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Willaston Church of England Primary School

Welcome To Year 2

Autumn Term!

Welcome to Year 2! I hope you all had a wonderful summer and are feeling refreshed and excited about our first term back. 

We will be re-living our summer adventures this term through our topic ‘Coasts and Oceans’. This topic will allow for an exploration of our world both above and below the ocean. Children will use both ICT and atlases to learn about the location of the world’s continents and oceans before specifically looking at the UK and our surrounding seas. We will discover the physical features of our coastline and learn about the history and use of lighthouses, including the story of Grace Darling. We will also use this opportunity to discuss the importance of protecting our coasts and oceans, linking this together with a piece of letter writing and through an artwork study of a Wildlife Conservation Artist ‘Laura Palermo’. 

Our Literacy work will link into our topic this term as we begin to develop our Literacy skills through a variety of different writing genres. Our class read ‘The Lighthouse Keepers Lunch’ will allow for role play, descriptive writing, story writing and instruction writing. We will also write our own diary entries based on the exciting story of Grace Darling’s Lifeboat rescue before using ‘Commotion in the Ocean’ to develop our techniques for poetry writing. 

Our phonics and spelling focus of the term is to re-visit Phase 5 alternate pronunciations before introducing past tense endings and rules for using the suffixes –ed and –ing.

Our Maths work this term will begin with recognising the place value of numbers. We will become increasingly confident with reading, writing and representing numbers up to 100 before completing problems that involve comparing, ordering and estimating. We will then use our place value knowledge to introduce both mental and written strategies for addition and subtraction of 2-digit numbers. We will also be covering measurement topics across our daily afternoon maths blast sessions. 

In Science this term we will be using our investigation skills to ask questions that allow opportunities for learning through exploration. Our Science topic this term is ‘Animals including Humans’ and will focus on understanding the basic needs for survival, human and animal lifecycles and keeping healthy through a balanced diet and exercise.

Homework will be sent out on a Friday. Please return the completed homework no later than the following Tuesday. Weekly spellings and tricky word of the week will also be sent home weekly.

Reading records will be needed in school with your child at all times for the recording of independent or guided reads. Reading books will be changed every Monday but should your child wish for an additional book change, our reading basket will be placed outside of the classroom for children to put their books into when complete. 

Our PE slot is every Thursday afternoon and Forest School will take place every other Friday morning. It is important that your child has a fully labelled PE kit in school and that they have the appropriate water-proof clothing and footwear for Forest School.

Please read our Year 2 Autumn Term Newsletter for more curriculum and classroom information. 

Drop-in sessions will take place on a Monday from 3.15pm-3.45pm. If this time is not convenient, please arrange an alternative time to speak to myself on the phone, or I may be able to offer a meeting at a later time, by prior arrangement. 

Thank you, 

Miss Atkinson


Autumn Newsletter (1).doc (DOC 329KB)
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)