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Barley Hill Primary School

Barley Hill Primary School
  1. Year Groups
  2. Year 2

Welcome to Year Two 2020-2021

Class                       Teacher      

Hedgehogs              Miss Fraser

Mice                         Mrs Humphries

Hamsters                 Miss Hussain

Each class are supported by Mrs Stevenson, Mrs Moody and Mrs Churchman.   Mrs Romeril teaches in Hedgehogs and Mice on a Tuesday and in Hamsters on a Thursday.


Welcome to Term Four! Our topic this term is a brand new one - Muck, Mess and Mixtures! Our English will focus on George's Marvellous Medicine by Roald Dahl, and there will be plenty of art and science experiments to take part in.  We have chosen this topic for this term to help with wellbeing at home as we know how difficult this current time is.  The art and science are all exciting activities that the whole family can get involved in! Please let us know if you need any help with resources for these and we will do our best to support you 


A normal day in Year Two for September 2020:

8.40am or 8.55am Enter the classrooms  Please drop your child off at their classroom door, and maintain a 2m distance from other families.  The children will come in and immediately wash their hands.

9.05am Phonics

9.30 - 10.30 English

10.30-10.45 Break - the children will use the KS1 playground.  They should bring a piece of fruit or some vegetables for this time.  School fruit will also be available.

10.45-11.40 Maths

11.40-12.15 Reading

12.15-1.15 Lunch - the children will eat in the hall or in the classroom and then play on the KS1 playground.  The children will need a water bottle for this time.

1.15 Story

1.40-3pm PHSE/RE/PE/Geography/History/Music/Art/DT

3pm Home time. Please collect your child promptly from their classroom door.

In Year Two our PE day is on Monday. The children should come into school dressed in their PE kit.  Trainers need to be left in school for when we run the daily mile and go on the adventure playground.

See Forest School letter for Forest School starting. Children should bring in their Forest School kit in a named bag to change into at school.  Hedgehogs - Monday, Hamsters - Tuesday, Mice - Wednesday 

Other equipment needed includes: a pencil case (colouring pencils, felt tips, pencils, scissors, 2x glue sticks, ruler, pencil sharpener), a water bottle, a pack of tissues and a book bag.  We ask for no rucksacks as we are trying to minimise movement outside of the classroom.  Please make sure all items (including PE kit) is well named.  The children will not be sharing resources at this time.


HOME LEARNING (Covid 19 absence learning) If your child is off ill or self isolating but well enough to complete learning, please see our separate Y2 Covid learning page.

Autumn Term Two
This term our topic is Towers, Tunnels and Turrets.  The children will begin the term learning all about Castles and what these were used for in the past.  Unfortunately, due to Covid-19, we are unable to visit Warwick Castle this year, but will instead make sure the children see lots of different castles online.  The children will make a castle and make sure it includes lots of defence mechanisms such as a drawbridge, arrow slits etc.  Throughout the term, the children will also learn about tunnels - including animals that build tunnels and famous tunnels around the world such as the Channel Tunnel.  We will also learn about Islambard Kingdom Brunel and his famous structures he has created.  We will find these on a map.

At home:


It is really important to read with your child as often as possible.  Your child should have the opportunity to change their school reading books twice a week - please encourage your child to do this - which allows them to read the book a few times in order to gain confidence and fluency. As you are reading it is useful to stop and ask questions about what the book is about, what the characters are doing and what might happen next.   At the end of the book get your child to think about what they like or did not like about the book and reasons why. Please fill in your child's Reading Diary once you have read with them - if they have their reading diary signed three times in a week then they will help their class to earn a class reward!

Please see quality books to read at home: https://images.scholastic.co.uk/assets/a/e9/cb/pie-corbett-yr2-1393273.pdf


Year 2 English Objectives

Maths                                                                                                                      Throughout the year we will cover; number and place value, addition and subtraction, multiplication and division, fractions, measurement, properties of shapes, position and direction and data handling (now called statistics). 

Our first topic in Maths is place value where we will look at how numbers to 100 are made up of different amounts of tens and ones, e.g 42 is 4 tens and 2 ones.  The children will count fluently in 10s to and from 100 and use different equipment to partition numbers.


 The children will be set homework (mostly Maths and spellings) on a Friday. This is due in the following Thursday.  This will be a mixture of either sheets to complete or an activity online.  This will always be based on what we have been learning in school that week and should help your child to revise that subject.   Please speak to us if you have any concerns about homework, but reading is the most crucial element of this.