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A very warm welcome from all of the Year 2 team.

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Meet the team

Ms Bamford - Willow Class Teacher

Mr Hayward-Mitchell - Pine Class Teacher

Miss Haywood, Mrs Cox & Miss King - Year 2 TA's

Mrs Hawker - Reading Intervention Teacher

Mrs Barrs - English & Maths Intervention Teacher



Victorian Day at John Clifford
Trip to Newstead Abbey
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Willow & Pine Class: Autumn Term 2

Dear Parents/Carers,


Welcome back to the second half of the Autumn term. We hope that you all had an enjoyable break and that you are ready for the rush towards Christmas!!!


This half term, our topic is ‘What was John Clifford School like in Victorian times?’ and we will be travelling back in time to find out about John Clifford, the history of our school and then look at the impact the Victorians had on Beeston. As part of the topic, we will be having a Victorian Day, on Tuesday 28th November and on the following day we will be off to Newstead Abbey for a Victorian Christmas. You should already have received letters about these two exciting days and information about how to make a simple Victorian costume for your child. If you need any further information please contact us.


Arrangements for Christmas celebrations are well under way and we will be sending out details and dates very soon so keep an eye out for letters and information on the John Clifford website.


Even though the winter is fast approaching, please could all children continue to bring a named water bottle for use in the classroom. Drinking water is available and the bottles can be filled in school. Also, your child will need a named tracksuit/jogging bottoms, socks and a sweatshirt for PE as we are continuing with outdoor games and gymnastics.


This is a really important half term, as children often make good progress now they have settled into their new classes, so please encourage your child to read at least four times each week and have their diary signed by an adult. Please use this diary as a means of communicating with us and remind your child to show it to us if you have entered a message. Spelling lists will continue to be sent home in the Reading Diaries and these will be checked each Friday in a short dictation.


We have found that those children who do even a little bit of extra work at home make the most progress during the year! If you need any help please check out our Year 2 page on the website for information on what we are doing in maths, videos and songs, along with poetry and topic mind maps at


If you feel that you are able to help in school in any capacity on a regular basis please let us know.


Please remember, if you do have any concerns or you would like to celebrate your child’s achievements with us, let us know briefly in the morning and we will arrange an appointment with you at a mutually convenient time, or you can usually catch us at the end of the day.



Many thanks for your continued support.


YR2 team

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They Came to a Christmas Party

Everyone's Asleep

Just a little bit of room.

Angel's Song

Tell me a Story Shining Star

04 Something Happened.mp3

Three Kings From the East

Grumpy Camel song

Sing-a-long camel song

Shine Away

Happy Diwali!


On Thursday 19th October to finish off the topic on India, YR2 celebrated Diwali. The children have been finding out about life in India and the story of Rama and Sita, which is the reason people celebrate Diwali.

The children were split into four teams and took part in Indian Stick dancing, food tasting (curry, poppadums, naan bread and mango chutney), making paper plate divas, and having henna mehndi patterns drawn onto their hands (thank you Mrs Ifill)

The afternoon was finished off with a mass Bollywood style dance. Thanks to all the staff and parents who came to help and dressed up for the afternoon.

KS1 SAT's Information

2017 Key Stage 1 tests (without GPS)

This short video provides information for parents about the Key Stage 1 tests A downloadable version is available for schools: A separate video is available for schools who are also using the GPS test:

Photographs and Videos

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Important notices and reminders will be added here.

Parent Reading Mornings


Both Pine and Willow will have their Parent Reading Mornings on Tuesdays at 8.50-9.05am.


Many Thanks


Mr Hayward-Mitchell & Ms Bamford


Meet the Teacher Presentation 12.9.17

Maths in Year 2

Year 2 Maths Curriculum Objectives

Helpful math topic ideas

Doubling and halving to 20

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Doubling and halving to 20 2

Rap backing tracks

What can you do to help?


Here are a few ideas for activities that you and your child can do at home together. We'll keep adding

ideas as we come across them to. If you find something great which you and your child really enjoy, let us know! 

Ideas for Maths activities at home



English in Year 2

Year 2 English Reading,Writing and Spoken Language Objectives

Great websites...

Reading in Year 2

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At John Clifford, we believe that reading is very important. We allow the children to engage in reading in a number of ways, including:


- daily whole class story time

- children being able to choose their own reading book

- open reading mornings and afternoons

- reading buddy classes

- guided reading sessions

- access to a range of text types in the classrooms for children to choose to read. 


We ask that to support your child with their reading that you read with them at least three times a week at home. For each time your child reads at home, they are rewarded with a class bee token to put towards their hive total. 


We are always looking out for reading volunteers too to help read with children at school. If you have the time to spare, please see Mrs Hawker who will be able to give you some more information. 

Reading Targets



Science in Year 2

Year 2 Science Curriculum

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