The John Wesley Church of England & Methodist

Voluntary Aided Primary School

Flourishing in F.A.I.T.H. (Family, All Included, Thriving & Healthy)

01233 614660

Cherry (Year 2)

Welcome to the Autumn Term


Over the next two terms we are going to be investigating our big questions...

Can a polar bear swap homes with a hedgehog? and Where do owls live?

We will be studying 'The Troll Swap' and 'The owl who was afraid of the dark'. During these lessons, we will be looking at certain aspects of SPAG (Spelling, Grammar and Punctuation). The children will be exploring different styles of writing, such as letter writing, diary writing and descriptive story writing.

Our Science topic is Animals including humans and we will be learning about offspring that grow into adults and healthy eating. We will learn about the basic needs of animals for survival.

Our Connected learning covers Geography where we will compare a small area of the UK with a contrasting non-European country.  We will explore the UK, physical and human features of different areas, the seven continents and five oceans of our world. We will also be learning about The Gunpowder Plot and the importance of Remembrance Sunday. In Art, we will be creating our own hedgehog sculptures and explore different ways to create polar bears. In DT, we will make our own bird feeders through the design process of research, design, make and evaluate. In ICT we will be learning about the importance of internet safety and how we can communicate using keyboards, text, images and sound.


We hope that this explains the forthcoming curriculum but please contact a staff member of The Cherry Class if you have any queries.




Home Learning


All children have log ins to the following:

Seesaw/Education City/Purple Mash 


We will  put our termly spellings and home learning topics onto Seesaw. Any additional homework, which of course is entirely optional, will also be added to Seesaw.

As you are aware, Year Two children sit statutory assessment tests (SATs) in May 2022 and also a Phonic screening test in December 2021. It is therefore advisable that you encourage your child to attempt the tasks which will prepare them further and reinforce their learning from the classroom.


Please let us know if you have any trouble accessing these sites. 


Here are some further activities to help your child:



  • Read a book you haven't read before. (Oxford Owls has some good free books to read online!)
  • Read and follow some instructions.
  • Put your books in alphabetical order.
  • Rank your story books from most to least favourite.
  • Choose a word or a sound to hunt for - how many times can you find it?
  • Read to your toys - they love books as well.



  •  ​Keep a diary every day. This is a really good way to get your feelings out and can be a really good piece of history. We are living through a major historical event, right at this very moment!
  • Make up a story about one of your favourite characters from a book or a film. 
  • Draw and write your own comic book. 
  • Write the lyrics to your favourite song, but change them a little bit!
  • Use big chalks to practise writing on the pavement.
  • Use different writing tools, like felt pens, crayons, chalk or paint to write with. 



  •  ​​​​​​Play Countdown. Can you make a target number using only random numbers?
  • Counting - How many toys do you own?
  • Sorting - Can you sort your toys into groups, based upon certain criteria (i.e. soft, fluffy, metal, plastic)
  • Sorting - Can you order toys from largest to smallest? Heaviest to lightest?
  • Find and write down all objects with numbers on them in the house. How many do you have?
  • Measure and record the length of a bean plant as the days go on.
  • Bake a cake
  • How many small containers of water fit into one large container?






  • Learning will not just happen because of these home learning activities. Learning is curiosity about the world. Foster curiosity by asking questions and being genuinely interested in the answers. Ask ‘why?’ a lot! A love of learning is more important than whether a work sheet has been done. 
  • Environments that foster learning are calm. No one learns well under pressure. If you or your children are finding the task tricky, take a break and come back to it. If they really cannot get their head around it, try it in another way. If all else fails, we are always here to help. 

Our team are as follows:

Cherry Class - Mrs Wood, Mrs Pestridge and Miss Spring
Maple Class – Miss Mullen, Mrs Hamblin and Mrs Dodsworth



Although this an important year as the children will be doing their SATS tests in May (more information to follow), we have lots of fun things in store and our Connected Learning covers The Great Fire of London, , Plants, Animals, Victorians and Oceans. 

In Maths, the curriculum involves using concrete and pictorial methods to solve calculations. By the end of Year 2 the children are expected to know their 2, 5, 10, 3, 4 and 8 times table. Apps such as ‘Squeebles’ and online games such as ‘Hit the Button’ will help the children with the speed of recall in a fun and engaging way.


In English, the children are continuing with Letters and Sounds.  Units include, stories in familiar settings, poetry, playscripts, persuasive writing and instructions. There is a key focus on grammar, spelling and punctuation.  We look at specific rules and patterns each week and it would benefit the children to be able to spell all of the common exception words for Year 2.

We would appreciate you reading daily with your child and practising the spellings and times tables as this will have an impact on their confidence in lessons.


If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to make an appointment with any of our team.



If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to make an appointment with any of our team.

Year 2 documents