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PE Days

PE Days in Year 2

 Monday and Thursday

Children need to come to school in their outdoor PE kits. They will stay in them all day.

PE kit - black/blue joggers or leggings

              white t-shirt

              warm jumper

              trainers or pumps


or the school joggers and hoody


Welcome to Year 2!

Our Bubbles

We have two Year 2 bubbles.

2A will be taught by Miss Dodds. Miss Cole will teach them on Wednesday afternoons. She will also be working across both Year 2 bubbles during the week. Mrs Chase will work with them every day.   

2B will be taught by Mrs Marshall. Miss Cole will teach them on Thursdays and on Friday morning. Mrs Griffiths will work with them every day.


A few of our Year 2 children will be part of the Smarties Nurture Group bubble. These children will be part of the Smarties bubble all day as children cannot move between bubbles.

Playtimes and Lunchtimes

You will see that the Key Stage 1 playground has been divided into 2 areas. The year 2 children will have their morning playtime each day at the same time, but each bubble will have their own part of the playground to play in. This will be the same at lunch time.


Our year 2 bubbles will eat their lunch in the hall. All year 2 children are eligible for universal free school meals. This means that they can all have a hot lunch if you would like them to. If not, then the children should bring their own packed lunch.  


Looking after ourselves and others

Each child will be given their own pencil case with the stationery they need for the day. They will also be given a folder with their own white board, pen and maths equipment. All this will be kept in their own tray. Any other equipment which needs to be shared will be cleaned each day. 


On our PE days the children should come to school in their kit. They will wear it all day. As PE needs to be outside as much as possible, they need to wear black jogging bottoms or leggings, white PE t-shirt, warm jumper and trainers or pumps. A school PE kit of joggers and hoody can be purchased from school. 

The PE days will be confirmed when we return and will be displayed on the classroom windows.


Children will have to wash their hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds:

when they come in to school

before and after playtime 

before and after lunchtime
after any coughs or sneezes

after any “messy” activity

before they leave school


What will we be learning in September? 
As a school we are all starting the new year by reading “Here We Are - Notes For Living On Planet Earth” by Oliver Jeffers. This is a fantastic book looking at our planet and everything on it. It will be a great way to think about life as it is now with Covid-19 and to help us to think about how we can still get along with each other safely. 


Our Day

Phonics and Spelling

We have daily Phonics and Spelling sessions. A small number of our children will still access Phase 2,3 and 4 of Letters and Sounds. For the majority of our children, we will begin by revisiting Phase 5 of Letters and Sounds from the Year 1 curriculum and then progress to using the No Nonsense Spelling Programme. This looks at spelling patterns, prefixes, suffixes, plurals and so on.


We have subscribed to an online Spelling Programme called 'Spelling Shed'. The children will all have their own login details and will be able to access this from home as well as school. These login details will be passed on to our families in the Autumn Term. 


On Mondays the children will bring home a list of spellings to practise at home. These words will contain the phoneme or spelling pattern being taught that week.



During the Autumn Term we will focus on individual reading with whole class and guided reading being introduced later in the term. 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 at interesting and new vocabulary
  • decoding unfamiliar words
    We read a selection of fiction and non-fiction texts.
    We hope to access the school library weekly as a class.
    The children will be getting their own reading books, but they won't be bringing these home straight away. Please be patient. We need to make sure that they have the correct reading books and we need to finalise how we operate home readers. This is because books will need to be quarantined when they are returned to school.
    The children  have the responsibility for changing their book when they need to.
    It really helps children if they can read at home frequently – it does make a difference!
    Later on during the term we hope that some of our children will take part in our Reading Champions programme. This works on the children's pace and fluency. They have three 20 minute sessions per week.
    Together we will be reading “A House That Once Was” by Julie Fogliano and Lane Smith. 
    We follow planning from the 'White Rose Hub' and the 'National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics' (NCETM). 
    In September we will begin by working with 2 digit numbers and by practising all the number facts to 10 and then 20.
    Our children can also use their 'Spelling Shed' logins to access 'Maths Shed'. There are challenges here to help practise the number facts.
    In Year 2 we focus on writing to entertain and writing to inform others. This includes narratives, descriptions, letters and instructions.
    Much of our writing develops from our Mantle work. We also use texts as inspiration for writing.
    Our work on the Oliver Jeffers' book  "Here We Are" will lead into our first Mantle  - watch this space! Hopefully it might take us to another part of the world!
    Miss Cole will be working on PSHE, RE and DT over the term. Our children will be exploring how we can be a good friend to each other during these times and how communities can support each other. They will also be exploring how to make moving mechanisms such as levers and sliders.
    Most children will have weekly spellings to learn. These are given out on a Monday and there will be a quiz on a Friday.
    There is often a short weekly homework challenge for either spelling, maths or mantle. We will be using the app called ‘Showbie’ as a platform to share such homework. This is to try to avoid paper being transported between home and school. This may take a while to set up and for the children to become familiar with it. Please be patient!
    Supporting your child at home
    Reading: The children have the opportunity to change their reading book every day. Please be patient during the first half term while we establish a safe procedure to change books within the school day. We encourage their independence in selecting a book to share at home. 
     It is really helpful if the children can spend a few minutes every day practising their spellings and number facts. Spelling Shed and Maths Shed are great for this. They can both be accessed for free on the internet.
    During the autumn term we will be investigating materials. In Year 1 they looked at properties of materials. Now we will be investigating which materials are most suitable for a task and why they are suitable.
    On PE days children will need to wear their PE kit to school until further notice. 
    PE will be delivered outside.
    Monday sessions will focus on aerobic fitness.
    Thursday sessions will focus on athletic skills.
    The equipment used will be limited. It will cleaned down thoroughly before and after the session.