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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


Welcome back after Easter! 


Just a reminder that our P.E day is still Thursday and all kit must remain in school. Girls must remove or cover their earrings.


We are still continuing with our maths facts, spelling and topic homework and they will continue to go out on a Friday.


As we test the children on their maths facts and spellings on a Friday, we 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. 

Scroll down to the bottom of the page to see week to week information about what we get up to in class and don't forget that you can also find us on Twitter!



Topics For Summer 2018

Religious Education

Come and See- Pentecost/ Serving- Spread the Word: 

During this topic, children will learn to know and understand spreading the Gospel message through the gift of the Holy Spirit.



Come and See- Reconciliation- Rules: 

During this topic, children will learn to know and understand how rules can help in school and at home and the reasons for rules in a Christian family.


Come and See- Universal Church- Treasures: 

During this topic, children will use the CAFOD resources to learn about treasures.


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 continue to develop the skills that we learned in Autumn and Spring and continue to look at more complex spelling patterns in our phonics. We will be exploring different sentence types and punctuation in our writing and we will continue to use coordination (and, or, but) and subordination (if, that, because, when) to extend our sentences. We will also continue to develop our stamina for writing and continue to develop our own flow and style by including our own detail. 


We will be looking at Lila and the Secret of Rain by David Conway and The Lighthouse Keeper's Lunch  by Ronda and David Armitage.


This term our maths facts will focus on learning x3 tables and we will continue to review our x2, x5 and x10 tables. We will continue 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) and multiplication and division facts within basic skills. We will also look more closely at fractions, measurement and position and direction. Each week, the children will experience a range of fluency, reasoning and problem solving activities. 


Africa culture, climate food-linked to Literacy Text

We will use world maps, atlases and globes to identify the United Kingdom and its countries, as well as the countries, continents and oceans.


We will begin to understand geographical similarities and differences through studying the human and physical geography of a small area of the United Kingdom, and of a small area in a contrasting non-European country.



Young Authors

This apptivity will take the children on a technological journey that will show them how technology has advanced over the years. They will research particular pieces of technology that has shaped the current technological world we live in. Once they have captured this information they will produce a book to show what they have learned.  Use technology purposefully to create, organise, store, manipulate and retrieve digital content  Use technology safely and respectfully, keeping personal information private; identify where to go for help and support when they have concerns about content or contact on the internet or other online technologies


Let’s Fix It

This apptivity has been designed to challenge children to analyse simple computer programs and for them to identify the errors within the code and then find a solution.  Create and debug simple programs  Use logical reasoning to predict the behaviour of simple programs

Physical Education

Top Play- Gymnastics

To remember, repeat and link combinations of gymnastic actions, body shapes and balance with control and precision. To lift, move and place equipment safely. To improve their work using information they have gained by watching, listening and investigating.


Top Play Athletics

To improve technique of running. To use a range of basic jumps. To jump in different ways and combine jumps together. To choose a specific running style that suits the task. To improve technique of throwing. To throw objects accurately. To develop jumping techniques.


This term we will look at plants and the conditions needed for growth. We will observe and describe how seeds and bulbs grow into mature plants and we will find out and describe how plants need water, light and a suitable temperature to grow and stay healthy.


We will also learn about the importance of exercise and healthy foods. We will answer where does food come from? Notice that animals, including humans, have offspring which grow into adults We will find out about and describe the basic needs of animals, including humans, for survival (water, food and air). We will describe the importance for humans of exercise, eating the right amounts of different types of food, and hygiene. What do humans need to survive?

Design Technology

Oliver’s Vegetables - Cooking and Nutrition

Can they describe the properties of the ingredients they are using? Can they explain what it means to be hygienic? Are they hygienic in the kitchen? Do they understand where food comes from? Knowledge, skills and understanding: Developing, planning and communicating ideas Can they think of ideas and plan what to do next? Can they choose the best tools and materials? Can they give a reason why these are the best? Can they describe their design by using pictures, diagrams, models and words? Working with tools, equipment, materials and components to make quality products Can they join materials together in different ways? Evaluating processes and products Can they explain what went well with their work? If they did it again, can they explain what they would improve? improve?



3D / Textiles

We will be looking at images of Maasai people and discussing their culture with the children. We will also look at how music and dance are an important feature of the Maasai culture. We will learn that Maasai people make their own clothes and jewellery that are bright and colourful and the children will be making their own Maasai headband. They need to add dangly bits and pointy features to the headband, in addition to collaged offcuts of African print fabric. We will introduce sewing skills to add dangly items and make a Massai necklace out of ‘Herculite No2 plaster’ threaded with a shoelace into a pre- drilled hole. They will then paint the necklace using their own African print designs. We will also create a whole class patchwork of African art samples which they design themselves.



Throughout the unit, children will learn: How to understand the geographical origin of the music and in which era it was composed. They will experience and learn how to apply key musical concepts/elements e.g. finding a pulse, clapping a rhythm, use of pitch and will work together in a band/ensemble to develop creativity through improvising and composing within the song. They will also begin to understand and use the first 5 notes of C major scale while improvising and composing. They will learn to recognise the style of the music and to understand its main style indicators and will begin to understand and use general musical vocabulary and specific vocabulary linked to the song.


Local History. What did people in the past visit Southport for their seaside holiday?

Chronological Knowledge: Know where events fit in a simple chronological framework. Correctly names the period studied. Uses simple vocabulary and phrases to describe the passage of time.


Historical Enquiry and Interpretation: Asks and answers questions about events/people studied. Shows an awareness of a range of sources when giving examples about ways they can find out about historical events. Records observations to show their own account of what happened historically.


Continuity and Change: Recognises simple elements which may have changed in history. Recognises simple reasons behind the changes in elements of life during a period of history. Causes and Consequences: Compares what life was like in relation to their own/another time in history.


Y2 Curriculum Overview

Journey in Love

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