j Y2 - Barnton

Welcome to Year 2

In Year 2 all our learning is delivered in a stimulating, creative and thematic approach. We have lots to learn but intend to have a lot of fun!

Summer 1:

'Welcome to The Circus'

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In English we are basing our work around the text 'If I Ran The Circus' by Dr Seuss and 'Mr Benn At The Circus'. We will be looking at lots of different genres of writing this term; narrative, instructions and diary entries to name a few. We will also be beginning our exciting topic with a poem 'Baggy Trousers': 

Baggy Trousers
by Pip

Baggy trousers
Nose, bright red,
A silly hat
Upon his head.imagesSquirting flower
Spinning tie,
A teardrop fallingFrom his eye.
Elastic braces
Going twang,
His car exploding
With a BANG!
A patchwork coat
Those flapping shoes,
A painted smile
To chase the blues.
Making us laugh
And banish that frown,
The simple duties
Of a clown.



In Maths, we will be consolidating our knowledge of the four operations; addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. We will also we looking at fractions. We will be deepening our understanding through a mastery approach with lots of investigations and reasoning. 

Times tables - we are working incredibly hard this year to learn our 2, 5 and 10 times tables. There are so many games, activities and apps that can support you and your child in learning these fundamental skills. Please ask us if you need any support. 


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Reading Challenge!

This year we will be following a new reading challenge. The children can travel through their class reading challenge adventure and collect gold stars along the way. Each gold star is worth a raffle ticket. There will be a raffle draw every half term and the children have a chance to win a brand new book to keep. We hope you will join us in developing a love of reading in your child by reading regularly at home. If you have any questions regarding our new reading challenge, please do not hesitate to ask Miss Coates or Miss Cooke.

 Other areas of the curriculum:






In Science we will be learning all about plants! We will be identifying parts of a plant, planning our own investigations into what plants need to grow, as well as collecting data and producing bar charts and tally charts to show our results. We will be focusing on our investigation skills this half term and learning what is really meant by 'fair testing'.


In RE, we will be learning about Judaism. We will be introducing this religion and looking at a how the Jewish worship God and Shabbat.


In History we will be learning about the history of the circus. We will be creating our own chronological timeline of significant events. We will be linking this learning to our previous historical knowledge of different eras. 






In DT we will be learning all about food! We will be learning some important life skills in our DT lessons such as cutting and preparing food. We will also be evaluating food packaging and designing our own. 

Our Art topic is sculpture. We will look at the famous work by Anthony Gormley and we will be designing and creating our own sculptures. 


In SEAL this half term our topic is 'It's good to be me'. We will be learning to identify our personal strengths, perseverance and working as a team. 


We will be continuing our work with algorithms and programming using Lego Robotics to apply our skills. 

We will also be learning some basic French language skills and applying them when talking to one another. 


This half term we will be going swimming! We are looking forward to beginning our swimming lessons on Thursdays. Our first session is Thursday 10th May and our last is Thursday 28th June (7 sessions). 

We will also be going outside alongside our swimming to focus on basic skills and team games. Please make sure PE kits are in school at all times.

SATs Meeting:

We will be holding a meeting for parents on Friday 20th April, 3:30pm. We will discuss how the SATs work and be around to answer any of your questions. If you would like any additional information, please don't hesitate to ask Miss Coates or Miss Cooke. 


Please come along and enjoy our family assemblies at 9:10 am on Wednesday mornings. Please check the weekly bulletin in case the assembly is cancelled or if in doubt check with your child’s class teacher or in the office.



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We truly value your continued support and encouragement.

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Many thanks 

Miss Coates & Miss Cooke