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Welcome to our Year 2 page. We will keep this page updated with key news and information on our curriculum.

Our PE days are: Monday and Thursday. Please make sure earrings and any other jewellery are taken off on those days for safety purposes. 

Don't forget that we go swimming every Monday afternoon. The first class to go will be Mrs Matthews class.

Click here to open a plan for the year.

When we test the children on their dictations we will send the books home for parents to look at. Please make sure they come back to school the next day – thank you. 

Click here to open the presentation for our curriculum evening.

For the 'Parents Guide to Reading with your Child' please click here.


Don't forget we need to have Indoor and Outdoor P.E kits in school all week. 


Mrs Matthew's class will be going swimming on Mondays and Mrs Chadwick/Mrs Sabir's class will be doing P.E, so don't forget to bring your kit in. Both classes will be doing Outdoor P.E on Thursdays, so remember to take any jewellery off for those days.

We have now sent home reading books and reading diaries - we will be checking the diaries when we hear the children read each week and on a Friday morning. If there is a comment from an adult stating that the book has been read and fully understood, we will be changing the reading book. 

Don't forget to send in the choosing book to change on a Tuesday and the library book to change on a Friday.


Week beginning 27th November 

It's Decorations Day on Friday - get ready to be creative! 

Mrs Chadwick's and Mrs Sabir's class will be starting swimming on 4th December, so please remember to return your permission slip to allow your child to come with us and make your payment for the lessons using the online process.




In Maths, we are carrying on our work about shape.

We are looking at 3D shapes and identifying their properties. We will start this week by counting the edges on a 3D shape, then counting vertices, before sorting them into groups according to their properties. Finally, we will complete an assessment about what we have learnt in our Shape work.



Phonics – we are looking at the suffix es for verbs ending in y e.g. try – tries, copy – copies then nouns ending in y e.g. lady – ladies, party – parties.

In Literacy, we will be writing the problem and ending part of our Edgar the Excitable Dragon story retell. We will then be moving onto a Design and Technology based project where we will be writing about using our senses when evaluating vegetables, thinking about the vocabulary we will use to do this.



In Geography, we are carrying on our topic about villages, towns and cities.

We will be carrying on our work on Digital Photography in our ICT session.

In Music, we are continuing to work on a topic about voice and learning how to use it when singing. We will be learning our songs for the Christmas show for the next few weeks.

In P.S.H.C.E, we will be thinking about how to keep ourselves safe.

In D and T (Design and Technology), we are starting our work on a project about creating a soup to warm us up in Winter. We will be using drawings with labels and designing our product. We will also be looking at where different sorts of food come from.

It’s Decorations Day on Friday so we will be making lots of different decorations using our artistic and creative skills.  



Week beginning 4th December

Mrs Chadwick's and Mrs Sabir's class are starting swimming this week - remember to bring your kit in with EVERYTHING named.  

We have started our new reading challenge where the children who read their school reading book, at least 3 times a week, will get entered into a draw for the reader of the week. Lots of you have already been doing this and have taken up the challenge - keep up the great work. 

There is a half price book fair happening this week on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday - don't forget to come along and have a look. It will be by the hall each day after school. 




In Maths, we are consolidating our understanding of shapes and symmetry as well as tackling some word problems to check our understanding of other areas of Maths that we have covered this term.


Phonics – we are looking at the phoneme or as or and au e.g. for, poor, taught, Autumn then or as aw e.g. dawn, saw, strawberries. We will then move onto or as al e.g. ball, walk, tall and or as ar/a e.g. warned, water, quartz.


In Literacy, we will be connecting our work to our Design and Technology topic. We will be identifying and labelling tools to prepare food with.

We will also be learning our lines for the Christmas concert and practising our skills at speaking in front of an audience as part of a performance.



In Geography, we are carrying on our topic about villages, towns and cities.

We will be carrying on our work on Digital Photography in our ICT session.

In Music, we are continuing to work on a topic about voice and learning how to use it when singing. We will be carrying on practising our songs for the Christmas show so that we can say all the words clearly, keep in time with the music and know all the words.


In R.E, we are carrying on the work we have started, thinking about why Christmas is important to Christians.

