Miss Holmes' Class

Year 2

Happy new year everyone!

I hope you had a wonderful, restful break and are refreshed and ready to start the new year.

Use the link below to see what we will be studying this term:


A few things that you may find useful to know.


 Our topic this term is carnival of animals where we will focus on rainforests and explore this area which is an important and varied habitat for many plants and animals. This topic will be covered through many subjects and curriculum areas. 

Please feel free to explore our carnival of animals topic with your child at home.


P.E. kits are required for gym and ball skills sessions on Monday and Friday afternoons. However it would be useful for P.E. kits to remain in school all week in case of possible changes.


The children have a fortnightly forest school session on a Tuesday morning. They will be split into two groups; one going down to forest school and the other continuing work in class. This will work on a two-week rota so be sure to check the poster on the cloakroom door for groups and dates. We go out in all weathers so please come prepared with warm clothes, wellies and waterproofs! At this time of year, the weather can be unpredictable so an extra carrier bag in which to put dirty wellies is always useful.


Mr Bennett from the Shropshire Music Service will provide a weekly music session and singing practice on Tuesday afternoons.




Homework will be set on a Wednesday and needs to be returned by the following Monday to provide time for marking and adding the next piece. Homework provides a great opportunity for your child to share their learning in school with you at home and therefore it should be a shared exercise.


Spellings will be set and tested weekly and will reflect work in Phonics. Children will be given the opportunity to practise spellings in school using the look, cover, say, write and check method. Please encourage the use of this strategy when practising spellings at home.


Please encourage your child to read every day and share their books with you at home. Reading diaries are for you to make comments on your child's reading as well as for the adults in school and therefore need to be in school every day. The children also receive a raffle ticket for each time that they have read with an adult at home, giving them the chance to win a prize at the end of each week. The more raffle tickets, the more chance of winning! 


 It is important to keep practising maths facts in order to develop mental maths skills. Please encourage your child to practise recall of number bonds, addition and subtraction facts and 2, 5 and 10 times tables. 



Feel free to come and speak to me if you have anything you wish to discuss.


Sarah Holmes