‘Nurturing Individual Excellence’

Year 2 2022 - 2023

Mrs Griffin

Reading Survey Summer 1



Welcome to Year 2

Summer Term 2023


Dear Parents, Carers and Children,

Welcome back. Time has truly flown by this year and I can hardly believe I’m welcoming you back to our final term together in Year 2. The Summer Term is a great time of year. We get to see the children’s learning all come together as we prepare them for their move to Key Stage 2.

Through our history topic this term we are looking at how seaside holidays and seaside towns have changed over the past 100 years. While in geography we are looking at what it’s like to live near the sea.

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In maths we’ll continue to develop our understanding of fractions, become more accurate at measuring time and space, and sum up our understanding of the four rule – addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.


All RWInc books will continue to be changed on a Monday – so please have your folders in for that day.  Accelerated reader books need to be in school Mondays and Fridays.  Class ‘reading for pleasure’ books will continue to be changed on a Monday and Thursday.

Our ‘Reading Rocks’ bags have been a real hit and so 5 children a week will be continuing to bring these home. They will be encouraged to leave a little review and hopefully make some recommendations to the class.

reading-rocks.jpgMiss Morrey will continue introducing new spelling patterns on a Monday and spelling lists will be sent home each week for the children to practise at home. Please remember, as with all homework, ‘little and often’ has the biggest impact, especially on retention of spellings.

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.









In science we are following up our field work on Delamere by studying living things and their habitats. 

Living Things and their Habitats

  • Explore and compare the differences between things that are living, dead, and things that have never been alive
  • Identify that most living things live in habitats to which they are suited
  • Describe how different habitats provide for the basic needs of different kinds of animals and plants, and how they depend on each other
  • Identify and name a variety of plants and animals in their habitats
  • Describe how animals obtain their food from plants and other animals

Click on the image below

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We will also learn about Sound

  • Understand that sound comes from a source.
  • Compare the loudness of sound
  • Find out that sound travels away from where it is made and gets fainter as it travels 

Click on the picture below to meet Seymour Science

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A few reminders

Staff in Year 2:

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

Miss Morrey – 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.



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