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Class Teacher - Miss Phillips

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Welcome to Year 2


The children have settled back into the school routine well and I have been so pleased to see them socialising again.

This half term we are putting a strong emphasis on progressing children’s phonics and reading. We are reading and discussing books daily in school. It would be very helpful if you could make time to hear your child read a school reading book, a book from home, or use the website bug club or scholastic reading pro for10 minutes daily to improve both reading fluency and comprehension. The Year 1 phonics test that they missed last academic year will be happening during the week commencing 16th November.

The new reading diaries along with school reading books should be handed in each Friday (to allow 72 hours for them to quarantine) before the children choose a new book on Monday.

Year 2 have already started to learn about their fascinating topic for this half term, ‘The Great Fire of London’. They will be finding out about what happened and how London is different today. The children will be making models in school of the houses that would have been around at this time. If you have an old box e.g. a shoe box, tissue box or cereal box etc. do bring it in by Friday 2nd October and we will quarantine it before using it.

Next week we will be making bread, just like the baker who caused The Great Fire to begin in 1666. Precautions will be made to ensure children only touch their own dough/ bread. If you do not want your child to participate, tell me before the 29th September.

If you have any questions big or small, do come and talk to me on the playground between 8:45 and 9:00 am.

I look forward to getting to know you all over the coming weeks.


Yours sincerely,

Miss Phillips, Mrs Jamil and Miss Blendulf

Autumn Term

Year 2 have had a fantastic start to the year. We began by finding some unusual items buried in our outdoor area; wine, cheese and part of an old diary. We found out that these things belonged to Samuel Pepys who was alive at the time of the Great Fire of London in 1666. This kick-started our exciting topic of The Great Fire of London.



The fire started in a bakery so we made bread and then wrote instructions. next we read Samuel Pepys' diary and imagined we too were alive during the Great Fire. We used our senses to explore what life was like and wrote our own diaries.



In History we used sources to find out about The Great Fire. We compared London life in 1666 to now. In Geography we learned about London landmarks today and looked at maps from the past and present to find out how London has changed.




The Arts

In art we used pencils to sketch lines and patterns that we could see on The London Eye. We also experimented with mixing different amounts of red and yellow to make flames on our Great Fire picture. 

In dance we listened to Manuel de Falla's Danza, 'Ritual del Fuego'. We used movement to express how the fire spread through London with the strong winds and how the people of London tried to put the fire out.

In music we sang 'London's Burning' as a round with children leading each group.

Watch the videos of our dancing and singing.


We started by learning about Creation. We retold the story of Noah and Jonah and thought about how they can be role models for us.



We have worked hard to partition 2 digit numbers into tens and ones using maths equipment and have also learnt about the less than and more than symbols (< >).


What a busy and exciting first half term. We can't wait to see what learning is in store for next half term!