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Year 2 - Birch - Miss James

"Mistakes are proof that you're learning"


Welcome to Year 2 - Birch!


What have we been up to this week?



This week we were visited by Fr. Paul, who came in to discuss the special books he uses in Mass. It was amazing to learn about the different books and what makes them special. Did you know that you can tell if a book belongs in the Catholic faith because it is backed in leather, its pages are not white and it also has a ribbon as its book mark?

All the children really enjoyed having Fr. Paul come to visit them and enjoyed asking him lots of questions, which they had been busy preparing before he came. He even set us the challenge of learning to rap a Psalm! We can’t wait for Fr. Paul to return, so that we can perform our Psalm to him.


A special thank you to Fr. Paul for taking the time out of his extremely busy schedule to come in and speak with us, we really appreciate it.






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Class Teacher: Miss James

Class Teaching Assistant: Mrs Quinn


Doors open at 8.50am and children have a daily mathematics 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

Following the Curriculum Information Sessions, which are held for Year 2 parents at the beginning of the Autumn Term, parents will receive:

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 hand their new books to Mrs Quinn, so that we can record what books they have chosen. Parents and carers will need to record the name of their child's new books in their green reading record book. 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 twenty 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 Tuesday (outdoors) and Thursday (indoors). 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 earings are not allowed to be worn in school at any time. It would be helpful if girls could have a pair of white ankle socks in their PE bag for the days they come to school wearing tights.

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


Hear it for the baddies

Spread a little magic

We're off

We're the seven dwarfs

Fee, Fi, Fo, Fum

It's gotta be me

Step into the light