Staff in Year 2


2M: Miss McDonough

2J: Mr James

2F: Miss Figueira

Teaching Assistants: Mrs Taylor, Mrs Johnson, Miss Lawton, Mrs Stocks, Miss Farrell 

Year 2

Our topic for Autumn 1 is 'Street Detectives'.

This way or that way? Where should we go? Up to the local shops or down to the playing fields? 

Let’s learn about our local community, looking at houses old and new and finding out how our streets have changed since our mums and dads were young. Perhaps your granny or grandpa went to your school or maybe they worked in the baker’s shop?

Ready to roll, Street Detectives? Get your clipboards and cameras… it’s time to start investigating. 


Learning in English

Reading: As part of our ‘Street Detectives’ topic, we will be reading ‘On The Way Home’ by Jill Murphy, and considering links to other pieces of narrative fiction such as the appearance of the character, ‘the big bad wolf’. The children will also continue to learn new sounds in their phonics groups (see http://www.ruthmiskin.com/en/parents/or more information). Accelerated reading will begin this year – please look out for your child’s new book, which will soon be sent out in their book bags. 

Writing: During our first half term, the children will be practising their letter formation, finger spacing and correct use of both capital letters and full stops for structuring their sentences. They will also be learning to use adjectives, commas for lists, and expanded noun phrases to make their sentences more interesting. Inspired by our whole class text, children will be getting into character and learning to write narrative fiction about the adventures that happened to them ‘On The Way Home’...


Learning in Maths

The focus of our maths lessons for the fist part of this half term will be Place Value. The children will be counting objects, representing numbers and comparing amounts. They will be  learning to count in steps of 2,5,10 and 3 from any given number. We will be using equipment and place value charts to look closely at how numbers can be broken down into tens and ones. The children will be using part whole models to partition and represent numbers. During the second part of this half term the children will be adding and subtracting. We begin by using concrete objects then moving on to pictures and then finally applying their knowledge to abstract number problems. 


Learning in Science

During our first half term, Year 2 will describe how a habitat provides for the basic needs of living things.  We will Identify and name plants and animals in different habitats, and match living things to their habitat.  In addition to this, the children will identify and name a range of materials, and suggest why a material might or might not be used for a specific job. 


Learning across the wider Curriculum

Geography: What can you see? What can we find? Whereabouts do you live? 

Year 2 will identify where they live on a map of the UK.  The children will use symbols and a key to make a simple map.  In addition to this, Year 2 will look at features of different types of places – towns, villages, cities, and explain how other places are similar and different to where they live.

Art/DT:  Within Art, Year 2 will discover famous local artists and create a piece of art in response to their work.  During DT, the children will describe ingredients that they are using and measure, weigh using measuring cups or electronic scales. 

Music: In Music, the children will sing and follow a melody, and sing or clap increasing or decreasing tempo.

RE and PSHE: Our focus this term in PSHE will be belonging to a community; improving the local area.

Computing :  This half term, Year 2 will learn about algorithms.  When we write an algorithm the order of the instructions are very important.


To find out more about what your child will be learning and how to support them, read our Parents' Guide by clicking the link below:

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PE days

2M - Tuesday

2J - Wednesday

2F - Monday


Trips and Experiences

This half term the children will be out and about visiting their local area and looking at how places have changed within their local community. 


How Can You Help?

Help your child learn their 2, 5, 10 and 3 times tables. 

Listen to your children read, little and often. 

Work together to complete as many of the homework projects in your children's Home Learning books as you can.


In the interest of maintaining the standards of our ambitious school family can we request that children arrive promptly for school and in correct uniform (this includes black shoes- not trainers.) 

Thank you for your continued support and please don't hesitate to speak to any of us if you have any problems. 

Miss McDonough, Mr James, Miss Figueira and the Year 2 team. 

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