Year 2


A Letter from Miss Weekes and Mrs Gaskell

Year 2 Autumn 2 Newsletter

Our Topic 

This half term, our topic will be related to the fairytale Tangled. Throughout our lessons, we will be going on a mystery rescue mission and meeting lots of characters along the way! This topic covers the themes of family, dreams and aspirations and right and wrong. 

In Art and Design Technology, the children will be able to design a printing block for one of the characters & print patterns to represent them. They will also be designing and building a model of transport to get us to the kingdom quickly.  

In Science we will find out about different kinds of plants and how to care for them.

There will be chances in Geography to carry out fieldwork in our local area around school.

In History we will be researching and  sequencing clothing worn by British Royals in the past.

We will use iPads as part of our computing work in order to practise simple programming skills using Programs such as Beebot. This will link to our maths topic of Position and Direction understanding the concept of whole, half and quarter turns, and clockwise and anti-clockwise directions.


We will continue to focus on phonics in Year 2 as all Year 2 children will 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 new narrative immersion theme including poetry and writing stories.


In Maths, the children will begin to learn their 2, 5 and 10 times tables. They will continue to practise recalling number bonds to 10 and use this knowledge to calculate and reason with number bonds to 20. They will read measuring scales and practise reading the time (o’ clock, half past, quarter to and quarter past). They will also be adding and subtracting tens and ones with 2 digit numbers eg 23 + 20, 34 + 5, 45 - 30, 78 - 6 etc.


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 ‘Tangled’ 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. 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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