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Whitelands Park Primary School Better never stops

Cherry - Y2

Class Teacher:

Mrs C Colbourn and Mrs H Meikle


Teaching Assistant:

Mrs S Maul and Ms D Shaw


Welcome to Cherry Class.


 The children have had a super first term in Year 2 and have taken part in so many Christmas celebrations, activities and of course, the fantastic Nativity play 'The Inn-Spectors'. Well done to you all! smiley


Remember, you all now have log ins for Doodle Maths and Times Tables Rockstars. Please do log in at home and try to complete as many games/activities/challenges as you can!!


Have a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

We will see you back in school on Monday 7th January.



In January, we begin our next topic, it is called 'Town Mouse and Country Mouse' . It is a topic based around the traditional tale of two mice that visit each other and their feelings towards the opposing habitats; the town and the country.

In English, the children will focus their learning on re-telling and acting out this familiar story, as well as writing it. We will focus on what makes a good story; the vocabulary, story language, word classes, expanded noun phrases, connectives, handwriting, punctuation and speech. The children will also develop their letter writing skills and research skills, using non-fiction texts and the internet to find out about town life, country life, habitats and life cycles.


In Art, the children will learn how to complete beautiful pencil drawings of mice, using a variety of different medias such as watercolour paints and chalk pastels. They will also design and build their own moving vehicle in Design Technology.


In Maths, we will continue to learn and understand the 2 and 10 times table, with the introduction of the 5 times table. We will also learn about division and how it is the inverse of multiplication. Addition and Subtraction using two, two-digit numbers and the resources and methods to solve these problems. Partitioning, number line, counters, bar model, diens and tens and ones. The children will accurately measure in cm and mm to ensure their moving vehicle is designed perfectly.


We also have lots of other exciting projects and learning planned across the other subjects.


Our LORIC theme this term is Ollie Organisation. This will be taught in class as well as in assemblies.


As we are now in the middle of Winter can you please make sure you have your coat (hat, scarf, gloves if needed) in school everyday.


Your planner and reading book must be in school everyday.


Our Topic: Town Mouse, Country Mouse


(Please see the curriculum map below for more detail)


PE Sessions:

Indoor PE - Thursday

Outdoor PE - Monday



Tuesday afternoon



The children are heard read twice a week in school. Once during a group guided reading session and the other individually by the class teacher or teaching assistant.

It is really important that your child reads at home every day and the planner is signed accordingly. Reading frequently has a huge positive effect on a child's reading development.



Homework is given out once a week on a Thursday and is due back in the following Tuesday. Each week, there is an English and a Maths task. The homework is a reflection of what the children have been taught that week and is a chance to practise and enhance their learning.



In Foundation and KS1 we follow the Read Write Inc Programme. The Read Write Inc. Phonics is a complete literacy programme, for 3 to 7 year-olds learning to read and write. The children review or learn a new sound  (phoneme and grapheme) each day and also practise writing this sound on its own and in words.

We do handwriting practise every afternoon for ten minutes. The children have differentiated spellings each week with the spelling test being on a Friday morning.


  If you have any questions, please just ask or write in your child's planner.


Town Mouse, Country Mouse Curriculum Map

Town Mouse, Country Mouse Curriculum Map 1