Year 2

Teacher Mrs H Lyon & Mrs E McCarthy

Teacher Miss L Stringer

Teaching Assistant Mrs R Wiggins (HLTA)


Autumn Term 2

This term our topic is ‘Who are we?’ We will be writing autobiographies in English drawing on a range of writing skills and producing our own booklets. Our text this term is called ‘A Long Walk to Freedom’. The book profiles the life of Nelson Mandela and his journey from childhood to being elected as the president of South Africa. Art will be exploring colour mixing and identifying primary and secondary colours. We will then move on to looking at how to create different shades and tones by adding black and white. We are also very excited to start our Christmas play rehearsals of the ‘Bethlehem Bake off’ and we are all looking forward to performing to you all. 


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 Thursday & Friday. Children should come to school wearing their PE kits.


Reading In Year 2

Reading underpins all learning in Year 2 and is a running thread through all our lessons, from reading word problems in maths to instructions in DT.

Below is an overview of ways in which reading is taught more explicitly throughout our curriculum.


Whole Class Reading

Whole class reading is taught for 30 minutes each day and covers a range of reading skills necessary to ensure the children become confident readers. 


In KS1 we focus our learning on:

Retrieval- the skill of finding the answer to a question within a text. 

Summarising- the skill of succinctly retelling the main, important points of a text. 

Predicting- making sensible and clear predictions about a character of a story based on what we already know about the book.

Clarifying- defining and understanding new, unfamiliar vocabulary.

Inferring- using details from a text to infer meaning, thoughts and feelings.

We read a range of vocabulary rich text types all linked to our current term’s learning. These texts will always be listed on our termly newsletter which you can find on our school website.


Individual Reading

In Year 2 we aim to hear each child read at least once a week, with some children being heard daily. This will be recorded in their yellow reading diary. Please ensure your child brings their reading book and their yellow diary to school everyday, regardless of whether they have read or not. If they do not have their book in school however, we will select another appropriately matched book for them to read to us in the meantime. Their books have been chosen according to the children’s fluency, comprehension and word recognition skills. We ask that you support us with your child’s reading by listening to them read at least 3 times per week at home, and recording it in their yellow diaries.



All children visit the library once a week and are able to select a library book of their choice to bring home and share with their family. It is also a lovely opportunity for the children to find a cosy spot to share and enjoy a book with their friends.


Story Time

Story time is an integral part of developing a child's enjoyment and love of reading. At Glory Farm Primary School, we have daily story time where we can introduce children to vocabulary rich texts as well as re-reading some of our favourites too.


Reading Vending Machine

Each week children have the opportunity to gain a raffle ticket for reading 5 times at home. Twice per term, we draw a raffle ticket and the lucky winner gets to visit the reading vending machine and choose a book to keep. The more the children read at home, the more chances they have of having their ticket drawn. Please ensure you write in your child’s reading diary when they read at home - it doesn’t have to be their school reading book.


Websites to Support Learning

Phonics Play

Top Marks

ICT Games

BBC Bitesize

Oxford Owl


Year 2 Newsletters 2023/2024

Year 2 Autumn Term 1 Newsletter 2023

Year 2 Autumn Term 2 Newsletter 2023


Phonics PowerPoint for Parents