it isn't we'll assume the books haven't been read and will return them in the reading wallets.

Many Thanks,

The Year 2 Team

Update 2/2/23

After Feb half term our Monday PE will change into a Tuesday Forest School session instead.

It will be on a 2 week rotation with half the class at any one time doing forest school so we will let you know who is having the session and when. The other half of the class will do PE. PE kit for everyone will probably be easier and more comfortable with extra waterproofs when it's your turn for forest school.

Mr Cook sent an email (2/2/23) with more information and dates.


The Year 2 Team


It is assessment week the week beginning 6th Feb 2023. In order to support the Year 2 children we are going to spread them over the next 2 weeks rather than just 1 week. This makes it much more manageable and less stressful. Please support your children that they should not worry and we only ask that they do their best. We will be doing 4 papers: arithmetic, Maths reasoning, 2 reading papers and a piece of writing. Once again 'Harribos' will feature at various points over the next 2 weeks to keep us going!


The Year 2 Team

UPDATE 5/1/23

PE will be on Monday (indoor) and Thursday (outdoor).

First PE will be Thursday 5th January - Outdoor

Please can children come in PE kit (as per PE policy) with long hair tied back - essential for gym and apparatus work. 

Our Monday session is gymnastics with a gym coach. If possible it would be helpful if pupils didn't wear earrings on PE days and long hair is tied back.


The Year 2 Team


Autumn 1 2022 - Reading books 

First reading book date - Wed 21st September

2 reading books will be sent home every Wednesday. 1 reading book will be matched to their current phonic level and the other will be a comprehension and vocabulary book. Some children are also getting a copy of their current RWInc guided reader as well. There is a lot of phonic practice in these books. The children know what to do. :) There are sounds to practise, green words to sound out then blend and red words to read on sight. There are also handy questions for you to chat about at the back. Children will need to return all their books the following Tuesday. Books will be changed if the Go Read app has been updated by 8.50am on the Tuesday morning. 

Upcoming Events


Spring 2023

Tuesday 3rd January - Welcome back after Christmas

W/B 2/1/23 - Inter Faith Week - pupils will be studying world faiths and focusing particularly on Judaism

Fri 10th February - close for Half Term

Thursday 23rd March - Class trip to Skelton Grange Environmental Centre. Focus: Science Habitats.

Wednesday 29th March - Parent Event (am): Surname Me – W 9.15 am - 9.45 am (bottom 15 of register) then surname B to Ma (top of register) 9:50 am - 10.20 am. 

Friday 31st March- close for Easter


Summer 2023

Monday 17th April - Welcome back after Easter

Monday 1st May - Friday 26th May - Statutory Assessment window

Wednesday 12th July - Parent Event (pm): Surname B to Ma (top of register) 1.15 - 2pm then surname Me - W (bottom of register) 2.15 - 3pm


Autumn assessment week - W/B 17th October (we will spread some assessments over the previous week)

Spring assessment week - W/B 6TH February (we will spread some assessments over the previous week)

Summer assessments (End of Year Assessments) May 2023 is the Year 2 SATs assessment window. We will use the whole month to complete the assessments.

June 2023 - writing assessments

June 2023 - Phonics screen


1st homework will be set -15/9/22

Homework is set on a Thursday to be completed by the following Thursday. See 'Homework' link below.

Reading - Daily reading is the most important homework.

Other homework includes spelling practice for a check up each Monday for Mrs Hughes' English group. There will also be maths linked to the week's focus and sometimes Big Talk prep for our writing sessions on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.  

Spelling - It is really important that Year 2 pupils work on their spellings at home which are written weekly in pupil's spelling logs. They are included on the homework and on the website for information too. There will be weekly spelling check- ups on Monday. Spellings will go home on a Monday or Tuesday in Spelling logs and will also be posted on the website. The check up will be the following Monday ready for a new set of words. The spelling programme is new for the pupils and takes a little time to establish the pacey routine.


Times Tables - Times tables will be introduced later in the year after we have covered multiplication in maths.

Please do get in touch if you have any questions about homework. Hopefully it all makes sense and is easy to follow :) 


SUMMER 2 2023 - Our topic will be 'COLOUR' this half term. We will be studying 'Matisse' and his works. 

Our science this half term continues to be 'Plants'.  We will be investigating what plants need to be healthy and have a go at growing some seeds.

Our class novels will be finishing 'Hansel and Gretel' then 'The Day The Crayons Quit' plus information texts about art and Matisse.


We will spend time initially recapping phonics, spellings, handwriting and grammar from Year 1. There will be an emphasis on reading and we will be sharing texts in class in guided reading and at 'Storytime'.

Reading - Reading at home is very important. Please encourage your child to read aloud each evening and discuss what they have read. You can support your child by asking them questions about what they have read, help them to make predictions and explore what a character is thinking and feeling. Inference is a 'BIG' Year 2 skill so discussing texts is super important with those 'why' questions. Do use the question suggestions in lots of the new reading books. They are varied and can guide your discussions.

Spelling - Mrs Hughes' group spellings are in the spelling logs weekly (and on the homework weekly as well ). Spellings are tested on a Monday.



See below for English Term by term in Year 2.



We will be recapping work from Year 1 as we move through the maths topics.

See the link below for Year 2 maths.


Summer 2023

We are studying 'Plants' in science this term. We will be planting some seeds and comparing them to our bulbs that we planted in the autumn. We will also investigate what plants need to stay healthy.


See below for science term by term in Year 2.

Simple view of reading

Expectations for year 2 in reading, writing and maths.

Other useful links.