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Welcome to Year 2

Mrs Roberts and Mrs Milbourne


This half term


Our theme this term is " Would you rather live in England or Kenya?"

This is a Geography based theme and we will be basing our learning on the book 'Lila and the Secret of Rain'.


We will start by locating Kenya and England on a world map we will look carefully at the differences between the two countries based on their placement in the world and we will draw out the differences in climate because of the closeness to the equator, through this we will be learning about drought and how precious clean water is to Lila, which will draw clear links to our class text. Using this knowledge we will then be able to make a comparison between the lives of children in Kenya and our lives. We will learn about schools in Kenya and the different problems that school children face in each country. Moving on from that we will look more at the physical geography of Kenya and learn about the different types of animals that live in the wild in Kenya, again we will compare these to the wild animals we might find in Binley Woods. We will then continue our learning towards learning about the different fruits and foods that grow in Kenya, also comparing that to those that grow in Binley Woods. Finally we will compare the different types of art you might find in the 2 places and we will create our own Kenyan artwork and open our own Kenyan art exhibition.




We will begin our English with a poetry unit and the children will write their own metaphor poems to describe the sun. Moving on from that the children will be learning about story writing. We will look at the ways stories are constructed using the 'story mountain' analogy and we will look at lots of well known stories as well as stories from other cultures. The children will also be developing their descriptive writing and will be learning to begin a story with a setting description and a character description. 



In Maths, we will begin the half term with a unit on data handling, the children will learn to create and interpret tally charts, tables, block diagrams and pictograms. Moving on we will then begin to learn about time. The children will learn to tell and write the time to 5 minute intervals as well as ordering and comparing different intervals of time. Time can be a tricky subject for lots of children in Year 2 and although we practice in the classroom daily, as much practice at home as you can will make lot of difference to your child's progress in this topic. Finally in Maths we will begin to learn how to solve addition and subtraction problems which involve adjusting and regrouping. To really understand the underlying maths principles here, we will be working hard to visualise the methods we use by using lots of maths manipulatives. 



As our class book this half term the children have chosen the BFG by Roald Dahl - such a brilliant choice! As part of our Theme we will be using the books 'We planted a Tree', 'Bringing the Rain to Kapiti Plain', and 'Lila and the Secret of Rain' - our guided reading focus this half term will be based on 'Lila and the Secret of rain' and we will do a new activity each week based on this story. 




Your child will have a reading book and a guided reading book from the Key Stage 1 library which must be in school every day. There are many opportunities for reading with teachers during the school day so it is important that children do have a book and their reading record in school.


You should read with your child as often as possible during the week at home, we expect that you will write in your child’s reading record at least 3 times a week, this is especially important in Year 2.

Home Learning

For spellings, children should practise the words and rules which we are learning in class, you can find these on our weekly letter. The 6 speed spell words are from the Year 2 common exception words which we will be practising as much as we can all year.


For maths, children will have their Schofield and Sims books, which will be collected in and marked weekly.



 PE is currently timetabled for Wednesday mornings, children should have a white T shirt, shorts/trousers and trainers/plimsolls in school every week.


The children will also be taking part in Forest Schools on Thursday afternoons. They should have trainers/wellies, trousers and a jumper/coat that you don’t mind getting muddy in school every week. 


Please be aware that our cloakroom does not have space for large bags and keeping these bags as small as possible helps your children to keep track of their things.




Resources are all provided for Year 2 children, they should not be bringing pencil cases to school. 


Thank you for your continued support.

If you have any questions regarding any of the information above or regarding your child’s learning and progress, please do not hesitate to pop in and see me at the end of the day or alternatively make an appointment with the office.

Useful Links:


Oxford Owl - provides access to free e-books (You have to create a free account to view them) 


This website is American, but it has some nice phonics and reading games.

This website has lots of great phonics games that your child will be familiar with. 



This website has lots of interactive maths games. 

This website groups games together well and you can search by subject.


This is a link to Google Earth, so that your little ones can explore the world at home. 

This is a link to the Catholic Agency for Overseas Development website - it has an interactive map with real life stories and photographs from children in developing countries. 


Year 2 Common Exception Words

Our Maths Meeting Sheet - check out the new updated version!

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  • Coombe Drive, Binley Woods, Coventry,
  • Warwickshire, CV3 2QU
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