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Year 2A Classroom

Welcome to Year 2A

St Bernadette Class

Autumn 2021


A warm welcome to Year 2 where we have an exciting year ahead.  We hope you have had a fantastic summer and have enjoyed spending time with your families.  We would like to welcome you all back and hope that you are excited to begin the new year with great enthusiasm.


Important Information:


Home Learning and Book Bags

Book bags will be sent home with a new reading book each Thursday and these should be returned on a Monday. Home learning will be shared in class on a Thursday afternoon where the children will be able to celebrate their learning with their class. We will also look on our class Seesaw page during this time too! The reading books will be changed each week. 


Water bottles

Water bottles should be brought into class on a Monday and these will be sent home on a Friday. 


Reading, Phonics and Spellings

We will be using the Spelling Shed website to support the children's learning in Phonics and Spellings.  New spellings will be sent home every Friday and children will be tested on those spellings the following Friday. 


PE Days

Our PE days will be on a Monday and a Wednesday. Children should come into school wearing their PE kits on these days. Please ensure your child's name is in all items of clothing including their basic school uniform. If your child's name is not on their items of clothing this makes it very difficult to locate lost items. If you are unsure of what your child needs for their PE kit please see our School uniform policy.



Curriculum Focus



This term we will be looking at New Beginnings and how God created the world.   Children will consider how each day presents us with different opportunities for beginnings and how we can approach beginnings with a wide range of feelings and attitudes.  We will be learning to write our own prayers and to praise and thank God.  We will learn about the importance of belonging and the role families play in our lives. 




To begin our English topic this half-term, we are going to be reading 'The Pirates Next Door'. During this unit we will begin writing simple captions to practice using our phonics, finger spaces, capital letters and full stops. We will explore the vocabulary used and what the author uses to join longer sentences together. During this unit we will discuss what it would be like if pirates moved next door to St Cuthbert's and how we would feel. We will look at different adjectives to describe our feelings and explain our reasons why we don't want them here. To finish the unit, we will apply the key skills we have learnt during this unit and write a letter of complaint to the council about the horrid pirates and see what can be done about them!  




In Maths we will consolidate children's understanding of Place Value and then use this knowledge to solve addition and subtraction problems.  Children will be doing arithmetic focusing on counting skills and then using this to help understand how to solve mental arithmetic problems. Children will be challenged to apply the skills learnt to gain a deeper understanding of the application of mathematical concepts in the real world.  





In Science this half term we will be continuing our learning all about Living things in their Habitats. We will use our knowledge from last year to help us explore and compare the differences between things that are living, dead, and things that have never been alive by exploring in our forest area. We will be reading the Bog Baby to help us identify that most living things live in habitats to which they are suited and describe how different habitats provide for the basic needs of different kinds of animals and plants, and how they depend on each other. Using our local area to support our learning, we will identify and name a variety of plants and animals in their habitats, including microhabitats and even make our own hedgehog huts to help the animals in our environment. During this unit we will describe how animals obtain their food from plants and other animals, using the idea of a simple food chain, and identify and name different sources of food. We will be working scientifically by asking questions, gathering data, performing simple tests and using our observations and ideas to suggest answers to questions.




This half term we will start our unit 'Buried Treasure'. During this unit we will learn how to devise our own map and simple key, helping our partners locate the buried treasure hidden around our school grounds. We will use simple fieldwork and observational skills to study the geography of our school and its grounds and the key human and physical features of its surrounding environment. We will compare this with a seaside town (St Ives) and discuss where we would rather live and why. When devising a map of our school and local area we will learn how to use simple compass directions (North, South, East and West) and locational and directional language [for example, near and far; left and right], to describe the location of features and routes on a map.



Home Learning


Learning logs will be sent home on a Thursday each week and must be returned to school the following Monday. The children will then get the opportunity to share the work they have done with their peers and celebrate their home learning in class. Home learning can be shared through Seesaw rather than the learning log and this will also be shared in class. 




Reading is an integral part of our school day. As well as a daily designated class reading time the children will access a wide range of texts throughout the day. They will have opportunities to read texts during shared teaching, as part of a small group and individually. Your child will read with an adult in school at least once a week during a guided reading session.  


It is important that your child brings their reading book into school every day so that we can maximise additional opportunities for them to read. Please encourage your child to read every day at home and make it a special time together. 


Please can you sign the reading record when you have read and discussed the book with your child. Children also need to complete the reading activities in the log book. The reading books will be changed at least once a week. Remember little and often is the best way to develop a love for reading!




Spellings will be sent home once a week, usually on a Friday, and be tested the following Friday.  They are based on spelling patterns that we have investigated in class during phonics and No Nonsense spellings lessons; children should be encouraged to look at the way the pattern fits into the word to help them remember it.  Weekly spellings will  also be added onto Seesaw.



Weekly maths learning will be set on Maths Seeds.  Please ensure that this is completed every week.   



 For supporting any home learning relating to Phonics, Phonics Play is a fantastic website with lots of free games/resources.




Links to Online apps and websites




Logins for Mathseeds will be sent home in the first few weeks of Autumn 1. Learning will be set each week and will be monitored by class teachers. 


Reading Eggs



Logins for Reading Eggs have been sent via Parent Mail but there will be a slip of paper with your child's details for this website in their book bags too. Children will also be set weekly learning tasks on Fast Phonics which has the same log in details as Reading Eggs.   



Here are some video links for how to use Seesaw... We are excited to see the learning you share on our Seesaw Remote Learning page!


How to use the Seesaw app for students


How to use Seesaw in browsers for students




 Isolation Home Learning Google Drive link.



Key Dates

Class Assembly – Wednesday 1st December 2021


Thank you for your continued support.

Mrs Asif


Curriculum Overview

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