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Newton Burgoland Primary School

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Year 2 newsletter Aut 1 2020


Class 2 Newsletter


 Autumn 2020

Welcome to our Y2 class.  Mrs Waddell will be working every Monday and Tuesday, and Mrs Ward will be working every Thursday and Friday and working alternate Wednesdays. In addition to this, your children will also be receiving support and guidance from Mr Lees.

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 phonics book and a school reading book. We will make sure that your child will read to an adult three times a week. In addition to this we are also giving the children an opportunity to choose one of our books from the yr2 class to read with parents or other family members, these books do not always have to be read by the children, some may not be at the correct reading level but they are books that the children will be able to share with family and discuss. They can help children discover what authors they may like and help distinguish genres. 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.   



Spellings are to be learnt at home over the week. The children will be tested every Monday. Spellings will be taken from their phonics phase and the year 2 common exception words.



This term the children will be looking at and writing information texts. These will be on woodland animals, and will involve looking at questions, facts and a range of sentence types. We will be looking at poetry after half term, such as acrostics and kennings.

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,  bonds, comparisons and patterns. As well as addition, subtraction and multiplication of 2, 5 and 10 also money, to support their work in place value.



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. 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         

We hope to be able to get back to regular forest school sessions. For the next 2 weeks they will take place on Wednesday beginning on Wednesday 9th September 2020, in all weathers.

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 Ward










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