Southborough C of E Primary School

Year 2
What have Year 2 been doing?

the fox and the star


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Our text for the term is ‘The Fox and the Star’ written by Coralie Bickford-Smith. The children will be using this fantastic book to create list poems and odes. They will be creating rich word lists to support all their writing, including written stories, persuasive letters, riddles and in oral story telling.  The text will also be a stimulus for note taking which will support their non-chronological report writing.

Please note reading books will be sent home on a Thursday and should be returned on a Wednesday. Beginning this term your child will also receive a comprehension task each fortnight as part of their home learning, this will be placed in their green home learning book. Class teachers will review these tasks with each child as part of their reading lessons over the following week. After the reading lesson the child will stick their comprehension task back into their book so you can see their understanding of the text.


MATHS & Times tables

The children in Year 2 have begun the term reading scales to measure the mass of different objects and will be calculating the difference between different amounts. The children will then be learning about how temperature is measured and how to read picture graphs. In both of these areas your child will need to count up in 2s, 5s or 10s and calculate the difference using subtraction. Throughout the term the children will be solving a range of word problems which will require them to use their written methods of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division confidently. Please continue to support your child in learning the times tables they are set each week as they need to rapidly recall these to solve mathematical problems throughout the year. They are required to be secure in their 2, 5 and 10 times tables to meet the expected standard at the end of Year 2. Thanks to the Year 6 children who are continuing to lead times tables club at lunchtimes this term too!

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Our key question is - Why are forests an essential part of our eco-system? We will be researching and comparing forests around the world using atlas, information books and laptops. A focus will be exploring the different dangers to rainforests around the world and the impact this will have locally and globally.


Year 2 will be deepening their knowledge of animals and their habitats, learning about micro-habitats and food chains. We will be relating our learning to our text and the animals in it.


he children will be thinking carefully about what happens in computer games and use logical reasoning to make predictions of what
a program will do. They will test these predictions and think critically about computer games and be aware of how to use games safely.


This term Year 2 continue to learn about Christianity with a focus on the gospels. We will be studying stories from the Bible and recognising what these stories mean to Christians, how Christians show their beliefs and also exploring ways in which Christians use Bible stories and texts to guide their beliefs about prayer both in their church communities and their own lives.


The value of cooperation will be our focus this term. Warwickshire 2 will be carrying out the Small Steps Pedestrian Training this term which is led by a Kent County Council Instructor.


Please ensure that a full PE kit is in school every day as our timetable for PE lessons can vary on a weekly basis. This term all Year 2 children will be having specialist P.E coaching on a Wednesday for gymnastics and another PE lesson during the week with a focus on multi skills.

art and d.t

In D.T this term the children will be putting their final touches on their vehicles which they made before the October break. In art the children will be improving their observational sketching, developing their skills in how they create line and shape looking at different features of a castle and how they can use mixing to create light and dark. Towards Christmas they will be creating their own decorations to bring home.


The children will continue to have singing with Mrs Bateup every Monday morning. Every Thursday afternoon all Year 2 children will be having their music lesson with Mrs Capewell who is our music specialist. The children will be learning about the violin and listening to some favourite tunes - such as Star Wars and Frozen. Year 2 will also be discovering how the violin and other instruments are made and work and listening to some wonderful music of all genres. 

HOME learning

Wednesday  - Please return your child’s green Home Learning book, school reading book and yellow reading record.

            - In class we will have a weekly spelling and times tables check.

                            - Buster Book Club bookmark sent home, please read and enjoy a book from home.

                 Thursday - Please sign and return your child’s Buster Book Club bookmark.

                            - Home Learning set and green book, reading book and yellow reading record sent home.

1. RWInc sounds/ words for children having Read Write Inc. lessons.

2. Daily Reading – Yellow Reading Record to be signed weekly by an adult.

3. Mathletics /Times tables & number bonds

4. 8 Spellings a week (5 statutory, 2 topic, 1 wizard word. Write definition of topic and wizard words. Additional challenge to write all spelling words correctly within a paragraph.)

5. From Term 3 - Fortnightly comprehension.