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Willaston Church of England Primary School

Welcome To Year 2


 I hope you all enjoyed the summer holidays and feel refreshed for the year ahead. The children have settled back into school life really well and are looking forward to an exciting year! This term our topic is ‘Rivers, Coasts and Oceans’.


In English this half term the book that we will focus on is ‘Granddad’s Island’. The children will be learning about adjectives and noun phrases and will identify these within the text. They will create adapted versions of the story using their own ideas and will write their own return narrative. Throughout the half term the children will write for many different purposes and will practise skills including the use of correct punctuation and the use of conjunctions such as ‘and’, ‘but’ and ‘because’.

SPaG: During English skills lessons we will develop our understanding of different sentence types including commands, exclamations, statements and questions. We will begin with the use of adverbs, co-ordinate sentences and will continue to apply a selection of spelling rules and suffixes such as –ful, -less, -ness and -ing.



In Maths the children will be taking part in lots of activities that involve learning about number and place value, recognising how many tens and ones there are in each 2-digit number below 100. They will also be learning about addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division which will include new methods for carrying out calculations more efficiently. After half term we will be focusing on money, selecting the right amount of money using pounds and pence, finding the difference and calculating change.


Our topic this half term is called ‘Rivers, Coasts and Oceans’. We will be research and locate the world’s seven continents and five oceans. We will be using use basic geographical vocabulary to refer to key physical features, including beach, cliff, coast, hill, mountain, sea, ocean, river, soil, valley, vegetation, season and weather. We will name, locate and identify places on the coast in the United Kingdom and will be looking at changes within living memory with regards to holidays. After half term we will focus on the life of Christopher Columbus and how he has contributed to our knowledge of the world.


The children will be learning about animals, including humans. The topic will include learning about the basic needs of animals, the importance of exercise, eating the right amounts of different types of food, and hygiene. We will look at the lifecycles of animals, including humans.


In RE we will learn about Judaism focusing on what Jews believe about God and how Jews worship in a synagogue.

PE and Forest School

The children will be taught PE every Thursday afternoon and Forest School every other Friday morning. It is important that your child has a fully labelled PE kit in school and wears appropriate water-proof clothing and footwear for Forest School.

Helpful things to do at home:

·         Counting forwards and backwards in 1’s, 2’s, 3’s, 5’s and 10’s up to 100

·         Read every day; school books of any genre of interest; ask your child to summarize what it is they understand.

·         Practice weekly spellings ready for a small test every Wednesday.


Just a reminder that Drop-in is on a Monday after school 3-15 to 3-45pm.


Thank you



Miss Bell and Mrs Sperring


Autumn 2019 Newsletter.pdf (PDF 392.8KB)
Guidelines for spelling, year 2, including word lists.pdf (PDF 65.9KB)
Guidelines for vocabulary, grammar and punctuation Year 2.pdf (PDF 64.5KB)
Glossary of terms for English Year 2.pdf (PDF 167.2KB)