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St. Michael & St. Martin

Catholic Primary School

Learning our faith, living our faith, loving our faith

Year 2

The teachers in Year  2 are:
Miss Oakes (2O)

Miss Zielinko (2E)


Also working in Year 2 are Mrs Ackary and Mrs Nketsiah


Welcome to the Year 2 class page!


It has been a wonderful start to the term so far. Despite the unusual time we have been through over the past few months, the children are beginning to settle into their Year 2 routines, displaying great resilience. Below you will find out more about the exciting topics we will be covering this term.


Religious Education

Our topic this half term is called Beginning with God. We will be exploring how we view God and how we get to know God, including how people’s actions in the Bible help us to know God. We will be looking at how different bible stories, including Moses and the Burning Bush, help us to ‘see’ God. After half term, we will start our new unit called From Advent to Christmas.



This term we started off with ‘The Lonely Beast’ by Chris Judge. The book allows the children to explore feelings and an understanding of others feelings around us. We will continue the term covering the following books, ‘The Emperor’s Egg’ and ‘The Great Explorer’. These quality texts were chosen to tie in with our Geography topic of ‘Polar Regions’ and our Science topic of ‘Animals including Humans’. In the following half term, the children will read ‘The Tear Thief’, ‘The Princess and the White Bear King’, ‘Rapunzel’ and ‘The Clock Tower’.

The children will learn about writing for purpose and to particular audience, whilst thinking about structure and choice of language. Each week children will take part in Big Writing sessions, where they are able to independently use their knowledge to write their own stories, postcards and instructions.


Reading books will be sent out every Tuesday and Friday. It is important that you read with your child daily, this should be recorded in Reading record books. These are checked each week and is a good way to communicate any concerns or queries regarding your child’s reading.



In Maths, we have started the year by recapping some concepts of Year 1 in particular their understanding of number, looking at ordering and place value. We will continue to have this as one of our main focuses to ensure children have a solid understanding of number. We will then be moving on to using the four operations and applying these when solving simple word problems. Later in the term, we will look at real life problems involving money, as well as having fun with some practical activities involving shape and space.



This term’s science topics is Animals including Humans. Children will recognise that animals, including humans, have offspring which grow into adults. They will find out about and describe the basic needs of animals, including humans, for survival (water, food and air). They will also describe the importance for humans of exercise, eating the right amounts of different types of food, and hygiene.



Our topic this term is ‘Polar Regions’. Children will develop map reading skills, identifying different continents and seas with a focus on the Arctic and Antarctic. Children will learn about wildlife and lifestyles of those living in these regions.



In Autumn 2, the children will explore the History topic ‘Towers, Tunnels and Turrets’. They will learn what it was like to live in a castle and when happens when it is under siege – identify a castle’s defence mechanisms and the weapons used to attack a castle. Children will be able to describe how castles have changed over time and identify different job roles within a castle.



Look out for Year 2’s Assemblies, which the children are thoroughly looking forward to performing at the start of the spring term.



As is the case throughout the school, we expect and encourage all children to adhere to the high standards of behaviour both in class and on the playground.

The children in Year 2 have worked together to create a set of Golden Rules and have all agreed to follow these rules with the understanding that doing so will create a happy learning environment that will help their learning.

Working together with parents and guardians plays a big part in establishing good relationships and standards of behaviour.


General Reminders

  • Book bags will go home every Friday (due back Monday) and every Tuesday (due back Thursday).
  • Homework will be set on the following days:

Spellings – sent home Friday (due back the following Thursday)

English and Maths – these will be short activities sent out throughout the week to ensure work is manageable for both children and parents. It is important that you support your children at home and have an understanding of the curriculum being taught. This homework will be sent out every Friday and due in on the Thursday of the next week.

  • Spellings are set and tested every Friday
  • RE is sent home on Fridays and due back in on a Monday
  • Topic - please look out for other homework that may include research for Science or our Geography and History topics, dates will be displayed on the sheet.
  • PE takes place every Thursday morning. Please ensure that your child is dressed in a full PE kit in school on this day. All items of uniform must also be named.
  • Please ensure that your child brings in a named bottle of water every day. These need to be taken home and washed daily.