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Year 2 - Sycamore

Welcome to Year 2

Sycamore Class



Class teacher: Mrs Peters

Welcome to Sycamore Class
Our topic this last half term is:


Trading places   

Would you like to live in a small village in another country in another continent?

You will be finding out all about life in a small Ghanaian Village and seeing how it is the same and how it is different to yours.

Come on a journey and explore what it is like to live in Africa. You will learn all about Ghanaian traditions and customs, including their music and art.


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As scientists the children will be learning all about life cycles and observing some at first. They will be developing their scientific skills through observation, describing and explaining. They will also revisit habitats in the school grounds and see how they change over time. They will also visit Suntrap an environmental centre in Epping Forest.

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

This last half term they will be looking at two topics: Rules and Treasures as well as looking at Islam to develop their understanding of world faiths.

Children will be making a presentation on PowerPoint about Ghana.
Art and Design

As artists the children will be looking at African Art and painting their very own African Mask.  They will also be designing and recreating on paper their own Kente cloth.



Grammar: The children will be consolidating their knowledge of past, present and future tenses.
They will further develop their knowledge of four types of sentences:
QUESTION, COMMAND, EXCLAMATION AND STATEMENT and use a variety of these in their writing.

They should also be able to use shortened form of many words like cannot can't; do not don't; I am I'm and know where to put the apostrophe.

Punctuation: the children should be able to punctuate all written work with full stops, question marks, exclamation marks and use commas (in a list) consistently. THIS IS ESSENTIAL.


Children will continue working on problem solving using the four operations. They will be putting their knowledge of different strategies, for example blank number lines and partitioning and recombining, into practice choosing which strategy is the most appropriate to solve a problem.  The children will be encouraged to verbally explain how they got their answers.


They will also be solving problems with money, time and other measures.
They will be able to sort 3D shapes and describe some of their features, e.g. edges, vertices and faces.

They will be also learning the vocabulary related to length, mass and capacity and measure using standard units; metres, centimetres, kilograms and litres.



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 we will be focusing on country dancing. The children will learn how to keep in time with the music, creating their own actions and movements.
Home learning
The children will be given Literacy, Grammar and Maths work on a Friday to be returned on Monday. The purpose of home learning is to reinforce the skills that they have been working on during the week.

Please keep checking our website for any current information and updates throughout the year.


Don't forget to use PURPLE MASH, where there are lots of fun games and interactive activities for the children to use. Use  the link at the bottom of the page where you can type in your child's personal login and password.


If you have a problem or need any advice with how you can help your child, feel free to make an appointment or catch me after school for a quick chat.

How to help your child with maths.

The attachments below go over the general targets for Year 2 and Year 3. They also give you tips about how to help your child with maths.


Help your child with writing.

VCOP We will be trying to improve writing by following the VCOP strategy. We will be showing the children how they can up-level their work and ...


Fun things online

Fun things online! These activities either relate to our topic or ICT and other subjects.


Maths Games

Please check for new games that will aid your children's learning in numeracy