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Year Two (Mrs Clark)



Welcome back to Spring 1!

I am really looking forward to continuing our learning journey.  I hope you have all had a fantastic Christmas holidays and have enjoyed spending time with family and friends and maybe eating the odd chocolate or 2.



I will continue to use provision to extend children's learning with areas set up to develop children's independent learning skills, creativity, resourcefulness and social skills.


This half term we have changed the dojo reward system slightly to tie in with our new curriculum drivers.  The drivers are what we, at Sacred Heart, live by.  Below explains each one in more detail:


We are explorers

At Sacred Heart, our curriculum:

  • Provides our children with challenging, engaging experiences which promote their natural curiosity and self-reliance
  • Inspires our children to make choices and decisions to inform their own learning and faith journey
  • Engages our children through encouraging risk taking, developing life-long, critical thinkers.


We are achievers

At Sacred Heart, our curriculum:

  • Utilises our children’s innate fascination to develop the skills and knowledge that they need to become self-assured learners
  • Encourages resilience and perseverance as they grow in mind, body and spirit
  • Celebrates the pride we take in our achievements.


We are problem solvers

At Sacred Heart, our curriculum:

  • Leads our children to solve problems in more ways than one, through enquiry and investigation
  • Produces practical learners who will anticipate problems, imagine, evaluate, amend and problem solve as they progress
  • Recognises and commends the uniqueness of each child made in God’s image.


We also have a 4th dojo - Gospel Values.  This is given when a child shows kindness, respect and love, amongst other things, to their peers and the adults within school.


Please let me know if you have been unable to sign up to Dojo and I will print you off the letter.  Particularly at this time, this is an excellent way to keep in contact with each other.  If you have any queries or questions, you are able to ask these on Dojo and I will reply to you as soon as I can.




This half term we will continue looking at Fairytales and traditional tales but not as we know them.  We will be jumbling and mixing them up and having fun along the way.


During the unit we will be taking part in a range of reading response lessons and creating opportunities for short pieces of writing based on what we have read.  We will be immersing ourselves in the vocabulary and story language of traditional tales and we will be exploring the characters in each tale.  We will learn a traditional tale with a twist off by heart and using this as a guide to help us write our own version.  




This half term, we will be focussing on multiplication and division.  Children will continue to build on their knowledge and understanding from Year 1.  They will continue to practice their 2, 3, 4, 5 and 10x tables and we will begin to use these facts to help with our division work.


Children will learn to:

  • Recognise equal groups
  • Make equal groups
  • Add equal groups
  • Multiplication sentences using the x symbol
  • Multiplication sentences from pictures
  • Use arrays
  • Make doubles
  • 2 times-tables
  • 5 times-tables
  • 10 times-tables
  • Make equal groups - sharing
  • Make equal groups - grouping
  • Divide by 2
  • Odd and even numbers
  • Divide by 5
  • Divide by 10



The children are still able to access Numbots at home and we have seen a huge improvement in children working through the levels regularly.  NumBots is an online game that playing little and often will significantly improve your child’s recall and understanding of number bonds and addition and subtraction facts. These are critical foundations in maths and we are already excited by the impact NumBots is having with the children already using it.  The children will use Numbots each day within provision and are able to access the programme at home.  



In Science this term, we will be looking at 'Seeds and Bulbs'.  Over the course of the term we will observe and describe how seeds and bulbs grow into mature plants.  We will find out and describe how plants need water, light and a suitable temperature to grow and stay healthy and will investigate what happens when one is eliminated.  Children will focus on:

  • Identify and describing the basic structure of common flowering plants
  • Making close observations of seeds and bulbs
  • Observing seeds germinating in the light and dark
  • Observing seeds growing in different conditions
  • Growing a range of seeds and bulbs


Children will also begin to understand the term hydroponic and how to grow a bean in a bag.



In RE this half term, we will be looking at 'The Good News'. 


Within this unit, children will think about the meaning of good news.  They will think about times they have been given good news and times that they have been the person to deliver good news to others.  Throughout the lessons, children will focus on these elements: 

  • To know that Jesus can change sadness into joy
  • To know that we should always remember to thank Jesus for his help
  • To know that Jesus used his power to help others and reflect on the importance of these events
  • To know that Jesus brought the good news of God’s love and reflect on what this means for us.





This half term we will be focussing on 'World War II'  In this unit children will develop an

awareness of significant historical events with a particular focus on evacuation.  Children will ask and answer questions about the past through observing and handling a range of sources.  They will use a variety of simple historical terms, concepts and vocabulary within discussions and within their own writing and they will begin to re-tell events from beyond their living memory by writing a letter in role, imagining they were an evacuee during the war.



Children will be given a set of spellings to learn each week based on different spelling patterns.  Please help your child to learn their spellings each week.  Children will also be given the opportunity to practice their spellings within the classroom during provision.


This year, Year 2 have made excellent progress in their reading.  This is due to us listening to the children read each day alongside them reading at home.  The skill of reading is one of the most important we teach our children. It is a life skill that enables them to extend their concepts, gain information as the basis for other learning and to gain access to the magical world of fantasy. Just as children walk, talk and grow at different times, so their progression through the skills of reading will be at different rates. The key is for your child to feel positive about themselves as a reader right from the start. To become a fluent reader, your child needs to take on many skills and continue to practice these throughout their lives. Some are specific skills which can be taught, others relate to attitudes, and these they will gain from the adults around them.  We ask therefore that you read with your child at least 3 times a week.  Children will be supplied a reading book, however to keep them engaged feel free to read with them the books that interest them, those that take them to a world of make believe, that encourage them to dream and introduce them to the amazing vocabulary that surrounds them.  Children's books will be changed regularly.



PE sessions will take place each Tuesday afternoon for the year.  Please ensure your child comes dressed in their PE kits on this day.  This should consist of black shorts or trousers and a red t-shirt.  Children can wear a dark coloured tracksuit during the winter months.



Snack & Water

Toast is available to children for snack.  Children must pay £1 at the beginning of the week for a slice of toast each day.  Children are able to bring in their own snack for playtime.  This can be a cereal/breakfast bar (please no sugary cereal bars), fruit or veg.  We would really like to encourage children to bring in their own water bottles each day.  This ensures that they are able to have a drink regularly and not having to use the schools cups.  Although we will ensure cups are cleaned regularly and only 1 child is using each cup it would be more beneficial if each child had access to their own bottle.  Please ensure the bottle is clearly labelled with your child's name.





If you have any queries, then feel free to use ClassDojo to send a message or phone the school.  Alternatively, please make an appointment with me through Mrs Thompson in the school office if you feel the issue is of an urgent or sensitive nature.