Year 2

Welcome to Year 2!

Mrs Brooks, Miss Taylor,  Miss Whittaker, Mrs Lorenz and Mrs Stevenson welcome you to Year 2.  


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Oh I Do Like To Be Beside The Seaside!

This term we have been finding out about the seaside and the history behind it. We have learnt a lot of facts about the seaside and created some amazing pieces of work. On Thursday 12th July we are inviting all parents to join us at our seaside party. This will be from 2pm to 3pm. We look forward to seeing you there!

Last term as part of our MAGIC and science we learnt about the life cycle of a butterfly. We were so excited to watch the stages of their life cycle.



This year we are going to work hard to improve our presentation of our writing in all our lessons.  Keep an eye out for pieces of work from children who we are proud of for their good presentation.


Doodlemaths and Times Table Rockstars

Doodlemaths is an online website that allows your child to practise maths skills they have learnt in school and improve their recall of number facts.  Your child has been given a password and username so that they can access the site.  Please encourage your children to use the site and earn certificates for doing so.

Times Table Rockstars is also an online website that allows your child to practise their times tables whilst listening to rock music. It is a fun way of learning them so please encourage them to use this site at home.

Common Exception Words

The expectation for the attainment of children in Year 2 has grown massively.  In writing, children are expected to spell high frequency words, or common exception words (words we can't use our sounds to spell) correctly. Below is a list of all the words they should be spelling correctly in their independent writing.

Come and Read!

The Magic Curriculum at St James

The Government released a new National Curriculum to be implemented from September 2014.  The National Curriculum provides children with an introduction to essential knowledge they need to be educated citizens in modern Britain.


Here at St James we believe that a rich and relevant curriculum should be taught and embedded through the application of key literacy, numeracy and speaking and listening Skills.  We have therefore developed the “Magic Curriculum” which at present Years 1, 3, 4 and 5 follow with Years 2 and 6 commencing this way of working from September 2015. 


The Magic Curriculum is Memorable, Aspirational, Gripping, Inspiring and Creative.  Each year group studies three units over the year to enable broad and balanced study over different subject areas.  These units are Science led with other subject areas being linked in a meaningful and creative way. 


Children learn best when they get the opportunity to apply the key skills learnt previously and therefore at St James we have developed Magic Fridays.  Every week each class has a Friday where they apply key skills and have a Magic Curriculum focused day using key skills learnt in Literacy and Numeracy over the week. 


For more details of what is covered in Year 2, please click on the Curriculum map below:


Have you seen the Kids' Zone?  Play games, and visit some cool websites like the one below. You can vote for your favourites!