St. Joseph's Catholic Primary School

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

01282 813045

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Class 2 Autumn Newsletter 2017.pdfDownload
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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.

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.



We will explore fantasy narratives through two great John Burningham books: ‘Oi! Get off our Train’ and ‘The Magic Bed’. 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. Inspired by John Burningham, we will plan and write our own fantasy stories.

We will think about what non-fiction books look like and how we can find information in them. We will also have a go at writing non-fiction; based on our ‘Hot and Cold Places’ and ‘Animals’ topics.



We will be working hard with our numbers including 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 designed to develop the children’s knowledge and understanding of God’s beautiful world. The children will learn that we all have a part in looking after the world. Knowing and re-telling the key events of Christmas is our focus at the end of the year. 

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 topics, all about Animals- what they look like, how they move, their Life Cycles and how we can compare and sort them into groups. We’re going to get hands-on this year with a visit to Gazegills Farm later in September.



‘Hot and Cold Places’ is a topic that introduces children to World Geography using globes and atlases. We will be finding where the hot and cold places of the world are and asking questions such as: ‘What are people’s homes like?’, ‘What animals live there?’ and ‘What are children’s lives like there?’



Linked to our Science and Geography topics; we will be using different media to create animal pictures and having a go at making penguins out of clay!



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 games. 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 please.



Using Lancashire’s ‘Charanga’ scheme the children will listen to music from South Africa as a starting point for understanding the key musical concepts of pulse, rhythm and pitch. Miss Naylor is also very keen to develop our class repertoire of songs- our Science topic should provide lots of inspiration!



This term the children will develop familiarity with the keyboard – spacebar, backspace, shift, enter. They will make changes and save and retrieve their work.




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 usually 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 an illustrated poster of them; writing them in spaghetti at the dinner table.

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


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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