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Year 2

Welcome to Year 2

Mrs Powell and Mrs Darbyshire

On this page you will find information and news about the exciting things that happen in Year 2. 

Morning Practice / Deepen

When we were all in Year 1, it was lovely having parents/carers come into class every morning before school started to work with their children, so it is with great pleasure that this continues into Year 2.  Please come along and support your child with their practice/deepen activities in maths and English from 8:40am every morning. You can also help your child to select a home reading book too!

P.E. days are Mondays and Tuesdays. 

Home Reading

Our home reading has changed! You are now able to change your book as often as you like! We have a selection of book banded home reading books available in our classroom for you to choose from. It's up to you what you choose, and how often you change your book, but please make sure that you stick to your correct book band level. We have also provided a selection of book band leaflets and bookmarks for you to take home to help you with your reading strategies and questioning techniques. How many certificates will you collect this term? 

Autumn 2 term...


As we start back after our half term break, we will continue to learn about Baptism through our Signs and Symbols topic. We will also be learning about Judaism this term, and we will be baking Challah bread as a way of understanding how Jewish people celebrate Shabbat. As we move into Advent, we will be thinking about preparing for special times, and learning that Advent is four weeks of preparation for the celebration of Jesus at Christmas.


Our topic for this term is Land Ahoy! Our geography lessons will be based on learning abut the four countries of the UK, the capital cities and surrounding seas. We will be using world maps, atlases and globes to locate the UK, other countries, continents and oceans of the world. During this topic we will be looking at the vessels of famous sea explorers (Marco Polo, Christopher Columbus, Sir Francis Drake, Sir Walter Raleigh, Henry Hudson, Caprain Cook and modern day sea explorers such as Ellen MacAuthur) to design and make a ship based on the vessels that they sailed. We will be using Henri Rousseau's Surprised! as a model to create our own paintings of tigers. Animals, including humans, how they grow and what they need to be healthy, will be our science focus this term. 
Autumn 1 term...


Our first topic to start the year off was Beginnings. We learned about new beginnings: why some are easy and some are more difficult.  We thought about new beginnings and learned that God is there for us at every new beginning. The story of Creation was our particular focus, and we looked at psalms and litanies that praise God for the beautiful world that we live in. 

Picture 1

Our first topic to begin the year was Wriggle and Crawl. In our science and geography lessons, we looked at animals and minibeasts in their habitats in our local area and school environment. We enjoyed a local walk to Martinwells Lake (see photos below), and a visit to Austerfield, to look at minibeasts and their habitats. Pond dipping was particularly enjoyable as we were able to catch and observe many different invertibrates that live there. We drew and shaded detailed minibeasts, and created an army of ants, in our art and design lessons. We watched a video clip of Austin's butterly, and used this technique to help us improve our watercolour scientific paintings of invertibrates. Owen has taught us lots of ball skills and team game techniques in our P.E. lessons.

Our walk around Martinwells Lake observing invertebrates in their habitats.