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Year 2                                   Miss Bools                     Advent 1

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Welcome to Year Two

Article 29:  Your education should help you to use and develop your talents and abilities.

I am looking forward to teaching you this next year and hope you will enjoy your time in Year 2. Some work will be quite challenging, but we will have lots of fun, too!

The children in Year 2 always enjoy themselves and make good progress with their work.

You know how to do your best and to behave properly, so I’m sure you will have a great time. Remember, you are now in the ‘top of Key Stage 1’ and don’t need to fuss about small things, but if you do have any real worries about anything at all please tell me or Mrs Amess and we will help you to sort things out. Your mums, dads and other grown-ups can have a chat with us whenever they want, too - we are always happy to help.

For this term on a Tuesday morning you will have a Dance focused PE session with Premier Arts. On a Friday you will have Mrs Szczygiel teach you Science and then in the afternoon you will have PE with Premier Sports and ICT learning with Mrs Fairbanks.

Here are some things to remember, to help you have a good time in Year 2:

Keep smart – Make sure you arrive at school on time, always do your best and wear your uniform smartly. You must have your name in everything, including P.E. kit so that things don’t get lost or mixed up.

Be independent- Make sure you remember to hand in letters and money to me and to give letters from the school to the grown-ups at home.  In Year 2 you have to start to make decisions about your learning. 

Keep safe - You are not allowed to wear any jewellery in P.E. so please make sure you have taken your earrings out on Tuesdays and Fridays, if you wear them. It is safer not to wear jewellery at all when you are at school.  Always keep long hair tied back neatly.

Keep healthy – Remember you can bring a water bottle (with your name on) to school, so that you can have a drink at break times.  Take bottles home every day, for a good wash.

Keep practising – Always remember to read you books at home and bring your school reading book to school every day. Although you will read other books at school with the me and each other, you nearly always need your ‘home readers’ each day for a little read, too.  You will also need to keep up practising those 2’s, 5’s and 10 times tables.  As the term goes on we will look at learning our 3’s and 4’s.  You will also have spellings that you need to practise every day ready for your test.  Practising them every day means that you learn them much better and are more likely to remember them.

Keep up the good work – Make sure you do your best and enjoy doing your Homework Challenges in a quiet place, so that you have a good practice of the things we have been doing in school. If you have any difficulties you can always talk to us about it. You will get homework on Fridays and you must bring it back by the next Thursday. 

What are we going to be learning in Advent 1?

Our first topic is ‘How do we grow and change?’ 

As the term goes on we will be learning about animals and humans and the ways that they grow and stay healthy.  We will also be learning about the job of a nurse and finding out about some important nurses in the past: Mary Seacole, Florence Nightingale and Edith Cavell.

In English we are starting by thinking writing creatively and learning to use adjectives to make our writing more interesting.  We will be developing our skills of describing characters and settings using adjectives.  After that we will be learning about non-fiction texts-letter writing, postcards and emails.

In our Maths learning we will be covering many different areas from place value to measuring and shape work.  Practise your number bonds to 20 as these will be a big focus.  Can you recall them without using your fingersto help?


In St Norbert’s our RE learning is always very special.  We will start our term by thinking about ’Beginnings’.   We will think about the many beginnings we have had and how God is always there.  We will then think about the story of Creation and how God is there with us in every beginning. 

Our second topic ‘Signs and Symbols’ is where we will learn about Baptism and how we become members of God’s family and learn about Jesus’ Baptism.  Maybe you can find out about your Baptism and find some photographs to share when we start that topic.

To help you with your learning I have put some websites below for you to use.  Maybe you have a favourite website that you use.  Let me know the address and we can add it to the website.  Remember you can always play on Sumdog at home too!