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Year 2

Welcome to Year 2!

Class 2S is taught by Mrs Sweet with Miss Jennings. Class 2B is taught by Miss Bull with Mrs Fitzgerald. 


This half term, English lessons will focus on sentence level work such as using a range of punctuation, conjunctions and different sentence starters. We are reading the Enid Blyton story ‘The Secret of Moon Castle’ and using this to inspire the children in their writing. In Maths, we are working on place value, counting in 2s, 5s and 10s forwards, backwards and from any starting number. It would really help the children to keep practising this at home. During the afternoons, topic lessons will focus on Castles, in particular how and why people lived in castles. We are going on a trip to Stansted Mountfitchett Castle on Tuesday 2nd October. We will hand a letter out about this soon! The children will learn about weaving clothes while we are at the castle and they will follow up on this at school by weaving with paper and then wool. During Science lessons, the children will learn about materials and will carry out some fun and interesting experiments.


In the second half term, the topic will be Chocolate and our English work will be based on ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’. We will use this to learn about writing interesting descriptions of characters and the chocolate factory. In our topic lessons, we will learn about Ecuador, where some chocolate is made, and we will compare the geographical features with those of our local area. In Art and DT lessons, the children will learn how to make moving pictures based on a scene from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Maths lessons will focus on mental addition and subtraction, totalling 100 and money. It will really help the children to practise using coins and knowing which coins they can pay with. In Science, the children will continue working on Materials.


RE lessons in the first half term will focus on symbols of worship and the children will visit St Mary’s Church for an afternoon. After half term, they will learn about sources of wisdom. In PSHE lessons, the children will learn about ‘Being me in my world’, followed by ‘Celebrating difference’.