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We hope you and your families are keeping well in these difficult times.  In anticipation children and families having to self-isolate due to the Coronavirus outbreak, we have setup Google drives to share work for the year 2 pupils to access from home so that they have the opportunity to continue their education in line with the curriculum long-term overview. 


There are some informative Power Points which the children can use to research Florence Nightingale and everyday materials, alongside their own research, to produce pieces of work in their Learning Log books, we encourage them to be as creative as possible.


The children can access this work and information independently, by clicking the links below.


In addition to this work the children can continue to use the e-learning platforms that the school have bought into such as My Maths and Education city.  We will periodically update the My Maths platform.  


Children should continue to read regularly and practice their spellings.  













Welcome to Year 2



We are the Derry class.


Year 2 have an exciting term ahead learning through a rich, broad and creative curriculum enabling children to use their Learning Powers.  

This half term our topic is Florence Nightingale - as it is the Year of the Nurse 2020, childen will use different sources to look at the impact of Florence Nightingale's work on the world of nursing and how even today, we can see how her work has changed nursing both nationally and globally.  



Curriculum Focus



This term we will be looking at the Local Church, Lent and Easter.  We will look at the importance of Lent and gain a deeper understanding of Palm Sunday and all the events that lead to the end of the Easter period. 




In English we will be developing our reading, writing, spellings and grammar skills through a range of fiction and non-fiction writing opportunities.  Key speaking and listening skills will be extended through role plays, hot seating, conscience alley and Kagan activities outdoors which will impact on the children's writing.  Daily Guided Reading sessions and reading across the curriculum will enable children to develop a love of reading.




In Maths we will consolidate children's understanding of multiplication and division.  Children will further develop their understanding of fractions, measure and mental arithmetic.  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 we will be learning about Everyday Materials. Children will explore materials in the local area and see what the properties of these materials are.  Children will then investigate the suitability of materials and analyse which materials are the most or least absorbent.   




In Topic we will be looking at the life of Florence Nightingale, Mary Seacole and Edith Cavell  who have dedicated their lives to change the face of nursing for the better.  Children will use their research to compare cross culturally the impact of their work.  Children will also compare and contrast these three nurses and how each of them had a different journey but towards a similar goal.  The topic will end with children writing a biography about tehir chosen nurse.    


Home Learning

Reading books and records should be brought into school every day. Children should be reading at home every night.


Learning logs will be sent home on Thursday and should be returned to school the following Thursday. It is important that your child completes at least one activity each week.


New spellings will be given out every Friday and tested the following Friday.  You can also use the link below to help practice spellings in a fun way too.  It is extremely important children practice their spellings every night and we welcome your support in helping your child to learn the spelling rules.


We do outdoor PE every Tuesday and indoor PE every Thursday so please ensure that your child has their PE kit in school.  PE kits can be left in school for the half term and taken home in the last week to be washed. 

As St Mary’s is a healthy school we ask the children that they bring water to school in a reusable bottle clearly labelled with their name. If children bring in a different drink they will be asked to put it in their locker to take home.


In addition, work will be set on a weekly basis on MyMaths ( ) covering the Year 2 curriculum.  This is an integral part of children's learning and consolidates and reviews children's current learning in class.    


Key Dates

  • 6th March - World Book Day.
  • 12th March - Poetry Cafe.
  • 16th March - Y2A Class Assembly at 9am
  • 8th April - House Day and school closes.
  • 20th April - School opens.


May we take this opportunity to thank you for your continued support.  








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