Year 2

Welcome to Year 2!
The Meerkats


Autumn 1, 2019

Welcome back and we are delighted to have your child joining us on our learning journey in Year 2 this year.

Our theme this half term is

‘Caring for creation: How can we save energy?’

What is meant by energy?

Are there different types of energy?

What can I do to care for God’s creation?



General Information 

Thursday 12th September 2019 – Reading information meeting @ 3:45pm –KS1 Reading Workshop Presentation

Tuesday 17th September 2019 – Maths information meeting @ 3:45pm – KS1 Maths Workshop Presentation

Friday 20th September 2019 – School photographs, individual and siblings

Tuesday 24th September 2019 – M and M production of The Jungle Book

Tuesday 2nd October 2019 – Writing information meeting @3:45pm – KS1 Writing Workshop Presentation

Friday 4th October 2019 – Reception and Key Stage 1 Harvest Festival @ 11am

Thursday 17th October 2019 – Parents evening

Monday 21st October 2019 – Parents evening

Thursday 24th October 2019 – KS1 Pride In Our Learning afternoon @ 3pm

Friday 25th October 2019 – School Closed for Staff Training Day

Children need to bring their P.E. kits on Monday to be kept in school until Friday. Year 2 will have their P.E. session on Thursdays.

On this days can you please ensure that long hair is tied back and that earrings are not worn.

It would also be helpful to label your child’s PE kit with their name.

Reading books will be changed on Tuesdays & Thursdays.

Please make a record of every time your child reads because if they read 20 times within a month, they will receive a golden ticket.

Key Stage 1 parents who help their child to read 20 times a month will be entered into a monthly prize draw.

Oxford Owl Library (The library is a fantastic e-book resource, you just need to register your e-mail on the site to access a range of books for free)

Weekly spellings will be given out on Mondays. Your child will be tested on a selection of these on Fridays.

Also during the week, your child will complete a short dictation exercise containing the weekly spellings.

Please support your child at home by helping your child learn their weekly spellings.

Below are some games to help your child develop their phonic skills.

Deep Sea Phonics Dragons Den Buried Treasure Obb & Bob
Learn to Read Spelling BBC Words and Pictures



Below are links to some of the sites which the children enjoy learning from.

Sentence building  Past tense Nouns Spelling
Contractions Conjunctions Spelling Punctuation
Sentences Prefixes and Suffixes Word types


The Canon Popham Times Table Challenge

We are continuing with the school ‘Times Tables Challenge’ award system to encourage the children to learn their times tables. In Year 2, the children need to learn their tables (multiplication and division facts and missing digit questions) to achieve awards for the 2, 5 and 10 times tables.

Try it!!! Can you do it? You can practise as many times as you like by following the links


This half term we will be looking at the story The Tin Forest by Helen Ward.

It is a beautifully written and illustrated story about hope, and how we can take action to change our world and the magic and wonder of growth and life. Using this book as a stimulus, children will be writing character and setting descriptions, as well as sequencing story plots and writing their own stories.

Take a look at the BBC Bitesize Literacy for KS1 website for some fun things to do.

Hand Writing

We use a cursive style handwriting in our school, please try to encourage your child to use this when they are writing at home.  A good resource for this is on YouTube to see how we do this.  This can be found here.


This half term we will be focusing on place value by counting, comparing, and ordering numbers up to 100 as well as using concrete, pictorial and abstract methods to add and subtract 2-digit numbers.

If you have any questions about these areas of Maths please come and speak to a member of the year 2 team.

Make maths fun by having a go at some Maths games by clicking here.

Hit the button maths games



Our topic title is ‘How can we save energy?

This topic has been chosen to provide the children with opportunities to develop a wide range of geography, art, history and science skills.

Children will learn why it is vital to care for creation. This will include finding out about different forms of energy and why it is important that we save energy.

Topic Homework

We are continuing with our topic approach to homework this year and in addition to their reading book, weekly spellings and maths homework, children must also complete at least 1 homework project based upon our topic.  Your child will receive their homework sheet on the first week back this half term, a copy can be found here.

Topic homework will be shared during our Pride In Our Learning session on Thursday 24th October @ 3pm.

Each of the projects have been designed to allow children to develop their creative and critical thinking skills.  Remember that you can work with your child on homework and it’s a fun activity to do with your child.  We hope you enjoy completing some of these homework projects with your children.

A copy of the homework sheet can be downloaded here.


Other information

Our curriculum page for Year 2 can be found here.

Please provide your child with a labelled water bottle to take outside during playtimes.

We also advise that you ensure all your child’s school clothing is clearly labelled too as well as making sure that your child does not bring toys from home into school. This would be greatly appreciated.

As always thank you for your continued support. It really makes a difference to your child’s learning and if you have any questions or comments please feel free to speak to us at any time.

Mrs Milnes and Mrs Margetts