REQM Silver Award

Welcome back. I hope you all had a lovely Christmas and thank you so much again for the voucher.

Our first topic this term is Antarctica. We will be learning about the geography of Antarctica, how animals are adapted to survive in the harsh environment as well as stories of famous explorers and much more.

After half term we will be learning about Kenya. We will study the human and physical geography of the country, find out why tourists travel to Kenya, what animals live there and what life is like in both urban and rural areas. As always, if your child has anything of interest relating to our topics please do send it into school for them to share with the class.

The Year 2 library session will continue to be on a Tuesday lunchtime.

P.E. lessons this term will usually be on Monday afternoons. The children will continue to be outside whenever possible so please ensure that your child has warm clothing in school and a plastic bag to put muddy trainers in.

The children will be taking the Star Reading test again this week which will determine their ZPD for Accelerated Reader this term. Choosing books within this range is the best way to ensure that children develop good comprehension skills along with the ability to decode words. They have an opportunity to take a quiz and change their reading book every day. Please ensure that your child does read to an adult five times a week as this has a huge impact on their learning in all areas of the curriculum.

Homework for Year 2 also includes using TTRockstars each week. Login details are in the front of your child’s homework diary. The program adapts to your child’s level and will move them on automatically once they are secure. There is a help page on the website should you want more information. Please do let me know if there is a problem.

Although it is useful to have a key-ring on book bags to make them easily identifiable, please make sure that it is just one small one as we are struggling to fit some children’s book bags into their drawers.

If there is anything else you need to know please do not hesitate to ask.

Many thanks for your continued support. I look forward to a busy and enjoyable term.

Our theme this term is Earth, Air, Fire and Water. We will begin with The Great Fire of London. We will be learning about what London was like in 17th Century, the Great Plague, what happened before, during and after the fire and the impact it had on life in London.

After half term we will be finding out about Planet Earth. We will learn about the seven continents and five oceans, how to use maps and atlases and how we can care for our planet by saving water, reducing waste and protecting endangered animals. If the children have books, artefacts or anything else relating to the topic please do send them in.

Other information that might be useful:

Merits: In Year 2, children have a merit card to record individual merits. These are awarded for reading, writing, maths, other work (Science, P.E., art, music etc) and attitude. A certificate is awarded for every ten merits achieved in a category. This is in addition to receiving bronze, silver and gold badges.

Homework:     Homework in Year 2 consists of daily reading practice, learning to spell common exception words and Times Tables Rockstars. Children are expected to read to an adult a minimum of five times a week. This need only be for five or ten minutes. Further information about TTRockstars will be sent in a separate letter once your child is registered onto the program.

Reading: Over the next few weeks, all children will take the Star Reading test to determine their reading level for the Accelerated Reader program (more information regarding Accelerated Reader will be sent separately). Once they have taken the Star Reading test, the children will bring home a new reading book along with a homework diary. Children will read daily in school however progress in reading is greatly influenced by how much reading goes on at home so please use the homework diary to record the title of the book and page number plus any comments whenever you read with your child. Children will have time each day to change their reading book when they have finished it. Homework diaries will be collected in on a Monday morning and children will be awarded a merit for reading to an adult five times in a week.

Spelling:  Spelling is an extremely important part of the End of Key Stage 1 assessments and it is vital that the basics are completely secure to provide a strong foundation for the future. At the ‘Meet the Teacher’ session in July, you were given a list of the common exception words that they are expected to be able to spell by the end of Year 2. Please spend time each week practising these words and revisit them regularly throughout the year. Please let me know if you require another copy.

P.E. Kit:  P.E. lessons will take place on a Friday afternoon until October half term and then on a Monday afternoon. However, please ensure that your child has named PE kit in school every day. As the weather gets colder, they will need warm clothing and a plastic bag for wet shoes.

Hopefully this information will be useful. If there is anything else you wish to know please don’t hesitate to ask.

Home/School Communication:   If you need to send me a message for any reason, please do so by email via the school office and, if necessary, I will respond as soon as possible. I will also be available in the playground most days after school so please do catch me then if you need to.

We made a model of London in 1666 and burnt it to help us to understand why the Great Fire of London spread so quickly.

We learnt about how wheels and axles worked and looked at real fire engines. Then we designed and made our own fire engines.



Mrs Bird is the teacher in Year 2.  She is supported in class by Mrs Oliver.


Respecting yourself as well as others


Show forgiveness to all, including yourself


Trusting in God and in each other


Faith and hope in God, yourself and each other


Being generous, caring and loyal friends