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St Peter-in-Chains RC Infant School

We follow Jesus every day in all we do and all we say

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St Peter-in-Chains RC Infant School

We follow Jesus every day in all we do and all we say

Year 2 - Sycamore

Welcome to Sycamore Class!

Class teacher: Mrs. Peters



Welcome back everybody. I hope you all had a wonderful summer and are ready for the exciting year ahead.

Our topic this half term is

Oh I do like to be beside the seaside


This is a cross curricular topic and the children will be learning all about the features of a seaside, reading stories about the sea, writing sea poems, stories and non fiction texts about the sea and sea creatures, painting sea scapes and learning songs about the sea.




Religious Education

Religious Education is central to all that we do and Collective worship and celebration are an essential part of this. Please pray with your children at home and help them learn the school prayers and the Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory Be.

Our RE programme is called Come and See. It is an invitation for children to ‘Come and See’ the wonder of all that is within them and beyond them.

Our first topic is Beginnings we will explore how God was present at the beginning of the World and is present in the many different beginnings each day offers.



We will be exploring a variety of writing styles this half term. The children will re-tell stories set at sea that they have read in class, write sea poetry using simple structures, write simple instructions and write non-fiction pieces about sea creatures. They will be encouraged to use adjectives in their writing. We will focus on the correct use of full stops and capital letters and the children will begin to learn how to use commas. We will also learn how to use capital letters for names, places and titles.


Vocabulary, Grammar and Punctuation

In grammar the children will learn all about the four different types of sentence;





They will also learn all different parts of speech; adjectives, verbs and nouns.


They will develop their use of punctuation and they should

become really proficient at using full stops and question marks  and begin to use commas in a list and exclamation marks. Please note they will be looking specifically at how sentences that have an exclamation mark usually begin with what or how.


Throughout the week the children will be heard to read individually and in guided reading groups. We will be reading a range of texts - fiction, non-fiction and poetry. They will use their knowledge to work out, predict and check the meanings of unfamiliar words and to make sense of what they have read.


In our phonics sessions  will be consolidating Phase 5 of the Letters and Sounds programme. At this stage the children will be learning more graphemes and phonemes. For example, they already know ‘ai’ as in ‘rain’, now we will move on to introducing using ‘ay’ as in May and a-e as in ‘cake’. We will also look at alternative pronunciations for graphemes eg. ‘ea’ in ‘tea’, ‘head’ and ‘break’.
The children will also practise blending for reading and segmenting for spelling.
The sounds that the children will be learning during the week will be sent home on Monday and the children will have a spelling check on Friday.

They will also be given 3 words a week from the list of Common Exception Words that they need to learn in Year 2.



In numeracy, they will be developing their knowledge of + and -. They will be learning different methods to solve addition and subtraction problems such as blank number lines and partitioning and recombining.  Children will be encouraged to solve problems and explain how they got their answers.
They will learn the names for common 2D and 3D shapes and should be able to sort them and describe some of their features, e.g. number of sides, corners, edges and faces.
They will be also learning the vocabulary related to time, length, mass and capacity and measure using standard units; metres, centimetres, kilograms and litres.

In science the children  will be carrying out their own experiments developing scientific skills of observing, predicting, measuring, fair testing and recording in a variety of ways.  

The children will creating their own powerpoint presentation and developing their keyboard skills. We will be focussing on using specific keys such as the enter button to drop down a line, the Caps Lock button to insert capital letters and the backspace and delete buttons. If you have computer access please encourage your children to practice their skills.

We will be exploring human and physical features of the seaside. They will be able to extract information from secondary sources. We will be looking at maps and creating our own.

Art and Design 

The children will be creating still life pieces by recording from first hand observation and experience. They will explore how to create tones and tints by experimenting with changing a colour by adding white or black. We will also look at adding pattern and texture by using dots and lines.

In music the children will play musical instruments and create musical patterns. They will use their voices expressively by singing songs and speaking chants and rhymes.

This half term our PE focus is Games. The children will be practicing and developing their throwing and catching skills in order to make up games with a partner or small group.



The children will be given Literacy and Maths homework on a Friday to be returned on Monday. The homework will reinforce the skills that they have been working on during the week.

Writing journals
These are for children to write in as and when they please. They can choose the subject of their writing – whatever they find inspiring. On certain occasions homework will be set to write a specific piece in their journals. Writing journals are expected in on a Tuesday. 

Curriculum Meeting