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Year 2: Mrs Potter - Shirley Hughes





Shirley Hughes, CBE is an English author and illustrator. She has written more than fifty books, which have sold more than 11.5 million copies, and has illustrated more than two hundred.

Although she is possibly best known for her books for a young audience, she has written for older children as well.  Throughout this year we will be using a range of her texts to support our learning, but in particular we will be focusing on her books: The Lion and the Unicorn, and Ruby in the Ruins in the Summer term, to support our World War II learning block.





I hope you had a great Jubilee weekend and enjoyed the lovely festivities with family and friends. 


The year is flying by so quickly and already the children are now in the last half term of Year 2! They have worked incredibly hard this year, and I am really proud of how well they all managed the assessments before half term.  We will be making the most of the last few weeks in Year 2 by having a fun-filled time full of exciting activities.


This term our class book will be Lost and Found by Oliver Jeffers.  It is a really sweet story about the friendship between a little boy and a lost penguin, who in fact turns out not to be lost at all, just lonely. The book explores themes of friendship and bravery as the little boy sets out on a mission to find a home for a penguin who has mysteriously turned up on his doorstep.


Continuing with World War II in history, we will be having a themed WWII day on Monday 13th June. Children are invited to dress in any WWII or 1940's related clothing: evacuees, soldiers, land girls etc. We are looking forward to a fun day including listening and dancing to 1940's music, as well as making gas mask boxes and other craft activities. 


Our Key Stage 1 end of year trip is coming up soon, and we are all very excited about our trip to The National Forest Adventure Farm on Wednesday 13th July!  Please let me know if you are able to join us on this trip, as we are still looking for parent helpers.  


Please note that our PE days are the same as last term. They are Tuesday (outdoor PE) and Friday (indoor PE).  Please send your child into school in their PE kit on those days. 


An updated timetable for Summer 2 is included below for your information.   Please scroll down for Curriculum information for next half term.  Your child should already have a paper copy of the Summer 2  Spelling List, and this is also included below.


Please don't hesitate to contact me on dojo or email if you would like to discuss / ask anything.


Many thanks for your support.


Mrs Potter



Key Dates


Tuesday 7th June - return to school

Monday 13th June - World War II day

Tuesday 21st June - World Music day

w/c 20th June - Celebration week and National Sports Week

Wednesday 29th June - Class swap day 

Friday 8th July - INSET day

Wednesday 13th July -  KS1 trip

Thursday 14th July - Meet the teacher

Friday 15th July - Sports day (Key Stage 1 in the morning).  Reports sent home.

Wednesday 20th July - Parent drop in 

Friday 22nd July - Last day, break up for Summer


Important information


PE: Our PE days for Summer 2 are Tuesday (outdoor) and Friday (indoor).  Please send your child into school in their PE kit on these days. 


Spellings:  Spelling tests will continue to take place on Wednesdays. The Summer 2 Spelling List is included below. 




Our Curriculum


History & Geography – History focus: World War II

Literacy – Talk for Writing focus using our class text: Lost and Found

Maths – Re-cap of key concepts

Science – Scientific enquiry

PSCHE – Health & Well-being: Being safe

RE – Living: How should we care for others in the world and why does it matter?

DT & Art – DT: Textiles

Music – Exploring improvisation: How does music help us look after our planet?

Computing – Digital literacy focus - using Word

PE - Athletics / Sending and receiving 

Knowledge Organisers

Home learning

Please find a selection of activity ideas to complete at home if your child is well and isolating.  If they are absent for school for longer than 3 days then I will be in touch with further work. 

Meet the teacher - Hello from Mrs Potter

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If you would like any further information please email me: Thank you.