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Harris Academies
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Year 2

Welcome to Year 2:
Kandinsky Class & Gee Class

Miss Aitken is teaching Kandinsky Class this year and Miss Saunders and Mrs. Lucas are the class teachers in Gee Class.


Welcome to year 2! We hope you find the information below useful as your child starts the year with us. This information will help you support your child at home with the organization of their week and their learning at home.

Key Times


Homework will be set every half term. Your child will be asked to work on a number of projects, designed to enrich the learning taking place in school. This approach to homework has been designed to enable you and your child to work together in a creative way and to develop a love of learning. Please see the homework document for Autumn.


In year 2, the PE days are Tuesday for both classes, Wednesday (Gee) and Friday (Kandinsky). Please ensure that your child has their PE kit on these days.


In Autumn term we will be visiting the Bromley library. We would welcome parent helpers who hold Kent House DBS checks, so please contact the class teacher or the office about this.

Inspire Workshops

The topic of the inspire workshop this term will be . We would welcome parent involvement in this, and look forward to seeing you then.

Key Times

The school gates open at 8:30 in the morning. In KS1, children will be dismissed at the end of the day at 3:20.



Read it

Research it

Make it

This half term we will be reading the book: ‘The Snail and the Whale’ by Julia Donaldson. Your task is to research other books by her that you didn’t know about before and write about why you liked it. You could use the book review template attached to help you. To help you, some that you may not have heard of are: The Highway Rat, Zog, The Singing Mermaid and Princess Mirrorbelle amongst many others.

The local library is a great place to sit and enjoy a story. Complete a book review for at least one of the books that you have read and tell us if you would recommend it to a friend. Be detailed and informative in your report.

Our IPC topic for this half term is ‘Who am I?’

Your task is to find out about and research the country that your family comes from. Create a poster, booklet, or leaflet all about the country.

Questions to think about:

•           Where in the world is the country?

•           What is the climate like there?

•           What is the traditional food?

•           What is the traditional dress?

 To link with your ‘research it’ task, your task is to make your own poster, booklet or leaflet about the country.


Try to:

  • Make it eye-catching and colourful.
  • Include interesting facts and technical vocabulary.
  • Include features of non-fiction styles, e.g. sub-headings, captions and diagrams.


You can choose to present your facts you have researched in any way. Try to be as creative as possible.

Practise it

Write it

Design it

Spend some time practicing the skills we are learning in school:

* Practise adding number bonds to 10, 20, 50 and 100.                                                                          * Continue practising your new spellings each week.              

* Read to an adult every evening and record this too.                               

* Practise skip counting forwards and backwards in 2s, 5s and 10s and from any given multiple also.                                   

* Practise counting to and across 100 in 1s, 2s, 5s and 10s – forwards and backwards and from any number.

* Use all of the centre pages of your reading record diary to help you learn all of your phonics sounds.

For your ‘design it’ homework task you have created a character that Julia Donaldson might use in one of her stories.


Your writing task is to now write about your new character or include them in a short story.


You might want to include rhyming words or phrases in your story. Maybe you want to re-write a well-known story introducing your new character as a twist. Use your imagination!

Can you create and design a brand new character that Julia Donaldson might use in one of her upcoming stories?


Design and draw your character to help you write about them in the ‘write it’ part of the homework.

Is the character friendly, scary, shy, fearsome? What features will you give your character so that we understand how you want him/her to make us feel?

Think about how Julia Donaldson gave the Gruffalo purple prickles all over his back so that he was scary!

A note to parents,

Over the course of this half term please work with your child to complete the above. Each of the activities has been designed to support, enhance and enrich an aspect of the curriculum. We are looking forward to seeing the results of your work together.

What are we learning?

In literacy we will begin by reading the Power of Reading text “The Snail and the Whale”

by Julia Donaldson:


Text work:

* to reinforce and apply their word-level skills through shared and guided reading;

* to use phonological, contextual, grammatical and graphic knowledge to work out, predict and check the meanings of unfamiliar words and to make sense of what they read;

* to be aware of the difference between spoken and written language through comparing oral recounts with text; make use of formal story elements in re-telling;

* to understand time and sequential relationships in stories, i.e. what happened when;

* to discuss familiar story themes and link to own experiences, e.g. illness, getting lost, going away;

* through shared and guided writing to apply phonological, graphic knowledge and sight

* vocabulary to spell words accurately;

* to use language of time (see sentence level work)

* to structure a sequence of events, e.g. 'when I had finished ...', 'suddenly ...','after that ...'.


Sentence work:

* to use awareness of grammar to decipher new or unfamiliar words, e.g. to predict from the text, to read on, leave a gap and re-read; 

* to find examples, in fiction and non-fiction, of words and phrases that link sentences, e.g. after, meanwhile, during, before, then, next, after a while; 

* to recognise and take account of commas and exclamation marks in reading aloud with appropriate expression; 

* to re-read own writing for sense and punctuation.

In maths, we will be focusing on place value, and the four operations: addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. We focus on these for a term so that children have a good foundation of number skills before moving on to other areas of mathematics.

Children will be taught to:

  • Read and write numbers to at least 100 in numerals and words.
  • Count in steps of 2, 3, and 5 from 0, and in 10s from any number, forward and backward.
  • Recognise the place value of each digit in a two-digit number (tens, ones).
  • Compare and order numbers from 0 up to 100; use <, > and = signs.
  • use place value and number facts to solve problems.

Our topic learning will be based around the question ‘Who am I?’ – we will be talking about which parts of the world we all come from, our families, our friends and our likes/dislikes – all the things that make us who we are!

How can I help at home?

One of the key ways every parent can help is to ensure that your child is at school every day and on time. Other than this, the main way you can help is by ensuring that your child reads every day, for at least 20 minutes – this can be with you, or on their own, but it is the most effective way of ensuring that your child progresses and learns outside of school. Children also have a Mathletics login – please encourage them to use this frequently, as it will really help with their quick recall of mathematical facts.

If you have any questions, please talk to Miss Saunders or Miss Aitken, or you can arrange a meeting at the office.


Miss Aitken, Miss Saunders and Mrs. Lucas