Welcome to Year 2!

Year 2 have two classes:


Spain Class – Mrs Castelli
TA – Mrs Holmes


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Netherlands Class – Miss Diggins
TA – Ms Warner

Key Stage 1 HLTA – Mrs Connor


Our topic this half term is:  Location, Location, Location

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This half term we will be kicking off the year with plenty of exciting experiences! We will be learning about Xiamen, a city in China, so that we can compare life in Portsmouth. We will be learning about the physical and human geographical features, weather patterns and tourism in each city.

We will be starting our topic by learning about what life is like in China. We will be lucky enough to interview children who also attend school in China some of the year so that we can find out about what it is like to be a child in China. We will also learn about Chinese artwork.

 In Science this half term:


We are learning about Variation. We will be thinking about the different ways that we can group animals and plants, as well as what makes something living or non-living.

We will also be using our Science lessons to investigate different environments and features of plants and animals.

In Maths this half term:


We will begin looking at multiplication and division and the different ways we group and share numbers by 2, 5 and 10. We will work practically to explore how to multiply and divide as well as drawing arrays to help us to work out multiplication and division problems. We will continue to use our number work from last half term by practising repeated addition and subtraction.

In English this half term:


We are learning how to craft sentences across a range of genres. We are learning how to write really good sentences by saying each sentence out loud, writing it and finally reading it back to check it makes sense. We will be really concentrating on using punctuation correctly, learning new types of punctuation, and extending sentences using conjunctions.  We will be adding detail to our writing through expanded noun phrases, and learning to engage our readers by using a variety of different sentence types. We will be working really hard to spell high frequency words correctly by using our word lists to check our spellings. We will be practising joining our handwriting in a neat cursive style, so that other people can read it back.

We will be sharing a wide range of books in our whole class and guided reading sessions and using these to help us with our writing, collecting any interesting vocabulary we find and checking we understand the meaning of words we read.  We will be practising how to answer comprehension questions.

We will be practicing our writing skills in Topic, Science, RE and PSHE.

pe-class-clipart-P.EPE for Year 2 classes is on a WEDNESDAY and THURSDAY this half term.

PE is a very important part of our curriculum.  Please make sure that your child has suitable kit and sensible PE shoes in school every week otherwise they will have to wear spare kit.  Earrings must be taken out or taped over.

How you can support your child at home:

 – Listen to your child read at home regularly – we are now a term into our new Reading Challenge, and your child will need to read four times a week to stay on track to earn a top prize!

-Support them to learn the weekly spelling rules sent home each week (including the termly common exception words, and Year 1 words still to learn)

–  Support them to learn their times tables and division facts each week

–  Support with the homework tasks and projects that your child has been set

–   Support / test them on their weekly “Learn Its” to help improve their mental calculations

–   Support / test them on their Mental Maths challenge (blue booklet)

– Support / test them on their Spelling Bee challenge
(blue booklet)

Location, location, location topic overview

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