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Newton Burgoland Primary School

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Year 2 newsletter Aut 1 2021


Class 2 Newsletter


 Autumn 2021

Welcome to our Y2 class.  Mrs Waddell will be working every Monday and Tuesday, and Mrs Hall will be working every Thursday and Friday. They will also work on alternate Wednesdays. In addition to this, your children will also be receiving support and guidance from Miss Smith who is training to be a teacher.

Together we will do the best possible job we can to make sure that your children are always learning, laughing and growing together. 


Please help your child to remember to bring their reading record, and reading book to school in their book bag every day. The children will bring home a reading book linked closely to their phonics progression. We will make sure that your child reads to an adult regularly throughout the week. The children will also bring home a book talk bag which contains one of our specially selected books to read together and some activities to complete upon reading. These will ensure that your child is being exposed to a wide range of books by lots of excellent authors and will support your child in developing a love of reading. During school the children will also take part in guided reading sessions. It is really important that you make the time to read with your child every day at home, so that they can practise the skills that they are learning in school and become confident, fluent readers.   


This year spellings will be taught and practised in school.


This term the children will be looking at writing information texts. These will be about woodland animals and their habitats. They will involve looking at questions, facts and a range of sentence types. 

The children will also be looking at woodland stories and focusing on characters and settings resulting in creating a story of their own. Grammar and punctuation will be embedded throughout. Alongside this learning, the children will be practising their handwriting, working towards cursive joined writing. There will be a focus on making sure letters are formed correctly and are of the correct size.


This half term we will be looking at place value and shape. After half term we will explore addition, subtraction and multiplication of 2, 5 and 10.

Times tables

Class 2 will participate in times tables quizzes. By the end of year 2 children need to be secure with their 2, 5 and 10 times tables. We also encourage learning other times tables as well when these are secure which includes answering out of order, at speed and the division facts.


We have an exciting term planned with the overall topic of ‘Into the Wild and how we used to live’.

Our science focus will be animals and their habitats, where we will be investigating microhabitats and minibeasts. We will also be looking at woodland animals, food chains and habitats.

In Geography we will be looking at what makes up the United Kingdom, including physical and human features found in each country.

Our art skills will be used to explore the form and shape of various sculptures. We will be looking at natural materials, land art and various artists including Andy Goldsworthy. We will investigate different techniques using colour, pattern, texture, line, form and shape. We will also be focusing on observational drawing skills, linked to our work on woodland animals.

In history we will be looking at shops and shopping in the past. We will be focusing on the way we used to live and what shops and shopping was like in Ashby from the 1930’s to the present day.

Within computing we will be learning how to present our work, how to be safe when using technology and use block graphs and branching databases.

Alongside the class teaching the children’s practical skills, problem solving, language and focus will be constantly challenged in the classroom during our continuous provision.


A homework grid will be given to the children and also on the website on the class 2 homework page. Children will be able to choose the piece of homework they do each week and choose how they would like to present it. Please help your child to remember to bring it into school every Monday. Homework is important as the children are practising skills taught in class.

P.E days 

Monday and Thursday

Please make sure your child comes to school in the appropriate P.E kit on Mondays and Thursdays.

Forest School         

For the first 2 weeks forest schools will be on a Friday. After that we will take part in forest school on Tuesday afternoons. Keep an eye on diary dates and text messages for any changes.

It is almost certain that the children will have fun and get muddy!

Please ensure that your child has appropriate clothing and footwear for this. If they fail to bring the appropriate kit they will not be able to take part. 


Clothes that cover arms and legs, as there are often tall grasses and nettles to contend with. Please ensure that your child always has waterproofs, as forest school will go ahead in the rain.


Waterproof footwear such as Wellies or walking boots.

Weather appropriate

Hats, gloves and scarves for winter, hats and sun cream for summer.


Finally, if you have any questions or concerns please contact the office at present.

Thank you for your support.


Mrs Waddell and Mrs Hall










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