Year 2


A Letter from Miss Weekes and Mrs Gaskell

Year 2 Autumn 1 Newsletter

Our Topic 

This half term, our topic will be related to a story called ‘Home’. In the text, four animal friends live together but each friend wants to live somewhere different. This topic covers the themes of habitats, relationships, compromise and resolution. 

In Art and Design Technology, the children will be able to use a range of materials creatively to design and make products related to homes and habitats.  

In Science we will find out about and describe the basic needs of animals, including humans, for survival (water, food, air). We will also develop our knowledge about the natural habitats for the four main animals from the story (bear, badger, rabbit, deer).

There will be chances in Geography to name and locate parts of the United Kingdom and we will also identify seasonal and daily weather patterns where we live.  We will create timelines as part of History lessons, as we order old and new photographs of Stockport.

We will use iPads as part of our Computing work in order to experiment with text and images and will  develop our research skills using the Internet.


We will continue to focus on phonics in Year 2. Due to COVID-19 the children did not take the statutory Phonics Screening Check at the end of Year 1, however the government require all Year 2 children to complete the check this term and any who do not meet the pass mark will retake the check in June 2021. We will continue to do guided reading everyday where we will read a range of fiction and non-fiction books. Our writing will be closely linked to our ‘Home’ narrative immersion book.


In maths, the children will be focusing on place value in 2 digit numbers and addition and subtraction. They will count forwards and backwards to 100 and beyond and will begin to identify and represent number bonds using objects and pictorial representations. They will practise counting in 2s, 5s and 10s. We will also learn about 2D and 3D shape properties and solve money problems.


A homework grid will be sent home within the first few weeks of term.  It will contain a range of activities that are linked to our topic of ‘Home’ and also linked to a range of different curriculum areas. Please help your child to choose and complete a minimum of one activity per week and bring into school ready to be marked on a Friday.


Please continue to read with your child at home at least four times a week and record it in their reading record. If your child is struggling with reading, encourage them to segment and blend the sounds using their phonic knowledge.

Important Days 

Due to COVID-19 we have had to temporarily postpone curriculum mornings and the harvest festival. We hope to be able to invite you into school as soon as it is safe.

Dates for the diary

Please check the website for advance notice of all school events for the whole year ahead.

Home Learning Activities

If your child is required to self-isolate due to Covid-19 please find below a range of activities and resources that you can access and do at home. Please see the homework grid and activities for your child's class - there is lots on there to keep you busy and some tasks can be done more than once. You can also practise spellings and phonics as well as reading.

In the event of your child's bubble being closed to self isolate more information will be provided relating to online learning and lessons. 

Websites and Apps

Phonics Play

BBC Bitesize

Oak National Academy


Free Apps For Reading

  • Collins Big Cat
  • Cbeebies
  • Cookie Next Door
  • Busy Things
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