Important dates for the year ahead

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Monday 11th September Meet the teacher 3:30 p.m.

Thurs 14th September Meet the teacher 3:30 p.m.

Friday 29th September Parental Forum 9:00 a.m.

Macmillan Coffee Morning/Cake sale
Tuesday 10th October Open Classroom 3:30 p.m.

Thursday 12th October Parents’’ Evening 3:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Monday 16th October Parents’ Evening 3:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Thursday 9th November Open classroom 3:30 p.m.

Friday 17th November Children in Need

Friday 24th November Parental Forum 9:00 p.m.

Thursday 7th December Open classroom 3:30 p.m.

Friday 15th December Panto visiting school

Thursday 11th January 2018 Teacher Briefing on Spring Term 3:30 p.m.

Tuesday 16th January Teacher Briefing on Spring Term 3:30 p.m.

Monday 22nd January Open Classroom 3:20 p.m.

Friday 26th January Parental Forum 9:00 a.m.

Thursday 1st February Parents’ Evening 3:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Friday 2nd February Open Classroom 3:20 p.m.

Tuesday 6th February Parents’ Evening 3:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Friday 16th March Parental Forum 9.00 a.m.

Tuesday 20th March Open Classroom 3:20 p.m.

Thursday 19th April Teacher Briefing on Summer Term 3:30 p.m.

Tuesday 24th April Teacher Briefing on Summer Term 3:30 p.m.

Wednesday 2nd May Open Classroom 3:20 p.m.

Friday 4th May Parental Forum 9:00 a.m.

Thursday 17th May Parents’ Evening 3:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Tuesday 22nd May Parents’ Evening 3:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Thursday 7th June Open Classroom 3:20 p.m.

Friday 22nd June Parental Forum 9:00 a.m.
Trips, visits, events and visitor dates will be shared with you throughout the year.




To Infinity and Beyond

World Explorers

Walking with Dinosaurs

Under the Sea


Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2

To Infinity and Beyond

World Explorers

Walking with Dinosaurs

Under the Sea


Key texts

  1. Neil Armstrong biography extracts, Tim Peake tweets/reports


  1. Aliens Love Underpants by Claire Freedman

  2. The Way Back Home – Oliver Jeffers

  3. Space Poetry – Kevin Shaw, Lee Hopkins Bennett (Blast Off! Poetry about Space)

Key texts


  1. Drake/Raleigh non-fiction texts – voyage reports, primary and secondary sources


  1. Where the Wild Things Are – Maurice Sendak

  2. Literacy Shed – Arctic Story (no text)

  3. Coming Home – Michael Morpurgo

Key texts

Non Fiction

  1. Dinosaur non-fiction texts


  1. Jurassic Park – Extract and clips

  2. The Good Dinosaur – Disney/Pixar

  3. Weekly past paper reading comprehension texts

  1. The Curious Tale of Fi-Rex – Various

  2. The Dinosaur’s Diary – Julia Donaldson

Key texts


  1. The Sea Monster – Chris Wormell

  2. The Fish That Could Wish – John Bush

  3. ‘Adrift’ – Literacy Shed

  4. By the Sea by Emily Dickinson

  1. Flotsam – David Weisner

  2. The Water Horse – Dick King Smith

  3. The Little Mermaid - Hans Christian Andersen


Non - Fiction

  • Non Chron report – Space
  • Letter writing – Tim Peake


  • Poetry – Moon by Kevin Shaw

  • Diary entries – Neil Armstrong

  • Narrative (story) – ‘Aliens love Astronauts’ focussing on character and setting description


Non - Fiction

  • Non Chron report – Drake/Raleigh

  • Speaking and Listening presentations for Class explorer


  • Narrative – Arctic story (focus on BME)

  • Adventure story (focus on suspense & atmosphere)


Focus on Interim framework evidence
Non – Fiction

  • Create own dinosaur non-fiction books


  • Narrative – Past tense story (building suspense)

  • Present tense story – using conjunctions


Focus on Interim framework evidence
Non - Fiction

  • Dinosaur non chronological report

  • Instruction writing – how to make dinosaur setting (link to hwk)


  • Types of sentences

  • Narrative – rewrite the Good Dinosaur clip using speech marks

  • Speaking & Listening – recited poems


Non - Fiction

  • Letter following trip

  • Newspaper reports


  • Diary of Little Mermaid

  • Recount of trip & using Lit Shed clip

  • Fish Who Could Wish – wrote wishes

  • Poetry


Place Value












Place Value – with operations


3D shape



Revision as needed

Addition & subtraction

Multiplication and division



Outdoor Maths Week

IAF evidence – e.g. remainders

Problem solving and investigations


Use of everyday materials

Changing materials


Animals, including Humans

Find out about and describe the basic needs of animals, including humans, for survival


Describe how animals obtain their food from plants and other animals, using the idea of a simple food chain


