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Year 2 - Birch - Miss James


Welcome to Year 2 - Birch Class!


Class Teacher: Miss James

Teaching Assistant: Mrs Quinn


School Council: Lexie and Cavan

Eco Council: Scarlett and Joseph



We have had an exciting two weeks in school in the run up to the half-term holiday. We have been securing our understanding of place value, recognising and understanding the rules when adding and subtracting ten to any given number. We have also been developing our use of the numberline, applying it to solve different numerical operations. 


In English, we have started our work on non-fiction reports. We have been very passionate about the way plastic is used within both our community as well as the wider community. We have gathered information about plastic, discovering interesting facts about how it damages our planet. We have planned and written non-fiction reports on plastic in order to share our findings. 


In RE, we have been learning about Lent; we have thought about why Lent is important, what Jesus sacrificed for us and what the ash cross on our forehead symbolises. We each made a Lenten promise which was placed in the school's Lenten Promise Box. 


We are very grateful to the wonderful parent volunteers who gave up their time this week to come in and share a book with us. This was a brilliant, unique experience and overall a wonderful surprise!




This week we have been participating in writing workshops. This has helped us develop our writing by focusing on different literary skills. This included focusing on the difference between the past and present tense, the difference between nouns, adjectives, verbs and adverbs, as well as our use of conjunctions (both subordinating and coordinating).


We have also been focusing on our handwriting, ensuring that we are using the taught joins in our writing in all of our work. We've loved using our new handwriting area, where we have different activities to strengthen and develop our fine and gross motor skills.


We have been developing our adding and subtracting skills from any given number, using manipulatives of our choice to support us. We are continuing to apply our mathematical skills to solving word problems, using our reasoning skills to explain what we are doing. In science, we are planning an investigation to discover if humans get faster as they get older. 




w/b 8/1/18

We have had a fantastic week in Birch class! We have just started our new unit in English: Poetry. We have been looking at the poem, The Hippocrump by James Reeves. We have been looking at the language he has used and thought about the process he went through to create the Hippocrump.

In mathematics, we have been using different manipulatives to help us solve missing number problems. We have had to use our knowledge of multiplication and division in order to find the missing numbers. We have also used the inverse operation to check that our answers are correct.

In topic, we started our topic Victorians. We have learnt about Queen Victoria and understand why the Victorians were called the Victorians. We have posed different questions that we want to find out about the Victorians and are eager to find the answers to these learning questions.







A Typical Day in Year 2


Year 2’s Daily Routine


Doors open- morning activity


Register and morning prayer








Guided Reading












Shared class story/Newsround


End of day prayer

Reading Books

Reading books are changed once a week in Birch class. Your child will receive three new reading books, on the day that it is their table's turn to change their books. It is expected that the children independently change their books and record their new books in their reading record. Please ensure that you record each time you have listened to your child read, making comments about how they have read, e.g. Were they fluent? Also, please comment on how they responded to any comprehension questions that you asked. The children are expected to read every evening, for around ten minutes. Please note that the books your child takes home are books that they are fluent in; this is to encourage reading for pleasure but also to give them the opportunity to work on their understanding through comprehension questioning. Your child will be reading the book band above in class, during guided reading and will be moved up to that band when they are ready.


P.E. Days Our P.E. days are Monday (indoors) and Wednesday (outdoors). P.E. kits should be kept in school at all times. We will send them home over the school holidays. Long hair needs to be tied back and earrings are not allowed to be worn in school at any time. 

Doors open at 8.45am and children have a daily morning activity to complete at their desk. Once they have completed this activity, it is expected that the children get a book from the 'Reading Garden' and read it quietly in their place. The door closes at 9am sharp and it is then that the register is taken.

Statutory Assessments in Year 2
In the Summer term, all children (who are working within KS1 national curriculum), will be participating in Standard Attainment Tests (SATs). The areas that the children will be tested in, are:


  • English comprehension- working at age related expectations and working at greater depth
  • Spelling, punctuation and grammar (SPaG)
  • Writing
  • Mathematics- arithmetic and problem solving