St Matthew's C of E

Primary School

Work TogetherAim HighShine Bright

Year 2

Welcome Back Class 2! 

And a Happy New Year to you all! 


This term, we have lots of new and exciting topics to learn about! In science, we will be learning all about everyday materials. We will be investigating the uses of different materials and comparing their properties and we will also be looking at the process of recycling, thinking about the different materials we can recycle at home. 


Our new history topic for this half term is 'L.S. Lowry'. We will be visiting the Lowry Museum in Manchester at the end of January to help us find out all about L.S. Lowry's life and to look at different pieces of his artwork. Later on in the term, we will start our topic 'The Great Fire of London'. We will explore life in London during the 17th Century making comparisons from 1666 to now, discover how/why the fire spread so quickly and study the diary of Samuel Pepys. 


Please continue to read daily at home, and don't forget to change your reading books as you come into school in the morning! 


The spring curriculum newsletter can be found at the top of this page. I am very excited about the term ahead and I hope you are looking forward to learning about our new topics! 


Miss Hill


Hello Class 2! Welcome back to school!


I hope you have all had a lovely summer holiday and I am looking forward to hearing about all of the fun things you have done! 


This half term, we will be learning about lots of exciting things. Our very first topic is ‘Beside the Seaside’. We will be learning about seaside holidays in the past and thinking about how they are different to holidays now, locating seaside towns on a map of the United Kingdom and exploring the seaside town of St Ives! In DT, we will be designing and making our own seaside picnics and in Art we will be looking at the work of Andy Goldsworthy.


Our first science topic is 'Plants'. We will be finding out what plants need to grow and stay healthy and we will be doing an investigation to find out if plants will grow in different conditions.


Home Learning

You will receive two home learning tasks each week. One 15 minute grammar task and one 15 minute maths task.


Grammar homework will be sent home on a Wednesday and will be due in the following Tuesday.


Maths homework will be sent home on a Friday and will be due in the following Thursday.


Homework given will always be related to, or an extension of the work we are covering in class that week. You can hand your homework books in at anytime during the week. Completed homework should be put in the homework boxes in the Y2 classroom.


Times Tables

We will practice our times tables daily in school. By the end of Year 2, you should be able to recall your 2x, 3x, 5x and 10x tables in any order. Here are some ways you can also practise at home:

  • Listening to songs
  • Times table quizzes
  • Speed times tables (time how long to answer 10 questions and see if you can beat your time)
  • Online games/apps
  • Practice workbooks
  • Games/flashcards


There will be a weekly times table test in school.



In Year 2, you are expected to write in cursive, joined up writing. We will practise this daily in class but any additional practise at home would be valuable (even practising the weekly spelling words in cursive writing a couple of times a week).



Each week, we will focus on a new spelling pattern and we will have a weekly spelling test on a Friday (I have sent a separate letter home about spellings this half term).



In Year 2, you should be reading for a minimum of 15 minutes each day. Please make sure that any reading you do at home is recorded in the reading record by an adult. 


(We may be externally moderated in the summer term and the reading records will be collected as part of our recording evidence, so please make sure these are completed along with comments)




This half term, we will have PE on Friday afternoons with Dave. However, please make sure PE kits are in school each day in the event that there are any last minute timetable changes. Thank-you! J


Lunch/Snack money

Snack time, lunches, playtimes etc… are all the same in Year 2 as they were in Year 1. Please make sure that your snack money is kept in a labelled purse or named envelope. You can keep your purse in your tray in the classroom or on the lunchbox trolley.


Water Bottles

Please make sure your water bottle is labelled. You can keep your water bottle on the lunchbox trolley and you can have a drink at any time during the day. You can refill your water bottle from the water fountain outside Class R.


I am super excited about our new year together and I am looking forward to being your class teacher! If you have any questions or your parents are concerned about anything at all, please come and see me anytime! Year 2 is going to be a great year full of new things to learn about and share!


Miss Hill