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Year 2

September - December 2019

Welcome Back

Welcome to our Autumn Newsletter. We hope you have had a fantastic summer holiday. I’ts been amazing to see our children settling in so well and making new friendships. 

Important dates this half term: 

  • Autumn 1 - Monday 2nd September to Friday 1th October 2019
  • European Languages Day 26th September
  • McMillan Awareness day/Coffee Cake Morning 27th September (Donations Welcome)
  • Maths/Money Week 14th - 18th October
  • Black History month – 1st October to 31st October 2019
  • Guru Nanak – School closed 12th November 2019
  • Road Safety Week – 18th – 22nd November 2019
  • Parents’ /Carers’ consultation evening – Thursday 17th October 2019
  • Book Fair – 8th – 13th November 2019
  • Remembrance Day – 11th November 2019


In English this half term, we will focus on a different book every other week and answer comprehension questions and write a ‘long write’ related to it. We will look at a range of grammar, such as adjectives, nouns, verbs and sentence structure.

Our texts for this term:

Cat in the Hat
That Rabbit belongs to Emily Brown


In Maths, we will focus on number as well as building our confidence in using the four calculations; addition, subtraction, division and multiplication. We will learn about place value and will also continue with reasoning and problem solving. There will also be a heavy emphasis on learning the timestables: x2, x5, x10. Children will also be focussing on their mental maths; recall of number bonds, timetables and simple calculations.

Science - Animals

This term children will explore the topic Animals including Humans. The children will learn about the lifecyle of different animals and what they need to survive. They will explore the different stages of life, carry out experiments and record their results.

History – Remembrance Day

Coinciding with national Remembrance Day. Brief introduction to the first world war and why we have national commemorations each year.

Other Curriculum Areas:

  • RE: Creation – Where the world came from and how we should look after it.
  • PSHE: Growing and changing responsibilities
  • ART: Self-portraits
  • Geography: Continents and Oceans – physcial and natural environment
  • Computing: Online Safety
  • PE – gymnastics, football
  • Mandarin- We will be starting to learn the language.

How to Help

Please continue to support your child at home by ensuring they complete their homework, which will go out every Friday. Children will be listened to reading at school weekly and their books will be changed once their reading record is signed. Please talk with your child about what they are reading. Children are encouraged to read daily for at least 10 minutes. Please also support your child with spellings and times tables which go home every Friday.

The Shaftesbury Pledge

This is our school, where we learn and grow together,

May we respect everybody, today and forever.

We are a family at Shaftesbury - growing and learning as one,

May we be caring, friendly, polite and have fun.

Please help children learn their school pledge and the 5 Cs.

The 5 Cs

  • Care
  • Courtesy
  • Consideration
  • Co-operation
  • Commitment

Online Safety

Do you know what your child is doing online?

  • Check the internet history to see what your child has been doing.
  • Let children use devices in a communal room (living room or kitchen) so that you can monitor what they are doing.
  • Have conversations with your child about what they are doing online. 
  • Ask them about the dangers they are aware of.
  • Ask them questions about what they should do if they have a problem or see something that upsets them

Visit the following website for more help and support


Child Protection – Reminder

The Lead Child Protection Officer at Shaftesbury is Ms. Hussain

The Deputy Child Protection Officer is Ms McDonnell

If you have any concerns about a child please contact the Safeguarding team on 0208 472 0761

Thank you.

Year 2 Teachers:

  • Ms Writer (2W)
  • Ms Ali (2M)
  • Ms Adams (2A)