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Year 2 2017-18

Welcome to Year Two

Tell me I’ll forget. Show me I’ll remember. Involve me I’ll understand.

Teacher: Mrs Griffin, Mr Harrison and Mrs McKie. Teaching Assistants: Mrs McKinney, Mrs Wood, Miss Dance, Mrs Kharchenko.

Year 2 is an important year for consolidating all that the children have learnt and experienced in Key Stage 1 and also preparing them for the transition to Key Stage 2. They will be required to sit their Year 2 SATs tests in the Summer term.  Their knowledge will be tested under exam conditions for some subjects  but in others such as writing their work will be analysed throughout the majority of the Summer term . With this in mind we ask that you do not take your children out of school for holidays etc during the period from April to the end of June. Any child who was not secure at the Phonics Screen in Year One will need to re take The Phonics Screen in June. We will be holding a meeting later in the year to fully update you on the SATs tests for Year Two and the Phonics Screen.


Our Topics this term are ‘What Makes The Perfect Pet?’ and ‘Did The Victorians Make Britain Great?' We hope to have a visit from the 'Animal Man' and a visit to Sudbury Museum of Childhood in conjunction with these topics.

Book Focus:

The Enormous Crocodile—Roald Dahl

Wanted: The Perfect Pet - Fiona Roberton

Meerkat Mail - Emily Gravett

Help at Home:

Here are a few things that would be useful to practise at home to help your child:                                                                       


  • Odd and even numbers
  • Quick recall of number bonds up to 10/20
  • Counting in 2,3,5,10 patterns
  • 2,3,5 and 10 times tables (in and out of order)
  • Telling the time
  • Using money to pay for things

​        English

  • ​Spellings
  • ​Reading comprehension- asking lots of questions when reading with your child


The children will receive homework on a weekly basis. This will include a piece of maths work, to consolidate the children’s learning that week, and a list of spellings to practise for a test the following week. As the year progresses a piece of English homework will also be sent out. This could be written comprehension or work relating to grammar. Homework is a great opportunity for you to see what your child has been learning during the week and children benefit from support in the learning process. Both Literacy and Maths homework will be given out on a Monday and should be brought back in to school by Monday of the following week.  There will be a space for you to write any comments relating to how your child coped with the homework.


Children will read in many different ways at school eg Guided Reading; class reading and individual reading. They will continue to bring home a reading book from school to practise at home. When listening to your child read please can you focus on their comprehension of the book. You could talk about the book before they start reading, stop half way to predict what might happen/ recall what has happened, talk about characters, discuss what makes a good story and why and search for information. We have a whole school Reading Challenge in which the children are encouraged to read five times at home throughout the week. Please could you ensure that you have signed their reading diaries to show that they have read with you.

We will be visiting the library in Stoke during the Autumn term so the children will need sensible shoes and a waterproof coat.


We will be having a big drive to develop our handwriting this term. The children will continue to use the cursive approach leading them smoothly in to joining. It would be helpful if this could also be supported at home. A copy of the letter formation has been sent home previously however if you need another copy please let me know.


Your child will have personal targets to work towards in English Writing, Reading and Maths. These will be stuck into the front of their books and you will receive the updated versions at subsequent Parents Meetings.


P.E takes place several times during the week for both classes.

Mr Harrison’s class is Tuesday (Time for Sport) and Thursday. 

Mrs Griffin’s class is Tuesday (Time for Sport) and Thursday. 

With this in mind it is beneficial for children to leave their P.E kit at school for the half term . Their P.E kit should consist of a named tee shirt; named shorts and a pair of black pumps also named. Ideally these should be kept within a named pump bag. P.E kits will be returned home each holiday so that they can be washed ready for the new half term.

Children with long hair need to have their hair tied back on these days, or have a bobble in their kit bags. If your child has earrings they will need to be taken out, or covered for PE lessons.

Good To Be Green

We will be continuing with our behaviour challenge of ‘Good to be Green’ which encourages good behaviour within school. Your child will be rewarded for their good behaviour.

  • If you have any questions, concerns or worries throughout the year please do not hesitate to contact one of the Year Two Staff.

Events this term.

Friday 15th June: Dads and Grandads are invited in for a Father's Day activity at 2pm

Friday 29th June: Y2 Class Worship (parents will be invited)

Thursday 12th July: Trip to Rhyl

Mother's Day

This term Year 2 have been working hard practicing our Reading and Maths for SATS tests. Please keep reading at home and asking your children lots of questions about what they have been reading.

Our topic this term is Plants. We have thought of lots of questions that we would like to find the answer to in our Science lessons. We are looking forward to growing our own plants after the holiday.

We enjoyed spending time with our Mums and Grandmothers to celebrate Mother’s Day and are looking forward to our Father’s Day celebrations in June.

Trips To Look Forward To...

Autumn Term

What Makes The Perfect Pet?

  • Visit from the 'Animal Man'

Did the Victorians Make Briatin Great?

  • Sudbury Museum of childhood

Book Focus:

The Enormous Crocodile—Roald Dahl

Wanted: The Perfect Pet - Fiona Roberton

Meerkat Mail - Emily Gravett


Spring Term

Summer Term


(There may also be further trips with no or low cost throughout the year)



Last week of term...

