Whitelees Road, Littleborough, Lancashire, OL15 8DU


01706 378032

St Mary's RC Primary School Littleborough

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

Welcome to Year 2


Firstly, we would like to say a big thank you for all your lovely Christmas cards and presents, it was very kind of you.  

We would also like to take this opportunity to wish you and your families a happy and healthy 2018.


This half-term we have many exciting things to look forward to.   Our main topic will be history driven as we learn all about the Titanic and its place in British History.   Linking with this topic, in art and design technology we will be focusing on designing and making Titanic Models and sketching and drawing using different media.  We will be going to the Merseyside Maritime Museum on Wednesday 31st January to learn more about the Titanic. A further letter will follow about the trip.


In Science we will be identifying and comparing a variety of everyday materials and finding out how the shapes of solid objects made from some materials can be changed by squashing, bending, twisting and stretching.

In RE lessons the children will be learning about the Good News of Jesus. By looking at some of the miracles of Jesus, they will understand how Jesus always responded to people with love and compassion and how He wants us to follow his example. 

In PE we will be doing movement with good control and net and wall skills using rackets. In music we will be learning simple songs from around the world and using percussion instruments for accompaniment.

As part of our PSHE and computing, we will learn about how we keep safe in a range of situations, including being safe when using the internet.  The new Life Skill is Ambition and Integrity.

In English we will continue to work on spelling words from the new national curriculum for Year 1 and Year 2.  We will continue to work on grammar and punctuation, including identifying and confidently using nouns, verbs and adjectives in sentences.  We will have two themes, Emperor Penguins and The Titanic and from these themes we will do a range of writing pieces including a non-chronological report and a diary and newspaper report.  The children will also be encouraged to write about their own experiences to further develop their skills.   When reading, we will continue to work on fluency, expression and building comprehension skills so that the children can answer questions about what they have read.

In Maths we will continue to work on developing skills and confidence in the four operations of number; addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. The children will be provided with opportunities to apply these skills and further develop their reasoning and understanding. We will be continuing to work on the quick recall of the 10, 2 and 5 times tables and quick recall when doubling and halving numbers. Your continued support with this would be welcomed.

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 timestables.


  • 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.




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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


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 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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