Happy New Year!

We have had a busy start to the new term and have been finishing off our topic on Materials.  The children have investigated different materials to decide which would be best to make an emergency tea bag for the teachers!  They made predictions, made the teabags, tested the materials and shared their observations. 

In maths, we have continued working with multiplication and the children are becoming more confident in skip counting, drawing and using arrays as well as developing their speed in answering a question. A useful website for practising immediate recall of multiplication is https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/hit-the-button

Next week we will be starting our new topic “London’s Burning – Did London really burn down?”

We will also be making the link between multiplication and division in maths.

We still have a few children who have not yet returned their ICT/internet agreement form.  Please could you check your child’s book bag if you know that you haven’t seen it!  The original letter was sent out before Christmas and we have given another out to some children this week as a reminder. 

Reading  – your child is welcome to bring in their own book from home to read during our independent/guided reading times at school but please make sure that their name is written inside.


It has been a very busy week this week! 

In English we have read and discussed the story Buster’s Christmas.  The children have sequenced the events in the story.  Next week we will be writing our own stories from the point of view of Buster the dog.  We have also started our science topic ‘Uses of everyday materials’ and will hopefully be carrying out a science experiment next week where the children will be choosing the best material to make a trampoline for Buster.  

In maths, we have continued with our work on repeated addition and multiplication.  The children have been learning to ‘skip count’ and have also been introduced to arrays. 

All children have had a spelling dictation test today with the words that we emailed a couple of weeks ago.  We will let you know how they got on once they have been marked. 

The children have been working hard to bring together our Christmas Nativity and they are looking forward to performing it to you next week!  At the moment, we estimate that the performances will last about 40 minutes.  The evening performance starts at 6pm and we need the children to be back at school between 5.30 and 5.45pm please.  They will need to be dropped off at the door to the main building and will get ready in the Year 4 classrooms.

We previously asked for children to wear a brightly coloured top or Christmas jumper.  Please could these be brought to school on Monday in a named bag.

We again have a lot of unnamed jumpers, gloves and hats.  We will keep these on the lunch trolley until the end of next week and then put them in the lost property box in the main playground. 

Thank you for your support and we look forward to another busy week next week!


We have continued with our ‘space’ theme this week and have been working with the book ‘Man on The Moon.’  The children have really enjoyed this story and have been eager to try and help Bob (the main character) to advertise visits to the moon! We have explored how we can make people interested in going for a visit and have planned what we could write in our own leaflet.  We will be completing these next week and will hopefully put them on display in our classrooms.

In maths we have started to make the link between repeated addition and multiplication.  We have worked quite practically and will be carrying on with this learning next week.

In our phonics and spelling work we have been learning how to add the ‘er’ and ‘est’ suffix to the end of words and are remembering previously learned rules really well.

Next week

We will be completing our leaflets to advertise trips to the moon! We are then moving onto writing longer narratives and will be using ‘Christmas adverts’ as a visual stimulus.

We will also be starting our Materials topic in Science.

Other notes

On Monday, we will be sending some children home with words to practise for our Christmas assembly.  All children have been given a sheet with song words – please could you help them to practise these? If you don’t know the tune to the song, then just reading the words will be really helpful.

When the children leave school at the end of the day please could all parents/carers make sure that the children are not climbing over the fence into the adventure trail area.  This is not allowed in the school day and we would like to make sure that this is a consistent message between home and school.


This week the children have enjoyed learning about Neil Armstrong’s expedition to the moon. This has been the focus of both our topic and English work.

In maths we have been looking at the properties of 2D shapes. We have enjoyed using the mirrors to find out how many lines of symmetry each shape has.

Next week we will be continuing with our space theme and will be working with the book ‘Man on the Moon.’ We hope to be writing advertising booklets to encourage people to visit!

We have started learning the words to the songs for our ‘Christmas Assembly.’ Year 2 will have some speaking parts and the children have been asked if they would like a short speaking role.  Their words will be sent out next week.

We would like all children, if possible to wear a Christmas jumper during our performances.  If any children do not have a Christmas jumper then a brightly coloured top will be fine!

We plan to have a dictation spelling test during the week of the 10th December.  Your child has been given a list of these words today.


This week we have continued with our learning about Remembrance and World War One.  Both classes have now been on their visit to the Museum where they looked through the records of soldiers from Market Harborough who fought in the wars.  They also visited the memorial garden.  Our English work has centred around a book called Where the Poppies Now Grow.  We have written sentences, descriptions and a diary entry.

In maths we have worked with subtraction and have been taking away a tens number from any 2 digit number.

Next week we are starting a new unit of work in English centred around Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet.  We will be looking at the setting and the characters as well as exploring new vocabulary.  In maths we will be continuing with our work on subtraction. It is also Anti-Bullying week next week so we will be doing a lot of PSHE work around this.

In phonics lessons the children have been learning the different rules for adding the ed and ing suffix onto the end of verbs.  The children have been finding this a little tricky so we have sent home a game to try and reinforce these spellings. They have played this at school so know what to do!

Other Information

If you listen to your child read at home then please can you write a short note, or just sign their purple book.  We have a lot of children are changing their book and haven’t got comments written in their journal.


We have continued learning about Christopher Columbus this week.  We have learnt how to write an exclamation sentence and have been trying hard to include these in our writing.  We have written a message in a bottle and have tried to include different sentence types.

In maths, we have been investigating how numbers change when we add or subtract a tens number.

Next week we will be starting to think about Autumn and will be reading and writing poems.

In maths we will be continuing to add and subtract tens numbers and will be solving problems.

Home activities

We have sent home today a maths homework sheet.

We would also like the children to bring in some Autumn leaves for us to look at on Monday, if possible.

