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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

Autumn Term 2017

Welcome back to school

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


We will be learning about the Old Testament.

We will listen to stories such as Noah’s ark, Jonah and the Whale and David and Goliath.

We will think about why different people were called to be friends of God.

We will also learn about some saints and different forms of prayer.

After half term we will learn about the life of Mary and Jesus and the call of the disciples.

We will then move on to thinking about Advent and the lead up to Christmas; remembering the story of the Immaculate conception and why Mary was chosen by God to be the mother of Jesus.

We will understand how advent is a time in which we prepare for the coming of Jesus.


We will begin by looking at traditional tales; thinking about setting descriptions and character roles.

We will then move on to think about writing instructions and diary entries relating to stories which they know. During this time, the children will also be focusing on using cursive handwriting to encourage quality presentation and legibility.


The children will take part in daily phonics sessions in which we will focus on revisiting sounds learnt during Year One before moving on to alternative spellings; looking at how different letters are sometimes used to create the same sound, depending on the word where it is found.


Maths work is split between the following areas: Arithmetic, Geometry, Data & Measure and Reasoning. The children will continue to use cups as practical aids to support working out calculations. They will learn how to measure accurately, the properties of 2D and 3D shapes, and how to work out addition and subtraction calculations.

Please help your children to practise their times tables at home; particularly 5x, 10x and 2x to begin with.  Each week, the children will be tested on their times tables.


The science focus for this half term will be ‘Materials.’ We will explore the useful properties of materials with a range of investigations involving absorbency and flexibility. We will investigate which type of kitchen towel or cloth is most effective at mopping up spills. After half term we will study Animals including humans. This will build understanding that exercise makes the heart work harder and that it is an essential part of a healthy lifestyle. We will also find out about healthy lunch box foods before designing and sharing our own snack.


We will focus on The Great Fire of London, a significant historic event from the 17th Century! We will contrast fire-safety from the past with today and gain an understanding of why the fire spread so quickly. We will also find out about major land marks in the capital.


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 Wednesday 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.

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


Our music focus will be creating simple tunes and learning a variety of songs.


Children will have the opportunity to learn some simple French phrases.

Art and DT

Our Art and Design work this half term will link to our Great Fire of London topic, thinking about how different art can create different effects. Later during the half term, we will be using our craft skills to make some simple Christmas crafts.


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 every week and will take part in group guided reading 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 Monday. These will link in with the work covered in Phonics sessions. Spellings from the National curriculum for Year 2 will also be included as appropriate.

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 look forward to working with you and your children over the coming academic year.

Yours sincerely,

Mrs Dudley and Mrs Owen


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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.