Explore and compare the differences between things that are living, dead and things that have never been alive


Observe and describe how seeds and bulbs grow into mature plants

Find out and describe how plants need water, light and a suitable temperature to grow and stay healthy.
Identify and name a variety of plants and animals in their habitats, incl micro-habitats
Identify that most living things live in habitats to which they are suited and describe how diff habitats provide for basic needs


Events beyond living memory that are significant nationally – First moon landing

The lives of significant individuals in the past

Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, Tim Peake


Identify the location of hot and cold areas of the world in relation to the Equator and the North and South Poles

Use world maps, atlases and globes to locate the Polar Regions, the 7 continents and 5 oceans
British Explorers – Sir Ranulph Fiennes, Sir Walter Raleigh, Frances Drake

Other explorers

Christopher Columbus, Amelia Earheart


Name/locate seven continents and five oceans (link to dinosaurs)


Events beyond living memory that are significant globally – Dinosaurs


Use world maps etc. to locate UK countries and oceans

Use simple compass directions to describe location of features/routes on a map
Use aerial photos and plans to recognise landmarks ….. Devise simple map….
Understand sim/dif through studying human/physical geog of a small area of the UK and small area of Australia
Different sea creatures in different oceans depending on depths, temperatures etc


Design and make a rocket


Make a dinosaur habitat


Make own sea creature


Peter Thorpe – space artist

Create pastel & paint rocket pictures.


Collage world pictures

Arctic setting to go with Coming Home writing


Clay dinosaur

Dinosaur scenery – collage

Sketching & drawing natural objects and outside


Close observational drawing e.g. shells

Sewing – fishes on Binka

Under the sea collage

Silhouette pictures


Charanga - recorder course

Charanga – Hands feet and heart


Charanga - recorder course

Charanga – Hands feet and heart


Charanga - recorder course

Charanga – Babushka


Charanga - recorder course

Charanga – I Wanna play in a band


TBC with CW


TBC with CW


Web based research skills

Word – WP skills – make a poster about a chosen dinosaur


Paint – create an under the sea picture


See Jigsaw planning


See Jigsaw planning


See Jigsaw planning


See S4K planning


See S4K planning


See S4K planning


What happens in a church?

What signs are there in the Christmas Story?



Why did Jesus tell parables?

Who were Jesus’ friends?

What do eggs have to do with Easter?


What is the Torah and why is it important?

Why do Jewish families celebrate Shabbat?

In our Space topic we will be learning all about the Moon landing and looking at the qualifications it takes to become an astronaut. We will also look at Tim Peake and his work in the International Space Station.

For our World Explorers topic, we will learn what it takes to become an explorer! We will look at the lives of Drake and Raleigh and why they are so important in our history. We will also compare their voyages to other explorers such as Amelia Earheart and Christopher Columbus.
When we study Dinosaurs, our imaginations will be able to run wild! We will be learning about all sorts of dinosaurs, how they lived, what they ate and how to spell their names!
Then we will explore Under the Sea. We will learn about the creatures that live at the bottom of the sea and how they have adapted to their conditions. We will also learn compass points and create our own maps.
When planning learning opportunities, we make full use of the school grounds, whatever the weather. Much of our work this year will take place outside enabling the children to use skills and apply learning in different settings and environments.

In Year 2 we will be using the outside areas all across the curriculum. Whether it is a materials hunt in science or a team building game in PSHE we will be taking advantage if the wonderful school grounds. Dinosaur egg hunts, explorer mazes, space rockets and still life sketches are just a few ideas of how we will use this in our topics throughout the year.

Children need to ensure that they have a hooded raincoat in school and suitable outdoor shoes every day. These are to be kept on their pegs so they are able to take part in all lessons.
P.E Session are delivered by school staff and an external Sports company, Sports for Kids, who will also be providing extra-curricular activities.

  • P.E. kit should be in school all week.

  • Each class has two time-tabled sessions per week.

  • Pupils should have the correct colour PE shirt for their house.

  • Gymnastics and Dance are carried out in bare feet.

  • All earrings must be removed by the children prior to PE sessions.

  • School policy does not allow children to wear their school cardigans or jumpers during PE sessions. A plain blue sweatshirt top [not hoodie] is acceptable. The school tracksuit is available to buy through Brenda’s School suppliers

  • Please ensure that girls have a spare pair of white socks to change into if they are wearing tights on a PE day.


  • All stationary and equipment is provided for the children. They will write in pencil in their books.

  • Children need to have the following in their school bag daily:

Reading book and reading diary – blue

Completed home learning tasks as per the agreed timetable – in red homework books

  • Water bottle: plastic water bottle containing still water

Children will be collected by their teacher from the middle playground at 8.45. They will be dismissed from their classroom door at 3.10. Each child will be dismissed individually to their parent; this may take a little longer to start with so please bear with us as we get to know faces.


