Parent letter Class 2  Autumn 1 2018

Welcome to class 2 and the start of our new school year. We hope you have all had a lovely summer holiday and the children are ready for an exciting term of learning. We would like to invite you to a Welcome evening on Wednesday 12th September at 6:30pm for half an hour (6:30-7:00pm) when we will explain our classroom routines and explain the curriculum for Year 2 and 3. We will be happy to answer any questions you may have.


This half term in our literacy we will link our writing to our Stone Age topic. Children will read and explore the books,‘The Stone Age Boy’ and ‘Ug, Boy genius of the Stone Age’. They will write their own story based on ‘The Stone Age Boy’ .The Children will also write a diary entry as a character from Stone Age Britain. Following reading ‘Ug, Boy genius of the Stone Age’ the children will write a character description of Ug. This half term we will also study Performance poetry. The children will share and enjoy three poems, identifying and giving reasons for their likes and dislikes. They will discuss poetic features, the poems’ structure and the poet’s language choices. They will look at the poet’s use of personification in depth and then draft and write their own versions of The Sound Collector by Roger McGough.

In our spelling learning in Year 2 we will learn,

  • ge, dge words ( age, badge)
  • The ‘s’ sound spelt with a ‘c’ before e, i and y (race, ice, cell, city, fancy)
  • Silent ‘k’ and ‘g’ words preceding ‘n’ sound in words (knit, gnat)
  • The ‘r’ sound spelt ‘wr’ at the beginning of words ,( wrap, wrong)
  • Words ending in ‘le’ (table, apple, bottle, little, middle)
  • Adding ‘ing’ for the present tense  and ‘ed’  for past tense
  • We will learn to use correct sentence punctuation (capital letter , full stops, question marks and exclamation marks).
  • Use commas to separate items in a list

The children will also start to learn the common exception words that Year 2 children need to learn this year. A few of these common exception words have been added to the weekly spelling lists. Please can children learn each dated spelling list. Feedback will be provided to parents in the home spelling book which should be in school on the Monday of the spelling test.


In Year 3 spelling learning they will revise learning from Year 2.

In addition they will;

  • Add suffixes to words ending in a single consonant which has one vowel letter before it (stopping, forgetting , beginner, preferred)
  • The i sound spelt y in words such as gym, Egypt, myth
  • Adding suffix ly
  • To learn when to use a and an correctly
  • To express time ,place and cause using conjunctions

The children will learn the common exception words that they need to learn to spell in Year 3.


Numeracy  Year 2 and Year3  (Year 3 objectives are in bold font)

Number – Place Value

Count in steps of 2, 3 and 5 from 0 and in tens from any number, forward and backward.

Count from 0 in multiples of 4, 8, 50 and 100

Read and write numbers to at least 100 in numerals and words.

Read and write numbers up to 1,000 in numerals and in words.

Recognise the place value of each digit in a two digit number (tens, ones)

Recognise the place value of each digit in a 3-digit number.

Identify, represent and estimate numbers to 100 using different representations including the number line.

Identify, represent and estimate numbers using different representations.

Compare and order numbers from 0 up to 100; use <, > and = signs.

Order and compare numbers to 1000.

Find 10 or 100 more or less than a given number.

Use place value and number facts to solve

Solve number problems and practical problems involving these ideas.

Number – Addition and Subtraction

Recall and use addition and subtraction facts to 20 fluently, and derive and use related facts up to 100.

Add and subtract numbers using concrete objects, pictorial representations, and mentally, including: a two digit number and ones; a two digit number and tens; two two digit numbers; adding three one digit numbers.

Add and subtract numbers mentally, including: a three-digit number and ones; a three-digit number and tens; a three digit number and hundreds.

Add and subtract numbers with up to three digits, using formal written methods of columnar addition and subtraction

Solve problems with addition and subtraction: using concrete objects and pictorial representations, including those involving numbers, quantities and measures; applying their increasing knowledge of mental and written methods.

Solve problems, including missing number problems, using number facts, place value, and more complex addition and subtraction.

Show that the addition of two numbers can be done in any order (commutative) and subtraction of one number from another cannot.

Recognise and use the inverse relationship between addition and subtraction and use this to check calculations and solve missing number problems.

Estimate the answer to a calculation and use inverse operations to check answers.


Our topic (history focus) this half term is about the Stone Age

We will learn about prehistory, a time before written records. We will find out when the Stone Age began and the chronology of events and when it ended. We will look at the evidence of how we know about life in the Stone Age and study cave art and draw our own cave art pictures. We will find out about their food, shelters, how they dressed and  how they farmed and hunted. We will also find out about the village of Skara Brea in Orkney.


In Year 2 they will they will learn to take, download and save digital images. They will also learn to label and manipulate images. They will take digital images to help them understand similarities and differences between themselves and others.

In Year 3 they will learn to communicate effectively by email, taking into account who they are sending their message to and the tone of the message they want to convey.

The children in Class 2 will also use ICT to research areas of their learning, such as the Stone Age and their science topic on rocks and soils.


The science topic this half term is rocks. The children will learn;

  • Compare and group together different kinds of rocks on the basis of their appearance and simple physical properties.
  • Describe in simple terms how fossils are formed when things that have lived are trapped within rock.
  • Recognise that soils are made from rocks and organic matter.

RE- Beliefs

This unit examines the origins of some of the beliefs of the major religions. We will look at the holy books from Christianity, Islam, Sikhism and Judaism.

  • To know that the Jewish holy book is the Torah

To know how the Torah is treated and what this shows about Jewish beliefs

  • To identify ways in which the Bible is important to Christians

To reflect on their use of time and money

  • To learn that Hindus believe in one god who can be represented in many forms
  • To learn that the holy book of the Sikhs is the Guru Granth Sahib

To learn how the Guru Granth Sahib is treated with respect

  • To learn that the Qur’an is the holy book of Islam

To retell the story of Muhammad (pbuh) and the Qur’an

  • To recognise religious symbols, holy books and places of worship

Our school value this term is Friendship and we will be looking at the importance of friendship in class and in assembly time.


Our PE days will be Monday and Tuesday. Monday’s session is with Mr Sykes, one session is with Year 2 and the second session with Year 3. On Tuesday the PE session of Multi-skills will be with Mr Devlin. Please can children remember to have their correct PE named kit in school on these days.


Much of our art work will link to our topic of the Stone Age. We will use pastels, paints and oil pastels to draw cave paintings. We will design and make Stone Age shelters using a range of media including clay. We will also make Stone Age jewellery.


In French , the children will learn to greet each other , exchange names , ask how somebody is , count to 10 and say how old they are .