St James

Year 2

Year 2 is an exciting year filled with lots of fun and hard work. Year 2 children grow throughout the year in their independence, confidence and resilience towards all aspects of school life. On this page you will find lots of information about our class and what we will be learning this half term. Working is Year 2 this year is Miss Chambers and Miss Fuller. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.


Class information

P.E is on Wednesday afternoons. Please make sure your child has their full kit in school.

It is essential that children read at home at least four times per week. Regular reading has a enormous impact on children’s learning and confidence across the curriculum. Reading books are changed once a week. If you need it changed before then please let us know.

Homework is given out every Friday and is to be handed in every Thursday. Spellings tests are every Friday, please keep your spelling folders until Friday so you can practice every night.

Summer term

This half term we will be learning about habitats, living and non-living things, pollution and recycling in our topic called Beachcombers. In English we will continue to develop our writing skills whilst reading the fantastic yet strange book called Flotsam. In Maths we will continue to revise and recap different topics in detail. We have lots of exciting things planned for this term and are very excited to celebrate the learning the children have achieved throughout KS1.
Read our newsletter below to find out more information about this term.

Summer 1 newsletter

Spring term

We have an exciting spring term ahead of us in year 2! This half term we will be learning about length, weight and time in maths. In English we are reading the book Claude in the city by Alex Smith and learning how to use descriptive writing to write diary entries and own version of the story. In topic we will be learning about minibeasts in our topic Wriggle and Crawl. In this topic we will learn about habitats, life cycles, classifying animals and things animals need to stay alive.
Read our newsletter below to find out more information about this term.

Spring 1 newsletter
Spring 2 newsletter

SATS information evening

Below our the documents from our KS1 SATS information evening. Please don’t hesitate to contact if you need any more information.
KS1 SATS information evening powerpoint Handout 1 Handout 2

Autumn term

We had a fantastic start to year 2. Autumn term was filled with lots of fun, learning and glitter! The children quickly settled into year 2 and enjoyed learning about their local environment, castles and towers in the year 2 topic curriculum.
The term ended with our outstanding performance in A King is Born. The children worked extremely hard to overcome their fears and perform to a crowd of excited and proud parents and carers. Once again, thank you to all the parents and carers for their support in helping the children practise their lines and actions
Please read our newsletters to find out more information about what we learnt autumn term.

Autumn 1 newsletter                 Autumn 2 newsletter

How can you help your child?


Each year, your child’s teacher is responsible for making a judgement about the standard your child is working. At St James’ children sit tests in Year 1 - 6 throughout the year to help with this teacher assessment. In year 2 and year 6 the end of year tests are different because they are national tests. There will be a parent information session later in the year so teachers can explain the process. In the meantime, you can access information below.

There are lots of ways you can support your child prepare for these tests at home:

  • First and foremost, support and reassure your child that there is nothing to worry about and that they should always just try their best. Praise and encourage!
  • Ensure your child has the best possible attendance at school
  • Practise spelling common exception words in lots of fun ways and applying them in sentences. See below for a link to spellings.
  • Read with your child daily, asking them challenging questions about their reading.See below for a list of example questions
  • Practise recalling number facts including 2,3,5 and 10 times tables and their related division facts.
  • Use clocks to read the time (o’clock, quarter past, half past and quarter to).
  • What are SATS? Reading questions Year 2 common exception words DfE SATS information for parents KS1 SATS information evening powerpoint Handout 1 Handout 2

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