Woodpeckers Class

A big, "Hello!"  from the Year 2 team.


Class Teachers: 

Mrs Debbie Kempton - Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. 

Mrs Jacky Garven - Thursdays.


Teaching Assistants: 

Mrs Alison Purslow -  Monday – Friday 

Mrs Sara Morea – Daily Reading and Group Interventions


We are looking forward to a busy year full of exciting learning experiences and support to develop a love for learning. We strive to provide a safe and happy environment for all children to thrive and reach their own personal potential. The key skills in reading, writing, speaking and listening and Maths are our daily teaching and learning focus. Our exciting termly topics provide opportunity to inspire and engage your children at both home and school with knowledge and understanding through the wider curriculum of Science, Geography, History, Arts, Music, Design and Technology, Computing, PSHE and PE.

We want to provide parents and carers with opportunity to become involved in school life, so throughout the year we have planned different occasions. Such as ‘Meet the teacher’ meetings, a class assembly, a class mass, as well as parents evenings. Termly newsletters will also inform you in more detail about our current topics, planned learning and up and coming events.  

We continue to encourage all the Year 2 children to become independent and inquisitive learners, providing opportunity to develop a growth mind set; supporting determination, flexibility, curiosity and bravery throughout the curriculum. 

Learning involves speaking, listening, doing, sharing, practising and mastering. 

This prepares the children to move in to year 3, Key Stage 2, with a solid base of knowledge and plenty of learning skills to apply. 

A Key Stage 1, Year 2 Curriculum document overview can be viewed here.

A Year 2 Curriculum spelling document can be viewed here.

 Class newsletters can be viewed here.

Learning this term will include

Religious Education – We begin the term reflecting on the Ephipany and then we will continue with our theme of ‘Revelation’ and discuss the many ways that God revealed Himself to people. RE will continue to be taught each week through a combination of RE lessons, Collective Worship, Gospel Assemblies and Hymn practice. Gospel Values will continue to link throughout all areas of the children’s learning.

English – English will continue to be taught daily. This will include writing, GPS (Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling), Guided Reading and Comprehension. Spelling and phonics will also be taught daily. This term, along with other texts, we will be looking at non fiction space books, the story of ‘The owl who was afraid of the dark’, and also various space poetry.

Reading Books – The children have made excellent progress in reading so far this year. Your support has been a vital part of this so thank you. Please continue to sign their reading record each time they read and make comments. The note of your child’s reading leads to the reward of a ‘reading raffle ticket’ which is put into the lucky dip draw each Friday, where a small prize is chosen by the lucky ticket holder.

If you would like to come in to hear readers regularly, please talk to us at the end of the day to discuss.

Mathematics – This term, we adopt our new Maths scheme – Power Maths - which is a new and exciting ‘can do’ mastery teaching programme for the whole school. Mathematics will continue to be taught daily. We will continue to concentrate on number, calculation, measures, geometry and statistics as well as lots of reasoning and problem solving.  

PE/Games – Children will continue to have two lessons of PE each week, one indoor and one outdoor - if the weather allows. Please ensure that children have their full St Mary’s PE kit all week. They will need trainers for outdoor PE sessions. Please check that all items of kit are clearly labelled.

Science/History/Geography, Music, PSHE, Computing and Art/DT will be also taught each week. We will be planning, designing and making space travel vehicles, researching facts about the moon.

If you would like to speak to us, we will be available to arrange a suitable time at 3pm home time each day.