Welcome to Year 2

We hope you are looking forward to being involved in a busy and enjoyable year.

Panda class is taught by Mrs. Gilham on a Monday and Tuesday and by Mrs. Strudwick on a Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. We are supported by our fantastic Teaching Assistant Mrs Fiona Palmer.

If you would like to talk to us, then we are usually available at the beginning of the day (before 8.45) and at end of the school day to discuss your child’s education.

Encouraging Independence


In Year 2 the children are encouraged to take responsibility for their own possessions. This includes making sure their reading folder with reading book and Reading Journal is in school every day.

Every Tuesday and Thursday afternoon the children will need their P.E. kits; shorts, T-shirt, plimsolls and socks to wear for their indoor lessons. Some lessons will be outside so your child will also need tracksuit bottoms, jumper and trainers. Our PE sessions may change days so please ensure that their kit is in school at all times.

Please make it easier for your child to look after their belongings by naming everything clearly.

In the mornings, after the bell has gone, the children line up and bring their belongings into school by themselves. They hang their coats, bags and PE bags on their named peg in the cloakroom area, snacks are put in their own tray along with their book bags, any water bottles are put by the sink.

Please note that before the bell goes no one should be in school putting things on pegs.



Your child will benefit from any help that you can give them with their learning at home. Your child will also enjoy talking about and sharing with you the things that they are learning in class.


All children are expected to read 5 times every week and to complete 1 reading activity per week.  Reading journals are checked regularly and a new record sheet and activity will be put in the journal every Thursday. After reading a book with your child there is a sheet for you to record the date, title of the book read and any comments you would like to make on your child’s reading.

HomeTalk SchoolWrite (HTSW)

HTSW will continue as a once a month activity and is a wonderful opportunity for you to support your child and share in their learning. If you are ever unsure about this task, please do not hesitate to come and ask. Please note that the piece of writing that they will bring home will be unmarked as it will have only been produced that morning.


The children will be given a password to enable them to use the ‘Mathletics’ programme on their home computer, this will have tasks for them to complete each week. This is a good opportunity to support them with the Maths that they are learning in class. We are looking forward to giving out lots of certificates this year!

Other expectation/information


All children are encouraged to bring a water bottle in to the classroom. Squash is not permitted in the class but is allowed in their lunchbox. Please help us by adhering to this rule.

Every half term, you will receive a topic map which will show you what the children will be learning about this term and you can see the children have an interesting and busy term in front of them!

We look forward to working with you and your children

Mrs Laura Gilham, Mrs Sarah Strudwick and Mrs Fiona Palmer