Year 2


Our topic –Sailing the Seven Seas



Reading will be your child’s expected homework every night. Please sign and date the diary each day, an additional comment is helpful if you have time. Please also make sure that your child’s record is in school every day.

Children need to have a light, waterproof coat and sun hat in school every dayplease as we continue with our outside learning. Sun Cream can be applied before children come to school.  Please make sure that all items are clearly labelled, as it is much easier for them to be returned if lost.

This term we are very excited to be starting another brand-new topic called, ‘Sailing the Seven Seas’.

The Captains of the good ships, Barn Owl, Tawny Owl and Snowy Owl need new crew to learn the ropes and help them to explore the seven seas! All are welcome, all should return! (Hopefully)

We will be asking and answering many questions that the children have asked including; What do crew do when on board ship? What are their ships like?  How did they know where to go? 

In History, will be learning all about famous pirates in the past, the ships they might have sailed on, how they might have dressed and how they are often depicted today. We will be learning how to navigate using directional language and map skills and digging for treasure of our own!

In English, we will learn about pirates in stories and use the stories to inspire new adventures of our own.

In Art, we will use other artists to help us to create illustrations to match our stories and draw secret maps that lead to secret treasure. Ssssshhhh!

As part of our pirate adventure, we will be visiting Legoland, exploring Pirate Shores and watching the Pirates of Skeleton Bay show. 

We will be celebrating The Jubilee and  all things creative in the second week back as part of our Arts Week. We will be designing and making a new State Coach, drawing portraits of The Queen and learning about celebrations in different times.  

Finally, at the end of the term, to help us to prepare for our new adventures at the Junior School, we will be using, ‘Sailing On’ as a starting point to support discussions about thoughts at feelings at this time. 

Please see the topic overview for more information on the exciting learning that will be taking place.


Ideas For Home


Practise telling the time using quarter past, half past and quarter two. 

Share out objects (pirate treasure) between 2, 3 or five pirates. Are there any remaining or left over? Why or why not?

Practise your counting skills in 2’s, 3s, 5s and 10s.

Visit the Maths section on Purple Mash and practise fractions or one of the four operations. 



Always continue to read and enjoy stories together, perhaps one that would be difficult for your child to read on their own. 

Visit the English section on Purple mash and complete the grammar games section. 

Choose a picture from a  storybook and use it to write a poem, letter or story of your own. 


Talk about any visits you might have taken to the seaside or about any boats that you have seen.  Use a map to locate and name oceans around the world. . In PSHE we will be discussing families and relationships, please talk about your family and the people in your families and how you are all connected.

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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