Southborough C of E Primary School

Year 2
What have Year 2 been doing?

grace and family

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Year 2’s key text this term is ‘Grace and Family’ By Mary Hoffman. A sequel to Amazing Grace, this book concerns Grace’s feelings of difference from conventional family groups and her emotions and dilemmas when invited to visit her father and his new family in the Gambia. Accompanied by her wise Nana, Grace gradually learns to deal with her feelings of being an outsider to her Gambian family. Their warm welcome enables Grace to accept them and to enjoy being a loved member of two families. We will discuss themes and issues that arise in this moving story, enabling children to make connections with their own lives. We shall explore and develop ideas through talk and to listen to each other’s responses. Year 2 pupils will develop creative responses to the text through drama, play and drawing and write in role in order to explore characters and events.

In reading our main focus will be comprehension, showing where we find the answers in the text and using the text to support our answers. Please support your child with the fortnightly comprehension tasks by ensuring they build on their inference skills and they highlight the text to support their answers

MATHS & Times tables

This week we have begun the term by continuing our learning about fractions. We are focussing on counting up in halves, quarters and thirds and finding fractions of shapes and quantities.  We will use our knowledge of fractions to solve problems to find a fraction of a number. Year 2 pupils will then build upon their prior knowledge of telling the time by increasing their accuracy to the nearest five minutes, drawing clock hands and finding durations of time. To assist with telling the time please help your child to practise their 2, 5 and 10 times tables, division facts and adding and subtracting two-digit numbers using the column method regularly at home, so that they can calculate and recall them at great speed, this will support their learning and progress in class.


In Geography we explore the Gambia. We will be focusing on the human and physical features of this African country. We will be finishing the term with a Year 2 themed African day on Thursday 24th May, details to follow.


We will continue to learn about animals and their babies. We will also think about our own bodies and how we stay healthy and the need for a variety of food in the diet.


This term we will learn how to create a PowerPoint presentation on a topic we have personally chosen and researched. We will also consolidate our E-safety knowledge with a focus on our computing text ‘The Internet is like a Puddle’ written by Shona Innes.


Our key question this term is ‘Who is Muslim and what do they believe?’ We will be finding out about Islam and we will explore Muslim families and their faith.


Our learning will help us to develop positive outlooks and recognise the talents in each other that make us special. Durham 2 will be carrying out the Small Steps Pedestrian Training this term which is led by a Kent County Council Instructor.


Children will participate in PE lessons twice a week. This term all Year 2 children will be having athletics and multi-skills lessons during the week and on a Friday as part of our creative curriculum afternoon children will benefit from specialist coaching. Please ensure that a full PE kit is in school every day as our timetable for PE lessons can vary on a weekly basis.

art and d.t

This term in DT we will be cooking. We will look at where foods come from and food groups by linking our knowledge built in science. We will look at the reasons why all food needs to be farmed, grown or caught, with a focus on food produced in UK and the Gambia. Linking with our Power of Reading text we will be making a West-African lime cake.


Children will continue to be taught by Mrs McIlwham, a specialist music teacher, on Friday afternoons, where they will work on a variety of musical skills, including opera, composition and performance.

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.