Year 2

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Welcome to Year 2

Ms Bamford - Lavender Class
Miss Guest - Rosemary Class
Miss Langham - KS1 Teaching Assistant
Miss King - KS1 Teaching Assistant


A Very Warm Welcome to Year 2

Welcome back to the first part of the Spring term 2023 from all of the Year 2 team. We are really excited to jump into teaching and learning with our amazing 'science’ and ‘history’ led topic.

‘Who Won the Space Race?’


This half term we will be exploring the history of space. This includes the first moon landing, what life is like on the International Space Station and discovering other space firsts. We will be looking at the lives of significant individuals in the past who have contributed to national and international achievements including Yuri Gagarin, Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, Michael Collins, Valentina Tereshkova, Mae Jemison, Tim Peake, and Laika the dog.

Our writing focus text this half term will be ‘Man on the Moon (a day in the life of Bob)’ by Simon Barton and ‘The Way Back Home’ by Oliver Jeffers.



Over the half term, we will also be learning:

  • MATHS – Multiplication and Division
  • SCIENCE – Everyday materials and their uses. Working Scientifically.
  • COMPUTING – Making Music.
  • HISTORY – Who Won the Space Race?
  • DT – Space Buggies.
  • RE – Who is Buddha?
  • PSHE – Money.
  • OUTDOOR LEARNING – Everyday materials and their uses.
  • PE – Cricket and Tennis.

We will continue to ask the children to read three times a week at home and to practise their spelling weekly. These will be given each Friday and tested the following Friday.  We would also like to encourage you and your child to access NumBots and TTRockstars, as we will be using these maths programmes during the year.

Topic Knowledge Organisers

We will be using these topic knowledge organisers throughout the half term to help children recall key facts and vocabulary and to support them in all areas of the curriculum. Please use these at home with your children to discuss their learning. These can also be downloaded as a PDF at the bottom of the page.

History - Who won the Space Race?


Science - Everyday Materials and Working Scientifically


RE - Who is Buddha?


Key Dates for Spring 1


PE and Outdoor Learning

In the Spring term, PE takes place on Mondays and alternate Tuesdays. Please could all children bring their PE kits to school each Monday and Tuesday (see timetable below) in a named bag. Please make sure all kit has your child's name in it to prevent it getting lost.


PE kits consist of PLAIN black shorts or jogging bottoms, PLAIN white t-shirt, and trainers. Children should wear their school jumper too. The children will take part in Outdoor Learning every other week and they will need wellies, warm clothing and a waterproof coat. Outdoor Learning kit will need to be brought into school (see timetable above) in a named bag.

Homework in Year 2

Each week, we ask that all children read with somebody at home at least three times a week and record it in the Communication diary. This could be any adult, an older sibling or friend. Every little bit of reading really does help children on the learning journey and these children tend to make the most progress throughout the year. We also ask that all children practise the printed texts that are sent home each Friday in their reading bags. There will also be weekly spellings which can be found in Communication Diaries, along with the logins for NumBots and Times Table Rock Stars so that the children can practise their mathematical skills.


Please ensure that everything that your child brings to school (including OL kit, PE kit, hats, scarves, gloves and water bottles) has their name on it. Name tags are great, but biro on a label is just as good. This will hopefully make it possible to return any lost property.

Reading Mornings

In Year 2, Reading Mornings occur every Wednesday from 08:45-09:00. Parents and carers are welcome to join us each Wednesday to enjoy quality texts with your children in the classroom.

Check out the blogs below to see what we've been doing in our classes!






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