Year 2

January 2020



Please remember to record all the lovely reading that you are doing at home in your child’s reading diary; write in the title of the book and a brief comment with your initials. There is an expectation that children will read five times a week, at home.

Our Sports Afternoon will be every Tuesday. The children will need to have a pair of trainers in school on that day.

Children need to have a waterproof coat in school each day and school tracksuit bottoms for wet and cold days (these should be in the PE bag).

We ask for all items of clothing to be labelled with your child’s full name.


Class assembly dates:

Thursday 9th January at 9:20am – Barn Owls

Thursday 16th January at 9:20am – Snowy Owls

Thursday 23rd January at 9:20am – Tawny Owls



This month, we will be launching our learning focus, ‘The Rainforest’.

The children will have the opportunity to share what they know about the rainforest and what they’d like to find out.

We will learn about the rainforest as a habitat and the children will explore the climate and structure of the rainforest as well as the plants and animals that can be found there. The children will study maps of the world to find where the rainforests are.

We will be investigating which fruits and vegetables decompose the fastest and will make predictions, carry out an experiment and observe and record our findings.



We will be reading the story ‘ “Slowly, Slowly, Slowly, said the Sloth” ’ and will use adjectives to describe the rainforest and its inhabitants. We will then move on to poetry and will focus on using commas to separate adjectives in a list.



This month, we will be focusing on division as sharing and grouping. The children will experience practical activities, dividing by 2, 3, 5 and 10. They will be using their knowledge to help them solve division problems. We will then move on to learn about fractions, finding a half, quarter, three-quarters and thirds of a number and shape; our division learning will support us with this.


Things to do at home

Read at least five times a week and record this in your Reading Diary.


The children all have Purple Mash logins so please log on and have a go at the activities.


Practise the spellings in the centre of the Reading Diary. Your child should be able to spell all of these words correctly.


Find ways of doing practical division at home. Can you share food or toys out equally?



    A typical day in Year 2

    Start of the day

    At 8.45am we arrive at school, find our name card or peg in. Hang up our book bags and have the chance to go to the book corner and change our reading book. We find the table where our group are working, sit down and quietly begin our task.


    An important part of our learning takes place outside and all children have the opportunity to work in the outside classroom during the morning session.

    Carpet time

    We all spend some time learning together on the carpet.

    Reading & Handwriting

    We love to read and we practise our handwriting every day. We are also are thinking hard about leaving finger spaces between words and about capital letters and full stops.

    The afternoon

    After lunch we return to the classroom and sit quietly on the carpet ready for the afternoon. We begin the afternoon with guided reading, handwriting and phonics. We follow this by the final session of the day which may consist of Art, History, Science or PE.


    Ready steady go time

    At 9.15am we tidy away our morning activity and go to the carpet area to reflect on the previous day, share news and think about the day ahead.


    We begin our first session, which will usually be English or Maths. We begin our lesson with a whole class session on the carpet area, then work in small groups or independently.

    Fruit time

    Half way through the morning session, we meet together on the carpet for milk and fruit. During milk and fruit we share our learning, then listen to a story or play a game.


    We stop for lunch at 12 noon. We either have packed lunches or hot school dinners.

    Going home

    At around 2.40pm we tidy away and gather together on the carpet for a story and celebrate our stars of the day. At 3pm we gather up our jumpers, cardigans, our coats, book bags and any letters, then we line up to go home.

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    "We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expect all staff, volunteers and visitors to share this commitment”

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    The Horsell Village School
    Church Hill,
    Woking, Surrey
    GU21 4QQ, United Kingdom

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