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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 Easter break and enjoyed the lovely sunshine. 


It's the Summer term already, and I am sure that this short, but very busy half term will fly by. 


As discussed with many of you at the parents meetings, the children will be taking their SATs soon, and we plan for them to take place w/c 16th May. Please be assured that the children have had practice with previous papers and are familiar with the procedure and format of the questions. There is no time limit for children in Year 2, and we will do all we can to ensure a calm and positive working environment, including children working in smaller groups and frequent breaks. There will be two reading papers, two maths papers, a SPAG and a spelling paper. These will be administered in the mornings and our normal timetable will continue for the afternoons.  


Please note that our PE days this half term 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 1 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 1  Spelling List, and this is also included below. 


To support our Summer 1 curriculum, our class book will be The Lion and the Unicorn by Shirley Hughes. This links to our history learning for the Summer term which focuses on World War II.  In this block the children will be learning about the basics of this significant event: the chronology in relation to their prior learning, The Blitz, evacuation and rationing, and the impact of the war on our local area.  Please note that this is a subject area that the children will revisit in Year 5, when they will have the opportunity to explore World War II in greater depth. 


Our class assembly will be on Thursday 26th May! This will be in the hall, from 9.10am - approx 9.30am. Please note that the hall will be well ventilated and chairs will be socially distanced for you. You may wish to wear a face covering. Please could you advise me if you do not wish your child to appear in any photographs or videos of this event. Thank you!


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


Monday 25th April - Return to school 

Monday 2nd May - Bank Holiday 

Friday 6th May - Class photos 

Monday 16th May - KS1 SATs week begins 

Wednesday 25th May - Platinum Jubilee Street Party 

Thursday 26th May - Class assembly 

Friday 27th May - INSET - school closed

Important information


PE: Our PE days for Summer 1 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 1 Spelling List is included below. 




Our Curriculum


History & Geography – History focus: World War II

Literacy – SPAG focus 

Maths – Re-cap of key concepts

Science – Plants

PSCHE – Health & Well-being: Growing up including RSE

RE – Believing: How can we learn from sacred books?

DT & Art – DT: Textiles

Music – How does music make us happy?

Computing – Coding

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.