Parent and Carer letter - Class 2 - Autumn 1 2019

Welcome to all new and returning pupils to Class 2 at the start of our new school year! We hope you have all had a lovely, relaxing summer holiday and the children are ready for an exciting term of learning.

Thank you for your delightful presents and kind messages at the end of last term. Every year, we are totally overwhelmed by your generosity and thoughtful gifts – we do really appreciate them.

On Wednesday 12th September from 6:30 - 7:00 pm, we would like to invite you to a Class 2 New Parents’ Evening. As a new Year 2 parent or carer, we recommend you try and attend as we will explain our classroom routines and the curriculum expectations. We will both be on hand to meet our new families and will be happy to answer any questions you may have.


In literacy, we will be reading the story of The Lighthouse Keeper’s Lunch and other stories in this series by the author Rona Armitage. The children will start by understanding how descriptive sentences are important and will write both a description of a character and a settling. They will work on nouns, adjectives and expanded noun phrases as well as commas in a list. They will also learn how to write instructions for making a picnic item as well as how to create a sandwich with a disgusting filling to discourage the pesky seagulls from eating Mr Grinling’s lunch! We will also be studying stories by Roald Dahl to celebrate Roald Dahl day on Friday 13th September. Later in the term, the class will write a diary entry for a lighthouse keeper and retell a story based on the animation The Lighthouse. As we do every term, our literacy work will also link to our Roman topic – the children will write instructions on how to make a Roman road and a letter from a Roman soldier.

In phonics, Year 2 children will revise the digraphs (ie. ai, ee, er), trigraphs (ie, air, ear) and split digraphs (a-e, e-e, i-e, o-e, u-e).



Each week, the children will learn a new spelling pattern rule which they will be asked to practise at home. These will be in a spelling booklet for the half term and can be kept at home. Please can your child learn their spelling list for each dated week. These will be checked in school on a Monday.

  • ‘ge’, ‘dge’ words (age, badge)
  • The /s/ sound spelt with a ‘c’ before ‘e’, ‘i’ and ‘y’ (race, ice, cell, city and fancy)
  • Silent ‘k’ and ‘g’ words preceding /n/ sound in words (knit and gnat)
  • The ‘r’ sound spelt ‘wr’ at the beginning of words (wrap and 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, the spelling they will learn include;

  • Words with ‘ph’ and ‘wh’ - such as dolphin and wheel
  • Plurals of words ending in y – changing ‘y’ to ‘I’ and adding ‘es’ – such as babies
  • Adding suffixes – ‘ing’, ‘er’, and ‘est’ and ‘y’ to words ending in ‘e’ – stone to stony, hope to hoping
  • Common exception words for Year 3
  • To learn when to use a and an correctly
  • To express time, place and cause using conjunctions



Year 2 and Year 3 (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 three-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.

Religious Education

To start the year, we will begin with a unit ‘All about Myself’. It enables each child to look at themselves and focus on differences and similarities between each other. In this unit, they will have the opportunity to find out who they are and where they are going in life. They are encouraged to ask questions relating to how they and other people live their lives and look at the rules that people choose to follow. The unit explores the basic religious rules that Christians and Muslims follow in their daily lives and the impact of these rules have on their life. This term our collective worship value is Friendship.



Our P.E. days will be Monday and Tuesday this half term. The first session will be with a PE coach on Monday afternoon and then with Mr Devlin on a Tuesday afternoon where the children will be learning football skills. Please can children remember to have their correct PE kit in school on these days. Girls with long hair will need to have their hair tied back and earrings removed or taped.


The Romans – (History) 

This half term, we will be exploring life in the Roman era. We will learn about where the Romans came from and about various aspects of Roman life. We will find out about the lives of Roman soldiers, the building of Roman roads and other buildings (such as their heated bath houses), mosaics, Roman food and Roman numerals and alphabet. We also plan to make Roman shields and our own mosaics. We will share all our learning from this topic in our class assembly at the end of the term (date to be confirmed)



We will be finding out about ‘Living things and their Habitats’.

Class 2 will:

  • 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 be able to describe how different habitats provide for the basic needs of animals and plants and how they depend on each other
  • identify and name a variety of plants and animals in their 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 food sources


Art / D.T.

Much of our art work will link to our topic of the Romans and our science topic. In D.T., we will design, make and evaluate a mosaic tile and a Roman shield. This half term, our art focus will be on the use of colour.

In year 2, they will:

  • describe colours using objects – sunshine yellow
  • make as many tones of a colour using primary colours and white
  • darken colours without using black
  • mix colours to match the natural world (Autumn colours)

In year 3, they will:

  • extend exploring colour mixing
  • make a colour wheel to show primary and secondary colours


In Year 2, they will they will learn to take, download and save digital images. They will also learn to label and manipulate images. As part of their RE unit ‘All about Myself’, 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 various topic and science areas of learning - such as the Romans and ‘Living things in their Habitats’.



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.



Homework will be given out weekly on a Friday and should be return to school by the following Wednesday into the class homework box.

Homework includes a piece of literacy work or topic-related work and a piece of numeracy. The children also have weekly year group spellings that are checked in school on a Monday (feedback will be given to parents in a home spelling book). In addition, we would like children to read daily to an adult. Please would you sign your child’s home-reading record when the book as been completed so we can change it.

We do appreciate you may have many more questions, so please don’t hesitate to discuss any queries or concerns you have with us.     


Mrs Emberton and Mrs Kimpton