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Spring Term 1

Happy New Year! We hope that you all had a lovely Christmas break.  The children have all come back full of enthusiasm for our topic on Toys. They are really enjoying showing, sharing and talking about their favourite toys and the ones that their parents had when they were young (some don’t look that old to some members of the Year 2 team!)

We would also like to invite you to a new ‘parent drop in’ which will start this term on the last Thursday of every month (first one on 30th January). The purpose is to give you an opportunity to come into school with your child for the first 20 minutes of the day to read with them, look round the classroom, sharing work and activities that the children do in school.

This half term, we are focusing on our school value of respect. We are thinking about what this means and how we can demonstrate it towards each other in our home and school environments. We are aiming to improve our ability to work collaboratively and to become more independent in our learning.

We will be learning to:

  • About the similarities and differences between toys through the years
  • To compare the toys that we play with, that our parents played with and our grandparents played with
  • About the materials that toys are/were made from and what makes/made them move
  • If you have any topic-related resources, such as old toys, that you are happy to bring in to show us, or have particular knowledge about our topic, please let us know.

English Learning

In English, we will be looking at the features of poems and practise performing ‘The Toy’s Playtime’ by Tony Mitton before writing a poem about our own toy. We will be reading the books, ‘The day the Crayons Quit’ by Drew Daywalt and ‘The Runaway Dinner’ by Allan Ahlberg and compare them.

We will learn:

    • To plan, write and begin to edit an extended story inspired by the story that we are reading
    • To write letters
    • To use conjunctions (‘joining words’) to extend our sentences and expanded noun phrases (adding WOW words eg.the beautiful, blue butterfly)
    We will also we writing a poem about nature for the West Sussex Writing Competition 2019/20 inspired by the work of Nicola Davies called ‘Finding the Right Words’.

Mathematical Learning

This term we are developing our knowledge of:

  • Place value – how many tens and ones make up a number

  • Addition and subtraction – using practical equipment, drawings and mental methods to add and subtract two-digit numbers more quickly 

  • Multiplication and division – drawing arrays to explore the relationship between multiplication and division; continuing to improve our recall of the 2, 5 and 10 times tables

  • Problem solving – applying our knowledge of different methods when solving problems

PSHE Learning

Our PSHE topic for this half term is ‘Me and My Relationships’. We are thinking about:

  • How everybody’s family is special and unique
  • How to establish and maintain friendships


Scientific Learning

Our topic this half term will be looking after our environment.  We will learn about:

  • Climate change - how the world is being affected and how we can help to reduce pollution
  • Endangered animals - what this means and how we can support agencies who help
  • Recycling - how we can reduce, reuse and recycle in school and at home
  • Water wise - how we can save water

Art Learning

We will be learning how to sketch our toys, trying different sketching pencils to shade and colour. We will be designing, making and evaluating a hand puppet, by sewing, cutting and sticking felt.

Music Learning

We will be learning about different families of musical instruments and how they work. We will be learning to identify them by their sounds in different pieces of music on theme of Toys.

Faith and Wonder Learning

We will be learning about Islam and thinking about why Muslims believe that Allah is compassionate and merciful. We will learn about Ramadan, the festival of Eid-al-Fitr.

Computing Learning

We will be learning about e-safety. Each week we will watch a short animated clip on different aspects of keeping safe online from the SMART crew –Safe, Meet, Accepting, Reliable, Tell. We will use online searches in the ICT suite and iPads to practise skills.

PE Learning

In Outdoor PE, we are learning to throw, hit and catch balls and pass them with greater accuracy. We are developing our positioning and interception skills in small-group games.  In Dance, we are creating a piece on the theme of toys, combining different types of movement, working individually and with a partner.

We are continuing to take part in the ‘Daily Mile’.

How can you help?

  • Continuing to listen to your child read regularly, and discuss the book with them afterwards.


    Lots of regular practice of the 2, 5 and 10 times tables. The faster the response, the better!
  • Supporting your child with learning their spellings, discussing the meanings of words and ways of remembering the spelling patterns.

Events/trips planned for this half term:

  • Book fair in school Tuesday 28th – Thursday 30th January
  • Cherry & Willow monthly ‘drop in’ session – Thursday 30th January 8.35-9.00 a.m.
  • Cherry Class Assembly - Friday 7th February 2.40pm


If there is any parent or grandparent who loves craft then we would be grateful for some help with our sewing projects.

Please come and see your class teacher if you need any further information or have a query. We are available at the end of the day on the playground.

Politely note - your child should be coming into school by themselves by now and be responsible for putting their belongings away. Please encourage them to do this.

The Year 2 team