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R.C. Primary School

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We are back in full swing after the Christmas break and eager to learn lots of exciting, new things this term!

Our English work begins with non-chronological reports.  We will start by looking at the features of non-chronological reports and practising our writing skills before eventually writing our own factual report.  We will also read a well-known story by Jill Tomlinson called ‘The Owl who was Afraid of the Dark’.  We will learn about Plop the owl and write a new chapter for the book.  After half term, we will be reading a range of stories by the popular author, Anthony Browne.

We will be looking at special books in our RE lessons, books that are used during Mass.  The main focus will, of course, be the Bible – the most special of books.  We will learn about how the Bible is organised and listen to stories from both the Old and the New Testaments.   Following this, our next RE topic will be ‘The Eucharist’.  We will learn that the word Eucharist is another name for the Mass and that it actually means ‘Thanksgiving’.   It is a time when the parish family gathers to give thanks to God, most of all for the gift of Jesus, his Son.  This will prepare us for Easter, one of the most important events on the Christian calendar.

The focus of our Science work will be animals.  We’ll start by understanding why animals choose a particular habitat and how these habitats provide for the basic needs of different animals.  We will also look at what animals, including humans, depend upon for survival and the importance for humans of exercise, eating the right amounts of different types of food and hygiene.   Healthy eating will lead us into our next Design and Technology unit when we will be creating a healthy snack.


In our History work we will be learning about significant explorers, both male and female, from the distant past and the more recent past.  It will be interesting to see how the different times affected their exploits!  In Geography, we will begin to understand geographical similarities and differences through studying the human and physical geography of a small area of the United Kingdom and of a small area in a contrasting non-European country. 

We’re doing really well with our continued focus on being safe on the internet.  We are all aware that online-safety is very important.  Our computing work for the first half term will be using 2Calculate, a simple to use spreadsheet.  We will be copying and pasting totalling tools, using spreadsheets to add amounts and create a table and block graph.

For our PSHE work we will be studying the theme of Living in the Wider World.  This will involve focusing on money, what money is, looking after money and the difference between our needs and wants.  Later in the term we will focus on belonging to a group and how this looks in our own communities.

It’s going to be a busy term.  We will be working hard, but we’ll have lots of fun too!

Mrs Eubank, Mrs Watts and Mrs McGarry

Email your class teacher on (Mrs Watts Mon-Wed, Mrs Eubank Wed-Fri)



Our class Dojo and Behaviour Charter Award winners

Overview of Themes 2021-2022

Year 2 text overview

Recommended Reading Books

We have selected these recommended reading lists from Peters Education to ensure that our children have access to a wide range of books.  These books are all available in school and form our 'core' texts in our class libraries.  These lists are chosen because they:

  • link with our curriculum for each year group
  • represent different cultures
  • introduce children to new authors and expand their knowledge of familiar authors
  • ensure progression 
  • match topics of interests for our children
  • tackle current themes

Letter Formation - a PowerPoint that we use to remind the children of the correct letter formation. Useful for home practise too.

Don't we look smart in our school PE kit?

Getting to know you - Spider's Web

Our Shared Stories

We Are Readers! We love to bring our own free-choice books from home, just to read for pleasure.

Our children seem to be feeling right at home in our new class reading area.

Wonderful Writers - take a look at some of our written work this half term. Our independent writing is particularly spectacular!

RE Unit - BOOKS. Take a look at some of this term's work so far.

Our Music Unit - ROCK MUSIC - listening, appraising, improvising and preforming to a style we love! Rock on!

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Our Year Group Nativity - there's something extra special when little ones tell the story of the birth of Our Lord.

We made our own holly wreaths for Advent. We are beginning our preparations for the coming of Jesus.

D.T - Puppets! We had a fabulous time creating our puppets. See for yourself.

We had great fun working with our partners to research answers to questions about Continents and Oceans for our Geography topic.

We're learning to CODE! We have made our own unplugged algorithms. Next stop, testing them on the computer.

CHILDREN IN NEED - November 2021 - Who'd have known that wearing spots could be so much fun and help so many people.

HARVEST COLLECTION & CELEBRATION - our harvest offerings are beginning to come into school. We are so fortunate to be able to help others and show our thanks to God by giving something back.

October Is The Month Of The Rosary. We have made our own Rosary beads.


Autumn Term Art - Sketching from our environment

Science - Materials

Online Safety with Webster The Spider

Reading to the class during our shared stories at the end of the day.

Maths - We Just Love It!

Music - Hands, Feet, Heart. We love listening and appraising new songs. We love to improvise too.

Musical Harmony! Experimenting with the glockenspiels.

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History - The Gunpowder Plot

Remember, Remember the 5th November!

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We learnt the poem by heart. These two boys gave us the perfect recital.

SUMDOG Competition Winners!