Oswin Terrace | North Shields | NE29 7JQ
0191 605 3378

Year 2 welcomes you to the new school year!

On behalf of myself and my team, I’d like to welcome you to a new school year. We are looking forward to a productive partnership with you to ensure the best for all our children this year. We seek to offer an open door policy and staff will endeavour to always be on hand to answer your queries. Please read our topic web which provides more information about what your child will be learning this autumn term.

The Key Stage One Team consists of:

Team Leader:         Mrs Clarkson

Year 2 teachers:

Mrs Clarkson (team leader)/Mrs Grant (Deputy Head) & Miss Cotcher

Year 2 support staff:

Mrs Price & Mrs Collins (medical officer)


School term dates:

Holiday Break up Return to school
Autumn half term 2018 Friday 26th October Monday 5th November
Teacher Training Day

Friday 19th October (school closed to children)

Christmas 2018 Friday 21st December Tuesday 8th January
Teacher Training Day

Monday 7th January (school closed to children)

Spring half term 2019 Friday 15th February Monday 25th February
Easter 2019 Thursday 5th April Monday 23rd April
Summer half term 2019 Friday 24th May Monday 3rd   June
Summer 2019 Friday 19th July

Autumn Parents Evenings:

Monday 22nd & Tuesday 23rd October

Your child will also receive two reports throughout the year to inform you of their progress.

Lining up arrangements:

2CG – Mrs Clarkson/Mrs Grant – Yellow rectangle

2CC – Miss Cotcher – Blue triangle*

*Parents of 2CC – please note that this class enters first thing in the morning through the Reception entrance door (as they will at playtimes) but will need collected from their KS1 shape at the end of the school day. This minimises bottlenecking down the corridor.

PE in Year 2

2CG Mrs Clarkson/Mrs Grant: Tuesday and Friday

2CC Miss Cotcher: Wednesday and Thursday

Please ensure children have the appropriate, labelled kit (yellow t-shirt, black shorts & sandshoes) and all jewellery is removed on the day. Staff are unable to remove this & it will prevent your child from doing PE.


Please ensure that your child follows the school uniform requirements:

Boys: plain grey/black trousers, white polo shirt, grey pullover or school sweatshirt. Flat black trainers or school shoes.

Girls: grey skirt or grey/black trousers, white polo shirt, grey cardigan or school sweatshirt, Flat black trainers or school shoes. There is also a summer dress in yellow.

Leggings are not permitted.

Homework and Reading:

Reading is of high priority to us in KS1 and each child will be supplied with an individual reading book tailored to their level, which they will bring home and back on a daily basis. We request that children read a minimum of three times a week but have found that children who read a little each night are the ones who make the most progress.

Children will also receive weekly spellings on a Monday to be practised and returned by the Friday.

Year 2 children will also complete a fortnightly maths worksheet linked to learning in class. This will become a weekly task in the spring and summer terms.

A homework club will be offered to assist with this.


We subscribe to http://uk.mathletics.com/ whereby children can practise fun maths skills at a level tailored to them. Each child will be issued with a mathletics password, which will be stuck in the front of their reading diary.

Year 1 Phonics check/Year 2 revisit:

Week beginning Monday 10th June 2019. Any Y2 children who did not meet the expected standard whilst in Y1 will be re-tested then.

Year 2 SATs

Year 2 children are required to sit statutory assessments in reading and maths throughout the month of May 2019. Writing is teacher assessed via evidence collected throughout the year. It is vital that children are not taken out of school at this time.

Autumn topic overview for Year 2:

Subject Focus



The Twits

Julia Donaldson books



Number & place value

Addition & subtraction

Science Materials
Topic How do we become our own hero?
PE Gymnastics, Games & Multi skills
PSHCE New beginnings.

Getting on and falling out

Music Hey you!

Harvest festival & the Nativity.

Art & DT Pop art (Andy Warhol/Roy Lichenstein)

Healthy hero plate

ICT Introduction to animation
RE Christianity & Judaism:

festivals & key figures

Attendance and punctuality

We encourage you to ensure your child arrives promptly for 8:55am. This is when school starts. Children who arrive after this must go to the office where Mrs McVay & Mrs Smith will send them to class. Mrs Bland and Mrs Grant will also be available. If your child is going to be absent please ring the office asap on 0191 6053378.

Thank you for your continued support. We can’t wait for the exciting year ahead!

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