Pupils will be set a target in English and Maths each half term. They will also have a personal target that reflects what they need to develop within their attitude and approach to learning.

Targets will be set by the teacher, in conjunction with the pupils and will then be signed by teacher, child and parents. Copies of the targets will be sent home for parents to refer to.
Please help your child to remember their targets and encourage them to focus on these within school work and all home learning activities.
We do take part in the SATS tests and these usually take place in May over the course of a week. We will prepare the children by completing past papers in the lead up and we will call these ‘challenge books’.
It is all kept very low key and done in smaller groups. When the children are not doing the papers they will be taking part in lots of outside learning and team building projects.
The SATS give us a snapshot of where the children are with their learning, but their final assessments are made by the teacher.



To re-enforce and develop school learning

To practise and extend taught skills

To encourage the children to develop and improve research skills

To improve literacy/numeracy

To encourage independent study

Parent’s role

To sign the diary weekly

To check the work is to an acceptable standard

To communicate any problems to us regarding home learning

Home learning in Year 2
Home learning tasks are set on a Friday and are due in on Wednesday.

All activities are to be recorded in the home learning book. We expect this work to be completed and presented to the same high standard that we see within class based tasks.

Activities set within English and maths will enable the children to practise and consolidate skills that have been learnt within the classroom. Activities may also be set to revise and assess how children are progressing through the year.
Home learning activities are differentiated by the class teacher to ensure that all pupils are able to access the task and apply their learning confidently.

Year Group





Read x 5 weekly

Complete look, cover, write, check sheet.

Differentiated English, Maths or topic to be set weekly and will link to class learning.

Extended activities such as specific research/topic projects will be set during the term to be completed over several weekends or during half term breaks. These projects will be discussed by the class teacher and information regarding these will be provided to help focus the children on how to apply their learning skills or on different ways to show their learning.

October half term: Build a rocket
February Half term: Create a dinosaur habitat

May Half term: Create your own sea creature

We will give out more details about these at each termly parent meeting.
Activities set within English and maths will enable the children to practise and consolidate skills that have been learnt within the classroom. Activities may also be set to revise and assess how children are progressing through the year.
Home learning activities are differentiated by the class teacher to ensure that all pupils are able to access the task and apply their learning confidently.
Multiplication Facts
These are given weekly, as part of home learning, for the children to learn and the children are tested the following week.
Tables are a vital life skill and children may need a range of strategies, games and different approaches to help them recall these facts with speed and accuracy.
When they are ready, the children will have their own “Times Tables passport” and progress in a specific order when learning and recalling tables and division facts. Badges are awarded as the children progress within our celebration assemblies.
To help to improve your child’s reading skills we would like them to read for fifteen minutes during each required session as listed in the home learning timetable.
This may include:

  • Reading to you

  • Reading to themselves

  • Talking to you about the book ~ illustrations, progress of story, what next?

  • Parent reading to child

It is important when hearing your child read, that as well as focussing upon the fluency, time is spent developing their ability to use inference and deduction.

Reading is a vital life skill and children do not make progress unless they practice at both school and home

Some recommended Year 2 texts include:

Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig by Cathryn Cave

Fantastic Mr Fox by Roald Dahl

Flat Stanley by Jeff Brown

The Traction Man is Here by Mini Grey

Zog by Julia Donaldson

The Enchanted Wood by Enid Blyton

George Speaks by Dick King Smith

The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark by Jill Tomlinson

Lila and the Secret of Rain by David Conway

The Dark by Lemony Snicket

Pumpkin Soup by Helen Cooper

The Bear and the Piano by David Litchfield

Mr Majeika by Humphrey Carter

We will be practising spellings every day. Over the summer we sent home a list of Common Exception Words (these can be found on the Year 2 page of the school website) which are statutory for Year 1 and Year 2. We will start by helping the children to learn these by playing games and following a program of spelling activities. When they are confident with these, we will use words from their learning that they are spelling incorrectly to make up their spelling lists.
Everyone in school is taught to form their letters and to join using the agreed school style. Pupils in KS1 will be taught how to form, place and join letters correctly. They will then be expected to write cursively in pencil. As an incentive to write neatly, the children will be given a school handwriting pen to use when their writing is neatly and consistently joined and formed.
Please ensure that any home learning tasks also show joined handwriting within written tasks.
Each child will have a login to enable them to access the Mathletics website. Here they will be able to play a range of games and solve puzzles and challenges to help them apply their skills and learning from within school sessions.
Home learning activities may also be set using Mathletics by class teachers.
Mathletics can be downloaded onto any tablet or mobile phone.
Bug Club is an online reading scheme that can supplement the reading children are doing at home. It is accessed using the internet and children will be given a login and password. After they have read the story online, they will be prompted to answer comprehension questions to help them understand what they have read.

We also use this in class in addition to our class books and in Guided Reading sessions.

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