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Welcome to Year 2!

The class teachers in Year 2 are Mrs Marshall and Mrs Howie. Mrs O' Mahoney works with both Year 2 classes over the week. Mrs Tolley teaches Mrs Marshall's class all day Wednesday and on Thursday afternoons. She also supports Year 2 on Tuesday and Thursday  mornings. Mrs Bailey teaches Mrs Howie's class on Thursday afternoons.


Year 2 are supported all day by Mrs Chase and Mrs Griffiths.


Some of the Year 2 children still access our Nurture Group, Smarties. This takes place every morning, with the children returning to their own classes in the afternoon.



This term the children will all need  a PE kit in school for both sessions. Up to October half term PE will be outdoor games and dance. The PE kit is a pair of blue or black shorts and a white t-shirt. If the weather is cooler then the children may wear joggers or leggings and a jumper. They will need suitable footwear for outdoors.


Both classes will have PE  on Wednesday and Thursday afternoons.


Swimming will begin again after October half term. 








Our Day

Phonics and Spelling

Our children take part in daily Phonics and Spelling sessions. Some children review and consolidate Phase 5 of Letters and Sounds at the beginning of the year. The others will begin the No Nonsense Spelling Programme. This looks at spelling patterns, prefixes, suffixes, plurals and so on. Those children who need it are able to access support at Phases 2-4 as necessary.

We hope to subscribe to an online Spelling programme shortly and information will be passed on to our families as soon as we can. The children will all have their own login details and will be able to access this from home as well as school.

The children will bring home a list of spellings to practise on Mondays. These relate to the Spelling Programme. They will also have an activity to complete based on these words.




During the Autumn Term there will be a focus on 1:1 reading with an adult and we will gradually introduce guided reading sessions and some whole class reading activities. During these sessions the children will work on different skills. These include:

  • retrieving information from a picture, video clip or text
  • making inferences about how a character feels and what is happening
  • thinking about why an author made certain choices
  • looking a interesting and new vocabulary
  • decoding unfamiliar words


From the Spring Term onwards the children will read with an adult each week and they will participate in guided reading sessions twice a week. Other Literacy sessions may include whole class reading activities.

We read a selection of fiction and non-fiction texts. The children can access the school library during some lunchtimes and after school with their grown ups weekly.


All the children will have a home reader book. This is their choice and they have the responsibility for changing it when they need to. It really helps children to read at home as frequently as possible - it does make a difference!


Some children may take part in our Reading Champions programme. This works on the children's pace and fluency. They have three 20 minute sessions per week.



We follow the White Rose Hub Maths planning.

In year 2 we focus on using concrete strategies such as Numicom and Base 10. The children will learn to use pictorial representations of problems. Both the concrete and pictorial strategies build towards the children using more abstract approaches.

We will be focussing on counting on in 2s, 5s and 10s from 0 and then from any given number. This will lead into learning the multiplication facts for x2, x5, x10. Some children will progress to x3 and x4.

Once the children are ready they can take part in the Super Hero Multiplication Challenge.




In year 2 we focus on writing to entertain and writing to inform others. This includes narratives, descriptions, letters and instructions.


The children will be using the 4 sentence types defined in the Year 2 Writing Assessment Framework.

  • statements - The people stared across the rickety bridge.
  • commands - Mix the ingredients together in the bowl.
  • questions - Who had been there already?
  • exclamatory sentences - What a surprising day it had been!


We also begin to introduce more of the Alan Peat Sentence types. 


 Much of our writing develops from our Mantle work. We also use texts as inspiration for writing.



During the Autumn term we will have a geography and science focus to our class Mantle

Our team of 'Rehabilitators' will be working in various locations around the world, with a focus on China. We will be exploring the differences between our local area and an area within China, including human and physical features. The children will be discovering the world's continents and oceans. After all, where is China and how do we get there?


In Science we will be looking at conditions needed for the survival of living creatures and how habitats provide everything needed.


As part of the RE curriculum we will be looking at the significance of stories within the Jewish faith.



Extra Curricular Activities

Throughout the year there are opportunities to take part in a variety of after-school clubs. Information about these is sent out when necessary. 

Supporting your child at home

Reading: The children have the opportunity to change their reading book every day. We encourage their independence in selecting a book to share at home. 



Projects: We will often send out a project for children to do at home over holidays linked with our Mantle work. 

Year 2 Curriculum 2018-19