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St Giles' Catholic Primary School

Part of the Painsley Catholic Academy

Grow in Faith and Love

"In our school we value and respect every person as a child of God, as we grow together in faith, and love."

Year 2

Welcome to the class page of the greatest, most hard working, independent, polite Year 2 class in the entire universe!


Come and see our classroom! You will see us working hard all the time - whatever we are learning about. We are fantastic at making sure we are confident in whatever we are doing. If not? Then we have excellent partners all through the class who are always willing to help us achieve our absolute best!


In Year 2, we are beginning to see ourselves as role models for children who are younger than us, so always be on the look out for the most polite and responsible children - that will be us! Year 2 is the end of Key Stage 1, so we are all preparing for life in Key Stage 2. 

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What do we get up to?



In our RE lessons we will continue our work on Easter, as well as a unit of Pentecost. We will look at the symbolism around Easter as well as the important of The Holy Spirit within the story of Pentecost.




Our English text will be ‘The Dark’ by Lemony Snicket, which will be used as a stimulus for our writing. We will also write a set of instructions, followed by a recount of a school trip!

Our Guided Reading sessions will focus on a combination of using our phonics and high frequency words, along with making inferences within text. We will also look at comparing texts with those that we have read outside of school.





Children will take part in daily phonics sessions, where they will focus on specific sounds every day. Some children will move towards a more spelling focused phonics session, however the importance is still on reading words.




In Maths we will be continuing our work on fractions, then moving on to a unit of shape. We will then look at missing number problems, along with reading scales in 1s, 2s, 5s and 10s.

Please help your children to practice their times tables at home, particularly 5x, 10x and 2x to begin with.

Each week, the children will be tested on their times tables.





In Science, we will be looking at animals and their habitats. We will look at local habitats, along with habitats around the world to compare. We will touch on basic food chains too which will allow us to use our knowledge of survival from previous learning.



Through our ‘Castles’ unit, we will look at where various castles are around the world, using our map skills. We will then look at famous Queens throughout British history which will then lead in to a comparison piece of writing between Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth ii.

In DT lessons we will be planning and building a castle! We will look at the different elements of design, then go ahead and build our own model, before evaluating it at the end



PE this half term will be invasion games! We will spend the first few weeks getting to grips with our basic skills, attacking and defending, before putting our skills into practice in game scenarios.

Please ensure that PE kit is in school every day - we will be inside for PE so PE pumps will need to be in school each day.




Homework books will be given out on a Wednesday and should be returned to school, completed, the following Monday, if you wish to hand in before the date then feel free.

In your child’s homework book, there will be weekly sheets explaining work to be completed that week. If your child is unable to complete their homework for any reason, please pop in to school or write a note in their diary.



As per the homework policy of the school, please try to read with your child every night for at least ten minutes. This will greatly benefit their reading progress and will help them in class when working independently. The children will be listened to every week and will take part in group guided reading sessions.



Spellings will be sent home in a child's reading diary homework books and tested during the following week. The words will link in with work covered in Phonics sessions. Spellings from the National Curriculum for Year 2 will also be included as appropriate.

End of Year Expectations Year 2

Suggested Books for Year 2