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St. Mary’s Catholic Academy
part of the Painsley Catholic Academy

Love and Serve

“Every individual will develop knowledge, skills and understanding with confidence and belief to take in life's journey. Together we will excel, love and serve through the Catholic Faith without limitations.”

Year 2

Welcome to Year 2

Summer Term 2018


Here is an outline of what we will be covering in class this term.

Year 2 welcomes Mrs Buggy back after her maternity leave.

She will be teaching in Year 2 alongside Mrs Dudley and Miss Owen throughout this term.



At the start of term the children will develop their knowledge and understanding of the stories of Easter from the New Testament and of the symbols the Church uses to celebrate the Season. They will then move on to exploring the Liturgical year as a celebration of the life of Christ. The children will also learn about Baptism and Marriage as special sacramental celebrations. The next topic will focus on the story of Pentecost and of the activity and presence of the Holy Spirit. We will then move on to exploring what it means to belong to God’s Family. In this unit we focus on the role of the parish and people with special responsibilities. The children will also hear about the origins of the Church through the lives of the Apostles. The final unit is designed to develop the children’s understanding of the structure of the Mass and what is taking place. The focus will be on seeing Christ present when we gather, in the Word and in the Eucharist.  



We will begin the term focusing on the film ‘Shrek’ and then move onto studying information texts on knights and castles to deliver the year two English objectives. During this time, the children will continue to develop their cursive handwriting to encourage quality presentation and legibility. They will also participate in weekly guided reading sessions and daily spelling, punctuation and grammar sessions.


The children will continue to take part in daily phonics sessions which are differentiated to cater for individual ability.



By the end of this term the children are expected to independently complete these objectives:




The science focus for this half term will continue to be ‘ ‘Plants.’ The children will explore the world of seeds. They will learn why plants disperse their seeds and the various clever ways in which they do this. They will also plant cress seeds and grow a bean using hydroponics – they will watch and record what happens to them. Using various art and design techniques, they will make and model their own seeds and finally enjoy the fruits of their labours! The final science unit will be ‘Habitats.’ The children will identify that most living things live in habitats to which they are suited and describe how different habitats provide for the basic needs of different kinds of animals and plants, and how they depend on each other.



The history focus this term will be dinosaurs and the Jurassic period! We will study the findings of palaeontologist, Mary Anning and her discoveries. The geography unit will be comparing and contrasting two different countries as well as finding information using maps.



Children will use the computers and iPads to research and present different information for different purposes. We will use the internet to search for and collect data.



The children will have PE lessons with a PE specialist on Tuesday afternoon in which they will be learning basic multi-skills including throwing, catching and movement. PE kits will be sent home for washing after each half term.



Our music focus will be learning songs for the music festival we are attending at the Victoria Hall on June 19th.  

Details regarding this event will be sent home soon.


Art and DT

Our Art and Design work this half term will link to our castle's topic and the children will be designing and making shields.

Later during the term, we will be using our D&T skills to make Catapults.


Homework will be sent home on a Wednesday and returned by the following Monday. Please support your children when they complete this work. The work should be completed in your child’s learning log.



Please read with your child every night for at least ten minutes. This greatly benefits their reading progress and will help them in class when working independently. The children will be listened to read every week as well as taking part in guided reading group sessions.

Any books that are sent home will be changed as necessary once they have been read.

Please keep a record of your child’s reading at home by writing in their homework diaries.



Spellings will be sent home on a Wednesday and tested on the following Tuesday. These will link with the work covered in Phonics sessions and the year 2 common exception words.


After School Booster Sessions

These will continue on a Wednesday after school

until the children have completed their end of key stage tests in May.


KS1 SATs Assessment

These assessments will be completed in May.

Please read the KS1 SATs Assessment booklet shown below for further information.


Please ensure all uniform is clearly labelled, including PE kits, bags, shoes and coats.

Please ensure all uniform is clearly labelled, including PE kits, bags, shoes and coats.

Your child will need a bottle of water in school, to stay hydrated and aid their concentration during lessons. Please clearly label your child’s water bottle with their name.


We are looking forward to an exciting term of learning.


Yours sincerely,

smileyMrs Dudley, Mrs Buggy and Miss Owensmiley


SATS Information Evening PowerPoint

Curriculum Plans for Reading, Writing, Mathematics and RE

Year 1 and Year 2 Curriculum and Expectations

Below you will find the expectations for Year 1 and Year 2 in Reading, Writing and Mathematics. This year the year 2 will be following the government's End of Key Stage 1 interim curriculum. The government guidance can be downloaded at the bottom of the page. This document provides detail of the specific expectations for the end of year 2 statutory tests and expectations.

The document for year 1 which can be downloaded below identifies Year 1 expectations. In this document we have also produced ‘deepening’ targets for parents to show you the targets that the children will be working towards if they have met all of the ‘expected’ targets to master their learning skills.

As a school we shall report your child’s progress against these end of year expectations at parent’s evening during the year.

The following terms will be used:

·         Your child is not on track to meet the end of year national expectations.

·         Your child is on track to meet the end of year national expectations .

·         Your child is on track to deepen the end of year national expectations.

Any extra support you can provide in helping your child or children to achieve these will benefit them greatly.