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    Welcome to Year 2!


    I’m Miss Poppleton and I am the Year 2 class teacher.

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    I would like to wish you a warm welcome to Year 2!  

    I look forward to working alongside you this year in providing the best opportunities for your children to succeed and be the best they can be! 


    Year 2 Curriculum- What should I know?


    We begin the transition from Year 1 to Year 2 by recapping the alternative sound families. For example:

    Alternative spellings for the ‘ai’ sound 

    • a_e
    • ey
    • ay
    • ei
    • eigh

    Following alternative sounds we begin to move away from phonics based spelling and there is a greater emphasis on grammar, punctuation and spelling rules. We follow the National Curriculum spelling planning which can be accessed online. Each week we will focus on a particular spelling/ grammar rule and the spelling homework sent home that week will follow what we have learned in class.

    We understand that home life is very busy but we would like to ask that children try to practise and internalise their spellings/grammar rules as much as they can through the range of activities provided.


    As parents, you can make the biggest difference to your child’s success as a reader by encouraging your child to read as much and as widely as possible at home. Most children should be able to give reasons for why things are happening in stories and how characters change. In Year 2 there is a big focus on reading comprehension skills and inference in reading. Inference is when children have to read between the lines in a piece of text and the answer is not always right in from of them. To help your children be the best they can be please ask as many questions and talk about the books that your child is reading as much as possible as this will have huge impact on their understanding. We ask that you try to read with your child every night, even if it’s just for 5 minutes. Your child will also have lots of opportunities to read and enjoy books throughout the week in school. 


    Our Maths learning incorporates varied fluency, problem solving and reasoning skills across all Maths topics. Each week we take ourselves outside to take part in Maths of the Day which combines fun mathematical challenges with outdoor learning. At the beginning of each half term you will be sent home a copy of the Year 2 key instant recall facts (KIRFS). The KIRFS are to help you work on fluency in maths with your children at home too. 


    Maths, English and spelling homework will be sent home every Friday.You will be able to keep a track of your child’s spelling test score each week through their reading diary where the children will record their scores themselves. In addition to this we will complete half termly spelling tests in school. These are done to see if children have retained the spelling rules they have learned. We do not give prior notice to these checks. 


    At Sound School, we always welcome volunteers to come and read with the children, work alongside the class or even volunteer for clubs or special activities. If this is of interest to you, don’t hesitate to speak to the office or the class teacher and they will point you in the right direction.

    Autumn Term

    Our Spring term topic is Jurassic Forest where we will be learning all about dinosaurs! How exciting?! This topic allows us to cover lots of geography skills. In particular we we will be learning about the Jurassic period, Fossils, Mary Anning, Evolution and much, much more!

    Want to know more? Have a look at our topic web for more information!

    Spring Term

    In the Autumn term our topic is Africa.  This exciting topic allows us to learn all about African culture, including African food, jewellery, housing, clothing and much more. This topic allows us to cover lots of geography and history skills.

    Want to know more? Have a look at our topic web for more information!

    Summer 1 Term

    In Summer 1 our topic is Kings and Queens. This topic has a particular focus on history skills and our Royal family. We will be learning all about the role the Monarch plays, family trees, medieval banquets and we will be comparing Queen Elizabeth the 1 and Queen Victoria.

    Want to know more? Have a look at our topic web for more information

    Summer 2 Term

    In Summer 2 our topic is Under the Sea. This exciting topic allows us to learn all about what lies beneath! This topic has a particular focus on geography skills and saving our wonderful Oceans. 

    Want to know more? Have a look at our topic web for more information

    Further Information:

    As always, if you have any questions, no matter how small, please do not hesitate to contact a member of the Year 2 team through appointment at the office!

    Thank you all for your support and we look forward to a successful year in Ruby Class! 

    Miss Poppleton and Mrs Dale

    For useful links for games and activities please see links below or the Kidszone section of the website.