Year 2 2018 - 2019

Miss O'Donovan

Year 2 class teacher

Dear Parents,

I hope you all had a nice time over Christmas and now feel excited at the prospect of a New Year. The children worked hard over the Autumn Term, so hopefully they are now feeling refreshed and ready for new challenges. A big thank you again for all the lovely cards and presents we received for Christmas.  They are very much appreciated.


We will be looking at a number of different texts (both fiction and non-fiction) over the Spring Term. Through this work, the children will be given the opportunity to write a recount, letter, character description, non-chronological report, persuasive leaflet and poem. We are really encouraging the children to try really hard with their letter formation and handwriting. 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.

As it is key to children’s progress; grammar, punctuation and spelling work will also continue this term.

In our reading comprehension sessions, children will have the opportunity to read, listen to and discuss a wide range of fiction, poetry, plays, non-fiction and reference books. We will continue to focus on developing inference skills in order to interpret information in a text. This work will also help the children to develop their ability to infer characters’ feelings, thoughts and motives from their actions, backing up their ideas with reference to the text.

Please continue to listen to your child reading at least three times a week. Their reading diaries need to be dated and signed and any comments about their reading would be appreciated.


Children will continue to have daily phonics lessons to help with their spelling. Spellings will continue to be sent home on a Monday / Tuesday and tested on Friday. The spellings are linked to the keywords and spelling rules set out in the National Curriculum.


In maths this term we will be focusing on multiplication and division, statistics, properties of shape, fractions and measurements: length and height. Through this work the children will become equipped with a range of new problem solving skills, while developing existing ones. We will also continue to work on addition and subtraction, money, time and place value as it is important that all children revisit all areas of maths on a frequent basis to fully consolidate their understanding. 


We will be learning about living things and their habitats. This will give the children the opportunity to develop their understanding of how to; compare the differences between things that are living, dead and have never been alive, identify animals in their habitats, explain how living things in a habitat depend on each other and describe how animals get their food.


Our next cross curricular study is a geography topic called ‘Comparing a UK country to a non-European country’.  During this topic we will learn about the differences and similarities between England and China. Writing, Art, Design Technology and ICT will also be taught through the topic.


We will continue to develop our skills in programming and presentations; linking our work to other areas of our learning such as researching specific subjects and data handling, where appropriate. 


Our PE lessons will continue to be taught alongside a specialist PE teacher every Tuesday. Elements of these lessons are then further developed during our Thursday afternoon PE lesson.  Please ensure your child has appropriate kit in school and that pumps fit. Indoor kit should consist of shorts, t shirt and pumps, outdoor kit should consist of long trousers, sweat shirts and trainers/pumps.


Homework will be sent home each Monday, to be returned by the following Monday. We will continue to alternate between maths and English. All homework will be based on the previous week’s class work, and most children should be able to complete it with minimal support.

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.

Kind regards

Miss O’ Donovan and Miss Buckley

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Contact the School

Millfields Primary School

Marsh Lane

Main Contact: Mrs Claire McAtominey / Mrs Ann Mansell

Tel: 01270 685 750