Year 2 2018 - 2019

Miss O'Donovan

Year 2 class teacher

Dear Parents,

As we head into the summer term I am pleased to say that we have lots of exciting activities planned, including our residential trip to Burwardsley in July. More details to follow.

During the 1st half term we will be preparing the children for the Key stage 1 SATs. However, this is done in a very discreet manner and the children will think it is part of their normal daily routine. The SATs must be completed during May, and we are planning to spread out the tests throughout a two week period.

In order to make a judgement on your child’s attainment, we will use both the work in children’s books and the tests they complete. Most children will take SATs in:

  • Reading
  • English Grammar, punctuation and spelling
  • Maths
  • Some children will also be assessed in their phonic skills. 

Ultimately children will be judged on teacher assessment of work they have produced over the year, including writing.

In order to support your child at home please continue to read daily, where possible, and complete any homework and spellings. We have attached a copy of the common exception words for year 2. This is a list of words that can be tricky to write. Children in year 2 are expected to be able to read and write correctly as many of these words as possible by the end of year 2.


Our History theme for the term is Fire Fire! In our topic we will start by investigating the Fire of London. We will be asking questions about the past and using artefacts, pictures, stories, and online resources to find the answers! I am planning to arrange a visit to Nantwich Museum to learn about the Fire of Nantwich.  The children will be able to compare the two events and look at some of the similarities and differences. We will be covering all the skills in our curriculum through exciting and relevant activities. 


Much of our English work will link in with both our science and topic work. During this term each child will produce a wide range of writing, to include a report, persuasive leaflet, story, recount and explanation.

We will continue with skills based lesson for grammar and spelling work, giving the children the tools they need to become confident writers. We are really encouraging the children to try really hard with their letter formation and handwriting.

We will continue to practise our reading skills in class focusing particularly on our inference skills and using the text to answer questions.


We will begin the term by completing our work on 2d and 3d shapes. The children will also be looking at measures and the corresponding vocabulary, linked to capacity, volume and temperature.  We will learn how to read different types of scales as well as learning to read the time to the nearest 5 minutes.

We are particularly focussing this term on applying our calculation knowledge to solving word problems and investigations.  We will continue to learn our 2, 5 and 10 times tables, number bonds and mental strategies to add and subtract.


This term we will be looking at plants. We will be focusing on what plants need to survive and designing an investigation based on what we think a plant needs to survive. Through this unit, the children will also have the opportunity to describe how seeds and bulbs grow into mature plants


We will continue to develop our skills in programming and presentations, linking our work to other areas of our learning. Please remind your child that they can access Education City from at home, using their login details. This website is packed with age appropriate activities for your child. 


Our PE lessons will continue to be taught alongside Mr Shore on a Tuesday afternoon. As before, elements of these lessons are then further developed during our Thursday afternoon PE lesson. We will also be busy practising for our KS1 sports day. Please ensure your child has appropriate kit in school and that pumps fit. Indoor kit should consist of shorts and t shirt. Long trousers, sweat shirts and trainers are only for outdoor lessons.

If you have any questions, please call in to speak to any member of the year 2 team and we will do our best to help.

Miss O’ Donovan and Miss Buckley


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Millfields Primary School

Marsh Lane

Main Contact: Mrs Claire McAtominey / Mrs Ann Mansell

Tel: 01270 685 750