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

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




 Willow & Pine Class: Autumn 1


Dear Parents/Carers,


Welcome to the Autumn Term! We hope that you all had an enjoyable summer holiday. We are pleased to say that the children have come back refreshed and eager to learn. They all look very smart in their school uniforms.


This half term our main theme is geography looking at the beautiful country of India. We will start the topic by comparing the life of a child in an Indian village to a child in Beeston. Our English focus will be around the traditional story of Rama and Sita, researching and writing an information pamphlet on Indian elephants and finally preparing a Diwali celebration. We will also be finding out about India by preparing and eating food, looking at the famous landmarks and performing songs and dances. If you would like to support your child and discuss what is happening in the class, please check out the topic web (see over), as we have tried to break down the curriculum into weekly chunks so that you know what is being taught.

To help us settle your child into their new class can you please ensure ALL of your child’s belongings are clearly named so we can keep track of sweatshirts, polo shirts and coats. PE sessions will be on MONDAY & THURSDAY (Willow and Pine). This term we will be taking part in gymnastics/dance and outdoor games. PE kit is a plain white t-shirt, black shorts, black jogging bottoms and trainers (can we ask that you clearly label these as well). Please remove earrings on these days if possible. Parents’ Reading mornings will be Tuesday for Willow class and Pine class. Please feel free to come into the classroom on this morning and share a book from 8.50am-9.05am. We will also continue to have an additional parents’ reading session at 3pm on Friday afternoons.

Could all children please bring a named water bottle for use in the classroom. Drinking water is available and the bottles can be filled in school, please do not send squash as this is really bad for their teeth.


This is a very important year for your child and we have found that those who do homework regularly make the most progress during the year! We do expect 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.


We will also send out a weekly maths challenge and please check out the YR2 page on the John Clifford website for a weekly maths page with links to games and websites.


Your child will also be bringing home a spelling list (stapled into their reading diary) that supports their work in phonics and they are expected to read, look, cover, write, check these words with you at home. These will be practised and checked in class each week in a dictation.


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


We are really looking forward to getting to know you and your child and should you have any concerns or you would like to celebrate their achievements with us, please 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 support.

YR2 team

Autumn 1 Mind Map

Autumn 1 Mind Map 1

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

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Maths in Year 2

Year 2 Maths Curriculum Objectives

What are we doing in Maths this week?


Week 5 (9.10.17)- Place Value

This week we are using concrete objects to support us in investigating addition and subtraction. By the end of the week, we will be investigating the total number of was of representing a given number, with many of us focusing on securing our number bonds to 20. 


Learning objectives

  • Recall and use addition and subtraction facts to 20 fluently, and derive and use related facts up to 100.
  • Add and subtract numbers using concrete objects, pictorial representations, and mentally, including: a two-digit number and ones; a two-digit number and tens; two two-digit numbers; adding three one-digit numbers.
  • Show that the addition of two numbers can be done in any order (commutative) and subtraction of one number from another cannot.
  • Solve problems with addition and subtraction: using concrete objects and pictorial  representations, including those involving numbers, quantities and measures; applying their increasing knowledge of mental and written methods.
  • Recognise and use the inverse relationship between addition and subtraction and use this to check calculations and solve missing number problems.

Activities that we are using in class this week 






Helpful math topic ideas

Doubling and halving to 20

Doubling and halving to 20 1
Doubling and halving to 20 2

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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

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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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