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John Clifford Primary & Nursery School ‘Be your best. Celebrate success. Together we will be successful.’

Year 2

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


Meet The Team

Miss Daniel - Pine Class Teacher

Mr Oakland - Willow Class Teacher

Mrs Haywood - Teaching assistant

Mrs Straw - Teaching assistant

Mr Mitchell - PPA Cover

Mrs Hawker - PPA Cover 

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Year 2 - Autumn 2

Key dates for your diary

Friday 18th October – Last Day of Term

Monday 4th November – First Day Back to School

Monday 4th November – Victorians Topic Afternoon

WC 11th November – Friendship Week

Thu 28th, Fri 29th Nov & Mon 2nd December – Book Fair in School

Tuesday 26th November – Y2 Trip to Newstead Abbey

Friday 29th November – Victorian School Day

Monday 2nd December - Alderman White Sports trip 

Wednesday 4th December – Christmas Lunch

Wednesday 11th December (9:30 start) Year 2 Christmas Performance

Thursday 12th December (13:30 start) Year 2 Christmas Performance

Monday 16th December – Christmas Party

Friday 20th December – Last Day of Term

How you can help your child at home…


  • Reading with your child at least 3 times a week. Please remember to write in their Reading Diary too. Use their targets at the front of their Communication Diary as a focus for your reading together. 
  • Practise weekly spellings and Year 2 key words.



  • Try to find as many opportunities as possible to practise counting in 2s, 5s and 10s.
  • Counting forwards and backwards using numbers up to and over 100.
  • Adding and subtracting 10 from any 2-digit number (2, 12, 22, 32…)
  • Let your child use money when paying for items, choosing the correct coins and counting change.


We have now begun our rehearsals for the Christmas performance of Lights, Camel, Action!  Your child will have been given a role with information about costumes and any lines that need to be learnt.  We would really appreciate your support in ensuring your child knows their lines, the words to the songs and has the correct outfits.  Please let us know if you have any queries or problems as soon as possible.


Year 2 Team.

We Must Travel Home

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We Must Travel Home

Funky Camels

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Camel Funk

Life Has Changed

Life Has Changed 1

Life has Changed

Disco Star

Disco Star 1

Disco Star

The Shepherd's Hey!

The Shepherd's Hey! 1

The Shepherd's Hey

The Innkeeper's Tango

The Innkeeper's Tango 1

The Innkeeper's Tango

Spread the Word

Spread the Word 1

Spread the Word

Year 2 Show and Tell timetable

What are we learning about this half term? 

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Week commencing 25.11.19


What are we learning this week? 




In preparation for our visit to Newstead Abbey on the 26th November and our Victorian Day on the 29th November, we will be returning to looking at the Victorians this week.  We will continue to look at Non-fiction texts. We will start to write our information pages about Victorian life. 



This week we are going to practise our subtraction skills in relation to money. We will send home some extra maths task for you to practise identifying different coins and notes. Use the games below to practise using money. 

Year 2 Trip to Nottingham City Centre 10.9.19

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We went around Nottingham City Centre looking at key landmarks. We used our detective skills to look out for important buildings, types of transport and how old the buildings were. We also had a play in the city centre alongside lots of pigeons who were after our lunch! 

Autumn 1 - Outdoor Learning

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Pine Class take on Broxtowe Balance Festival 4.10.19

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Pine Class took part in the Balance Festival at Broxtowe College. Their behaviour was super and they tried so hard. We even recieved medals for our enthusiasm and teamwork! 

Year 2 Introduction to the Victorians Afternoon

On Monday afternoon, Year 2 started their Historical inquiry into the lives of the Victorians and the reign of Queen Victoria. The children had the afternoon to explore books, role play, create art, and ask questions about the Victorian period. The children were very engaged with this activity and are very excited about learning about how different Victorian children’s lives were.

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Meet the Teacher

If you did not manage to make your child's Meet the Teacher meeting, look through the presentations below which includes all relevant information. 

What are we learning this year?


Please see below our Long Term Plan for Year 2 which outlines our upcoming projects and curriculum aims for the year 2019-2020. The children will also take part in regular Outdoor Learning lessons with Mrs Mitchell throughout the year, focusing on Outdoor Adventurous Activities as well as life long skills. 


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Weekly Routines


PE will be every Monday and Thursday. The children will also be taking part in daily exercise both inside and outside. Please can you ensure that your child has a full PE kit in school all week. PE kit includes a plain white or white JC t-shirt, black shorts/joggers and trainers. Please send socks if your child is wearing tights. Children will need to have earrings removed for PE lessons. 


Water Bottles

Water is available to the children throughout the day in the classroom. Please provide them with a named water bottle. These will be sent home daily.


Outdoor Classroom

Pine and Willow will be going outside to work in the Outdoor Classroom throughout the Autumn term.  Each class will alternate weeks with Willow starting on Friday 13th September.  Children will need to bring a set of warm appropriate clothes for the sessions as well as their school uniform for them to get changed back into.


Communication Diaries

Your child has been issued with a Communication Dairy. We ask that all children read at least three times a week at home and have their diary signed by an adult at home. If you have any questions or queries, please use the diary and ask your child to let us know that there is a message for us. 



Each half term, your child will be sent home with a 'Homework Grid' sheet. Our expectation is that the children complete the grey boxes weekly, and choose one other piece of homework each week as an optional piece of work. Children may bring in any completed homework at any point throughout the term. 

This half terms Homework Grid is below:




Just a reminder that toys should not be brought into school. 



The Year 2 classrooms are fully equipped with the stationery that the children will need. We encourage children not to bring anything to school that is valuable to them, as we cannot account for things going missing. 


English in Year 2

Year 2 English Reading,Writing and Spoken Language Objectives

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Reading in Year 2

Maths in Year 2

Year 2 Maths Curriculum Objectives

Helpful Maths Topic Ideas

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

Science in Year 2

Year 2 Science Curriculum

End of KS1 Statutory Assessments (SAT's)

Useful Links



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