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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.





Thank you to everyone who attended the Parents Evenings this week - it was lovely to meet new parents and also see a few familiar ones as well! 


We have had a great half term and the children have achieved so much already. I am really proud of how quickly all of them settled into Year 2 routines and learning. 


Next half term we have lots of exciting things planned! As you will already know, Forest School is returning and Year 2 have been the lucky ones who get to experience it next half term!  I have included the letter that was sent home with further details. Please note in particular the clothing requirements. Forest School will take place whatever the weather so please make sure your child is suitably dressed.  As our Forest School sessions will be first thing in the morning, please send your children into school wearing their Forest School clothing.  They will then be able to change into their uniform for the rest of the day. Please ensure everything is clearly named and your child has carrier bag/s large enough to contain all their muddy things!  Any queries please just dojo me.


Forest School will replace outdoor PE on our timetable for this half term.  Our indoor PE will take place on Wednesday so please continue to send children into school in PE kits on that day. 


An updated timetable for Autumn 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 Autumn 2 Spelling List, and this is also included below. 


We are continuing our 1960's history block in Autumn 2, and this will include a 1960's 'wow' day.  The children can come to school dressed in any of the 1960's fashions that they have learned about (Hippy, Mod and 'the Look'), and will be dancing to 1960's music!  This will also link into the DT work for the half term which focuses on food, and the children will be making their own 1960's style 'finger food' to have at their party.  We have not confirmed and exact date yet, but it will be towards the end of November.  Further details will be sent home nearer the time! 


After half term we will be introducing My Maths as a homework activity.  This is an online resource that has specific activities that are linked to their current maths learning.  Tasks will be set weekly and will be rewarded every Friday. The first task is Number and Place Value and will be available to access from 05.11.21.  We will send out full details of how to log on to the website after half term. 


The children have really enjoyed bringing things from home in for Show and Tell. Please be aware that we don't have time allocated for this, so it is a case of squeezing it in whenever we can - if your child brings something in then we do our best to find time that day but it is not always possible. Also, please remember that anything brought in should be related to an achievement / creation / learning that has taken place outside of school - not toys please - thank you. 


Finally, as you know, Mrs Robinson has been teaching the children on Fridays so far this year. As she is now in the later stages of pregnancy she will no longer be classroom based and the children will be taught by Miss Roberts on Friday.  Mrs White will continue to cover my PPA on Thursday afternoon. 


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


Kind regards 


Mrs Potter



Important information


PE: Our PE day for Autumn 2 Wednesday (indoor).  Please send your child into school in their PE kit on this day. 


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





Our Curriculum


History & Geography – History focus: The 1960’s

Literacy – Developing further skills for writing, using our class novel, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl (written in 1964, and linking to our 1960's learning).

Maths – Multiplication and division 

Science – Materials

PSCHE – Living in the Wider World: Being Me

RE – Believing: Who is Jewish and what do they believe?

DT & Art – D & T - Food 

Music – Focus on Dynamics and Tempo

Computing – ICT

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.