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Year 2



Autumn 2 – 2023

Welcome back year 2!

We hope you had a half-term break and we are looking forward to seeing you again.

PE is on a Tuesday this half term. The children will need to come into school in their PE kit and please remove any earrings at home.

This half term our topic is dance. They will develop their control and co-ordination when exploring a range of different actions to compose short dance pieces. They will work in groups and explore working in unison with each other.


We will be having a big focus on reading this year. The children will have daily phonics lessons where they will build on their phonic knowledge. During these lessons they will read a book matched to their phonics group.

Shared reading

For our shared reading we will focus on the following texts:

  • The Owl and the Pussycat
  • The Secret of the Tattered Shoes
During these lessons we will learn reading strategies and skills, comprehension skills, vocabulary and how to refer to the text.
Spellings will be given out on a Monday and tested on the Friday that week unless there is a Bank Holiday and then they will be given out on the Tuesday.
Homework will be given out on a Monday and expected back the following Monday unless it is a Bank Holiday then it will be given out on the Tuesday.
Our text this term will be The Night Gardener by The Fan Brothers. We will use this text to produce our own Setting Narrative, Diary entry and Poems.
For maths this half term we will be learning about addition and subtraction of 2-digit numbers and 1s, 2-digit numbers and 10s, two 2-digit numbers and adding three 1-digit numbers. The children will learn to compare numbers using more than, less than and equal to. We will also cover the topic of shape this half term. The children will look at the properties of a variety of 2-D and 3-D shapes and they will explore ways to compare and sort these.
Pupils will be given a Numbots login which will be placed inside the cover of their reading logs. Children can access this in school and at home to play maths games and unlock new levels.
This half term the children will be learning about Animals including Humans. They will learn that animals including humans have offspring that grow into adults and will complete life cycles. They will learn about food chains. We will also have some lessons about plants, specifically focusing on bulbs and how we think these might grow.
This half term our geography topic is Map Makers. The children will explore a variety of maps and identify where we live. The children will learn about physical and human features and identify some of these in our local area. We will be visiting the park to collect data help with our geographical enquiry and answer the question 'What do people use Birkenhead Park for?'.
Thank you 
Mrs Metcalf


Mrs Metcalf

Year 2 Teacher

Ms Harris

Year 2 Teaching Assistant