Pupils at Radcliffe Hall Primary School
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Year 2 Chestnut

Welcome to the Year 2 Chestnut Page

I hope you have all had a lovely summer break and made some wonderful memories! All Key Stage 1 staff are excited to welcome the children back for the new school year and look forward to all the exciting thing we have planned this term.

Please remember to check our Facebook and Twitter pages for regular pictures and updates about our learning journey. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask one of the KS1 team or message me on Class Dojo. 

Thank you for your continued support. 

Mrs Clare


Key Information

  • Reading books and records should be brought to school daily. Please ensure your child reads regularly throughout the week and an adult signs their reading record. 
  • PE days are Monday and Tuesday. Please can the children come to school in their PE kit on Mondays as their lesson is at 9.30. Children will need to change into their  school uniform after PE on Monday, so please send this into school with them.  
  • Please ensure that your child has a water bottle in school. 
  • Please ensure that all uniform is clearly labelled with your child’s name. 




Our focus genres this half term will be fiction, non-fiction and poetry. Our focus texts will be The Robot and the Blue Bird by David Lucas, Meerkat Mail by Emily Gravett and Twas the Night Before Christmas by Clarke Moore. These offer opportunities for the children to write character descriptions, a non-chronological report and poems. 


Little Wandle - Phonics

Children accessing Little Wandle phonics will have reading books set on line via Collins Big Cat ebooks. The phonetically decodable books have been carefully matched to your child’s phonic phase. If your child is reading it with little help, please don’t worry that it’s too easy – your child needs to develop fluency and confidence in reading. Please listen to them read the book. Remember to give your child lots of praise and celebrate their success! If they can’t read a word, read it to them. After your child has finished, talk about the book together.



Our focus in maths this half term will be:

  • Addition & Subtraction within 100
  • Shape 
  • X2 table facts 

The children will initially be introduced to new concepts through the use of concrete resources, before moving onto pictorial and abstract methods. Examples of these can be found in our school Calculation Policy

Please remember to log in to our online resource tools such as TT Rockstars and Numbots. Log in details are in the front of your child’s reading record. Please speak to a member of staff if you need support accessing them.  


This half term, our focus will be Everyday Materials. The children will:

  • Ask simple questions and understand that they can be answered in different ways.
  • Observe closely using simple equipment.
  • Perform simple tests.
  • Identify and classify.
  • Gather and record data to help in answering questions.
  • Use their observations and ideas to suggest answers to questions.


Wider Curriculum

  • Our topic this half term has a Geography focus. The children will be learning about the North and South Pole. The children will be thinking about big questions such as 'Where in the world are the North and South Pole?' and 'What are the physical features of the North and Sounth Pole?


  • Our R.E. focus this half term is Incarnation. The children will be thinking, talking and asking questions about Christmas. The children will think about big quetions such as 'What is the Christmas story? 'What does the christmas story mean to Christians?' 'What is Advent? and 'What are you thankful for?'


  • In Design & Technology the children will be learning how to make a healthy snack. We will be using skills such as slicing, grating and chopping. 


  • In In PSHE the children will be learning about ways they can celebrate their strengths, friendships and families. 


  • In Music, the children are learning rhythmical songs about a type of dance/rhythm. They will sing in parts as a round and using instruments to play the beat and different rhythms. In addition, they are listening to and responding to music composed by Georges Bizet.


  • Our P.E. days are on Monday and Tuesday. Please ensure that your child has their full kit on these days. This half term, we are focusing on S.A.Q (Speed, Agility and Quickness) and Parachute Game


  • Our Christian value this half term is Friendship. We will be exploring the concept of friendship through Big Questions such as 'Why is friendship important?' and 'How do you show love to your friends?' in our Class Worship sessions.