Year 2

Autumn Term

Welcome to Year 2! We hope that you have enjoyed a relaxing Summer holidays and that the children are ready and refreshed for the busy, yet exciting, year ahead. Listed below are key information for the coming term.


Our topic for the first half term is Into the Woods. Throughout the term, we will be reading a variety of genres surrounding the theme of woodland areas and using these key texts to support our literacy work through our writing cycle. For example we will be starting off by writing a poem about a garden using the book Tree: Season Come, Seasons Go by Patricia Hegarty. In Maths, we will continue to develop our number operation skills while following the abacus scheme, focusing on place value, addition and subtraction and 2D shapes. In Science, we will be exploring the topic animals including humans.

For the second half term, our topic will be Keeping Healthy. Throughout this topic, we will continue to read a variety of genres to support our literacy work and during Maths our focus will be place value, addition and subtraction, position and direction and we will begin to look at money calculations. In Science, our topic of animals including humans will continue.

Upcoming Events:

This term, we have a variety of visits arranged for the children to experience their learning. In the coming weeks, Year 2 will be visited by a bird of prey company who will be able to answer the children's questions and see different animals in different parts of their life cycle. They will also have the opportunity to explore Blackwell's very own forest area to submerge themselves into our Into the Woods topic through exciting activities.

Later in the term, we will have a Florence Nightingale workshop from whom they will learn aspects of modern nursing and get the opportunity to ask questions. Alongside this, they will have the chance to learn about the work of a local pioneer - Archibald McIndoe - through a series of activities.

All details of our exciting learning opportunities will be sent out via a letter.

Reading, OLL and Spellings:

Please continue to read on a daily basis with your child throughout the term. Reading really is the key to all learning and we can’t stress enough how vital it is! Statistics show that children who read daily have a higher chance of success in their future, so please keep persevering! The hard work is paying off and we have noticed just how far the children have come on with their reading, and their comprehension, this year.

OLL and spellings will continue to be given out on a Monday. OLL is due in by the following Monday and will continue to alternate weekly between Maths and Literacy. We would please ask you to continue to support the children with learning their 2, 5 and 10 times tables with corresponding division facts on a weekly basis as well as their spellings. Spellings will be tested on the Friday of each week.


Please ensure that PE kits (navy Blackwell t-shirt, navy shorts and plimsolls/trainers) are available throughout the week. Children should also have a pair of spare socks as well as grey, navy or black tracksuit bottoms and jumper in their kit for outside P.E. Their P.E kit must be named. This makes it a lot easier for us to make sure items of clothing don’t go missing, including plimsolls. Jewellery is not permitted during P.E as part of the West Sussex policy. Therefore, children should be able to remove all jewellery/earrings by themselves. (They may want to start practising removing earrings & putting them back in at home)

Key Dates for the Diary

Wednesday 25th September - Class and family photos

Monday 30th September - Harvest festival

Monday 21st October - Parents evening

Thursday 24th October - Parents evening

Monday 4th November - INSET

Monday 2nd December - OLL projects due

Thursday 5th December - OLL project due

Water Bottles:

As the weather gets warmer, the children

are again encouraged to bring in a water

bottle. These are kept in the classroom

for drinking throughout the day. When

appropriate, and in order to stay sun safe,

the children may also wish to bring in a

cap/hat, however please ensure that they

are named so that the owner can easily be found!


Kind regards,

Miss Bretland, Mrs Boggis, Miss Saunders and Mrs Billings