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All Saints Primary School

Aiming High

Belle Vue Street, Gorton, Manchester
Lancashire, M12 5PW


Year 2

Mrs McElwee


Welcome to Year 2 everyone! We are really looking forward to all of the new and exciting things we will learn during our time together this year!


Learning Overview for Autumn 1

Our new topic is about the seaside and is called 'Wish you were here!'. We will be finding out lots about Blackpool and other seaside resorts.



Our seaside theme will inspire our reading and writing this half term. Children will write a poem about the seaside and they will write stories based on The Lighthouse Keeper's Lunch.   We will work on using accurate punctuation in our writing and checking to make sure it makes sense. Children will use a range of conjunctions and adjectives to make sure their writing includes more detail.



This half term, we will focus on understanding number and place value.  Children will learn about Tens and Units in numbers to 100 and they will make these with different resources. We will also work on addition and subtraction using 2 digit numbers.

We will also be doing lots of work on learning times tables, starting with 2s and moving on to 10s and 5s. Help your child at home by counting in 2s, 5s and 10s, and by asking them to count coins, groups of objects in 2s, 5s and 10s. Try asking them to tell you the times table they are learning in reverse order!


Our Science topic is called 'What's for dinner?' We will ask questions such as 'What is a food chain?' and 'How does a seagull survive at the seaside?' We will investigate living things and learn about what they need to stay healthy. On our trip to Blackpool Sealife Centre, we will learn all about food chains in the ocean. 



This half term we will focus on our skills as geographers. Our topic is called 'Why do we love to be beside the seaside?' Children will learn about the features of seaside resorts and they will learn what Human and Physical features are. They will also make a map and simple key.


The Learning Challenges document below shows you what we are going to learn about each week this half term.

Important information


Our PE days are TUESDAYS and THURSDAYS. All children should have a full PE kit, which includes a T-shirt and shorts or jogging trousers/leggings. Children will need outdoor shoes this half term as we will be doing Outdoor Games.

Please make sure that your child's name is written inside each piece of kit. Long hair must be tied back and no earrings should be worn on these days.


Homework will be sent out on Fridays. Please return homework books by the following Wednesday so it can be marked.

All children will have spellings to learn every week. They will be sent out on Mondays, and children will be tested on Fridays. Please make sure your child brings their spelling book back to school, so we can mark it and send it home in order for you to keep track of their progress. Practising spellings at home for a few minutes each day is essential, and really helps to improve children's written work. Thank you for your support at home.


Reading and Book Bags

Children need to bring their book bags to school every day. They will read regularly as part of a group or individually when possible, but reading at home is just as important.

Now they are in Year 2, children are encouraged to change their own book bags. There will not be a change over day - children will change their books when they have read them, but it is expected that this will be at least twice a week. They can change their book every day if they wish!

Please continue to read with your child at home and sign their reading record when they have read their book. Many thanks for your support.