Year 2

Welcome to Year 2

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


A Very Warm Welcome to Year 2

Welcome back to the second part of the Summer term 2023 from all of the Year 2 team. Our topic this half term is

‘Why do we like to be beside the seaside?’


This half term we will be exploring why we like to be beside the seaside. We will be learning about the physical and human features of the coast (looking closely at St Ives) and comparing seaside holidays today, to those in the past. The children will be looking at the artists Alfred Wallis, Dame Barbara Hepworth and Patrick Heron and working with paint, clay and paper to create seaside art. In design technology we will be planning, making and evaluating our Cornish Pasties and rock cakes and eating them at our Beeston-by-the-Sea Seaside Day. In history we will be using three ‘Watch’ programs, in which Magic Grandad investigates seaside holidays in the past and today. Our writing this half term include innovating the story of the Sand Horse, writing instructions for making a sandcastle and some seaside poetry.

Our writing this half term focuses on ‘The Sand Horse’ by Ann Turnbull:



Over the half term, we will also be learning:

  • MATHS – Consolidation, Problem Solving
  • SCIENCE – Working Scientifically
  • COMPUTING – Algorithms
  • ART - Seaside Art
  • DT - Cooking
  • RE – Sikhism
  • PSHE – Growing Up
  • PE – Athletics and Country Dance

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.


Key Dates for Summer 2


PE and Outdoor Learning

In the Summer term, PE takes place on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Outdoor Learning will take place alternate Tuesdays. 

Please bring the correct PE kit and Outdoor Learning kit to school on the following days.


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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