Year 2

Teachers Teaching Assistants
Mrs Lyon (Mon, Tues, Weds)  / Mrs McCarthy (Thurs & Fri) Mrs J Card (HLTA)
Mrs Redding  

Current Topic 

Our topic this term is called ‘Carnival of the Animals’ with a focus on animals from Africa.

Our Geography-based topic will see us explore the continent of Africa, using maps and aerial photographs to identify human and physical features of the landscape. We will be devising simple maps and using basic symbols to construct a key. In English we will be reading the text ‘Chicken in the kitchen’ by African Authors, Nnedi Okorafor and Mehrdokht Amini. We will conclude by writing our own short stories based on this text. Our whole class reading sessions will give us the opportunity to clarify and infer meaning about the features and behaviours of different African Animals. Our Art will be based around the skill of mixing secondary colours and making tones with white, using these skills to paint bright and bold pictures of different African animals. Finally, our PE this term will include creating a dance with repetition to the music of the Carnival of the Animals by Camille Saint-Saens.


Reminders and Routines

  • Homework activities will be sent home every Friday, to be collected the following Friday. 
  • We encourage daily reading. Please try to listen to your child read at least three times a week. 
  • Once your child has shared their book at home, they can exchange it for a new one in class.  
  • Please bring in a named water bottle and a named healthy snack.
  • Please remember to label all of your child's school uniform/belongings.

PE Days

  • Children should come to school dressed in their PE kit on Tuesday and Thursday. Children should come to school wearing their PE kits.


Look at our learning! - October 21

We have been working so hard in year 2! Our topic this term is ‘Who am I? We began the term by thinking about what makes us special and unique before writing our own autobiographies. We then read the autobiography of Nelson Mandella and learnt about the extraordinary life he led. As you can see, we have drawn some excellent portraits too.

In history, we have been looking at how the invention of plastic is impacting our lives now, and we have learnt about the important work that David Attenborough has carried out during his life.The children have become very passionate about plastic pollution in our oceans and have written important facts about the damage it is causing to the animals and the environment. In science we have been studying habitats of different animals and we’ve enjoyed making our own habitats in the investigation station.

Look At Learning! Pictures

Maths reasoning- 6.10.21

In maths today we’ve been checking calculations. With a partner, we went on a calculation hunt, before using a range of apparatus to check whether the addition or subtraction was correct or incorrect. Then we recorded it on the relevant class record sheet. We were able to use excellent vocabulary and language to explain why a calculation was right or wrong and could verbalise how we knew this, as well as use a range of concrete resources to prove it.

Here are some photos of us working!

Chromebooks - Oct 21

We have been blown away by the IT skills of the children this term! The children have been using the Book Creator app to produce booklets, firstly about themselves and then about Bicester. They have been typing facts, importing images, taking photos and adding graphics. Here are just a few examples of their work for you to enjoy.

Chromebook Photos

Websites To Support Learning

Phonics PlayTop marksICT GamesBBC BitesizeOxford Owl


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