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Year 2

Who are we? 

There are two classes in Year 2:

The two classes are Cornflowers (Mrs Honeybourne and Mrs Allwright) and Bluebells (Mr Sloan). We are also joined by our learning support assistants Mrs Starling, Miss Rice, Mrs Kosar and Mrs Trotter. 

Our Key Stage One Leader is Mr Sloan.

Transition from Year 1 to Year 2 for 2023/24

Maths and English

In English this Term, most children will be continuing to work on their phonic and comprehension skills to ensure they become confident and fluent readers. Those children who are already there, will begin to look at a range of fiction and nonfiction texts and poems including: 

Sister For Sale by Adrian Bradbury

The Light House Keepers Lunch by Ronda and David Armitage

River by June Crebbin

Man on The Moon by Simon Bartram


In Maths this Term, children will be working on these skill areas: 

- Place Value

- Addition and Subtraction

- Shape


Please see below for links to the knowledge organisers linked to these areas of learning. 

This term our Curriculum Driver is 'Our World'

We try and link as many areas of our curriculum with this driver so that our children can make solid and concrete connections with their learning across our broad and balanced curriculum. 


This term our Geography topic is 'Our World':

We will:

  • Look at the UK and its capital cities
  • Name and locate the world's seven continents and five oceans.
  • Use basic geographical vocabulary to refer to key physical features, including: beach, cliff, coast, forest, hill, mountain, sea, ocean, river, soil, valley, vegetation, season and weather.
  • Use basic geographical vocabulary to refer to key human features, including: city, town, village, factory, farm, house, office, port, harbour and shop
  • Use world maps, atlases and globes to identify the United Kingdom and its countries, as well as the countries and continents.
  • Ask and answer geographical questions: What is this place like?  Who or what will I see there?
  • Study the local area of Fairford Leys looking at the human and physical features.


This half term our Science topic is 'Animals, including Humans':

We will: 

  • Find out about and describe the basic needs of animals, including humans, for survival (water, food and air).
  • Describe the importance for humans of exercise, eating the right amounts of different types of food, and hygiene.

This half term our RE Big Question is 'Why does Christmas matter to Christians?'

    We will learn to: 

    •   Recognise that Incarnation is part of the ‘Big Story’ of the Bible.
    •   Tell the story of the birth of Jesus and recognise the link with Incarnation — Jesus is ‘God on Earth’.    
    •   Give at least two examples of ways in which Christians use the nativity story in churches and at home; for example, using nativity scenes and carols to celebrate Jesus’ birth.     
    • Think, talk and ask questions about the Christmas story and the lessons they might learn from it: for example, about being kind and generous.

    This half term our PE topic is 'Archery':

    We will learn:

    • To understand key safety points for archery
    • To use equipment effectively.
    • To fire an arrow accurately.


    This half term our DT topic is: 'Healthy Pizzas'

    We will learn:

    • To investigate and explore what is meant by a healthy diet.
    • To examine, describe and categorise a variety of bread-based products.
    • To develop the skills needed to be able to make a healthy pizza by practicing cutting bread/toppings with a knife, grating cheese with a grater.

    • To design a balanced healthy pizza.

    • To make a healthy pizza using the skills developed. 

    • To evaluate their ideas and products against design criteria making simple judgments.


    This half term our Computing topic is: 'Digital Photography'

    We will learn how:

    • To recognise that different devices can be used to take photographs.
    • To experience capturing, editing, and improving photos using editing software. 
    • To use this knowledge to recognise that images they see may not be real. 


    Curriculum content and photos:

    What you need to know


    Our PE days are Tuesday and Wednesday. Please ensure PE kits are in on those days. 


    • White t-shirt/ school PE shirt or house shirt;
    • Dark shorts;
    • Dark joggers and sweatshirt;
    • Trainers.


    Forest School                                                                                           

    Our Forest School session will take place every other week on Friday

    On these days children will be expected to come into school in appropriate clothing with their legs covered and trainers that they can get muddy.  


    Our Forest School sessions are: 

    3rd November 2023

    17th  November 2023

    1st December 2023

    15th December 2023



    It is important that you are hydrated so please remember to bring in a water bottle. Break time fruit is provided. 



    A homework grid is sent home at the beginning of each half term containing 9 activities linked to our learning that half term to choose from. Please complete one homework a week and send it in to be marked. 


    Homework books are sent home every Friday and are expected back by the following Wednesday.




    “You can find magic wherever you look. Sit back and relax, all you need is a book.” Dr. Seuss. 


    We would like you to encourage your child to read at home every day. Please ensure that your child has their reading record in their book bag each day. Children change their book each week. 

    A useful website to help you find appropriate books to read is:

    Parent Information Pack of Home Activities

    Top Tips to Support Reading at Home


    In Year 2, we would like all children to participate with our fun and interactive Reading Eggs programme both at home and at school. All children should be encouraged to enjoy 30 minutes of Reading Eggs at home every week, including one reading lesson. Please feel free to extend your learning for even longer! Your teacher will be able to see all of your hard work. Play games, complete puzzles, read stories, write your own stories and complete reading and spelling lessons all whilst earning awards and styling your own Reading Egg character. 


    You will find your login details in your green homework book. Quick, log in now to start the fun! 


    "Arithmetic is being able to count up to twenty without taking off your shoes" - Mickey Mouse



    In Year 2, we would like all children to participate with our fun and interactive NumBots app both at home and at school. NumBots is all about every child achieving the “triple win” of understanding, recall and fluency in mental addition and subtraction, so that they move from counting to calculating. All children should be encouraged to enjoy playing for  3 minutes at least 5 times a week. Please feel free to extend your learning for even longer! Your teacher will be able to see all of your hard work. Complete challenges, earn rewards and even have a go at the story mode to help RustyBot upgrade from Rust to Diamond - so he can shine inside and out!


    You will find your login details in your yellow reading record. Quick, download and log in now to start the fun! 

    Supporting Your Child at Home