Year 2 2019 - 2020

Miss O'Donovan

Year 2 class teacher

Dear Parents,

I am very pleased to say that the children have come into year 2 smiling, refreshed and keen to get started on every task that is set for them.

I am looking forward to a busy and fun year ahead during which all children will hopefully flourish and thoroughly enjoy their time in year 2. This letter provides some information about the Year 2 curriculum for the Autumn Term which I hope you find useful.

Topic: Our Topic this term is ‘Explorers’. During this topic we will be following the adventures of Christopher Columbus and comparing these with Neil Armstrong’s journey to the moon. We will also look at some modern day explorers. Art, Design Technology, English, PHSE and ICT will also be taught through the topic.

English: We will be looking at a number of different texts (both fiction and non-fiction) over the Autumn Term. ‘Beegu’ by Alexis Deacon, ‘Elf Road’ by Pie Corbett, non-fiction texts based on the animals and great explorers and poetry will form the basis of our work in English.

To support our work in class it would be extremely helpful if you could constantly remind the children, when completing homework that they must write in sentences using capital letters and full stops. They should also attempt to use adjectives (describing words), adverbs (words that describe a verb) and conjunctions (joining words), where appropriate.  In handwriting, we will continue to use the cursive style to practise the correct letter formation in preparation for children to begin to join their letters.

Reading: In order to support your child’s learning we ask that your child is heard to read by someone at least 3 times a week and a note made in their reading record books. We will change books whenever the children put their book bags in the basket. Children will have lots of opportunities to read in class, both in guided groups and as a whole class.

Maths: The skills we will cover are counting in steps of 2, 3, 5 and 10 from any number, forwards and backwards. The children will learn about recognising place value of each digit in a 2 digit number, and compare and order these numbers. Moving on from place value, we will be focusing on our addition and subtraction skills.  As a year group we will be focusing particularly on learning number facts in order that the children can have instant recall of them. During our work on money, the children will develop their ability to; recognise and use symbols for pounds (£) and pence (p), combine amounts to make particular value and find different combinations of coins that equal the same amounts of money. Finally, we will move onto multiplication, concentrating on the 2’s, 5’s and 10’s. Throughout all maths work, problem solving activities shall be included at every opportunity, so that the children have the opportunity to fully apply their new skills. 


Science: Our science lessons this term are all based on animals. This unit will begin with us looking at how animals’ offspring grow into adults. We will learn about the basic needs of animals, including humans, for survival. In addition, we will also be learning about the importance of exercise, eating the right amounts of different types of food, and hygiene.  


Computing: In computing, the children will be learning how to program the computers to make items on the screen move. The children will have a number of problems to solve and will tackle them in two stages – firstly thinking about the steps to follow and then programming the software to follow the steps.


Religious Education: This half term the children will be learning about the Bible and why this is important to the Christian faith.



Physical Education: Our PE lessons this term will be taught alongside a specialist PE teacher, Miss Berry, who will teach multi skills. This helps children to improve and practice a range of skills that are needed to play a range of different games. Please ensure your child has appropriate kit in school and that pumps fit. P.E. lessons will take place on Wednesday and Friday.


Spellings: Spellings will be sent home on a Monday and tested on Friday. The spellings are linked to the keywords and spelling rules set out in the National Curriculum, and it is important that the children spend a little time each evening practising their spellings and becoming more familiar with the spelling rules. It would also be helpful if you could sign the spelling book each week and if needed inform us how your child has found learning the spellings.

Homework: The books will come home on a Monday and will need to be returned by the following Monday, giving the children a full week to complete their task. Maths and English homework will be sent home on alternate weeks.  Most homework tasks will be based on the previous week’s class work, so most children should be able to complete it with minimal support. 

Forest Schools: The children in year 2 will begin Forest Schools on the 10th September, for 6 weeks. The children will be asked to come into school each Tuesday dressed for the outdoors. Forest Schools takes place outside, regardless of the weather, so it is essential that the children are properly dressed for all weathers.

Water bottles: Please could you ensure that your child has a named water bottle every day, particularly while the weather is still quite warm.

Snack Money: If your child would like snack at morning break, please could you send the money in a named envelope, with details of the required snacks. Money needs to be in on a Monday morning, as we are unable to take money during the week.

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

Kind Regards

Miss O’ Donovan, Miss Cooke, Miss Bailey and Mrs Ball.

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Millfields Primary School

Marsh Lane

Main Contact: Mrs Claire McAtominey / Mrs Ann Mansell

Tel: 01270 685 750