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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



Our topic this half term is

Fire! Fire!



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, the Hail Mary and the Glory Be.


We are finishing our topic on Signs and Symbols where we have thought about the meaning behind the signs and symbols of Baptism. We will spend a week learning about Judaism before moving onto our topic Preparations when we will think about how Advent is the time when we prepare to celebrate Christmas.



We will be exploring a variety of writing styles this half term. The children will re-tell stories they have read in class, write bonfire night poetry creating shape poems and acrostics, and write a non-fiction piece about The Great Fire of London. They will be encouraged to use adjectives and in their writing. To develop their writing we will focus on connectives and how to improve our work by extending our sentences. We will continue to focus on the correct use of full stops and capital letters and how to use commas. We will also learn how to use capital letters for names, places and titles.


Vocabulary, Grammar and Punctuation

This half term we will be working on conjunctions ( a word that joins two or more phrases together e.g. but, so, because, however).

We will also be learning about the four different types of sentences that there are: statements, questions, commands and exclamations.

We will be revising adjectives, nouns and verbs.

The children will also be learning about tenses ( which show the time of an action or a state of being as shown by a verb)specifically the  present tense and the past tense.



Throughout the week the children will read in a variety of forms. They will read as a class daily and in a group at least once a week. They will also be heard read individually. 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. Reading is vitally important to their future success.


Please read with your child everyday and write in their reading diary.


' The more that you read,

The more you things you will know.

The more that you learn

The more places you will go.' Dr. Seuss


In our phonics sessions we will revising alternative spellings in Phase 5 in the Letters and Sounds scheme. At this stage the children will be learning more graphemes and phonemes. They will also move on to adding suffixes eg ing ed….
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 game’ on Friday.



This half term the children will continue to work on multiplication and be introduced to division. We will look at different strategies to work out answers. They will continue to develop their knowledge of + and – using blank number lines and partitioning and recombining.  Children will be encouraged to solve problems and explain how they got their answers.
The children will explore fractions in shapes and numbers.

In science the children are learning about the difference between plants and animals.
They will be learning that all animals need food and water to stay alive
and that they need a variety of food and drink to enable them to grow.
They will be recognising and sorting basic food types and know that they need right amounts of different types of food to be healthy.
They will also explore the importance of exercise for staying fit and healthy.

Children will be using a range of painting tools to create pictures. They will continue to work on saving their work and correcting any mistakes.

The children will be putting on their detective hats this half term to find out about a significant historical event;
The Great Fire of London. 
The children will ask questions in order to find out about the fire and then use different sources to find the answers. They will be learning about the events of the great fire and show it on a timeline.

Art and Design 

The children will be making a mixed media collage. They will explore collage techniques to create a Fire of London background including the use of light and dark to create tone and tissue paper as a medium.
They will also make and design a pinch pot and paint using ready mixed paint.


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 the children will be learning all about balance in gymnastics.  They will be working on poses and the ability to link them to create sequences on the floor and on different pieces of apparatus.



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