If you would like to purchase some Christmas cards with your child’s design then the order form needs to be returned to school by next Wednesday.


This week the children have enjoyed learning about the famous explorer – Christopher Columbus.  We have researched interesting facts about his expeditions by using the ipads, have asked and answered questions and have drawn and coloured/painted ships.  We will be continuing with this learning next week.

In maths we have been exploring different calculation strategies including using a part part whole model and a bar model.  Using these we have looked at the relationship between addition and subtraction facts.

Next week we will be continuing to work with bar models in maths.  In English we will  be learning how to write exclamation sentences and will link this with our topic work.

Other information

We have sent home a spelling activity homework today – this doesn’t have to be returned just as long as the children practise their spelling!

We have a lot of unnamed jumpers and cardigans on our lunch trolley – please have a look to see if they may belong to your child.



We have had a very busy week this week and the children are settling very well into the routines and expectations of Year 2.

Over the past couple of weeks we have been exploring some books by Oliver Jeffers and have incorporated aspects of these into our written work.  We have been learning how to improve our sentences and add more detail by using expanded noun phrases.  The children are also learning how to use a comma when writing a list.

In maths we have continued with our place value work and have been thinking about where different numbers appear on number lines.  We have just started to look at  addition involving two-digit numbers and will be continuing with this next week.

In our topic work we have been learning about human and physical features of an area.  We have compared the different features of the seaside to Market Harborough.

We are working really hard on trying to improve handwriting skills – of both letters and numbers. We would really appreciate your help with this.  We need to make sure that the majority of children are able to write their letters correctly before we can move onto learning how to join.  We will be sending home some handwriting activities for the children who need to practice and improve correct letter formation.

Next week, in both our English and Topic work, we will be starting to learn about a famous explorer. We will let the children tell you all about this person next week!

Home Activities

Your child has been given a maths home activity sheet today.  This is designed to practise and reinforce basic number skills as well as reinforcing some aspects of maths that we have done in our lessons.   Some children may find the calculations easy, but our aim is that they can instantly recall addition and subtraction calculations without having to spend time working them out.

Just a reminder that the children can change their reading book on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. If they wish to change their reading book on these days then they need to put it in the box in their classroom first thing in the morning.  We do not always manage to hear children read individually during the week but they all take part in a guided reading session which is designed to develop their comprehension skills.


We are planning on having a spelling test at the end of next week and would like the children to learn how to spell the numbers from one to ten as well as the following colour words – red, blue, yellow, brown, black, green.  

Other information

Please could you encourage your child not to bring toys to school?  We have a lot of children bringing things in which have caused arguments outside and distractions in the classroom.  Our timetable is very full and we rarely have time to ‘show and tell.’  Children are welcome to bring in books etc that are related to what we are learning about and we will always make time to discuss these.

If anybody would like to come into school to hear children read then please let us know!  We would really appreciate having someone to work with children in both classes on a Wednesday afternoon. Please just pop in to see your child’s teacher if you are interested.


We have had a very busy week in Year 2 and we are sure that the children are ready for a weekend!  Most of the children have now settled into the routine of what is expected in Year 2 and we have been thinking about being Ready, Responsible and Respectful.

Our topic this term is called “What and where can we explore?”  This week we have started to explore books written by Oliver Jeffers and have focussed on the story How To Catch A Star.  We have started to use the co-ordinating conjunction ‘but’ in our sentences.  We have also explored colour mixing and have painted a colour wheel with primary and secondary colours.

In maths we have continued to look at the place value of 2-digit numbers and have been comparing and ordering them.  We have introduced the symbols for greater than and less than ( >   <) and have had fun writing them outside on the playground with chalks.

The children met our new PE coach, Mr Orr, this week and enjoyed their first session with him.

Next week we will be continuing with place value in maths and with stories by Oliver Jeffers in English.  We will also be looking at human and physical features of places in our Geography work.

We have sent reading books home today to the children who have returned them from Year 1.  We are still waiting for a few children to return their books before we can issue them with another.  Please write in your child’s reading journal if they have read at home.  We are waiting for some new reading journals to be delivered so if your child hasn’t got one at the moment please don’t worry!

Next week is our open evening and at the beginning of each block of time we will briefly share with you the National Expectations for children in Year 2.

Please can you make sure that your children’s jumpers/cardigans are labelled with their name? We already have an accumulation of unnamed clothing!  We will keep these on the lunch trolley so please have a look through if your child has lost one.



Welcome to Year 2!

As the children are beginning to settle into the routine of Year 2 we would just like to inform you of a few important things.

Reading books

In Year 2 the children are able to change their reading books on a Monday, Wednesday and Friday.  At the moment we are listening to every child read and will adjust their book band level if needed.  We are amazed at how well all children are reading and how fluent they are.  Comprehension and the understanding of vocabulary is important in year 2 so we will be assessing your child on this as they read their books to us.  Some children haven’t yet brought back to school their six books that they were given at the end of year 1 so please could you encourage your child to bring them back next week along with their green reading journal.  Some children have said that they have lost books so we would really appreciate it If you could have a look at home and return any that you find in order for us to have enough for both year 1 and year 2.


P.E lessons are on Tuesdays and Wednesday.  Please make sure that your child has plimsolls or trainers in their P.E. bag  as they need to wear these in the sports hall.  If your child has their ears pierced, they need to either leave earrings at home on P.E. days or learn to remove them.  If this is not possible then please send them to school with some micropore tape which they can cover their earrings with. They need to be able to do this themselves.

Collection arrangements

Please let us know if your child is regularly collected from school by a child minder or after school provider so we can make a note of this.

Please could every child also have a named water bottle at school.

We look forward to seeing to all next week