Year 2- Larch & Yew


Summer term – Curriculum Newsletter – Year 2

Dear Parents/Carers,

Welcome back! We hope you have all had a fabulous Easter.                 

This term the children in Year 2 will be following a topic entitled…




We kicked off our topic with a WOW day on Tuesday 17th with a visit from Flo the clown. The children took part in different circus acts and were entertained by the fabulous Flo, they really enjoyed the experience! Ask them about toothbrush twirling! 

This half term the children will be taking some tests and we hope that you can support your child with these by making sure they have plenty of sleep and eat a good breakfast before school. For some children we will be continuing to run our SATs café on a Tuesday, your child’s attendance to these sessions is very important as each of these sessions are tailored to their individual needs. 

English - This half term there will be a focus on Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar and using it correctly in a range of different writing opportunities; including writing a recount of their day with Flo the clown, writing about a vision for their own circus and retelling a traditional tale.

As always the key skills we concentrate on are writing in sentences, using capital letters and full stops and other punctuation, e.g. ! ? , 

Spellings and Keywords- Keywords are checked in class and always in a different order from the list. Spellings are tested weekly.   It is also part of your child’s homework to practice their key words to read and spell every day with you. 

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 on decoding and understanding the text.  Individual reading also takes place each week. The children also participate in Whole Class Reading sessions daily which supports them in understanding a picture book in detail through discussions, role play etc.

Home reading - Home reading continues to be an 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 because they receive rewards when they have completed them by Friday. Thank you for your continued support with this and for those of you that are able to attend our reading mornings which take place every Tuesday and Thursday morning.

Maths – We are focussing on the children’s arithmetic skills, as these are fundamental mathematical skills that come into so many aspects of their maths work. We are also continuing to have a push on times tables and a 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. This half term they will be learning about position and direction, time, mass, capacity and temperature. There will be a focus on problem solving using all four operations. In Year 2 children will be encouraged to use jottings as a method of solving problems.  

PE – This term Year 2 will be having PE lessons with our sports coach every WEDNESDAY. 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.

History This half term the children will be learning about Philip Astley – the founder of the modern circus.

Music –  The children will be listening and learning some of the songs from the current popular film ‘The Greatest Showman’, they will be selecting from a range of musical instruments to decide which are the most suitable to perform the songs and evaluating their choices. 

DT – The children will be designing and making their own circus tent using a range of materials. The children will then be taking part in a very special Enterprise project, which we look forward to telling you (and inviting you in to show you) very soon!

PSHE – The children will be learning about keeping themselves safe in and out of the home, medicine safety and exploring stereotypes and similarities and differences between us.

Morning Learning – Children often enjoy learning with family members therefore, in a morning come with your child to complete the activity on the board outside their classroom door. The class teachers will always put activities out that would hugely benefit your child so it is important that they have a go.

Homework – will be handed out every Friday 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.

Important Links – We always encourage your children to access learning in different ways. We know that your child enjoys accessing Mathletics and Bug Club. Here are the websites:

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, on the playground in the morning or after school

The Year 2 Team