In D and T (Design and Technology), we are carrying on our work on a project about creating a soup to warm us up in Winter. We will be looking at the preparation of food and the tools we need to use. We will also look at how to use them safely. As part of our work we will be thinking about what a healthy meal consists of and learning the names of the different food groups.


We will also be watching the Foundation Stage/Pre School Christmas concert on Wednesday, which we are really looking forward to.   






























































White Rose Maths White rose maths

We mentioned during the Curriculum evening that our Maths scheme is remaining as WRM. There are lots of resources such as videos and activities to support your children with at home on their website. It is free to create a login. 

Here is the link to sign up : 


Introducing Rocket Phonics


As part of the Oak Academy Trust, Woodland Grange Primary School are starting this academic year with a new Systematic Synthetic Phonics Programme. From Pre-school to Year 2 we will now be using Rocket Phonics to support our teaching of reading and writing instead of our previous scheme which followed Letters and Sounds alongside Jolly Phonics.


What is Rocket Phonics?


Systematic Synthetic Phonics is not new in schools. We have chosen to use Rocket Phonics as it combines the alphabetic code knowledge and skills that are needed to learn to read and write, with language-rich children’s literature. This approach will embed phonics in context, and support a love of reading and writing from the outset.


Reading in Year 2

What does this mean for you?

  • We have a brand-new reading book scheme that works alongside the Rocket Phonics Programme to compliment our teaching in school.
  • The Rocket Phonic books are designed to appeal to children who are starting to learn to read, as well as those who are becoming fluent readers.
  • The books are a variety of fiction and non-fiction, written by phonics experts and children’s book writers.
  • All of the books have been carefully levelled according to book banding and other criteria, to ensure gradual progression in difficulty.


  • Foundation Stage pupils have a wide variety of new reading materials to send home, when they are ready.
  • In KS1, year groups 1 and 2, we will endeavour to ensure that your child has an appropriate reading book that seamlessly matches their reading ability as a continuation of their reading progress.

Handwriting and spelling

  • The children will be using new sound mats to support their letter and sound correspondences. There are 4 sound mats that will be available to download on the school website.
  • We are currently updating our handwriting and letter formation teaching strategy. We know that many of you are keen to have these resources to support your child’s learning at home. We aim to upload these on to the school’s website as soon as they are available.
  • In the first term of the academic year, each year group will hold a Curriculum Evening to explain their learning in more detail.



We will be sending home a dictation for your child to learn every other Tuesday. It will be stuck into their Homework book. We will test the children on the dictation the next Tuesday ( the date is written on the dictation). When we test them at school we won't do the sentences in the same order, so it is a good idea to mix the sentence order up when practising at home.  It will help with the children's spelling and also with their understanding of sentence writing and punctuation. It is a good idea to remind them where to put capital letters and full stops when writing out their dictation sentences to help them develop good habits in their writing. We will be giving out house points not only for correct spellings but for punctuation as well. 

Each child has been given a dictation based on how they are doing with their spellings and phonics. We will be reviewing the dictation groups regularly and will adjust groups if we think that is the right thing to do based on how the children are getting on.



Take a look at our curriculum in action.

Vegetable Chilli

We made vegetable chilli. We had to follow a recipe, chop all the ingredients, measure out all the quantities then cook it in a big pan. Once it was ready we got to taste what we had made. It was delicious! 

Great Fire of London 

We learnt all about the Great Fire of London. We made model houses and created our own model of London from 1666 placing the buildings very close together. Then we recreated the Great Fire itself! It was very exciting to watch.

Great Fire of London 1666

Christmas biscuits

We made cheesy Christmas biscuits. It was hard work making the dough. We had to weigh all the ingredients and follow the recipe carefully.

Grace Darling

We looked at the story of Grace Darling. Look at our amazing lighthouse pictures.


We learnt all about castles. We went on a trip to visit Warwick Castle, it was amazing! There were lots of steps to climb up Guy's Tower. It is 39 metres high! We watched the Trebuchet being fired and saw the birds of prey display. It was an amazing day.

Healthy Eating

We made healthy and unhealthy lunchboxes.