Year 2

Year 2 - Larch & Yew 

Autumn Term 1 – Curriculum Newsletter – Year 2

Dear Parents/Carers,

Welcome back! We hope you have all had a fabulous summer.  We are hoping that the children are ready to settle into their new classes and enjoy the challenges of their new year groups.

This half term the children in Year 2 will be following a topic entitled…


We have kicked off our topic with a WOW day today – the children have had a fantastic day and made an excellent start to learning all enchanted places.  We have a trip to The Outdoor Classroom planned for next week – more details are attached to this newsletter.


This half term we will begin by focussing on character and setting descriptions – using pictures from Literacy Shed.  We will then move on to using Fairytale – A True Story as a basis for our writing, looking at character thoughts and feelings, as well as writing our own versions of the story.  Finally we will use clips from Mary Poppins as writing stimulus – creating chalk pictures on the playground for the children to “jump into” and see where the adventure takes them.

As always the key skills we concentrate on are writing in sentences, using capital letters, full stops and finger spaces, beginning to use adjectives to add interest and building up stamina for writing.

Reading - Guided reading takes place every week.  Every day special reading activities are planned for groups of children with one group taking part in a focus Guided Reading session with the class teacher.  This group session will focus reading and understanding the text.  Individual reading also takes place each week. We aim for two reads each week; however during busy times it may only be one. 

Home reading - Home reading continues to be an important aspect of school and is part of the children’s homework. Regular home reading is one of the most significant factors in helping your child become a successful reader. This does not need to be every day but in line with other schools we look for at least 3 times a week. Please record this in their Reading Record book.

Spellings and Keywords - Keywords are checked in class and always in a different order from the list. Spellings are tested weekly.   It is also part of your child’s homework to practice their key words to read and spell every day with you. 

MATHS - We shall be having a push on times tables.  It is very important for children to know their times tables as it comes into so many aspects of their maths work and rapid recall of the multiplication facts is what we are aiming for. Please support your child with their times tables at home, or even on the way to school!

We continue to build on the children’s previous learning. We will investigate the properties of 2D and 3D shapes, look at money and money problems, develop understanding of + - ÷ and ×. There will be a focus on problem solving using all four operations as well as continuing our work on shape, data handling and reading measures.  As always maths in Year 2 remains a very practical activity children will also be encouraged to use jottings as a method of solving problems.

ART – The children will undertake various different Art projects this half term.  We will look at using different medium to draw lines, including pencils, chalk and charcoal.  We will also draw fairies in black and white to replicate those in our English work.

GEOGRAPHY This half term the children will be creating their own fairy and pixie villages, we will use maps to plot where everything is and begin to use the correct geographical language to describe the features of the village. 

HISTORYUsing the film – Fairytale – A True Story, the children will begin to compare present day with the early 20th Century – we will look at clothing, transport, toys and cameras to name but a few.   

PE – Your child will need to have their PE kit in school all week. Please ensure all t-shirts, shorts, plimsolls and bags are clearly named as they often get mixed up during changing.

DT – The children will kick off the topic making a group tree to have in the classroom for the whole term.  We will also design, make and evaluate fairy catchers using different types of material.

Outdoor Learning – The children will get the chance to access outdoor learning as often as possible.  As a Key Stage we feel that it is important that your children get chance to spend time outside learning about the world around them on a bigger scale.  We are very lucky to have some excellent equipment for them to use. 

Homework – will be handed out every Friday with the expectation of it being handed in by the following Wednesday.  We would appreciate your support in encouraging your child to complete their homework to the best of their abilities each week, without you actually doing it for them.

As always if you have any concerns regarding your child, want to know about their progress or even just to have a look at their work, please come in to arrange this, after school is better as we will have more time to spend with you. Thank you.

Mrs Cross and Mrs Cox