St. Joseph's Catholic Primary School

St. Joseph's Catholic Primary School,
West Close Road, Barnoldswick
BB18 5EN

01282 813045

Our Statement to Live By this week is: 'Simple things make us happy.'

Class 2

 Class 2 Autumn Newsletter 2018i.pdfDownload
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If you wish to know further information relating to the curriculum in Class 2 please do not hesitate to speak to Mrs Honeyman or Miss Naylor, the class teachers.


Ahoy There!! Our English work will all be based on the book ‘The Pirates Next Door’ this first half term.
We will practise sentence writing; remembering to use finger spaces, capital letters and full stops. We
will also look at other forms of punctuation and when they are used. We will plan and write our own
pirate stories.
We will think about what non-fiction books look like and how we can find information in them. Can
you find any books about pirates in our local library?


We will be working hard on numbers with counting, place value, addition and subtraction. We will find
different pairs that make 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10. We will compare numbers, talking about more and less.
We will compare, recognise and know the values of different coins. We will also be learning all about
2D and 3D shapes through some fun and creative activities!

Religious Education 

Our first topic is develop the children’s knowledge and understanding of God’s beautiful world. Our
scripture work will look at some stories from The Old Testament and links will be made between God’s
love for the Old Testament people and God’s love for us. 


Our PHSE scheme – ‘A Journey in Love’ will
focus on how we meet God’s love in our family.


We begin the year with one of our favourite animal topics, all about Habitats. What different types of
habitats can we find in the school grounds? We will describe different habitats and how they are
suited to the animals and plants that live there.


Our Geography topic is all about Bangladesh. Asking questions such as ‘What is the weather like?’,
‘What crops do people grow?’, ‘Are their homes the same as ours?’ and ‘What is the school day like?’,
we will compare our lives with those of Bangladeshi families.


Miss Shekleton is really looking forward to coming into Class 2 each week to teach Art. The theme is
‘Colour Chaos!’ and the children will be using the work of Kandinsky and Klee as inspiration for their
own colourful creations.


Our PE lessons will focus on developing travelling skills including running, hopping, skipping and
balancing. We will practise moving an object in different ways by throwing, rolling and passing. We
will put these skills together when we play invasion team games, beginning to develop simple tactics
for attacking and defending. Indoor PE kits are left in school for the half-term. They are sent home for
washing at each holiday and should be brought back into school on the first day back after any holidays


Miss Naylor is going to teach the children lots of new songs this term, linked to every other area of the
curriculum. We will learn pirate songs, counting songs, continents songs. . .



This term the children will develop familiarity with the keyboard – spacebar, backspace, shift, enter.
They will use their own passwords and understand this is how we keep work safe. They will save and
retrieve their own work. 



 In addition to daily reading and weekly spellings; Year 2 children will get a piece of Numeracy
homework - this is usually given out on a Wednesday for the following week. All the children have a
half-termly homework grid to take home too. This provides a variety of creative and fun curriculumlinked
activities for your children to enjoy at home. Your child can choose to do as few or as many as
they like, whenever they like, and bring in completed tasks for our homework display boardsometimes
they might just like to come and tell the class about what they have done during our
occasional ‘Homework Celebration’ sessions. 



We love books and reading in Class 2! Please support us at home by listening to your child reading
every evening if possible. When you have listened, sign their Reading Record and add any comments
you wish to make. Books and Reading Records should be brought into school every day and will be
changed on Mondays and Thursdays. This system allows for your child to read and re-read four books
a week. Re-reading is vital at this stage to develop fluency and confidence. The children have daily
phonics lessons and home reading is when they practise and apply their new skills.
Reading TO your child is really important too; this is how they learn about language and develop a love
of stories; information and imaginary worlds. If English is their second language, remember that
reading stories in your home language is equally important. If you haven’t done so already, how about
joining the local library? Barnoldswick library has a wealth of quality children’s books to choose from
and borrow.


Year 1 children will receive a new list of spellings each Friday to bring home and learn for a spelling
test the following Friday.
As part of our ‘No-Nonsense spelling’ programme, Year 2 children will also get a spelling list on a Friday
with words to look at and practise. These will be assessed the following Friday but rarely in the form
of a formal spelling test- we might just pick out a couple and ask them orally or include a few of them
in a dictation exercise.
You can help your child by testing them orally and encouraging them to copy out and learn their
spellings at home. Suggest creative ways to do this; painting each word in different colours; making
then out of playdough; writing them in spaghetti at the dinner table.


As part of our  English project based on the book The Pirates Next Door, Class 2 visited Barnoldswick library where we listened to stories and songs about pirates. 

Dolphin Day

The children in Class 2 organised a bake sale to raise money to adopt a dolphin after learning about threats to dolphin survival in their recent topic. 

Long Term Planning



Please find below an outline of the topics covered in your child's class. We are currently in Year A of the two year cycle.

If you wish to know further information relating to the curriculum in Class 2 please do not hesitate to speak to Mrs Honeyman or Miss Naylor, the class teachers.

 Class 2 Long Term Plan Year A 2018-19.pdfDownload
 Class 2 Long Term Plan Year B 2017 - 2018.pdfDownload
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