St. Joseph's Catholic Primary School

St. Joseph's Catholic Primary School, Barnoldswick
Lancashire BB18 5EN

01282 813045

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Class 2 Spring 2018 Newsletter.pdfDownload
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Class 2

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.



In our fiction work we will look at traditional tales and classic stories. We hope you will support our work in class by reading your own favourite tales to your children at home. You might have books from your own childhood on the shelf, or the local library has lots of books full of traditional fairy-tales. We’d love to hear about traditional Polish stories too; please send in any books your children enjoy; telling these stories at home in your own language is always of great benefit to your children.


We will be focusing on number and place value this term, working with a range of practical apparatus. We will use place value to support our addition and subtraction. We ask for your support at home in helping your child to count in 2s, 5s and 10s.  When they are confident with this they can move on to saying the corresponding times tables.


Religious Education 

Our themes are Families, Celebrations, Church, the Church family and Mass. We will look at Jesus being taken to the temple as a young boy and why this was a special occasion. We will then look at our own visits to church and the Mass and its different parts.



Our Science topic is all about Humans. We will be learning about life cycles and human growth and thinking about what we need to keep healthy; a balanced diet, exercise and good hygiene.



Our Spring Term topic is ‘Explorers’. We will be introducing the children to some significant explorers from history and then focusing in on the expeditions of Christopher Columbus and Neil Armstrong. We will consider questions such as ‘What do explorers do and why?’ and ‘What do explorers need?’‘



Linked to our ‘Explorers’ topic, we will have fun experimenting with wheels and axles in DT to construct moon buggies!



Multi-skills and dance will be our PE foci this term. Please ensure indoor PE kit is in school with a pair of socks for the girls (who usually wear tights). PE will be on Mondays and Thursdays so remember NO EARRINGS on those days please.



As well as learning new songs for the Spring, children will have the opportunity to play instruments in this term’s Music lessons which will follow the Lancashire ‘Charanga’ scheme.



Building confidence in navigating the keyboard, saving and retrieving their work will be reinforced in ICT work. Coding and e-safety will also be taught.



As last term, Year 1 children will bring home a new list of spelling words in their little red spelling books every Friday. These should be learnt at home in readiness for a spelling test the following Friday.

Some of the Year 2 children will also bring home a weekly list of words which will be tested in a dictation each Friday.

Reading books will be changed regularly and we expect children to be enjoying a book with someone at home every day. Reading at home has a big impact on their overall progress. Please read the attached sheet about Home Reading Books.

All Year 2 children will receive a weekly English or Maths sheet to complete. Year 1 children will receive the more flexible and fun Homework Grid, to be completed as and when they choose.




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. Choose books that you both enjoy; fiction or non-fiction; short stories or a chapter a night from a longer novel.


Autumn Walk

Class 2 went on an Autumn Walk to Victory Park. They explored the area looking for signs that Autumn had arrived. They saw lots of berries, and leaves that had changed colour, collecting some of the leaves to take back to school.

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 2016 - 2017.pdfDownload
Class 2 Long Term Plan Year B 2017 - 2018.pdfDownload
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