** w/b 3rd October ** Monday - Year 2 Trip to Windsor Castle, Y6 Hockey (selected children) ** Wednesay - Ethos Council Harvest Celebration at St Albans Abbey **
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Year 2

Friday 30th September 


We all enjoyed a lovely Harvest service at church yesterday. We were very proud of Year 2 for their poetry performance and leading prayers during the service, as well as the hard work they put in beforehand.

In English this week, the class successfully composed their own retelling of the Rapunzel story whilst in History we learnt about the 4 main reasons why Queen Elizabeth II was so significant, ready for our class trip on Monday to Windsor Castle. (See letter sent on 15th September for more details). In science we looked at the strength of different materials and the class made great predictions on which material would hold the most weight.


Next week, we will be exploring positioning numbers on a number line in Maths and understanding how to explore a Maths investigation in a systematic way. In English, we will be starting a new book 'Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters' - a fabulous modern take on the Cinderella story, set in Africa. In RE, we will be thinking about why Christians sing songs in Church and what this shows about their beliefs.


We hope that you have had opportunity to book an appointment for the Parent Consultation meeting on Tuesday 18th and Wednesday 19th October. These will take place in person, in the school Hall. We value this time to talk together with you in our school /parent partnership and encourage you to sign up if you haven't done so already.


Home Learning 


Maths - p15 partitioning numbers and p.17 ordering numbers


Comprehension - p2 How to grow a seed


Spelling - 'ue' words, please select 2 words to put in a sentence on the back of the sheet


Please continue to hear the children read at least 5 times and sign the Reading Record book.


Have a great weekend.


Mrs Lee and Mrs Bartram


Friday 23rd September


It has been a short but busy week in Year 2. Yesterday we began our new phonics lessons after receiving training on Wednesday and the class have begun to pick up the new methods very quickly. We look forward to seeing how this impacts reading and spelling over the coming months. In Maths we continued looking at placing numbers accurately on a number line and have begun ordering numbers from smallest to largest.

In English we have looked at harvest paintings and composed a class poem. Children will come home with this today. Please can they practise reading this aloud with fluency and expression over the weekend ready to perform as a class on Monday. 


Next week we will finish writing the story of Rapunzel and will continue ordering numbers then begin using greater than and less than symbols to compare 2 digit numbers. In RE, we will be thinking about what Christians believe about God from the story of Jonah. In History, we will be looking specifically at the significance of Queen Elizabeth II's role before preparing for our class visit to Windsor Castle on Monday 3rd October. (This date has been confirmed by the Education Office at the Castle.)


We are delighted to have the Bishop visiting on Tuesday to officially open the KS1 Prayer Garden. This was part of the work planned and organised by last year's Ethos Council. Whilst at school he will be meeting with the Ethos Council for tea, cake and a chat. On Thursday, we will celebrate Harvest Festival at church (9am service, please drop off your child at the Church) and we would be delighted to receive donations. Further details will be in the newsletter. This will be sorted and delivered to local charities by our Year 6 students.


Home Learning:


English: read and perform Harvest poem


Maths: CGP maths book p7 and p9 questions 1 and 2 


Spelling: 'oy' and 'ir' words. Please write them out daily and then choose 2 words to put into sentences on the back of the sheet.


Please continue to hear children read 5 times each week and sign the Reading record book, so that children can receive their book stamp.


Have a lovely weekend.


Mrs Bartram and Mrs Lee



Friday 16th September 


It was lovely to see so many of you on Wednesday at our Zoom 'Meet the Teacher' event. 


Year 2 are continuing to settle well into the routines and expectations. In Maths, we have focused on the place value of 2-digit numbers, learning to read and draw different partitions of tens and ones - in Dienes, on a PV chart, as words, as a part/whole model. We will continue to embed this next week. In English we have had great fun reading 2 different versions of 'Rapunzel' in our unit exploring fairy tales. We acted out the story and then spent time writing a description of Rapunzel. Next week we will be learning how to use details to retell aspects of the story.


Many of our foundation subjects have been launched this week, including our PSHCE unit on 'Me and my relationships'. Session 1 saw us looking at the variety of feelings we all have and how we express ourselves differently. In RE, we read and acted out the story of Jonah at the start of our unit exploring what Christians believe God is like. We have designed and made templates for our fairy tale hand puppets in DT and look forward to making them over the next few weeks - we would love some help with this if you are available to support children with their sewing (no sewing skills required!)


Here is a reminder of some of the key information from the 'Meet the Teacher' event:


  • PE is on Wednesday and Friday
  • Spelling test - the vocabulary is given out on a Friday to be learnt for a test the following Friday 
  • please check pencil cases - some pupils still need pencils, glue sticks and white board pens as these are used daily in class
  • Children need to read 5 times a week and have Reading Record books signed in order to receive a special stamp for our St Mary's Reading Challenge. As they build up the number of stamps, so they build up the rewards


Home Learning: 


Spelling: 'ea' and 'nk' words based on our phonic work this week. Please complete the Look, cover, write, check

                sheet and then turn over and write 2 sentences on the back using 2 of the spelling words from the list.


Reading: Please read 5 times and sign the reading record book each time. We cannot issues book stamps without



We are still waiting for CGP books to arrive, therefore maths and comprehension home learning will start next week. Spellings will be tested on Friday. 


We look forward to seeing you all on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday next week. (Wednesday is a school INSET day for phonics and the school is closed to pupils).


Wishing you a wonderful weekend.


Mrs Lee and Mrs Bartram

Friday 9th September 2022


It has been wonderful to welcome your children into Year 2 and we are looking forward to teaching them and partnering with you in their education and care. The children have made a great start to learning Year 2 routines, showing excitement and enthusiasm.


Our class page will be used to keep you updated on learning, events and key information and will be updated weekly.


Home Reading

Your child should have brought home 2 reading books as well as their new Reading Record. Please read each book with your child 3 times so that they have opportunity to build up their fluency of vocabulary and understanding of the text. Please sign their Reading Record each time you hear them read (5 times a week is our encouraged aim!) The books (including the signed Reading Record) then need to come back to school on the allocated day (written at the top of their Reading Record) for us to see how they are getting on, and to exchange for new reading books. As a school we have launched a new reading reward system - each week when we can see they have read 5 times, they will get a special stamp on their Reading Tracker (inside page of Reading Record) which will build up to special certificates. A letter will be sent out soon giving more details of this and of our new Phonics scheme.


Mrs Lee will teach on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday and Mrs Bartram on Thursday and Friday.


Homework will start next Friday. Further details of this, class routines, expectations and curriculum will be shared at our Meet the Teacher Meeting on Wednesday 14th September at 1:30pm via Zoom


PE days are Wednesday and Friday - please can children come to school dressed in PE kit.


Wishing you a wonderful weekend,


Mrs Lee and Mrs Bartram