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St William of York Catholic Primary School

Year 2

Welcome to Year 2!

Class Teacher - Miss  Hunt
Teaching Assistants - Mrs Prendergast & Mrs Blair


We hope you enjoyed the summer holidays and are ready to learn!


Can I please remind you that our P.E days are Thursdays and all kit must remain in school. Girls must remove or cover their earrings.


In year 2 we have math's facts and spelling homework as well as an English homework. These all go out on a Friday.

We test the children on their math's facts and spellings on a Friday and would appreciate if all homework could be handed in by Wednesday.


Reading is also very important and children should be reading as much as they can. Please write a comment in your child’s reading diary to let us know you have read with them. We can then change their books.


Staff are available at the beginning and end of the school day if you wish to speak to us about any school issues. Thank you for your continued support.

Library books: These will be changed every Friday please remember to return them so that your child has a new book for the week.


Scroll down to the bottom of the page to see week to week information about what we get up to in class!

Topics For Autumn Term 2017

Religious Education

Come and See- Domestic Church- Family: Beginnings

During this topic, children will learn to know and understand the many beginnings each day offers (Explore). They will also begin to understand that God is present in every beginning (Reveal).

Come and See- Belonging: Signs and Symbols

During this topic, children will learn to know and understand different signs and symbols of God's presence in the world and in our lives (Explore) and they will begin to know and understand the different signs and symbols used in Baptism (Reveal). 

Come and See- Loving: Preparing

During this topic, children will learn to know and understand how to prepare for special times (Explore). They will also learn about the four weeks of Advent to prepare for the celebration of Jesus at Christmas (Reveal).


At the end of each topic, the children will also develop the skills to remember, celebrate and respond to what they have learned.


This term we will begin to look at more complex spelling patterns in our phonics and explore different sentence types and punctuation in our writing. We will also begin to use coordination (and, or, but) and subordination (if, that, because, when) to extend our sentences and we will begin to develop our understanding of nouns, adjectives and verbs. We have also begun to learn to use cursive handwriting.

As part of a dragon topic, we will be retelling the story of Kassim and the Greedy Dragon by Pie Corbett and we will be creating dragon poetry.


This term our maths facts will focus on number bonds to 20 and we will begin to learn our 2x, 5x and 10x tables. We will also spend time exploring place value (recognising, identifying and representing numbers to 100) and addition and subtraction (including the use of inverse operations to find the missing number). The children will also learn to choose strategies and apparatus to help them at various parts of their learning journey. Each week, the children will experience a range of fluency, reasoning and problem solving activities. 


Geography- 'Where is London?'

During this topic we will be using maps and the globe to look at the UK. We will refer to physical features such as land, hills, coast, rivers and sea. We will also learn to name, locate and identify characteristics of the 4 countries and capital cities of the United Kingdom and it's surrounding seas. We will use simple compass directions and locational and directional language to describe the location of features and routes on a map.


History- 'Why did the house burn so quickly during The Great Fire of London?'

This term we are focusing on events beyond living memory. We will be developing our chronological knowledge of the events of the Great Fire of London and we will be developing our use of relevant historical terms when speaking and writing during our History lessons. We will develop our historical enquiry and interpretation by asking questions and using a range of sources to answer them. We will also look at the cause of the fire, consequences brought about after the event and continuity and change during the rebuilding of London.


You’ve Got Mail!

Through the use of an apptivity, the children will explore how they can use e-mail to communicate with real people within their schools, families and community.They will also learn to recognise common uses of information technology beyond school and to use technology purposefully to create, organise, store and manipulate and retrieve digital content.

Physical Education

Our work this term will focus on Top Play, Kicking, to improve control and coordination. We will also learn to choose and use simple tactics when kicking


This term we are exploring different habitats, things that are living, dead and never lived. We will learn that most living things live in habitats to which they are suited and describe how different habitats provide for the basic needs of different kinds of animals and plants. We will learn how they depend on each other. We will learn to identify and name a variety of plants and animals in their habitats, including microhabitats. We will learn to describe how animals obtain their food from plants and other animals, using the idea of a simple food chain, and identify and name different sources of food.

Design Technology

This term, children will make press prints of Tudor houses and create a frieze across the wall of the class depicting scenes of The Great Fire of London. They will also make a model of a tudor house and make paper sculpture flames to add to the scene. 

Art This term children will be printing, painting and using their sketchbooks to draw. They will make a replica of a scene of 'The Annunciation' after studying famous artists famous for their own contrasting depictions of 'The Annunciation'.

This term we will be learning basic instrumental styles using the Glockenspiel. This unit introduces children to learning about the language of music through playing the glockenspiel. Throughout the unit, children will learn; how to listen to music; to sing the song; to understand the geographical origin of the music and in which era it was composed; to experience and learn how to apply key musical concepts/elements; to work together in a band/ensemble; to develop creativity through improvising and composing within the song; to understand and use the first 5 notes of C major scale while improvising and composing; to recognise the style of music and the understand it's main style indicators and to understand and use general musical vocabulary and specific vocabulary linked to the song.


Y2 Curriculum Overview

  • Our Mission Statement
  • Together Everyone Achieves More.
  • To go forward in Christ, to respect our neighbour and to always give our best.