Year 2

Welcome to Year 2

Miss Guest - Rosemary Class
Mrs Pounder - Lavender Class (Monday - Wednesday)
Ms Bamford - Lavender Class (Wednesday - Friday)

A Very Warm Welcome to Year 2

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

‘What was it like to be a Victorian in Beeston?’


This half term we will be exploring what life was like as a Victorian. We will be learning about key aspects of Victorian life and how this differs to our life today. We will be exploring Victorian school life and how John Clifford School was like in the Victorian era. We will be visiting Newstead Abbey and experiencing a Victorian school day at school to take part in Victorian activities to help us discover what life was like. We will be exploring a range of Victorian artefacts to help our understanding.

Our focus texts this half term will include ‘The Three Little Pigs’:


Over the half term, we will also be learning:

  • MATHS – Addition and Subtraction
  • SCIENCE – Uses of Everyday Materials
  • DT - Construction & Textiles - Puppet Show Theatres.
  • COMPUTING – Computing Skills
  • HISTORY - The Victorians
  • PE - Netball and Gymnastics
  • PSHE - Who are your VIPs?
  • RE – Christmas Celebrations
  • OUTDOOR LEARNING – Uses of Everyday Materials

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 Autumn 2


PE and Outdoor Learning for Autumn 2

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 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.


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






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