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St Paul's Catholic Primary School

Alive in Jesus


Welcome to Year 2

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!

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.

The children have taken home two sets of Number Fact Flashcards.

These are all the number facts from 0-5 and 6 to 10 that the children need to learn.

They need to be able to give the answer to each flashcard instantly without any hesitation. They need to know them off by heart.

All the answers are inside the envelope. There is a part whole model and a fact family for each number. Use these to help the children to practise with the flashcards until they get to the point where they don’t need them anymore because they know the answers off by heart and give them instantly upon seeing the flashcards.

The children must know them all by the end of half term because after half term, we will be doing addition and subtraction to 100. If they don’t have instant recall of these basic facts to 10, they are going to be unable to use them to calculate with bigger numbers so they will struggle in their Maths lessons.

Practise hard and have fun Year 2! You can do it!

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. 


As from Wednesday 4th November, the children are to come to school every Wednesday in a school PE kit instead of their usual school uniform. This will mean that the children will no longer 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.

This half term, we will be doing our gymnastics unit. The children will need to take their trainers off during these lessons for safety reasons. If you’d prefer your child to wear his/her pumps during these lessons instead of having bare feet, he/she can bring his/her pumps to school in his/her bag on Wednesdays and change into them for the lessons.


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. Miss Concannon did placement tests with all the children before summer to ensure that they are all on the correct map.


One of the main aims of Year 2 is to teach them 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.

 Tim ait hiz diner veree quiklee soa hee got a tumee aik.

 The children must know which words are common exception words so that they do not try to sound them out.

 Tim ait his diner veree quiklee so he got a tumee aik.


They must also now learn to choose the correct graphemes for each sound too.

 Tim ate his dinner very quickly so he got a tummy ache.


The children will probably ask initially quite a bit but as they learn spellings and develop strategies, they will become more independent.


All the children have been tested and put in the correct group for their spellings.

Phonics – Phase 2, Phase 3, Phase 4, Phase 5

Common Exception Words – Phase 2, Phase 3, Phase 4, Year 1, Year 2

They will get a list of words for phonics (sound out) and common exception words (off by heart) every week. They must know the difference!

They will only get new lists if they pass so they must learn them properly every week or they won’t get through them all and the Year 2 Spelling Rules before the end of the year.


Homework will be put on our class page on the school website every Thursday. There will be a piece of English and Maths. All the answers will be provided so that you can check the children’s work with them as they are working. They will have a book to complete all their homework in that they can keep at home.


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.

Special Celebrations

The children will learn about the Seasons of the Liturgical year and be able to describe some of the customs and symbols associated with them. They will learn that the Sacraments are special celebrations and look especially at what happens during Baptism and Marriage.


The children will learn that Advent is a season of preparation for Christmas. They will describe the Advent Wreath and explain why it is a symbol of preparation for Christmas. They will learn about the story of John the Baptist preparing the way for Jesus and describe some ways the parish prepares for Christmas.

This half term, Autumn 2, we are focusing on the virtues of intentional and prophetic.

The children will be intentional in the way that they live and use the resources of the earth guided by conscience and prophetic in the example that they set to others.


Our book for this half term is The Pirates Next Door by Jonny Duddle. We will be doing lots of different types of writing as characters from the story and writing our very own pirate story too.


In Year 2, we first make sure that all children have a strong understanding of tens and ones in place value and rapid recall of number facts so that we can use these skills to learn to calculate with two-digit numbers in addition and subtraction.

We will then move onto multiplication and division and the children will then learn to recall times table facts and use them to calculate in multiplication, division and fractions too.

  • Use the hundred square to practise counting in ones and tens and finding numbers.
  • Practise the number facts to ensure that the children can recall them instantly.
  • Complete weekly homework – this will be exactly the same as the work that we have done in class that week.


Our new knowledge based curriculum will ensure that all of our children have strong foundations in every subject so History, Geography, Music and Art will now be taught discretely, not as part of a topic as we previously did.


The children really enjoyed our new knowledge curriculum last year. They have already impressed me by applying their geographical knowledge during an RE lesson in the first week. We will be continuing with this curriculum this year in History, Geography, Music and Art.



Ancient Egyptians


Instruments and their Families


Colour and Shape

It is definitely going to be a busy end to 2020! 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 Ingram