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St Paul's Catholic Primary School

Alive in Jesus


Welcome back - we hope everyone had a happy and restful half term break.

Home Learning 10.3.23

Things to do today:

  1. Learn and practise your spellings
  2. Read your book and get your diary signed
  3. Build a snowman and take a photo
  4. Have a look at some activities on this website below to help you with your maths
  5. A spelling sheet for you to have a go at attached below


See you all on Monday,

Mrs Minchin

Welcome to our Year 2 page.

Here you will find out about what we will be learning this half term, as well as gain updates and photos of all of the fun we're having each half term!

Meet the team!

School is always a very busy place and, as the children complete their last year in Key Stage 1, Year 2 is no different. It is a very important year and the children will need to work very hard in school and at home and make lots of progress in order to master all the skills that they need before moving into Key Stage 2.

Below is the Meet the Teacher presentation - here you can read what to expect in Year 2 this year!

What do the children need to bring to school every day?

  • reading book and diary
  • water bottle containing only water (We have lots of filling stations in school.)
  • a proper coat (not a hoodie)
  • a school bag (to put it all in!)


PE is on Wednesday afternoon. 

 The children are to come to school every Wednesday in a school PE kit instead of their usual school uniform. This means that they don't need to get changed in school before and after their PE lessons.

The children cannot wear ‘their own clothes’. They must be in the correct PE kit. They need to wear:

  • Navy blue sweater or St. Paul’s sweatshirt (no hoodies)
  • White polo shirt or crew neck t-shirt
  • Navy or black joggers
  • Trainers

Please ensure that the children’s trainers are suitable for sports and are not ‘fashion’ trainers or trainers that they wear for fun and that their joggers are plain jersey joggers with cuffed ankles so that they are safe and comfortable for PE lessons. Major supermarkets and clothing stores stock these in their school uniform sections.

During the summer, when the weather permits, the children will be able to wear navy or black PE shorts instead of joggers.

During our dance and gymnastics units, the children will need to take their trainers off during the lessons for safety reasons. If you’d prefer your child to wear his/her pumps during these lessons instead of having bare feet, they can leave a bag with pumps at school and change into them on a Wednesday afternoon.


Coming into Year 2, all the children are expected to be able to decode texts using phonics to sound out and reading Common Exception Words and familiar words by sight.

The Year 2 curriculum in focused on building the children’s stamina, fluency and expression and developing the children’s understanding of what they are reading. They must be able to talk about the book that they reading confidently and answer questions referring back to the text to help them.

The children need to read at home every day and need to increase the amount that they can read in one go.

In school, we will hear every child read his/her reading book as often as we can each week. We will check for fluency and expression and ask questions to make sure that he/she understands the text. We will change books as soon as it is finished and we are happy with the reading and understanding.

The children also do:

  • Guided Reading
  • Modelled and Shared Reading
  • Reading Aloud (story time)
  • Independent Reading for Pleasure

Some children also have Flashcards for Fluency. These are Common Exception Words and phonics words that the children need to practise and practise until they can read them straight away without having to sound them out. As soon as they can read the set in their polypocket, they can have the next set until they have completed all the Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 words.

All the children have a subscription to Reading Eggs that school has paid for. It is an excellent app that the children should be using independently to make progress in their reading. Please try and ensure that the children are completing a lesson on their map at least three times a week. We will set regular placement tests on the app to ensure that all the children are on the correct map.


One of the main aims of Year 2 is to teach the children to be accurate spellers.

In Reception and Year 1, the children sound out the words that they want to write and as long as they write the correct sounds, it doesn’t matter if the graphemes are aren’t correct however, as the children begin to learn alternative graphemes used to spell words, they are expected to try out such graphemes and decide which best fits the word they are writing. Therefore, their spelling should become more accurate throughout the year.


Spellings in reading diaries – There is a spelling test every Friday

Children will bring home words for phonics (sound out) and common exception words (off by heart) to practise. These are the words that they are learning in their spelling lessons in school.

Research Project – Tudor Research 

Reading Book- daily and comment in diary

Religious Education

At St Paul's, we follow the document Learning and Growing as the People of God.  This underlines the importance of the task of exploring and handing on Catholic faith within the generations of family and Church life. It is the curriculum strategy for Religious Education in Catholic Primary Schools in the Archdiocese of Birmingham and provides the foundations for improved partnership between school, home and parish, a partnership that lies at the heart of Catholic Education.

Parables & Miracles

In this unit we will be exploring the stories of Jesus for example; healing the sick, stopping the storm and turning water to wine. We will be thinking about how we can learn from Jesus and follow in his footsteps. We will be taking all the stories we learnt in Year 1 and we will show our understanding of what characteristics we know about Jesus from these parables. 


Special Occasions: Lent

In this unit we will be learning the different seasons of the Church year in order (Advent, Christmas, Ordinary Time, Lent, Easter, Pentecost and Ordinary Time). We will also be researching different countries around the world and what they celebrate. We will be focusing on special signs and symbols that represent certain occasions. 

This half term, we are focusing on the virtues of learned and wise.


This half term, we are working on a book called 'Beegu'. The children will be writing their own version of this story in a few weeks and then will be writing some instructions.


This  half term, we will be focusing on multiplication and division followed by length and measures. We also do retrieval practise where we revisit previously taught concepts in a 10 minute lesson starter activity.

Similarly, now SATS are on the horizon, we will also be using practice papers in both arithmetic and reasoning to prepare ourselves.



In Science we are focusing on electricity in particularly the dangers linked to this area. 


Our knowledge based curriculum will ensure that all of our children have strong foundations in every subject throughout the year at varying times.


We are focusing on the Tudors this half term which is an exciting unit full of interesting facts around Henry VIII and various others.


This half term we will be learning music that can make you move! We will be listening to jazz music which originated from New Orleans, United States. Also, we will be learning different dances such as tap dancing, maypole dancing and morris dancing.


Colour and Texture

This half term we are learning about Henri Matisse and how he creates art with scissors. We are also considering texture in art and how we can show this in our own artwork.

If you have any questions or there is anything that I can help you with, please speak to me at the end of the day.

Mrs Minchin