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Welcome to Year 2

Mrs Summers, Mrs Mellor and Mrs Corstorphine

Summer 1 and Summer 2 Theme: What made the fire of 1666 great?



Our theme this term is “The great fire of London” although we are going to keep this a mystery from the children on the first day and see if they can guess what the new topic is from a series of clues. This is a history based theme and we will be basing our learning around the book ‘Vlad and the great fire of London’ alongside this we will be looking at a variety of non-fiction books as well as reading the book ‘Fire cat’ as our class book, all of which will help with the children’s knowledge about this topic. This theme will also continue into the next term Summer 2 as well.


We will be teaching History through a variety of enquiries such as ‘How can we find out about how the Great Fire started?’ and ‘What happened during the Great Fire and how do we know?’



As mentioned above, we will be using the book ‘Vlad and the Great Fire of London to teach this topic and will take on the book immersion approach which the children really enjoyed when we were learning about the Victorians through the book ‘Major Glad and Major Dizzy’. The children will be writing a variety of genres of writing such as diary entries, newspaper reports, information and explanation texts as well as a biography.


In Maths, we will begin the half term with a unit on shape, looking at faces, shapes and patterns, lines and turns. Then we will move on to looking at numbers within 1000. Following that we will be learning about measuring capacity and volume.


This half term our science learning is themed around ‘The apprentice gardener’. This topic will extend the children’s understanding of what a plant needs and they are introduced to growing plants from bulbs and from seeds. They will be learning about the process of germination and comparing and contrasting the requirements of germinating seeds with those of mature plants to maintain healthy growth.


We will be having a mixture of whole class guided reading sessions, looking at the class book in more detail as well as smaller group guided reading sessions to help with the children’s comprehension skills.

Please note in order to continue to safely provide and transfer reading books and diaries between home and school could we ask that reading books and reading diaries are brought into school on a Tuesday morning. This will give the necessary time to check the diaries, quarantine the books and provide your child with a new one to take home on a Friday. We obviously keep this under review in the light of changing circumstances.

Please try to read with your child as often as possible during the week at home and write in the reading diary to show this. As discussed at Parent’s Evening try to read a wide variety of texts and these too can be included in their reading diary, it’s not just for reading scheme books.


Home Learning

Children will also be set a task every two weeks on Maths with parents which will consolidate what they have been learning in lessons. Your child may also be sent a list of the spellings such as high frequency words and common exception words that they do not yet know following an assessment that they completed at the end of last term.



 PE is currently timetabled for Wednesday afternoons, children should have a white T shirt, shorts/trousers and trainers/plimsolls in school every week. Please note that leggings are not acceptable as part of your child’s P.E kit and that both girls and boys will need to wear black jogging bottoms.


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. 

Celebrating Earth Day-23rd April 2021-Looking at our carbon footprint

Useful websites to practise key skills at home:


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 is currently free with the username: march20 password: home


Your child has an individual log-in for this website. They can play spelling games based on lists of words. I will set 3 spelling lists to practise per week. Try using the code '#710619' to enter a hive game for common exception words! 



Use these links to find an interesting image. What do you think is happening? Can you describe what is happening in your exercise book? Can you write a story about it?


'Mr Thorne Does Phonics' has lots of grammar and phonics short episodes 


This blogger has compiled a list of children's authors with great books to read, each author has a few reading based activities on their website. 


Audible has lots of free audiobooks for children while you're learning at home.


Alphablocks games and some episodes can be found here. 



This website has LOTS of age appropriate maths resources and they have produced home learning packs for each year group with helpful videos and activities for each day of home learning. 

This website has lots of interactive maths games. 


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


Times Table Rock Stars - your child has an individual log in for this.


This is a story based maths game which your child can log into with their TT Rock stars log ins.



Other subjects:


This is a fantastic website with lots of videos, interactive activities and printable resources around all the subjects as well as current events. Great for exploring if you want some extra material in your home learning. 


Once clicking this link, choose 'Espresso' from the drop down log-in menu in the top right hand corner. You will receive a username and password for this website. 


This website often has child - friendly news items, and they will be uploading some free content when schools close


With this link you can take a virtual tour around the British Museum, London


This website has lots of activities you can do in the garden, as well a lots of information about animals and plants for research tasks.



Find out information and take quizzes using this link.


These games are the first steps of computer programming, they are very engaging for children. 


This is a typing game for children beginning to learn to type. 



This is the website that we use for PE at school. You should have your own log-in to get to some great at home PE activities. 


This website has fun movement videos for children



We work with a company called SEND Supported at school and they are releasing newsletters each week offering support and guidance to parents of children who many have additional needs in school. Please find below a link to these newsletters:

There are also lots of other resources and information available on their website. The 'Things to do Issue 2 - Resources' file has some lovely activities for all children regardless of whether they have additional needs or not. There are lots of great visual puzzles and games for children to play so please have a look if you can. There are also resources available now to support with developing children's memory skills in 'Thing to do Issue 3 - Resources.'

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