Year 2

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Welcome to class 2

Miss Lucy Hawksworth

Class Teacher

Mrs Sally Higson

Teaching Assistant

Welcome back!


I hope you have all had a fantastic summer and feel ready and recharged for the new school year!

First of all, a huge thanks you for your help with the children’s holiday homework. The houses look amazing and have made our Great Fire of London display come alive!


This term we are reading the book ‘The Queen’s Hat’ by Steve Antony to help immerse the children in our London topic. Using the book, we will be writing setting descriptions on famous London landmarks, a newspaper report and will be re-writing our own version of the story. We will also be studying ‘The Great Fire of London’, writing a recount on how the events unfolded and spending a day in school with a special visitor who will be stepping into the role of various characters, using drama and props to retell the story and bringing it to life for the children.


In maths this term, we will have a heavy focus on place value, addition and subtraction with 2 digit numbers. The children will be using apparatus to add and subtract practically which will help their ability to calculate mentally. It is important that the children have a strong understanding of number in order for them to feel confident to apply their knowledge to a range of questions and problems. During the second half of the term, the children will them move on to multiplying and dividing. The children are expected to count forwards and backwards in multiples of2, 3, 5 and 10 by the end of Year 2 so practising times tables at home will be very beneficial.


To encourage reading, we are starting new incentive in Class 2. Every week reading diaries will be checked and the children will receive raffle tickets based on how many times they have read. If children read every day for a week then they will receive 3 raffle tickets and if they read 5 or 6 times in that week they will receive 1 raffle ticket. As we encourage children to read at least 5 times per week, any less will mean no raffle tickets that week. At the end of each half term, a name will be pulled out of the raffle jar and the winner will receive a brand new book, chosen to suit the winner’s interest! Children who read every day for a half term will also be recognised with a certificate! Daily reading is extremely important so we are hoping this will be an extra incentive for the children!


Weekly homework will be handed out on a Friday and is to be returned the following Wednesday. Homework will be based on maths, literacy or topic learning from that week and I will always provide examples or explanations if needed so that you are able to support your child with this at home. Weekly spellings will also be handed out every Friday to be learnt for the following Thursday.


General messages:

Any letters or reply slips, which need to be returned, can be put in your child’s book bag.

The children will need their own water bottle to keep in class every day.

Arrive at school in a coat every day as we aim for the children to be outdoors during break and lunch time, even in light rain.

Please be prepared to remove earrings for P.E and swimming lessons.

Remember ALL your PE kit, EVERY day of the week.

Ensure homework, reading and spellings are completed EVERY week.

Please ensure that any hair accessories worn are minimal and in school colours. JoJo bows are not to be worn at school.


All the children have settled into Year 2 beautifully but please feel free to come in at any time if you have any questions or worries. We are all very much looking forward to the exciting year ahead!


Thank you for your support.

Miss Hawksworth, Class teacher

Mrs Higson, Teaching Assistant


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