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Year 2

Welcome to Year Two.

This is the second of two years that children spend in Key Stage 1 at St. Joseph's and is an important year for your child. In the summer term we will be assessing your child’s progress using the Key Stage 1 Assessments for reading, writing and maths. Throughout the year we will be using other informal methods of assessment, in order to make an overall judgement about your child’s progress. This involves listening to them read, observing them in lessons and working with them individually and in small groups.

Religious Education

Our Religious Education is at the heart of all we do in Year 2. We follow a scheme called 'The Way, the Truth and the Life' in which children learn about and explore the Catholic Faith, their own faith and the faith of others.


English lessons, guided reading and phonics are taught daily. Children are encouraged to take reading books home each day and it is expected that you listen to your child read for 5 - 10 minutes each day. Please write a comment in your child's reading record to confirm and communicate this information to staff in school. Reading books will be changed up to two times a week, where appropriate, but re-reading a familiar book is a very effective way to develop your child's confidence and fluency.


 Mathematics is taught daily in Year 2. Children develop mathematical understanding of number, place value, addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, fractions, measurement and geometry (position and direction, and properties of shape). Great emphasis is placed upon children being able to apply these mathematical skills to problems in contexts. You can help your child at home by practicing the multiplication and division facts for the 2, 5 and 10 times tables as well as number bonds to 100.

Physical Education:

This year, PE for Year 2 will be delivered in two ways:

  • Firstly, Year 2 will take part in the Daily Mile. 
  • Secondly, on Wednesday afternoon's, Year 2 will have their PE Lesson.
  • Children must have their full PE kit in school every day of the week (including trainers). 

Homework and Spellings:

The children’s homework books encourage them to become organised and independent. All homework should be written in their homework books or on worksheets. Generally, the children will be set homework every week (usually on Friday), which they should record in their homework books, along with the hand in date (the following Friday). Parental help with homework would be appreciated if your child requires it.

Homework can include:

  • Spellings – Weekly (Improving spelling, improves writing). Spellings will be stuck into the spelling books and they must be returned to school each Friday. Spelling are tested on Fridays and then sent home so you can see your child's progress. 
  • Maths or English
  •  Reading / Mental Maths - a little often. Please encourage your child to read at home and discuss their reading with them. We also encourage the use of our web-based learning platforms: 
  • Bug Club: (www.activelearnprimary.co.uk) Use to improve reading comprehension skills linked to your child’s progress. Each child has their own log-on details, if they have lost or forgotten them, please ask for a new card.
  • Mathletics: (https://community.mathletics.com/signin/#/student) Mathletics is designed to provide students with a captivating and safe mathematics learning experience, where math tasks have been set linked to classwork. Similarly to Bug Club, each child has their own log on details, if they have lost or forgotten them, please ask for a new card.

I hope you have found this information useful. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.

Miss Haley 
Class Teacher

Staff in Year 2:

Miss Haley

Mrs Scott