Beech Class

Welcome to Beech Class

Our Class teacher is Mrs Wardell and our teaching assistant is Mr Frith. Mrs Collins and Mrs Bannister are also key workers in our classroom. 

For more information about the routines in Year 2, please read our Parents' meeting presentation.


Term 1

Welcome to Year 2! We hope you all have had a lovely summer and are looking forward to the new school year!

In English this term we will be focusing on the key features of non-fiction texts and fact files and exploring texts linked to our enquiry. We will focus on retrieving information from non-fiction texts to answer questions and record facts linked to flight. Towards the end of the term, we will read, recite and write our own poems linked to flying!

In Maths, we will be focusing on developing our understanding around place value. We will be using a range of resources to represent, compare and order 2-digit numbers. We will explore the terms “calculation” and “inverse” and use our knowledge of number facts to check our friend’s calculations.

We will spend the majority of the term working towards answering the question “How has air travel changed over time?”. We will be learning about different parts of an aeroplane and hot air balloon, facts around the first aeroplane flight and what a cockerel, duck and a sheep have to do with the first hot air balloon flight! The children will work towards creating a timeline to show how air travel has changed over time and produce fact files to share the facts they have learnt.

As part of our RE enquiry, we will be focusing on the question, “Who is a Muslim and what do they believe?”.


Term 2

What a fantastic first term we had! Welcome back Year 2!

In English this term, we will be completing reading and writing tasks based around traditional tales such as ‘Rapunzel’. We will also be exploring instruction texts and creating our own set of instructions linked to our big question for this term, “How can I protect my kingdom?”.

In Maths, we will begin the term comparing number sentences using the signs <, > and =. We will then be building on our learning around addition and subtraction from Year 1 using the vertical addition and subtraction method and counting in steps of 2, 5 and 10. Finally, We will be moving onto exploring multiplication and division facts for 2, 5 and 10 and recognising and finding fractions – 1/3, 1/4, 2/4 and 3/4.

Our main enquiry for this term will be centred around castles and our big question “How can I protect my kingdom?”. We will be learning about the different parts of a castle and how they were used as a defence against an attacking enemy. During our visit to Leeds Castle, we will be looking out for these features! We will be making our own castles and applying the facts we have learnt to protect our own model kingdoms.

For our second enquiry, will be learning about a new religion and looking to answer the question “Who is Jewish and what do they believe?”.

This term, we are lucky to have yoga on a Friday afternoon! We cannot wait to meet Hannah and learn some yoga positions!


Term 3

Happy New Year! We had a fantastic first week back with the children all keen to share their Christmas news!

We have continued with our RE enquiry “Who is Jewish and what do they believe?” and will be shortly moving onto our next enquiry, “What happened in the Great Fire of London?”. The children will be taking part in a workshop ran by the author of Vlad and the Great Fire of London, Kate Cunningham. I’m sure the children will have a fantastic time!

In English, we will be carrying out work around Vlad and the Great Fire of London and other texts linked to the historical event. The children will be exploring recounts, newspaper reports and diary entries which will include reading extracts from Samuel Pepys’ diary.

In Maths, we have continued with our learning around fractions and will be moving onto exploring the properties of 2D and 3D shapes. The children are working hard to learn their 2, 5 and 10 times tables. Any extra work on this at home would be great!  




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