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Year 2 2022 - 2023

Mrs Siddall

Mrs Blatch

Autumn term




The main focus for the term will be Literacy, Maths and Science.

In literacy, we will start by developing vocabulary using the poem Dogs by Marchette Chute.

We will then retell the story of The Mousehole cat by Antonia Barber and write a character description too.

The story can be seen on youtube

Finally we will learn to write instructions for caring for a pet using the story of How to wash a Woolly Mammoth as our inspiration. 


In maths, we will consolidate our place value understanding, develop new methods for addition and subtraction as well as applying these methods to real life situations. 

We follow the White Rose maths scheme as our core maths work.  Parent information can be found at


In science, we will investigate what animals need to stay alive and the features which make them suited to the habitat they live in. As part of our science work we intend visit Walton Gardens in Warrington, have a visitor from the RSPCA talk to us as well as a dog groomer.  



The children currently have 1 PE lesson per week - every Tuesday

This will be led by the P.E. experts from KIXX.

On PE days, children should come to school in:

>trainers/ pumps

>black or blue shorts/ leggings/ jogging pants

>a white tshirt

>a sweatshirt/ hoodie

Long hair should be tied back and earrings should be removed if possible. 


The complete curriculum map for the autumn topic of Pets, is attached at the bottom of the page.

A basic outline of the school day is also attached below. 


At Chester Blue Coat we expect every child will do their best and work incredibly hard at school throughout the day, so therefore we keep homework expectations to a minimum. 

However in year 2, we expect children to complete regular reading and maths tasks at home, which are explained below. 

Reading homework

The expectations in year 2 is that each child should read at home at least four times a week. 

Please make a comment or just sign your child's reading record to show that your child has read.

Children also benefit greatly from listening to adults and older children read stories to them, so snuggle up and enjoy books together. Being read to, develop's children's understanding of story structure as well as vocabulary.

These videos from the Open University give top tips on how to share books with your child:

Reading Tips #1

Reading Tips #2



Please help your child to learn basic number facts, such as number bonds to 10, 20 or even 100.  

The children are expected to instantly recall the two amounts which equal 10, and recognise the inverse operation of the amount remaining when a number is subtracted from 10. The quick speed of recall is ver important. A great game which we use in school is Hit the Button.

Alternatively, dominio type games or matching cards can be made and played to increase the speed recall of basic number facts. There are some resources attached.


Spelling and Phonics

An explanation of the terminology used in school and the phonic knowledge your child is expected to have is attached below. 

Also, a list of 'common exception' words for Years 1 and 2 is attached too.  These are words that the children may not be able to use their phonic knowledge to spell.  They are words that tend to crop up regularly when they are writing and so it is helpful if the children learn how to spell them.  We have attached below some ideas for practising spellings with your child.  

If you need any help printing out resources, please speak to a member of the Y2 team.


If we feel that your child would benefit from some additional practice in reading, writing, phonics, maths or any subject, then we will approach you and ask for your help to complete work at home. 

If you feel your child would benefit from some additional work, please let us know and we will organise work pertinent to your child's needs. 

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