Parent and Carer Letter - Class 2 - Autumn 2 (November 2018)

Happy November and welcome back to Class 2 after the half-term break – we hope the children have had a wonderful holiday - lots of Halloween and bonfire treats - and are refreshed and raring to go as we have planned lots of wonderful learning for before Christmas which we hope will engage them all!


This half term the literacy work will link to our Rainforest topic. The children will explore the Big Question: Could you keep an orang-utan as a pet?

They will read the book ‘All about Orang-utans’, asking questions and collecting facts. The children will research their own animals, present their findings and design and write their own non-fiction report. They will also learn about imperatives and how they are used in commands and instructions, writing their own instructions to make a rain stick. The children will also begin to look at where chocolate comes from and follow its journey all the way from the cacao bean to the delicious treat, exploring the layout of an explanation text and completing their own.

In fiction, they will write character descriptions and a recount based on the animation ‘Caterpillar Shoes’. The class will also be writing sense poems based on Bonfire Night.

Year 2 and 3 will continue to follow the grammar scheme of work appropriate to their age group.


In Year 2 they will learn,

  • The /l/ sound spelt as ‘el’. This is less common but used after the following letters: w, v, r, n, m and s, e.g. camel, easel
  • The /l/ sound spelt as ‘al’ (canal, animal)
  • The /l/ sound spelt as ‘il’ (pencil, pupil)
  • Words ending in ‘y’ making the ie sound, e.g. cry, why
  • Words ending in ‘y’ when making plurals, e.g. lady – take off the y and add ies
  • Revision of words from Autumn term

In Year 3 they will learn:

  • To add suffixes to words with more than one syllable with unstressed vowel (offer, offering, offered)
  • The /i/ sounds as ‘y’ (myth, gym)
  • The /u/ as ‘ou’ (cousin, trouble)
  • Prefixes ‘dis’, ‘in’ and ‘mis’ (disappear)
  • Revision of words from Autumn term



Year 2 will cover:

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
  • 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
  • show that 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.

Multiplication and Division

  • recall and use multiplication and division facts for the 2, 5 and 10 multiplication tables, including recognising odd and even numbers
  • calculate mathematical statements for multiplication and division within the multiplication tables and write them using the multiplication (×), division (÷) and equals (=) signs
  • show that multiplication of two numbers can be done in any order (commutative) and division of one number by another cannot
  • solve problems involving multiplication and division, using materials, arrays, repeated addition, mental methods, and multiplication and division facts, including problems in contexts

Year 3 will cover:

Addition and Subtraction

  • 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
  • estimate the answer to a calculation and use inverse operations to check answers
  • Solve problems, including missing number problems, using number facts, place value, and more complex addition and subtraction.

Multiplication and Division

  • recall and use multiplication and division facts for the 3, 4 and 8 multiplication tables
  • write and calculate mathematical statements for multiplication and division using the multiplication tables that they know, including for two-digit numbers times one-digit numbers, using mental and progressing to formal written methods
  • solve problems, including missing number problems, involving multiplication and division, including positive integer scaling problems and correspondence problems in which n objects are connected to m objects.


Our topic (history focus) this half term is Rainforests.

Class 2 will take a trek into the depths of the jungle as they explore the fascinating world of the rainforest. The children will discover where the rainforests are, learn about their climate and describe and understand the features of the layers of a rainforest. They will also look at who lives in rainforests - including animals, plants and indigenous peoples - and the effects that humans are having on them. The class will also look at the Amazon rainforest and compare it to a forest in the UK.



  • Year 2 will create an algorithm and use this to programme a Bee-Bot.
  • Year 3 will be using Scratch 2 to write and debug programmes that accomplish specific goals and solve problems by decomposing them into smaller parts using sequencing programmes.

The children in Class 2 also use ICT to research various topics and science areas of learning, such as the Rainforests and their science topic on Animals and their Habitats.



In science this term we are learning about ‘Living Things and their Habitats’. The children will learn;

  • Explore and compare the differences between things that are living, dead, and things that have never been alive.
  • 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
  • Identify and name a variety of plants and animals in their habitats, including micro-habitats.
  • Describe how animals obtain their food from plants and other animals, using the idea of a simple food chain, and identify and name different sources of food.



This unit examines the unit Right and Wrong.

  • Doing the right thing - pupils will learn some ‘golden rules’ of right and wrong
  • Making choices - pupils will learn why believers consider it important to keep their choice of right and wrong consistent
  • A Good Influence – pupils will learn why believers consider it important to consider carefully who they spend time with
  • Wrong Choices - pupils will learn why believers consider judgement to be an acceptable reaction to the wrong choices of others
  • David and Goliath – pupils will learn the story of David and Goliath
  • Inner Strength – pupils will learn why Harold Abrahams and Eric Liddell are an inspiration to believers


Our P.E. days will be Monday and Tuesday. Monday’s session will be with Mr Sykes –the first session with Year 2 and the second session with Year 3. On Tuesday, Mr Devlin will be working with the children. Please can children remember to have their correct PE named kit in school on these days. There will also a hockey event at Ryburn Valley High School for some Year 3 children in early November.


ART and D.T.

Much of our art work will link to our topic of the Rainforest. We will use pastels to create pictures representing the different layers of the jungle. We will also make a rain stick to replicate the noises of the forest.



In French, the children will be learning how about to say classroom instructions, name parts of the body, respond to actions words, and learn the names of colours and various clothing.



Just a reminder that this term, homework will go out on a Friday to be returned the following Wednesday. Thank you for your continued support with the children’s learning at home.


Please do not hasten to come in and see the teaching team if you have any questions as we would be happy to help.


Happy learning!

Mrs Kimpton and Mrs Emberton