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St Robert Southwell

Catholic Primary School

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Teacher:                     Mrs Little and Mrs Chase (Tuesday)

Class TAs:                  Mrs Van Dooren, Mrs Thorndyke

SEN TAs:                   Miss Elkins and Mrs Ko



Our topics:




Medieval Times

We are Britain



Awesome Horsham


Significant People



All our topics are cross curricular.


What should your child bring to school each day?

  • Reading book and Reading Record 
  • Named water bottle

School Uniform - All school uniform must be clearly labelled.




Monday and Tuesdays 

Please wear PE kit to school on these days. 



The children will be taught to use the continuous cursive handwriting style.  They will learn the correct formation of each letter in class. 

This link shows animations for each letter, as taught in class: 



The children will be exposed to a range of quality fiction, non-fiction and poetry texts in class.  They need to read as often and as widely as possible at home. 

Recommended reading lists for year 2:





On your child’s birthday, we ask that they do not bring sweets for their friends, but if they would like to donate a book to the class for the book corner instead, then it would be greatly appreciated.  They can also come to school in their own clothes on their birthday, or on the nearest school day if their birthday falls at the weekend.



Spellings are set for the half term and are tested every Friday.  Please bring your homework book in every Friday.

Times Tables

By the end of year 2 the expectation is that all children should know their 2, 5 and 10 times tables. We will be beginning a focus on Times Tables after half term.  Times tables Rockstars is a very useful website for this as it tests the children on their tables at their own pace. The children also need to be secure on the inverse calculations – e.g. 100 ÷ 10 = 10.

Helping to Enrich our Topic

It is always great to have items or visitors that support our topic, so if anyone has any experience or items that may help us with any of the work above that we could hear about or borrow, we would love to see and hear about them.




Please read with your child regularly. You may like to add a positive or helpful comment in their reading diary, but please acknowledge the fact that the book has been read by signing and dating in the comments space. A member of staff will be checking reading records during the week and children are expected to have read at least 3 times a week with an adult. Adults at school will not always write in the books as we have our own records.


Spellings are given out on a weekly basis, please make sure you learn these with your child at home.

Handwriting is a huge focus in Year 2. We encourage the children to use a cursive style of writing with lead ins in preparation for writing in a joined up style. the website we use to support this can be found using the following link Any work at home on hand strengthening and letter formation would be greatly appreciated. If you would like any further support with this please come and see me.


We will also be continuing with Maths Whizz to help support your child’s understanding of the topics we are covering in school. If you do not have access to the internet at home, please let me know and we can arrange a time for your child to complete it at school. If your child has misplaced their login details, let a member of staff know and we can give you a copy


Tips when reading with your child;

  1. Discuss the illustrations. What do they think is going on? Why?
  2. Predict what may happen? What would be good/bad etc.
  3. Make up alternative endings.
  4. Discuss what your child’s likes/dislikes are about the text.
  5. What did we learn from the story? Was there a moral, did it give them any information? Was it factual or a fiction story?
  6. Can you change your voice for all the characters?
  7. Be guided by your child’s interests- Read your own stories as well as school books.
  8. Become an explorer- Read fact, fiction, rhymes, poems, picture books.
  9. Ask questions about the story.
  10. Discuss the sequence of events. Can you recall the events?
  11. Most important keep it short, enjoyable and fun

Many thanks for your continued support,

Mrs Little


Useful Websites:




Please visit the following website to a collection of short animations to help with correct letter formation.