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Yr 2 - Wonderful Willows

Welcome to Wonderful Willows!

Wollaton Hall Camp 2018

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Summer 1


Summer Term has arrived!

An important term for year 2, we are busy preparing for our end of year assessments. SATS will be the week commencing 7th and 14th May. Should you have any questions or concerns about SATS assessments, please ask.


In literacy we will be looking at the story ‘The Owl Who was Afraid of the Dark!’ We will be writing fantastic character descriptions of ‘Plop’ the fluffy barn owl. We will also be writing our own version of the story, which discovers why DARK is FUN, EXCITING and NECESSARY! I wonder what adventures he will have in our stories!?


Class 2 will be revising the maths curriculum this term. We will be spending time checking our understanding of all four operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division), place value, fractions, shape and measures. Keep practising our times tables and superhero maths. Quick recall is essential! J

Summer 1 newsletter

Spring 2


Super Safari

This half term Wonderful Willows are going on a Super Safari! We will be looking at the continent of Africa and exploring the features of different landscapes such as the desert, a savannah and a rainforest. We will also be looking at African Art and music, exploring culture and traditions across the African Continent.


Science week is the week beginning 12th March. We will be continuing to explore Space as well as expecting some Aliens who may have lost their underpants! They will have lots of problems for us to explore, using our scientific enquiry studies to help develop our scientific knowledge and explanations.




In literacy we will be looking at writing a range of non-fiction texts, including: reports, letters and recounts. We will be ensuring we use all punctuation correctly, conjunctions to extend our sentences, as well as ensuring our handwriting is the correct size and orientation, in relation to each other.  We will be looking at the book 'One day on our Blue Planet, In the Savannah', 'Zeraffa Giraffa', and 'Handa's Surprise'.

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Class 2 are beginning to use their knowledge of the four operations to solve word problems. For a numeracy target, we will be working hard to learn ‘by heart’ our 2, 5 and 10 times tables to defeat Batman! Good luck Wonderful Willows! By getting better at multiplication, we will also be able to tackle division problems easily! Very helpful! J We will also be focussing on measures- including temperature, length and mass. You can support us with this by doing lots of m measuring at home. You could weigh out ingredients for a cake or measure the height and lengths of things around the house!

Spring 2 Newsletter

Spring 1


This half term Wonderful Willows are heading into SPACE!


In literacy we will be exploring 'Bob the Man on the Moon'.  We will be developing our own alien best friends and writing our own stories based on 'Bob and the Moon Tree Mysteries'.  All the books are written by Simon Bartram and have fantastic language inside.  We will hopefully be able to use some of the WOW words in our writing too!

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Class 2 are starting the year focusing on multiplication and division; solving word problems and finding corresponding facts. For a numeracy target, we will be working hard to learn ‘by heart’ our 2, 5 and 10 times tables. We are already confident counters but we want to get better at recalling the facts. We will be sending home our superhero maths sheets to practise answering multiplication sentences at a quick pace each week and the children will be completing a ‘2 minute challenge’ to see if they can beat their scores! Good luck Wonderful Willows! By getting better at multiplication, we will also be able to tackle division problems easily! Very helpful! J

We are Explorers!

Wonderful Willows are looking at the big question ‘Why do people want to explore the world?’ this half term; looking at the different types of places they can visit and the famous explorers of the past and present. We will look at astronauts Neil Armstrong and Tim Peak, as well as Christopher Columbus in our famous person study.



As part of our topic, we will be exploring our local environment; comparing plants and animals found around us and comparing them to other environments. We will also learn about plants and germination;, asking: could a plant grow on the moon?

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Autumn 2


In Autumn 2, Wonderful willows are heading to the Arctic regions to explore.  We will be learning about the differences between the Arctic and Antarctic, as well as learning all about the animals which you can find there. 



In Literacy we will be looking at ‘Non chronological reports through our topic of ‘Life in the Freezer’. We will consider the features of non-fiction texts and will be producing our own reports about Polar Bears. We are still working on our literacy Non-negotiable of being able to spell all high frequency words correctly and making sure we are forming all letters correctly in our handwriting. Please support your child with any un-highlighted words sent home as spellings.




Walk with a Wolf by Janni Howker

This is "Walk with a Wolf by Janni Howker" by Candlewick Press on Vimeo


Year 2 will be focusing on mental calculations and will be trying to improve their fluency in recalling number facts to 10, 20 and 100. Please support your child with this, by asking them questions such as:-

What do I add to 13 to make 20? How much change would I get from 20p if I spent 5p? What do I add to 60 to make 100?


Through our topic work will be looking at the basic needs of humans and animals. We will be thinking about life-cycles, food chains and what we need in order to survive. Our big question is…



Could a Polar Bear Survive in the desert?





Autumn 2 Newsletter

Autumn 1


Welcome back to Year 2!


 This term our learning will be based around the book 'The Pirates Next Door'.  We will be exploring lots of learning to do with pirates, the seaside and the coast!   We will also be researching the famous Pirate Blackbeard.



In writing, we will focus on always using capital letters and full stops, as well as using adjectives to extend our ideas. 

In numeracy, we will be focussing on place value and addition and subtraction.  We will be practising fast recall of addition and subtraction facts, as well as developing method to help us add and subtract larger numbers, by drawing pictures and diagrams to help. 


Homework will be given every Wednesday, to be handed in the following Monday.  Please support your child at home to complete this. 

Autumn 1 Newsletter

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Making 10

Making 20