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Welcome to the Unicorn class page. Here you will find key dates, what we're learning about this half-term, photographs and useful educational games.


If you need to contact me for any reason, please do so through our ClassDojo app. If you have yet to sign up, please come and see me and I can get you a code for your setup.

Key dates

January February

6th – INSET day

7th – First day back

16th – McGateford day

28th – Mobile library

7th – Deepover

13th – Valentine’s Disco

14th - Last day of half term

Half Term Three



Our topic this half term is Asia. However we are mainly focusing on India, China and Japan. We are learning all about different cultures and traditions, landmarks, food, celebrations etc. and comparing to our own.


Children have finished number and place value now, and we’re working hard on measurements, mass, temperature and pictograms this half term.

Please continue to encourage children to play on “Top Marks” there are lots of useful games on there to help improve fluency of numbers – plus it’s fun for the children and may keep them quiet for 10 minutes! :D



This half term we’re working on poetry, riddles, alliteration, compound words, describing objects and comparing to others (similies).


Spelling tests will no longer continue. This half term we have started a daily SPaG (spelling punctuation and grammar) test, which all the children love doing. In the tests, it covers year 2 spellings so as not to overwork the children, the weekly spelling test will not be taking place. Thank you for your support with the spelling homework last term.




You may notice that your child isn’t moving up the book band levels as quickly as last year. This is because there are fewer levels in year 2 and the jumps are bigger between each level. Last year to be national level, most of the children needed to move up around 5-6 times, this year it is only 3.


Please don’t worry if it seems like they haven’t “moved up” in a while. They are all working really hard and are practising their comprehension skills.


The Deepover is taking place on the 7th February. If you have any worries, concerns or questions please message me on ClassDojo or see me after school.

Please ensure the deepover paperwork is returned (if you haven’t already).


General Reminders

  • PE is on Wednesday afternoons and Friday afternoons (weather permitting). Children will need their indoor and outdoor PE kit in school at all times.
  • Please ensure that girl’s hair is tied up on Wednesdays and Fridays and that earrings are not worn.


If you have any queries, concerns or questions, please come and see me, either briefly before school starts or come and see me after school, my door is always open.

Miss Sutton and Mrs. Lester J

Half term Two

Key dates

November December

4th - First day back

5th – Mobile library

8th – Flu vaccs catch up

19th – Parents evening 1

20th – Parents evening 2

22nd – Dress down for Tombola

29th – Winter Warmer

3rd – Mobile library

6th – Pantomime in school

11th – Christmas dinner &

         Christmas jumper day

12th - School closed

13th – KS1 Nativity (9:30am)

13th  – KS1 Nativity (2pm)

19th – Christmas party day

20th – Last day of term


Welcome back!

Welcome back! Hope the two weeks have been enjoyable for everybody. We had a great half term learning about Robin Hood, column addition and subtraction and making our writing more interesting!



Our topic this half term is “Wonderful & Weird Weather”. We are learning all about the Sun, rain and snow but also about volcanos, earthquakes and tsunamis! We will be learning how to read thermometers, making our own weather reports and much more!



Last half term we spent a long time on place value and addition and subtraction – the children have learned this method exceptionally well and we’ll continue to revise this regularly during this half term.

Children have been practicing their 2x tables and 10x tables and have blown me away with how quick they are at them now. Our class record started at 7 (2x tables) and is now 33! Our 10x tables record started at 13 and is now 42! They all love the game ‘Hit the Button’, it is free on an internet browser and you can use this link to play it:


This half-term there is a big focus on multiplication and the introduction of division (previously this has been referred to as ‘sharing’ instead of dividing). We are also introducing the 5x tables, feel free to practise this at home with your children – the Hit the Button game only lasts one minute at a time!





Some of you may be aware of the school approach to literacy/English and it is the Talk4Writing method. The children learn actions to a text, innovate it by making small changes of their choice and then they write their own story based on the one we learn. Our Talk4Writing texts this half term are based on ‘Cloudy with a chance of Meatballs’.


We will be looking at commas in lists, using expanded noun phrases, writing in the past tense, writing questions and writing setting descriptions.


Half term One

Key dates

September October

3rd - First day back

10th - Library bus

18th - Race For Life

26th - Back to school disco

27th - Macmillan coffee morning

8th - Library bus

9th - Sherwood Forest visit

14th - Flu vaccs

15th -Harvest Festival (9:30am)

18th - School photos

18th - Last day of term


Welcome back!

Welcome to our first half term in year 2! I hope you've had a wonderful summer and are ready to get back into the school routines.



Our first topic of the year is Robin Hood, we're excited to learn all about him, his band of Merry Men and what they got up to in Sherwood Forest.


We have an exciting trip lined up where we learn all about Robin Hood's shenanigans and life in medieval times in the morning and in the afternoon the children will work in teams and go orienteering. We are looking forward to it!


If you have any questions regarding the trip please come and see me.



In maths we are refreshing our memory of place value (knowing the '8' in 84 is 80 and not just '8'). We are also focusing heavily on addition and subtraction strategies, particularly being able to add and subtract using the column method.

 1  6 +

 1  2   

 2  8   





In English we are basing our story around Robin Hood and the Golden Arrow. See our English tab to read the text for yourself and practise at home with your children.


Weekly spellings will be sent home on a Wednesday and spelling tests will be carried out the following Wednesday. Spellings will be available on the website (on spellings tab) and sent home on paper. Children will write in their reading diaries their progress.


We will be focusing on adjectives, nouns and verbs this half term. Ask your child to use adjectives to describe activities outside of school to help them with this.



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