Autumn 2 Newsletter

 Dear Parents/Carers,

 As we enter the last half term of 2020 we would like to thank all of you for your continued support in these strange times, it has been really appreciated. Both myself and Mrs Furniss will continue to work in school daily up until Christmas in order to support the children. Mrs Lodge will continue to be in the classroom full time too.

This half term our main topic is ‘Light Explosions’. This will focus on The Great Fire of London. We will look at historical evidence and the reasons for the Gunpowder Plot. As many of you like to know what we are learning about at school so that you can help your child, we are sending home a topic web for your information. It really is beneficial to the children if you can support and reinforce their learning at home. If your child has any books or artefacts that support our topic and they would like to bring them into school then that would be wonderful.

 Reading & Spelling

Reading & spelling is a crucial part of children’s learning at this age and your child should be reading for at least 10 minutes a day at home. Thank you to all of you that are reading regularly at home. Please remember that we will ask for photos of reading records to be uploaded on the same day as we set reading homework. Spellings are given out every Friday ready for a test the following Friday. Again, please try to support your child in learning these as it impacts on their reading & writing attainment.

 Reading books need to be returned to school on a Monday so they can be quarantined. New books will be given out on a Friday to those children who have returned their books. Children will continue to keep different books in their trays so that they can read in school.


Each half term your child will be working on specific science targets that go with their current unit of work. Our science targets this half term are:



I can identify and name a range of materials, including wood, metal, plastic, glass, brick, rock, paper and cardboard.

I can suggest why a material might or might not be used for a specific job.

I can explore how shapes can be changed by squashing, bending, twisting and stretching.



Homework will always be set on a Friday and must be uploaded by the following Wednesday. Homework should be completed in pencil and should be of an acceptable standard. Maths homework will be a relevant page in the CGP Workout Year 2 booklet which all children have at home. Reading homework will be a page from the GCP KS1 Comprehension booklet. There may be times when we set an alternative homework but we will let you know via Dojo as usual anyway.

Homework Timetable:

Week beginning



Reading, photo of reading record and spellings


Maths and spellings


Reading, photo of reading record and spellings


Maths and spellings


Reading, photo of reading record and spellings


Maths and spellings


Reading, photo of reading record and spellings

 Occasionally some children may bring home some extra work from the homework outlined above. This may be because they are working in an intervention group and need some extra practice at something or it may simply be that your child needs a little extra work on something they have not understood.

 Passport statements

This term we will be working on:

  • Looking after our belongings
  • Persevering when things get difficult
  • Following the school rules


Further information:

Our P.E lessons will continue to be on Mondays and Thursdays. As usual, please send your child into school in their outdoor PE on these days. Children should also not be wearing any jewellery on PE days. If your child is not able to take out their earrings you must send them to school with earrings taped up on these days or provide tape that they can put on themselves.

We appreciate that with all the handwashing and cold weather that hands are becoming sore. Please feel free to send in small tubes of hand cream which can be kept in your child’s tray. These need to be clearly labelled with your child’s name and are your child’s responsibility. They need to be able to manage this themselves and behave sensibly with it as we are unable to touch it. However, hand sanitizer is still not permitted unless you have direct permission from Mrs Towndrow-Birds

 Please remember to send in a water bottle each day.

We hope you have found this letter informative. If you have any questions about any of the above or any other queries please do not hesitate in coming and speaking to us.

 Thank you

 Miss Edwards and Mrs Furniss

Y2 Class Teachers