Welcome to Year 2S!

Teacher: Miss Sweeney


Spring 2023

Hello Year 2! My name is Miss Sweeney and I will be your teacher this year. I am so excited for the new school year and I can't wait to get started with our learning. We will be doing lots of fun learning activities as well as learning some new school and classroom routines. I know that we are going to have a great year together!

Key Dates 
PEEvery Monday
Class Mass at church21st March 2023



Our literacy focus for the start of our Spring 1 half-term, will be Giraffes Can't Dance by Giles Andreae. During this unit, we will be exploring narrative writing and we will be discussing other stories that follow a story mountain structure. We will also look at a range of new vocabulary and use role-play to act out the descriptive language in the story. During our lessons, we are going to be answering comprehension style questions, sequencing and discussing how we can improve our writing. For our final piece, we will write our own version of Giraffes Can't Dance using a range of Year 2 SPAG objectives. We will aim to include:

  • Capital letters and full stops
  • Finger spaces
  • Phonics
  • A range of sentence types
  • Adjectives
  • Adverbs
  • Conjunctions
  • Commas in a list
  • Apostrophes for contractions




During our Maths lessons this half-term, we will be learning about Shape and Money. We will be using lots of practical resources and using our learning to solve real life problems. To support us in our learning we will be using Base 10, place value charts, ten frames and part-whole models.  Below are the objectives we will be learning and the order that we will focus on them. 





This half term we will be learning all about Our Local Area. In this geography unit, we will learn about our locality beyond the school gate, building on our knowledge and understanding of our school environment. We will explore our local area using first hand observation to enhance our locational awareness along with developing essential map and fieldwork skills. 

During the topic, pupils will be taught to:

  • name, locate and identify characteristics of the four countries and capital cities of the UK and its surrounding seas using atlases & globes. ​

  • use world maps, atlases and globes to identify the UK and its countries, or countries I may be studying.​

  • identify and recognise characteristics of the four countries and capital cities of the UK and its surrounding seas.​

  • use four compass directions (North, South, East and West in simple ways when referring to the four countries in the UK).​

  • identify seasonal/daily weather patterns in the UK.

  • use basic geographical vocabulary to refer to local & familiar features. Key vocab physical (e.g. forest, hill, river, soil, season, weather) human (e.g. city, town, factory, farm, house, office, and shop).​

  • study the human and physical features of my school.​

  • use simple fieldwork and observational skills to study the geography of my school and its grounds.​

  • complete a chart to express opinions during Fieldwork.​

  • draw a simple map (e.g. from a story). ​

  • use locational and directional language [for example, near and far; left and right] to describe the location of features and routes on a map.​




In Science this half term we will be learning all about Plants. We will learn to:

  • identify and name a variety of common wild and garden plants, including deciduous and evergreen trees
  • identify and describe the basic structure of a variety of common flowering plants, including trees


In our RE lessons this half-term, we will be focusing on the topics 'Special People' and 'The Eucharist'. We will be learning to:

  • Recognise that there are special people in our lives who are there to help. ​
  • Understand why we gather at church on Sunday and discover who we might see there. ​
  • Understand why the parish family gather with the priest on Sunday.  ​
  • Explore sharing special meals ​
  • Learn how to prepare for the Eucharist  ​
  • Understand why we celebrate shrove Tuesday 



This half term you will need to come into school wearing your PE kit on our PE day which is a Monday. In PE you will be learning about invasion and team games  skills with Mr Berry outside and circuits skills in the hall. 



Reading – 10 minutes a night

Listening to your child read for 10 minutes a night makes a significant difference in their progress and attainment. It helps them practice key reading strategies and skills, develop their comprehension skills and supports their overall fluency and accuracy, which are vital skills they need for the future. Every Friday an eBook will be assigned to your child’s online account based upon the sounds they have learnt in phonics that week. The children will have practiced this book in their guided reading sessions so will be familiar with the text. The purpose of them practicing it again at home is to become more familiar with these sounds and fluent when reading them.


Your child will also choose a reading for pleasure book. This is a book that you can both read and enjoy together and encourage reading for pleasure. This will be a physical book that your child takes home and they will be given the opportunity to choose and change every Friday. As it is a reading for pleasure book, it is not necessarily aimed at your child’s reading level, therefore can be challenging, which is why we are asking for an adult to read this and your child to join in where possible. The reading for pleasure book is important as it is how we will help build a love of reading together.   Please ensure your child brings this back to school every Friday ready to change in our school Library.


Reading eggs – once a week

Reading eggs makes learning to read interesting and engaging for kids, with great online reading games and activities. Children love the games, songs, golden eggs and other rewards which, along with feeling proud of their reading, really motivate children to keep exploring and learning.

My Maths and Mathseeds – once a week

Every Friday, your class teacher will set home learning for your child on This will be based upon what they have learnt that week so your child can practice the skills taught at home to reinforce key strategies.  

Mathseeds is an online website that your child can use to develop pupils’ confidence and fluency in Maths and the interactive lessons provide step-by-step examples to break down learning into manageable chunks. The log in for this is the same one you use for reading eggs.


Phonics home learning – once a week

Every Friday, we will send home a phonics sheet in your child’s book bag for them to practice over the next week. The sheet will have the list of sounds your child has learnt that week, words and sentences for them to read and write with these sounds in and then a list of tricky words that the children need to know. These words will be familiar to them and ones they have practiced in phonics sessions.

You can then practice these sounds further on fastphonics (, which is the same log in as reading eggs.


Learning logs – Autumn  2, Spring 2 and Summer 2

Last year we introduced our project-based home learning to replace the homework board we previously used. Pupil, parent and teacher voice all showed that project based home learning was the preferred style of home learning as it gave children more freedom to learn about real life world events, share personal experiences and it has helped motivate them to engage in home learning as it is child managed. It encourages the children to be more independent, inquisitive and provides more opportunities for outdoor learning together. This can be completed in your learning log, a scrap book of your choice or it can be uploaded onto Seesaw.


Instead of completing these every half term, we have reduced this to three half terms a year to make it more manageable. They will therefore be given out on the first Monday of Autumn 2 (31st October), Spring 2 (27th February) and Summer 2 (12th June).  We ask that their project is brought into school on the last week of that half term to share and celebrate with their peers. You will be given a sheet of paper that will be stuck in your child’s learning log that will outline what the project is and ideas of activities you can do.




Please see below an overview of topics we will be studying this year:



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