‘Nurturing Individual Excellence’

Year 2 2022 - 2023

Mrs Griffin

autumn croppe.jpgWelcome to Year 2

Autumn Term 

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Welcome back!

This term our topic is 'Fire! Fire!'

We’ll be investigating and comparing The Great Fires of London and Nantwich, finding out what it was like to live in England in Tudor and Stuart times. We will be visiting Nantwich Museum, where we get the opportunity immerse ourselves in Tudor Nantwich.

We will discover how the Great Fire of London started and why it spread so easily. We will investigate the impact it had on the rich and poor people living in London and who Samuel Pepys was and why he was so important to our understanding of that time.



In maths we’ll continue to build on our learning from Year 1 to develop the quick recall of number facts and our understanding of two-digit numbers, develop our understanding of addition and subtraction and use this knowledge to problem solve. We’ll also be looking at the names and properties of 2D and 3D shapes.

In mental maths we will be covering the following throughout the year:

  • Count in 2s, 3s and 5s from 0 forwards and backwards
  • Count in 10s from any given number forwards and backwards e.g. 43,53,63 etc.
  • 2x, 5x and 10x table plus related division facts
  • Know number facts within 20 e.g. 15+3=18
  • Addition and subtraction facts within 100
  • Know number bonds to 20 and use related facts up to 100 e.g. If 8+2=10 then 80+20=100.
  • Know addition doubles for all numbers to at least 10, e.g. 8+8 = 16.

Miss Forrester (Maths lead at Excalibur) has added some useful home learning booklets which can be downloaded to use as extra home learning activities.  These can be found on the website under…

Curriculum > Maths > Maths Workbooks for parents > Year 2 Workbooks


There are also lots of activities on ICT games.com and Topmarks - see links below.








Science: In science this term we will be looking at ‘Animals, including Humans’. During this topic we will;

  • Notice that animals, including humans, have offspring which grow into adults.
  • Find out about and describe the basic needs of animals, including humans.
  • Discuss what animals and humans need for survival.
  • Describe the importance of exercise, eating the right amounts of different types of food and hygiene for humans.


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Life Cycle Quiz


Making a Perfect Packed Lunch

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The teaching of reading is done through daily Read Write Inc sessions and Pathways to Read. Children are in groups matched to their ability and this is assessed regularly. Children following the Read Write Inc scheme will be given books to bring home and read with you.  This will be linked to the book they have been reading in their RWI sessions and will be issued on Mondays.  Please ensure that RWI Reading books are kept in their book bags so they can be returned to school, as they are purchased in sets of six and a missing books means that a whole set is withdrawn from use.

In addition to this, Reading for Pleasure books will be changed twice a week (Mondays and Thursdays).  All children are encouraged to change their books.  Sometimes, children have a particular favourite which they want to choose again.  These books are designed to be read by you, with your child joining in when able to.  This allows children to share the reading process with you and to develop a love of reading with less pressure on them.


Reminders and Information


Staff in Year 2:

Mrs Griffin - Class teacher (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday)

Mrs Bailey – Class Teacher (Monday)

Mrs Woodcock - Teaching assistant

Miss Such – Support Assistant



Our regular PE days for this term will be Tuesday and Friday. Pupils are asked to bring their PE kit on a Monday and will be taken home on a Friday. Please make sure that your child wears the correct Excalibur PE kit.  A list of the full PE kit is on our website.


Pupils can bring their tracksuit bottoms for PE if it becomes too cold. 

I would be grateful if you could make sure that long hair is tied back and that earrings are removed or covered with micro-pore or similar on PE days.

Any earrings will need to be removed for a PE lesson.


Start and Finish Times

The school gates will be opened at 8:50 to all children. Registration closes at 9:00 am. The school day will end at 3:20 pm. 



Please send your child in with a healthy snack for their midmorning break. Fruit snack is available at afternoon break.


Water Bottles

It is important for children to drink water throughout the day.  Therefore, children may bring in bottles of water each day so long as the bottle has a secure lid. It is also really helpful if every bottle is clearly labelled.  Please can you remind your child to take their bottle home every night for washing and refilling.  



Every Monday, your child will be set the following tasks: 

  • Maths activities – based on the previous week’s objectives 
  • Spellings - Either a spelling rule or words from the statutory Y1/2 spelling list that is taught that week. These will be tested on a Monday.


Home School Planners

Reading records planners should be in school every day and children. Children  are encouraged to read at least 5 times a week. This can be a variety of texts, reading to a younger sibling, reading magazines, recipes and instructions.


If you have any queries or questions, please do not hesitate to contact through our contact email address (contact@excalibur.cheshire.sch.uk) or you could leave a message on seesaw.


We look forward to a fabulous year working with you and your child.


Thank you for your continued support.


If you have any queries or questions, please do not hesitate to contact through our contact email address (contact@excalibur.cheshire.sch.uk) or you could leave a note in your child's planner or on our class Seesaw page. 


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