Year 2 - Julia Donaldson Class

Miss Bullock, Mrs Wilkins and Mrs Binns welcomes the 2016/17 Year 2 class.


Dear Parents/Carers,

Welcome back! We hope you had a very enjoyable Easter break and are ready for the summer term. Here is an overview of the learning that will be taking place in Donaldson class this half term. During the month of May the children will be taking their SATs tests as part of the end of Key Stage 1 statutory assessment but as mentioned in the meeting earlier this year, they are nothing at all to worry about!


English – We are reading Grace and Family by Mary Hoffman, which we will use as a stimulus to develop our writing in a variety of styles, including diaries, postcards and non-fiction. It also provides some lovely cross-curricular links to the Gambia, a country visited by the main character. In addition, there are plenty of opportunities for cross curricular writing in science, geography and RE.


Maths (Daily) – We will continue to practise calculating using the four operations: addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. We will be using our calculation skills to a variety of problems and to develop our reasoning skills. In addition, we will be learning to add and subtract in the context of money, in order to find a total amount for several items and how to calculate the change. Plus we will continue to learn how to tell the time.


Science – This term we will be learning about plants. They will study plants and trees in the natural environment, taking measurements and making observational drawings. We will plant seeds and bulbs and compare them as they grow. The children will set up a comparative experiment to observe what plants need to grow well and watch the germination process first hand by growing cress. We will begin to learn about the plants we eat and that farming involves creating the right conditions for crops to grow.


Geography – We will be learning about Ghana, specifically contrasting life in England with life in this West African country.


Art Based on their observational drawings in science, children will learn to produce lino prints.


RE – We are learning about Sikhism and the beliefs held by followers of this religion. We will learn about Guru Nanak and some of the stories shared through his teachings.


PHSE – The children will learn about relationships, such as telling the truth, saying sorry or making amends and helping someone who is feeling sad or lonely.


PE – The children will have outdoor PE on a Tuesday afternoon and indoor PE on a Thursday afternoon. Please ensure that they have the correct kit, including footwear, on these days.


Computing – The children will practise their publishing skills using 2simple software.



During PPA on a Wednesday afternoon, the children will be taught by our specialist music

and drama teachers.



Other information:


Reading – Please continue to keep reading every evening with your children.It is vital that you support them at home with their reading and ensure they read for around 15-20 minutes.


Number bonds and times tables – Please help children to develop quick recall of basic number facts.  


Number bonds

  • Recalling the number bonds to 10 (e.g. 1+9, 2+8, 3+7, etc.),
  • Then, moving on to those up to 20 (e.g. 1+19, 2+18, 3+17, etc.)
  • Recalling number tens number bonds up to 100 (e.g. 10+90, 20+80, 30+70, etc.)


Times Tables

  • Practising counting first in 2’s, then 10’s and 5’s,
  • Learning the times tables in sequence and then quick recall out of sequence,
  • Moving onto3’s and 4’s until the children are confident.



Year 2 - Julia Donaldson Class

Year 2 - Julia Donaldson Class