A huge thank you to Stoke City who came to visit our classes as part of their Stoke 7 community project. Each child received a shirt and free tickets to a Premier league match versus Swansea. The next generation of Stoke City fans have been born!

year 2

Useful websites





Maths and English:





Animal Fun!!!

Year 2 had a fantastic morning with a visit from the Animal Lady. She brought lots of different animals to show us including an owl, snake, hedgehog, gecko, tarantula, meerkat and skunk! We were all very brave with the animals (even the teachers!) and enjoyed learning about them. Our favourite animal was the meerkat so we are writing a fact file all about them this week in English.

Brampton Museum 30/01/18

From Stoke Minster to a hospital in Scutari, Turkey via Brampton Museum, Year 2 had a fantastic time at Brampton learning about the inspirational life of Florence Nightingale. We time travelled back to Victorian Britain and heard, first hand from Florence herself, about how she followed her dream and became a nurse.

Spring Term

This term we are looking at people that help us. We have been focussing on nurses and hospitals. We began by looking at nurses from the past, such as Florence Nightingale and Mary Seacole. We followed the path that Mary Seacold took across the world on her career and all the different countries she visited. The children learned how hospitals were very different in the past and patients were not as well cared for. They learned how nurses like Florence Nightingale changed how hospitals were run. This culminated in our trip to Hanley museum at the end of the first half term where the children were lucky enough to meet Florence Nightingale and ask her the burning questions they had to find out about her interesting life.

Reading Challenge

As Stoke Minster is part of the 'Stoke Reads' scheme we were able to take part in an exciting project to find the top 100 books that are the children's favourites. In Year 1 and 2 we chose 6 different books which we shared with children and parents. We used British values of democracy to vote for our favourite. All the books were fabulous and received many votes each. However, the overall winner was 'Can't You Sleep Little Bear' by Martin Waddell. Thank you to all the parents who were able to join us for this process, we really appreciate all your support.

Reading is an important part of your child's education and we would love to see more children achieving the reading challenge this term (we need to beat Year 6!). Your child only has to read 5 out of the 7 days but please remember to sign and date the diary. Remember that your child can read other books as well, such as library books, but please record these in reading diaries. This can help encourage their love of reading. Please talk to your child about what they are reading to check they have understood. This can be as simple as a couple of well chosen questions at the end.

World Book Day

For World Book Day, children were invited to come to school dressed as their favourite character from their favourite book or poem. Thank you for all the amazing outfits you sent your children to school in, it really helped to capture their imaginations and made the day special for them. 

We were fortunate enough to have a famous poet, Ian Bland, visit us for the day. We enjoyed listening and joining in with a variety of hillarious poems that he performed for us. He had also written some new poems especially for Stoke Minster!

Sports Relief

The children really enjoyed doing their part to raise money and awareness for this worthy cause. They took part in a keep fit session in the school playground lead by Miss Dance and Miss Wooliscroft. By the end of the day, the whole school had done their part on the playground.

Autumn Term

The children have enjoyed a packed term filled with exciting activities and projects. We have visited ‘Pets at Home’ as part of our pets theme and they were fascinated at having both a bearded dragon and two cats join them for a few days in the classroom. They grew a great understanding of their responsibilities in looking after themselves, others and the environment around them.

We then explored just how different life was like for a child living in Victorian times. As part of this we visited Sudbury Museum and discovered the different toys they would have played with, the different clothes they would have worn and how day-to-day life was a very different experience. They were surprised at the changes schools have gone through when they took part in a Victorian lesson. They also enjoyed a full day as a Victorian child in our Victorian day which celebrated all their learning over the topic. They certainly have a great appreciation for being a pupil in a modern school!

The whole school joined together in a Maths day themed around ‘Maths at the movies’. Our classes were given the movie ‘The Polar Express’. We focused on the different shapes that we could see in the movie and learned the vocabulary and features that we can use to describe them. They created 2D shape top trumps cards as a game children could have played while they were on the train. They also created their own train in groups using 2D shapes and from 3D shapes that they made from nets.

Next term we will be looking at different people who help us. We will start by looking at the different people who have helped others in the past such as Florence Nightingale and Mary Seacole. Then we will look at all the different people who help them within school such as teachers, caretakers and cooks. We will also be looking at people who help them in their locality such as policemen, firemen, doctors and dentists.

Days to remember:

  • Homework - Given on Fridays and due in on Tuesdays
  • Spellings - Given on Fridays with a test the following Friday
  • Please could your child read every night and bring their reading bag each day
  • PE - Tuesday & Thursday (please no earrings on these days)

Thank you

Team 2


This week we have been learning about life cycles. Today the children learned all about the life cycle of an animal and then taught another pair of children about it. They had to use scientific vocabulary and talk clearly. They did a great job and showed a really good understanding.

If you wish to further help your child with their science vocabulary it is all available on our science page. 


In maths we have been learning about the greater and less than signs. We really enjoyed presenting our work in a variety of ways, using concrete, pictorial and abstract resources.


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