Year 2 - Willow & Maple

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Miss Jackson - Class Teacher
Mrs Valentine - Class Teacher
Mrs Owen - Teaching Assistant
Mrs Cade - HLTA PPA Cover 

Welcome to year 2
We are looking forward to meeting the challenges of year 2 with your children, developing their behaviour for learning as they continue on their learning journeys!



Our topic this term is: What is it like to live in Africa?

Our educational visits linked to the topic are: 
We are having a visit from Zulu Nation who will develop our drumming skills. We are also hoping to have a visit from ASDA to support our learning on ‘Handa’s Surprise’.

General Information 

PE - Monday and Tuesday (Maple)

Tuesday and Wednesday (Willow)

Please make sure that your child has a clean PE kit (indoor and outdoor) in school each day.

Reading books to be brought to school everyday and will be changed once per week on a Friday.

Homework is given out on Friday and should be returned the following Wednesday.  Please don't hesitate to ask if you have any questions about the homework.

Please see the letter below for more information about homework and reading books this year.

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Power of Reading - English

We are reading 'Grace and Family' by Mary Hoffman and Caroline Binch

Grace visits The Gambia to meet her father, exploring different types of families and a different culture.

Next we read ‘Handa’s Surprise’ by Eileen Browne. Akeyo pays a visit to Handa with a gift of some fruit. The results are a surprise to both girls. We have used this book to help our sequencing skills and were able to retell the story in different ways.


This half term we are exploring place value (tens and ones), moving on to simple addition and subtraction and then multiplication. All of our maths learning continues to be delivered through ‘Maths No Problem’ which encourages children to find their own ways of learning, including the use of equipment.

Our focus will also be upon general arithmetic skills as a basis for all mathematical investigations. Our first arithmetic topic will be number bonds to 10 and 20, moving on to using the 2, 5 and 10 times tables. We are loving playing ‘Hit the Button’ (free and fun!).

Topic - What is it like to live in Africa?

The children will be learning all about Africa including:

  • Where Africa is in the world

  • Comparing Banjul (capital of The Gambia) with Birkenhead

  •   Investigating modern African art

  • African drumming rhythms

  • Designing a fruit salad based on an African story - Handa’s Surprise.


Our science topic this half term is living things and their habitats


We are so lucky to have Mrs Flanagan visiting us on Tuesday (Maple) and Wednesday (Willow) afternoon to teach us new gymnastic skills.