Year 2 2017 - 2018

Mrs Williams

Year 2 class teacher

Mrs Milner

Year 2 class teacher

Dear Parents,


Well summer is almost here and we have reached our final term together in year 2. We have lots of exciting activities planned for the term ahead, 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 Literacy 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 topic this term is ‘Land Down Under’. This topic will have a geography focus and we are going to be comparing parts of Australia with where we live. The children will be introduced to new geographical vocabulary. They will also be learning to use maps and globes to locate places, including the countries, capital cities and seas of the United Kingdom.  The children will have the opportunity to look at aboriginal art and create their own.



Much of our Literacy work will link in with our topic work. It will be based on two new class books – Leon and the Place Between and Possum Magic. The children will be looking at different genres of writing after reading the books such as persuasive writing in letters, postcards, non-chronological reports and story writing.


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. Some children have been chosen to begin to join their letters and we will be introducing the opportunity for children to earn a ‘pen licence’ this term and begin to use pens in some of their lessons.


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



We will begin the term by going back over some of the calculation strategies taught in the Autumn term, concentrating particularly on multiplication and division. 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 on 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 investigations to investigate what we think a plant needs. We will also look at the different parts of a plant and what plants we eat which includes having the opportunity to taste some!

The second half of the term we will learning about animals and their habitats.  We will explore and compare the differences between things that are living, dead, and things that have never been alive, identify that most living things live in habitats to which they are suited and describe how different habitats provide for the basic needs of different kinds of animals and plants. Children will also investigated how animals obtain their food from plants and other animals, using the idea of a simple food chain.




Our unit of work is called “ “We are researchers” where the children research a topic – safely, effectively and efficiently – using a structured approach (mind mapping). They share their findings with others through a short multimedia presentation.



Our PE lessons will continue to be taught alongside a specialist PE teacher. Mrs Milner will also be teaching PE on Friday afternoon.  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. P.E. lessons will take place on Thursday and Friday afternoons.

We will also be busy practising for our KS1 sports day.


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.

Mrs Williams, Mrs Milner, Miss Buckley and Miss Bailey

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Millfields Primary School

Marsh Lane

Main Contact: Mrs Claire McAtominey / Mrs Ann Mansell

Tel: 01270 685 750