‘Nurturing Individual Excellence’

Year 2 2021 - 2022

Mrs Griffin

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Teacher: Mrs Griffin

Teaching Assistant: Mrs Newbould

We also have Mrs Bailey teaching the class on Monday mornings

This term our topic is 

'Sky above, Sand below'

We will be reading lots of stories set in various locations, some familiar, some not so!


Through the study of the seaside we will discover:

  • What people did on holiday in the past
  • How holidays have changed over the past 150 years



This term we will be investigating

  • Length and height - measuring length with nonstandard units such as cubes before moving on to measure length in centimetres and metres
  • Position and direction - describing position, movement, turns and making patterns with shapes
  • Time - telling the time to the hour, half hour, quater past and quarter to, to 5 minutes and how to write time in hours and days
  • Mass, Capacity and Temperature - measuring in grams and kilograms, learning what capacity means and how to measure it and how to compare volume.

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






Throughout the term we will also introduce the children to various activities on




Sometimes, activities may be set to check that the children understand a certain area of maths.  When the task is complete the program will return the children to their usual place in the game.  If your child enjoys using 'Prodigy' then they can continue to play to enhance their maths skills.




The teaching of reading has changed slightly this year. Children will be issued with a Read Write Inc book to bring home and read with you.  This will be linked to the book they have been reading in their RWI sessions and so will be issued on different days according to the progress of their group.  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so they can be returned to school, as they are purchased in sets of six and a missing books means that a whole set is withdrawn from use.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 basket 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.

Guided Reading with the class teacher will continue on a weekly basis.  Children will read in small groups on a particular day of the week and do follow-up activities in class.


The children can continue to access the Epic website from home if they have a tablet or computer to use.  The main purpose of Epic is to provide free access to thousands of eBooks.  Children are encouraged to explore the range of books available.  Epic will also help to provide non-fiction eBooks to support our research activities.



In science this term we will be looking at uses of Everyday Materials

We will:

  • identify and compare the suitability of a variety of everyday materials, including wood, metal, plastic, glass,
    brick, rock, paper and cardboard for particular uses
  • find out how the shapes of solid objects made from some materials can be changed by squashing, bending,
    twisting and stretching.




Reminders and Information



Our regular PE days for this term will be Monday and Friday. Pupils are asked to come to school in their PE kit on the appropriate days. 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 come to school in their tracksuit bottoms for PE if it becomes too cold.  Please 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 by your child for a PE lesson.


Start and Finish Times

The school gates will be opened at 8:50 to all children.   The school day will end at 3:15 pm.  Parents will continue to follow the one way system for drop off and pick up.



Due to considerations regarding the transfer of monies, there will be no snacks for sale at break times. Therefore, could you please send your child in with a healthy snack for their midmorning break.


Water Bottles

It is important for children to drink water throughout the day.  Therefore, children may bring in bottles of water (not juice) each day so long as the bottle has a secure lid. Please make sure your child’s bottle is clearly labelled.  They will be reminded to take their bottle home every night for washing and refilling.  



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

  • Maths - Set each Monday on MyMaths, to be completed for the following Monday.
  • Spellings – Set each Monday words that either follow a spelling pattern or words from the statutory Y2 common exception list

Sometimes a topic related task will be set for the children to complete.

Please remember to keep homework relaxed ‘Little and often’ has the biggest impact, especially on retention of spellings.


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 note in your child's planner. 


These are links to games and resources that are fun to use at home but also great for researching facts in and out of school. Subscribe to Blue Peter on Youtube - it's free!


Find lots of ‘Did you know …?’ facts





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