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Summer Term – Elizabeth I v Elizabeth II

In this topic, the children will be comparing the reigns of Elizabeth 1st and Elizabeth 2nd. We will be looking into the lives of both monarchs and the differences and similarities in their reigns. We will explore what it was like to live under these monarchs and how and where they lived.

In Art & Design, we will be looking at the history of our monarchs through portraits and focusing on our sketching knowledge and skills. In the second half term, we will focus on cooking and nutrition in Design & Technology to create traditional food for an exciting Jubilee tea party. We hope to include this into our summer dancing, exploring English traditions.

In Geography, we will be learning about the continents and identifying and comparing, hot and cold places around the world. Within Science and Outdoor Learning, we will focus on plants, identifying common plants, flowers and name the different parts of them. We will learn about what plants need to survive and observe them growing over time.

Lost property

Please can I ask that you ensure all your child’s clothing is clearly named. Having them clearly named helps us to ensure pieces do not go missing. It will also help other parents to return items, in the event of their child taking home another person’s belongings.


Our approach to spellings has changed and now, rather than sending home a list of spellings each week, I would like you to use the phonics reading book to inform you. There is a section at the back of the book ‘Segmenting for spelling’, which I would like you and your child to use. This section suggests tasks which use the words from the front of the book. Whilst these activities are for the words in section 2, which are the decodable words, it would also be very useful to practise spelling the tricky words too.

We will not have a spelling test every Friday. Rather than this, we will be looking for evidence within the children’s writing within English and other subjects as our form of assessment, so it is still important for every child to continue to practise spelling at home. We will practise spelling these words in school, within phonics, but the more practise the easier it will become. In year 2 we will also be doing a regular common exception word test. You can find the list of these on our page to practice at home.

Although we will not have a spelling test every Friday, I will still complete a spelling check during the half term. This may be once a half term or twice and is dependent on the rate at which we move through Bug Club Phonics. This will be used as a form of assessment alongside phonics to ensure that the children are making progress with both reading and spelling.

Phonics – updated May 2022

Year 2 have now completed the phase 5 catch up and we are filling gaps based upon the check I did before the Easter holidays. Out focus as a class now for the rest of this term is to make sure the spellings of the phase 5 graphemes is consolidated before moving up to year 3. We are also covering aspects of the phase 6 spelling rules alongside this.

Reading books

In KS1, the children will have two books for the week. One will be a book of their choice, from the library, and the other will be a phonics-based book. Due to our new phonics programme, the phonics-based book will help your child practise the graphemes they are learning in school. It is vital that the children become fluent in reading words with the graphemes they learn, so practising to read phonics books is very important.

Please can I ask that all books are returned to school so we can send new ones home with your child. The children will not bring new books home unless they have returned the ones they had.


Library will now be on a Friday. So please make sure library books are brought in on a Friday.

Learning Logs and MyMaths

Homework will alternate between a learning log task and MyMaths. Learning logs are used at home but still follow the expectations of work completed within the classroom. Your child should use a pencil to write with and their work should be completed neatly and carefully. We want the children to feel proud of the work they do at home.

All homework will go home on a Friday and will need to be completed by the following Friday.


PE kits need to come into school on a Monday and will be sent home on a Friday to be washed.

This term, we have PE on a Tuesday and a Wednesday.

Transition to the Junior Site

During the second half of this term, the children will have opportunities to spend time within the year 3 class to help support their transition to the junior site.

Thank you for your continuing support,

Mr Mackriell

Home Learning – if isolating due to Covid-19

We are providing ten days of home learning tasks for any child has to isolate at home due to Covid-19.  Work can be sent to your teacher through

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