Year 2: September Parent News

Dear Parents and Carers,

We have a busy half term ahead packed with lots of exciting activities that we would like to share with you.

Firstly, our learning challenge will be linked to Geography where we will learn to name and locate world’s continents and oceans. We will be learning about China; key facts, the weather, farming, Beijing and Chinese celebrations. After half term will conduct a local area study of Stoke on Trent. In History, we will learn about the lives of significant historical figures and significant local people in relation to Stoke on Trent and our potteries industry.

In our Science lessons, we will investigate different materials. Firstly, identify and then compare the uses of a variety of everyday materials, including wood, metal, plastic, glass, brick/rock, and paper/cardboard. This topic will be linked to the potteries industry, recycling of materials and also learning about inventors who developed new materials.

To enrich the learning in a more practical sense we have planned the following practical activities this term. A Chinese taste testing session and making a Chinese stir fry in class, a visit from a local artist where we will make a ceramic tile design and a visit to Wedgwood museum.

A total of five learning challenge questions will be answered by the children;

Our learning challenge questions are as follows;

  • LC1 Where is China?
  • LC2 What interesting facts can we learn about China?
  • LC3 What would Flat Stanley find exciting about Beijing?
  • LC4 What would your school day be like if you lived in China?
  • LC5 How do the Chinese celebrate special occasions?

Our RE question that we will focus lessons on is, How should we care for others and the world, and why does it matter?



In English, our class text is ‘The Willow Pattern Story’.  It is a story that links with our topic about China and then Stoke on Trent. The Willow Pattern was printed by Spode and the picture is of the story that Josiah Spode who, inspired by various Chinese porcelain designs, developed in 1790 onto its pottery.


The story is set in China with a king who ruled selfishly for years on end. He had a fair sweet daughter Kong She with black hair like silk and almond eyes, but she had a secret … she and the gardener Chang were deeply in love. Now the King kept Kong She in a small tower with an entrance to a magnificent garden and every night two doves would carry small messages between them.

The children will be writing about characters, a setting description and creating an alternative ending to this story. They will also carry out research about China and Stoke on Trent and write a short report.



Mental sessions will focus on counting in 2s, 3s, and 5s from 0 and in tens from any number forwards and backwards. The children will be learning to read numbers to 100 and to recognise the place value of each digit in a two/three-digit number (hundreds, tens, ones), to compare and order numbers from 0 to 100 and to use < or > signs. They will begin to solve addition and subtraction problems which include a two-digit number +/- ones or tens. We will also be learning the properties of 2d shapes and how to describe and sort them.


How can you support your child at home?

Children are encouraged to read at home a book they are interested in and to be able answer questions so that they understand what they are reading. Practising their spellings at home will support in their writing in school. In Maths, it is important to learn times tables. Please focus on learning 2s, 10s and 5s times tables. We will also send home some reading comprehension and maths worksheets home to support the learning done in class. Good luck!


Cycling to School

If you and your child would like to cycle to school in KS1 then please lock your bike (at your own risk) to the metal fencing that is by the top shed (above the car KS1 car park). Your child’s teacher will look after your helmet in a safe place during the day. It is however very important to note for safety reasons bicycles and scooters MUST NOT be ridden on school premises.


Class Assemblies

Each term your child’s class will lead an assembly and you will be invited into school to watch. These will be approximately 15 minutes in length and will be held on a Monday afternoon at 2.45pm.

  • 2AR – Monday 16th October 2017.
  • 2ES – Monday 20th November 2017.


Thank you! Miss Robinson and Miss Shannon.