Year 2- Larch & Yew

Summer Term 1 – Curriculum Newsletter – Year 2

Dear Parents/Carers,

Welcome to the new term.  The children enjoyed our trip to the Yorkshire Wildlife Park last week, despite the weather.  Our new topic this term is:














We will be starting the topic focusing on African animals using our trip to the Wildlife Park as a starting point.


This half term we will begin by focussing on recounts using our trip as a basis for writing.  The children will use their first hand experiences to help them write.  We will then move on to writing non-chronological reports about cheetahs and lions and finally we will be using The Night Zookeeper as a basis for writing stories using African animals.

As ever the key skills we concentrate on in Year 2 are writing in full sentences, using capital letters, full stops and finger spaces in the correct places all the time, using commas in a list, question marks and exclamation marks.  Writing statements, questions, exclamation sentences and commands.  As well as using adverbs, adjectives, conjunctions and generally building up the children’s stamina for writing.


Reading- Guided reading takes place every week.  Every day special reading activities are planned for groups of children with one group taking part in a focus Guided Reading session with the class teacher.  This group session will focus reading and understanding the text.  Individual reading also takes place each week. We aim for two reads each week; however during busy times it may only be one. 

Home reading - Home reading continues to be a very important aspect of school and is part of the children’s homework. Regular home reading is one of the most significant factors in helping your child become a successful reader. This does not need to be every day but in line with other schools we look for at least 3 times a week. Please record this in their Reading Record book.

Spellings and Keywords– There is an on-going focus on spelling and grammar in Year 2.  We will be concentrating on the common exception words as well as spelling patterns and contracted forms (don’t, won’t, wouldn’t, couldn’t etc.).  Your child will be tested on these on a regular basis.  Please allow them the time at home to practise using the list sent out in March.      









MATHS - We shall continue to have a push on times tables.  It is very important for children to know their times tables as it comes into so many aspects of their maths work and rapid recall of the multiplication facts is what we are aiming for. Please support your child with their times tables at home, or even on the way to school!

We continue to build on the children’s previous learning. We will investigate the properties of 2D and 3D shapes, look at telling the time to the nearest 5 minutes; develop a further understanding of + - ÷ and ×. There will be a focus on problem solving using all four operations as well as continuing our work on shape, data handling and reading measures.  Mental arithmetic is also a very important part of Maths in Year 2 – the children have the opportunity to practise mental maths on a daily basis using jottings and drawings to help them.

ART– The children will undertake various different Art projects this half term.  We will start by using African necklaces as our focus, with the children making their own beaded necklaces in the same form.  Later in the term we will use tie-dye techniques to dye material to reflect a sunset / African setting and then use shadow animals to stick on the material to create pictures.

SCIENCEThe main focus of this half term will be Science.  We will look at different African animals, their habitats and how they live / adapt to their habitats.  We will look at animal life-cycles and the food chain as well as thinking about what animals need to survive, their basic needs and how they depend on each other.

PE – Your child will need to have their PE kit in school all week. Please ensure all t-shirts, shorts, plimsolls and bags are clearly named as they often get mixed up during changing.

Outdoor Learning – The children will get the chance to access outdoor learning as often as possible.  As a Key Stage we feel that it is important that your children get chance to spend time outside learning about the world around them on a bigger scale.  We are very lucky to have some excellent equipment for them to use. 

Homework – will be handed out every Thursday with the expectation of it being handed in by the following Wednesday.  We would appreciate your support in encouraging your child to complete their homework to the best of their abilities each week, without you actually doing it for them.

SATS – will take place this term.  Please ensure that your child is in school during these weeks.  We want to give the children as good an opportunity to perform to their best ability during SATs without putting undue pressure on them.

As always if you have any concerns regarding your child, want to know about their progress or even just to have a look at their work, please come in to arrange this, after school is better as we will have more time to spend with you. Thank you.


Mrs Solly, Mrs Cross and Mrs Jones