Welcome to Year 2!


Our topic for this half term is Globetrotters where we will be visiting the exciting continent of Africa with Sunny the meerkat.

During English we will be using the book Meerkat Mail by Emily Gravett. We will use the text in different ways including writing postcards, diary entries and recounts. 

In Science we will be continuing to look at the animals including humans. This incorporates life cycles and growth. 

In Maths we will be recapping several of the concepts we have covered previously in Maths, including;

  • problem solving
  • calculations
  • properties of 2D & 3D shapes
  • using the knowledge of number bonds to work out associated facts. 


Year 2 SATS

During May your child will complete their Statutory Assessment Tests (SATs). As discussed in the parents meeting, these are compulsory and help inform teacher's judgements of where your child is working at. Results of the tests are recorded and reported to you at the end of the school year. We work hard to ensure that this is not a stressful time for the children and they are carried out in small groups, in an environment which is familiar to the children. The children have completed a range of assessments throughout the year and the SATs will not be any different to them. They see them as 'a time to shine and show off!' 


Please follow the link to find out more about the tests. 


If you have any further questions or queries, please do not hesitate to come and see me after school.


Key dates:


16th April                 Return to school

16th April                 Friendship week

27th April                 Spanish day

30th April                 Science week

3rd May                    INSET day

                               School closed to children due to voting

7th May                  Bank holiday

                               School closed

8th May                  Healthy schools week

25th May                Finish for half term holidays

11th June                 Return to school



  • English – set on Monday to be returned by Wednesday.
  • Maths – set on Friday to be returned by Monday.

Please ensure that your child completes all of their homework.  It is school policy that children must stay in at break or for a few minutes lunch to complete it if not brought in on time.


Children should bring their reading book home from school every day.

Please endeavour to read daily with your child and to make a note of what you have read in their Reading Record.

We endeavour to change reading books twice a week on Mondays and Thursdays. 

Learning Log:

Thank you for your support in completing the Learning Logs. They are looking fantastic! They will be sent home at the end of each half term to be returned to school after the holiday. 


What you can do to help...


Please ensure that you regularly practise and test your child on their times tables.  By the end of Year 2, children should know their 2, 5 and 10 times tables and related division facts.  It is always useful to practise the times tables as this really helps children with a range of mathematics work in school. 

If you have access to the Internet, a Google search for ‘maths games’ is always a fun idea!  Please also try to work with your child on telling the time to the hour and half hour regularly.

Your child also has a sticker in their reading record with details of their Sumdog log in on it.  This means that they can log in at home to complete lots of fun maths challenges and compete with other children!


It is important to read a variety of texts with your child.  This can be anything from their reading books to newspapers and leaflets.  This will help to extend your child’s vocabulary and their understanding of different text types, which will in turn help to improve their writing. 

It would also help if you could talk to your child about what they have been learning, as this will help their speech and language development and consolidate classroom learning.

Year 2 curriculum 

Below are the end of year objectives for Year 2 from the National Curriculum in reading, writing and Maths. This forms the basis of our planning to ensure the children access a broad and balanced curriculum.