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Welcome to the Year 2 page!

Thank you to everyone who attended the Y2 information evening in July. The PowerPoint slides from the evening are available at the bottom of this page and contain lots of useful information about Y2.

Staff in Y2

Welcome to Y2, our class teachers are Miss Godfrey (USA class) and Mrs Gill (Costa Rica class). Our teaching assistants are Mrs Hammett, Mrs Allsop, Miss Tidy and Mr Khan. We are also very lucky to have Miss Murphy, a graduate teacher, working with us this year (USA class).

Mrs Kathryn Davis and Mrs Julia Hope-Gill cover the PPA time in Y2 - (USA class: Tues PM and Wed AM - Mrs Hope-Gill), (Costa Rica class: Tues PM - Mrs Davis).


During the year we will focus our learning around 6 exciting topics (one every half term) which ensure comprehensive coverage of the Y2 curriculum. There will be plenty of opportunities for outdoor learning, TASC, philosophy for children and global learning within these topics and Our topics for this year are new to KS1 so keep checking this web page for updates!

Autumn 1 - Bouncing Back

Our focus for this half term will be ‘bouncing back’, focussing on being resilient. Our main topic will be the Great Fire of London where the children will be learning all about the plague, how the fire started and the effects it had on the city. We will be visited by Mrs Pepys from the History Van who will take us back in time in an immersive day of learning about the Great Fire of London. The children will also be developing their historical skills by comparing Tudor houses to modern ones, as well as learning songs from that time period. Geography, music and art will also feature in this exciting topic. There will also be a focus on being healthy and why cleanliness is so important.

Autumn 2 - Lights, Camera, Action!
In this fabulous topic we will be learning all about how stage and film productions are created. We will learn about both cartoon and real-life productions and experience how these are created. This will involve learning about all the important people involved and the preparation of the story. We will learn about the Hollywood Walk of Fame as well as Oscars, giving us many opportunities for art and design. By the end of the half term the children will understand the importance of preparation and be able to star in their very own production – our Christmas nativity!

Spring 1 - Dore Explores
During this exciting topic we will be learning a lot of geography-based skills. We will explore different places around the world including Florida, Russia and China. We will explore art in these places and compare the geography of these places to our country. We will also develop our map-reading skills. This will involve creating a detailed map of our school. We are also excited to learn about extreme weather (heavy rain, deserts, snowstorms and hurricanes) and write a non-chronological report about them. Music will involve looking at different types of music from around the world. to bring all of our exciting learning together we will be thinking about travelling around the world. We will think carefully about Aladdin's magic carpet and where it took him and Jasmine. We will then write a our own story based on the places we have learnt about.

Spring 2 - Home and Away
This terrific topic will be centered around the adventures of Katie Morag, a fictional character from the Isle of Struay. In English we will be: composing emails to Katie Morag to tell her about us, making porridge and writing commands to help Neily Beag, and creating a wanted poster to help find 'Tiresome Ted'. In D&T we will be using woodwork skills to create and evaluate a beach hut. We will also be investigating our family tree (you could research this over half term!). Computing will involve creating and improving algorithms using different programmes and robots. