Whitelees Road, Littleborough, Lancashire, OL15 8DU


01706 378032

St Mary's RC Primary School

We love God, We love learning, We love each other

Welcome to Year 2



Summer 1   YEAR 2

In Year 2 we have made a very good start to what will be another busy term.  In Science we will be looking at plants, watching seeds grow and carrying out an investigation to see what they need to germinate. We will also be learning about different Scientists.

In History we will be learning about changes in our local history and in the history of Greater Manchester.  Later in the Summer our Geography topic will be ‘Around the World’ and the children will learn about the different continents, countries and oceans. This topic will be linked to the World Cup which will take place in June and July.  

In the latter part of the Summer term we are planning to go the National Football Museum in Manchester which will allow us to further develop our history and geography topics.   Also, in Art we will be focussing on drawing and still life using toys. We will be experimenting, exploring and developing ideas, culminating in a collage using lots of different materials.

In Religion, Eastertide will initially be the focus as the children learn about the period after Jesus rose from the dead, how he returned to visit the disciples on a number of occasions before ascending into Heaven to be with God the Father. The children will learn how Jesus left the disciples with the gift of the Holy Spirit to give them the strength to carry on his work and to spread the Good News.  As a school we will also look at Hinduism as another Faith.

In computing, the children will be practising their word processing skills as well as recapping on E Safety.

In PE the children will be doing striking and field games and developing skills in athletics.


Please can the children keep their summer PE kit in school.


In Music the theme is Down in the Jungle where the children will learn some animal songs and use a graphic score to show when they need to play their instruments. The other theme is sun, moon and stars where the children will learn about pitch and dynamics while playing simple patterns on percussion instruments.


As part of the whole child the children will explore in P4C (philosophy for children) the new life skill of Assertiveness and Managing Conflict /Disagreements.   As part of their learning within PSHE the children will think about making good choices and how our choices can affect others.  Later in the Summer the children will also cover the Year 2 theme ‘God Made Me’ within our Sex and Relationship scheme.


Can we just remind parents and the children about the Espresso login and the fantastic resources that are available through Espresso. It can be accessed using a pc or a tablet and has an abundance of resources for Maths and English practice but also for topic work.  Look within Key Stage 1, Maths and English.

Within English the Spelling and the SPAG sections are very useful.   Within the Maths sections the Tables Tester, Fractions, Measure, Time and Money sections are particularly relevant at this time.  


www.discoveryeducation.co.uk  login Espresso  

User name: student18703

Password:  stmarys

There is a quick link to Espresso within our excellent Learning Zone which is located within the Pupil Zone on our website.  You will just need the user name and login as above.  The Pupil Zone has a wide variety of excellent online resources to help children with their learning. The Topmarks link has a number of games that the children are familiar with.


May we once again take this opportunity to say that if you have any queries or wish to discuss anything about your child then please don’t hesitate to speak to either of us or make an appointment to do so.  

Thanks once again for your ongoing support and co-operation. 



A few reminders:

  • Reading books should be returned on a Monday morning and spellings will also be given on this day.   


  • Please ensure that your child has their PE kit in school each week with all items of clothing clearly labelled. Children will need an outdoor PE kit with trainers and warm outdoor clothes as well as shorts and t-shirt for indoor PE. Please ensure that their kit is in school as soon as possible.


Please don’t hesitate to speak to either of us before or after school or contact school and make an appointment if you have any questions, queries or concerns at any point.  Unfortunately, Mrs Harrison is still not well enough to return to work and we continue to keep her in our prayers.  Miss Smith will continue to work with Year 2 most mornings.  Thank you in advance for your ongoing co-operation and support.


Miss Moore and Mrs Killoran



Our plans for Educational Visits/Educational Enhancement in Year 2

  • Spring 1The Titanic Museum in Liverpool - to bring to life our History topic of The Titanic
  • Summer 2- The Manchester Football Museum – links to both our Local Area topic and our Summer Geography topic, ‘The Countries of the World’, which falls at the same time as the 2018 World Cup.

A few bits to remember for the year ahead:

  • Homework: As you are aware, we no longer send written homework but children continue to  have  homework in the form of the basic skills, of reading,  learning spellings and practising maths facts. 
  • Reading books should be returned on a Monday and will usually be sent home that day. The children will wherever possible choose their own reading books and they will pick two books each Monday from a box that mirrors the level of books that they will read in class as part of guided reading. Please sign/comment that you have heard your child read the books or if they need to keep one of the books for another week.  
  • Spellings will also be sent on a Monday and the children will practise these spelling patterns in class throughout that week. Your support in helping your child to learn the spellings that are sent home is greatly appreciated. In the Year 1 and 2 Curriculum there is such a massive range of spellings that the children need to secure and your support in helping your child can’t be overstated.  Spellings may consist of different spelling patterns/rules alongside key words from the common exception words for Year 1 and 2. In the first few weeks we will send a set of Maths facts for the term ahead that we want to help the children learn by heart.  This will primarily consist of doubling patterns, number bonds and times tables.
  • Please could you ensure that your child has a PE kit in school for the week so that they do not miss any opportunities for PE. At times we have to be flexible due to the British weather/hall use. Our routine PE days are Monday and Friday.
  • On a further practical note please put your child’s name on all main items of uniform, especially jumpers and items of PE clothing.


Water bottles

  • We encourage the children to have a water bottle in school, please could you ensure that it has a sports cap and has their name clearly labelled. It is important that children take their bottles home at the end of the school day and return them each morning filled for the day.



www.discoveryeducation.co.uk  login Espresso  

User name: student18703

Password:  stmarys



For our MTP click here

For our LTP click here 



Some useful websites for this half –term:

 www.topmarks.co.uk – A very useful website for Spelling games and also Maths games.

It also has a game within the history section which explores the Great Fire of London.

www.ictgames.co.uk Maths and English games


www.phonicsplay.co.uk  www.sentenceplay.co.uk   

 Both have games that the children may enjoy to reinforce spelling and sentence work


www.discoveryeducation.co.uk  login Espresso  

User name: student18703

Password:  stmarys

 www.ictgames.co.uk – Has very good Maths and Literacy games.

Within Maths – Save the Whale for number pairs to 10, Shark Numbers for understanding what each digit in a two digit  means,  Within Bridging through 10, Catapult Count On.

Within Literacy  –  An electronic version of  Look, Cover, Write, Check to improve spelling.

http://resources.woodlands-junior.kent.sch.uk/maths/  or same address replace maths for Literacy

Has links to many games for developing  Maths and English Skills. 

Topic websites.

www.ducksters.com – a range of geographical topics including information on famous landmarks.





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