St Philip's Church of England

Controlled Primary School

Year 2

Welcome to Year 2


Class Teacher: Miss Robinson

Teaching Assistant: Mrs Madden

Additional Adults: Mrs McShane

Spring Term



This term we look at the health of plants, animals and humans. We learn all about diet, exercise and hygiene for ourselves which eventually links in to how we can look after other living things. In Spring 2 we move onto learning about different materials and experiment with the different properties. 



This half term we learn about the African landscape, traditions and exports. We explore how very different it is to our own country, both the good and bad aspects. 



This term we look at games in PE, we are working on our fundamental movement skills which include learning how to kick, roll a ball, throw a ball and jump correctly. 



We will take a visit to our own church this term to explore the different features of it.  The children will have the opportunity to ask lots of questions which will give us a lovely insight into the world behind the services we all know so well. 

Autumn term

We have had a great start to the year!

Year 1 and 2 Nativity

We had the absolute pleasure of working with the children on this production leading up to Christmas time. They really enjoyed it and we can't wait to do it all again next year! A special shout out to all our actors, actresses and a massive thank you to all the staff that were involved! 

Also a great big thank you for showing your support and coming to watch the children, they really do it all for you :)


Always a popular one in the Autumn term, the children learned all about the sinking of the Titanic. They learned the key events that led up to the sinking and thought about the implications for the passengers on board. It prompted some great questioning!


This autumn term we have been looking at Living Things and Their Habitats. We will be exploring different microhabitats in our school area e.g. the pond outside our classroom and the equipment on the field. We will hopefully discover numerous minibeasts in these microhabitats to get a really good look at them. We understand the key things animals and humans need to survive and have looked at ways that a habitat can provide those things. The children also learnt lots about how dinosaurs survived in different habitats and carried out a fossil hunt in the school grounds. The children enjoyed digging for and examining their finds. As a home-school project, the children have produced some amazing dinosaur habitats.




The children have produced some fantastic watercolour paintings of the wild things from our class book 'Where the Wild Things Are' as well as beautiful lined drawings of the Titanic and poppy fields in the style of Van Gough linking to our work on Remembrance.  



We explored our very own city for our first Geography topic, we looked at famous landmarks within the city and also the geographical features that make our city/country special. We can use geographical vocabulary e.g. hills, beach, pier, mountain, lake and ocean to describe our location and compare it to others. 




Maths and English homework is given out on a Friday and is due in the following Thursday. 

Spelling journals are given out at the start of each term and our weekly spelling test is on a Monday. The journals have the words that the children need to learn for each week.


Useful Links

Here are a few links you could use at home to encourage children to access the curriculum in different ways. 

Phonics practice


Guided Reading questions


Maths games and problem solving activities


How can you help?


  • Make sure your child is on time for school every morning at 8.45am
  • Help your child learn their spellings and support them with their homework if they are stuck
  • Read with your child daily to further develop fluency, spelling and writing skills. 
  • Use homework as a talking point with your child for what they have been learning in school that week.
  • Talk about Maths everyday e.g. How much is that? How many altogether?
  • Encourage children to write anything. e.g. shopping lists, messages, post it notes to label objects in the house. 
  • Remind your child to remove earrings for PE
  • Name absolutely everything your child brings to school! Things have a bad habit of becoming lost...