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Year 2 - Squirrels

Welcome to Year 2 - Squirrels!



Miss Reynolds is our class teacher.

Mrs Negus and Miss Bada are our TA's.

Home Learning: 1st - 5th June




Home Learning - School Closure


Due to the school closure for most pupils and the advice to stay inside I will be sending work home regularly to help your child to continue with their learning at home. The school has sent out a pack of work to be completed and I will be setting tasks daily on Class Dojo so please do ensure you check it regularly. If you have any problems at all accessing Class Dojo please contact the school office and we can assist.

Below are a list of great websites to help your child learn from home:







https://www.twinkl.co.uk/ - this site is predominately for teachers but during the lockdown they have free access for parents too.


This can be a scary time for both parents and children so try to find a routine that works for you as a family. You can adapt the suggested activities to suit you and your child and be as creative as you want. Try to make learning fun, for yourself and your child. Remember to stay safe and look after each other.

Term 6: Living Things


In our last term in Year 2 we will be learning about living things. This is a very science heavy topic as we will be learning about plants, animals, habitats and life cycles. It's a fun time to be outside investigating our local nature and wildlife. To link in with this, we will be learning about alternative versions of Jack and the Beanstalk in English and some other lovely books which link to our Science topic. Our Maths is revising all of the skills we have learnt this year so we are confident and ready to move to Year 3 in September.

Term 6: Living Things

Term 5: Australia


In Term 5, we will be learning about Australia. This is such an interesting country because of its wonderful rich history and amazing animals which live there. We will be learning about Aborigine culture and stories, the impact of humans on the environment and landscape of the country and, of course, about the animals and wildlife that Australia is famous for. This term will be slightly different as we will be working at home, for the time being, but I will make sure that the work is fun and interesting just like it would be at school. Please keep checking Class Dojo for daily tasks and challenges and most of all have fun learning about this amazing country.

Term 5: Australia

Term 4: Explorers


We will be learning about Explorers this term starting with space exploration and the first moon landing. Our Power of Reading text is called 'Look Up' and is all about meteor showers so we will be finding out lots about meteors and other parts of space too. We will also be finding out about Columbus and his travels around the world. During this topic we will find out about the seven continents and the five oceans and use our map work to locate these. This topic also allows us to compare travel in the past with now and how exploration is very different today to the past. In Term 4, we will also be taking part in the Key Stage 1 Singing Festival in Chatham's Central Theatre - this is a fantastic opportunity for the children to perform on a real stage.

Term 3: Brilliant Britons


In Term 3, we will be learning about Famous People including the Royal Family, Charles Dickens and many others. We will be reading the book Halibut Jackson as part of the Power of Reading and will also be doing lots of writing about the Victorians which is a big part of our topic this term. We will find out lots about how the Victorians lived and compare that to how we live now. This term we will also be visiting the Guildhall Museum to find out about Charles Dickens and the Victorian hulk ships. It is a busy term but full of fun learning opportunities!

Term 3: Brilliant Britons

Term 3 Newsletter

Term 2: Fire!


In Term 2, we will be finding out all about the Great Fire of London. We will be learning about how the fire started, where it spread and what we can learn from these terrible events. We will find out about Samuel Pepys and the importance of his diary. In English, we will be reading Toby and the Great Fire of London, a new text which is based on a boy who finds himself in the middle of the chaos of the Great Fire.

Of course Term 2 is also a very busy term as we prepare for Christmas. We will be rehearsing our nativity production as well as learning about how Christmas is celebrated around the world. During the last 3 weeks of term we will be using the book Mog's Christmas Calamity in English.

Science is also very important during this term and we will be finding out about materials and learning lots of great scientific vocabulary so listen out for your children impressing you with their knowledge!


Term 2: Fire! Topic Overview

Term 1 - Healthy eating


Welcome to Squirrel class 2019-2020. In Term 1, Squirrels class will be learning about how to keep ourselves healthy. We will look at exercise, healthy eating and hygiene. We will be using the cookery corner a lot over the term and in Art will be learning about Archimboldo. 


We will be using the Supertato series to start off our topic. This book will hopefully capture the children's imagination and help to produce some fantastic art work and English writing. Towards the end of the term we will be focussing on Anne Fine's 'The Diary of a Killer Cat' to develop the children's English skills.


Term 1: Healthy Me Topic Overview

Term 1 Newsletter



PE will be on Tuesday and Thursday – please remember that earrings have to be removed for PE. Please ensure that their entire PE kit is named, including shoes. 


Also remember to bring in a water bottle every day - even in the winter! Being well hydrated helps us to concentrate and learn.


Reading is a massive focus in Year 2 so please ensure your child's book is in daily and that you sign their contact book whenever you read at home. Reading books are needed in school daily. 


Homework is set on a Monday and due in on Friday of that week. Please help your child to complete their homework and ensure it is in on time. If you have any questions about homework please speak to me after school or write a note in your child's contact book. If you have helped a lot with your child's homework or think they are unsure about the task please feel free to write a comment on the homework itself.


Children will recieve spellings on Monday which are tested on Friday. These follow spelling patterns and are learnt throughout the week at school. These spelling patterns will help the children to spell new and unknown words. Practising these words at home will really help your child to do well with their English writing at school. Please make sure the yellow spelling book is back in school for Friday ready for the next weeks spellings. 

Suggested Reading for Year 2

High Frequency Word List

Year 1 and Year 2 Common Exception Word List

Other useful websites:



Daily Ten website.



English and Maths games.



Full of Maths websites to help revise at home.



A brilliant quick paced game to help revise number bonds and times tables.



A fantastic resource for practising the weekly spellings. 



Mathletics website.




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