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Catholic Infant School

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Year 2 – St. Teresa - Miss Bourke

Welcome to Year 2 - St. Teresa Class



Class Teacher: Miss Bourke

Teaching Assistant: Mrs C Gavin
Support staff: Miss Brock, Miss Annan, Miss Sullivan


Our Dom Squad representatives are: Adam, Caitie, Eliana and Oliver


PE Day: Monday and Friday

Forest School: Tuesday

Library Afternoon: Monday




This half-term, the children have been learning that we are chosen by God. They understand that God chose certain people to lead and guide his people. Together, we have explored the story of Abraham and how God chose Moses to be a great leader. They will have an opportunity to reflect on Abraham’s trust in God and learned that we should always trust God. The children understanding that God chooses unlikely people to do his biggest jobs. As part of our Caritas, we have been thinking about why God chose us and what we can do to thank God by helping others. 



This half-term, the children have been learning about The Good News. They understand that God chose certain people to lead and guide his people. Together, we have explored some of the miracles that Jesus performed: Feeding of the 5,000, The Paralysed Man and The Ten Lepers. We learnt about the Holy Family and that when Jesus was younger, he too liked to play with his friends and help his parents with chores, just like us. The children learnt about why it is important to be thankful. 


Father David came into school and led an Ash Wednesday liturgy. He told us why Lent is important and the three things we do during Lent: pray, give and fast. 


We are now learning about The Mass and what happens when we go to Mass. 


In English, we have been developing our writing skills through a variety of texts. The children have been focusing closely on demarcating sentences accurately with the correct punctuation. We have also been concentrating on our handwriting, ensuring that our letters are formed correctly. 


The children are continuing to develop their writing skills by using expanded noun phrases and we are starting to use conjunctions. We have learnt how to use a comma in a list and the different sentence types: command, statement, exclamation and question. 


We have enjoyed reading Traction Man, Caterpillar Shoes and The Little Boat. 


In Maths we have been developing our knowledge of place value in two-digit numbers. We have used base ten to support our learning. The children have been identifying the tens and the ones and then partitioning them using part whole models. We have then been writing these in number sentences. 


The children have now learnt how to add and subtract two two-digit numbers using the column method. We identified the tens and the ones columns and then added each column, starting with the ones. 


In statistics the children learnt about pictograms, bar graphs and information tables. We read the information and then made our own charts. We also learnt how to make tally charts. 




Our Topic this half-term is Living Things and Their Habitats. The children will be learning about different habitats, their features and what animals live there and why. We have also learnt the seven life processes and that every living things needs to be able to do all seven in order to be alive. This half-term, we will have the pleasure of watching real-life chicks hatch! We are excited to watch them grow and develop during their time with us. 


Spring 1

This half term our topic is Everyday Materials and their Uses. The children discussed the different properties of materials and then tested their suitability for different purposes. 


For National Storytelling Week, we read Traction Man and designed him a new scuba suit. We tested our designs by pouring water onto different materials to see if they were waterproof. We had lots of fun pouring water over Miss Bourke! 


Whispering Woods

In the Whispering Woods, we have been observing seasonal changes. We have also been creating bug huts for the animals to help them as the weather gets colder and also been creating shrines for Mary, Our Mother.

Art and Design


The children have been learning different sketching techniques and using this to sketch their own toys through observational drawing.



We made our own clay tiles using impressing, scoring and slipping techniques. 



Year 2’s Daily Routine


Doors open- morning activity






Guided Reading





11:45pm - 12pm


12pm - 1pm


1pm - 1:10pmRegister / Circle Time
1:10pm - 2:00pmRE/PE/TOPIC/Science/Music/Computing/PSHE




Collective Worship / Assembly


Story and End of day prayer



Children are provided with a mid morning snack of fresh fruit or vegetables and milk or water. Playtime is from 10.30 am to 10.45 am and is supervised by two members of staff, with a third member of staff on first aid duty.

Lunchtime break is from 12pm - 1pm where the children are supervised by Mid-day Supervisors.

Reading Books

In Miss Bourke's class, books are changed once a week on Monday's. Please ensure that you have signed your child's orange reading record book when you have heard them read. Please comment on how they have read and also how they have responded to the comprehension questions that you have asked them. For examples of comprehension questions at your child's reading level, please refer to the example questions under the 'Useful Resources' section on our class page. 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.

P.E. DaysOur P.E. days are Monday and Friday. 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. 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.
Morning RoutineWhen children arrive in the morning they are expected to come into the classroom themselves and change out of their coats and outdoor shoes, putting their things away. The children then go to their places where they can do 'Early Morning Work' or read a book for pleasure. At 8:45 the classroom door is closed and registration is taken, finishing with morning prayer. Any child arriving after 8:45 must enter school through the Main Reception Area.

We will always strive to maintain these routines. However, on rare occasions, circumstances prevent us from following them exactly.
Statutory Assessments in Year 2
Children will be working throughout the year towards the final end of Key Stage 1 Statutory Assessment Tests (SATs). Children will be assessed on Reading; Writing (including Spelling, Punctuation & Grammar); Mathematics and Science.  All subjects are teacher assessed but some judgements are supported by tests.

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

Harvest Samba

Be still for the presence of the Lord

Be still, for the presence of the Lord, The Holy One, is here. Come bow before him now, with reverence and fear. In him no sin is found, we stand on holy gro...

This is my body, broken for you

Only Jesus saves.

cauliflowers fluffy with singers