St. Joseph's Catholic Primary School - Wetherby

Welcome to Year 2

In Year 2 we will be following on from the learning in Foundation 2 and Year 1 ensuring that we still follow children’s interests embedded into the New National Curriculum. In class, children will complete lessons on all the core subjects in the morning followed by foundation subjects in the afternoons. Year 2 pupils will also have the opportunity to complete challenges following their interests and the new National Curriculum in our different areas of provision. Please keep coming to look at our class page so you can see what we are learning in class and celebrate with us!

Miss Costello

Miss Costello

Class Teacher

Y2 Class Worship

Y2 Class Worship

Y2 Curriculum Newsletters

Find out what we are learning about each half term by reading the newsletters:

Year 2 Newsletter Autumn 1

Newsletter Autumn 2

Autumn Term 2 2017

Welcome back to all the children in  Year 2! This half term the children are eager to learn all about their new topic on Space which has been linked with ‘Robot Week’ again. With Christmas approaching us quickly too we will be  rehearsing for our nativity ‘Hosanna Rock.’





During the first week back we had a mass in school for ‘All Souls’ Day’. In class we wrote our own prayers to think about this and hung them on our collective worship table.

In our collective worship we discussed the importance of Remembrance Day and the symbolism of the red poppy.

Our topic this half term is ‘Mysteries’. We started our new topic with thinking about the differences between a puzzle and a mystery. We then wrote our own questions about what we wonder. What do you wonder about?

We looked at the symbol of the Trinity and discussed what this means. The word Trinity means 3 in 1 ( Tri-unity) and represents one God being the Father, the son and the Holy Spirit.



English Autumn 2

Reading area

We are very lucky to have given £300 to help transform our much loved reading area. The children came up with some wonderful and exciting ideas to make it their own. Keep an eye out for a treasure island/ detectives theme coming soon!


We have been reading lots of information books about space and looking in particular at the famous astronaut Neil Armstrong, who was the first man to walk on the moon. We wrote fact files about him and looked at using subheadings to write our information under. Did you know that Neil Armstrong’s footsteps can still be seen on the moon’s surface? Ask your child why?

“That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.”

Neil Armstrong’s footprint.

We are loving having a space station in our classroom to help enhance our writing!

3,2,1 blast off!

Did you know the largest planet in our solar system is Jupiter and the smallest Mercury?


Maths Autumn 2

We are practising daily our class KIRFS targets. This half term is to use addition and subtraction facts to 20 quickly and work out similar facts to 100.

We have been looking at solving addition and subtraction calculations and problems. We are being resourceful learners and deciding what equipment we need to help us with our learning.

One of our favourite challenging problems that really stretched our brains!

‘Noah saw 12 legs walk into the ark. How many creatures could he have seen? How many different answers can you find out? Explain how you found this out.’




Autumn Term 1 2017

Welcome back to all the children in  Year 2! I hope you all had a fantastic summer holiday. Thank you to everyone for making me feel so welcome at St.Josephs. I’m very happy to be your new class teacher and have lots of super learning planned for you around our topic ‘Home Sweet Home.’

Year 2 have been settling into their new classroom, routines and getting to know myself and Mrs Duggan. During the first week we discussed what makes a safe, happy and fun learning environment to help us establish what our class ‘Golden Rules’ should be. We are working hard to make good choices so that we are following our rules. As a reward for filling our class jar with gems the children have decided that they want a ‘pyjama day’ and to bring in their favourite teddies too. The children also write their names on a raffle ticket each time they they have earned a gem. Every week one name will be chosen to take home ‘Leo the Lion’ for the week. He is very excited to find out what he is going to do and learn with you!




Take a look at our class collective worship table. Each week we have a new theme which we reflect upon during our whole school and class collective worships.

Our topic this half term is ‘Chosen People’. We have been thinking about what makes each of us special and how we can help others.


Take a look at Year 2’s reading area. We are enjoying being able to relax and read in this space.

We are currently reading ‘The Minpins’ by Roald Dahl which tells the story of a young boy called Billy who longs to go and explore secret woods nearby his home, however his Mum forbids him. She tells him of the Whangdoodle, Hornswogglers, Snozzwanglers and Vermicious knids that live in the forest. Worst of all is the Terrible Bloodsucking Toothplucking Stonechuckling Spittler, who chases his prey while glowing clouds of hot smoke pour out of his nose, and then swallows them up in one gulp.  However Little Billy doesn’t believe his mother.

We acted out being Little Billy and making the decision whether or not to go into the woods. We pretended we were whispering trees that gave Billy advice. Interestingly the majority of Year 2 decided they wouldn’t listen to Billy’s mother and wanted to go on an adventure to explore the woods.


Our topic this half term is materials. Year 2 enjoyed working with their talk partners to discuss what they already knew about materials and what questions they would like to find out.

Have a look at our Science area where we have been challenging ourselves to identify the materials and sort them.






Year 2 will be developing the skills of logging on to the computers independently to practise the basic skills of typing, adding text, formatting text and saving their learning.








Phonic and Reading Programmes

In Key Stage 1 we follow the Letters and Sounds programme for Phonics. In Year 1, children study Phase 5 from the programme. Pupils learn to read and write many different sounds and apply these sounds in longer pieces of work. Children will also learn alternative sounds, new sounds and High Frequency words. In Year 2, pupils consolidate their learning of Phase 5 and they also complete the support for spelling programme learning new spelling rules and applying the rules in their writing. Children will learn many different spellings and will continue to write at length in various subjects.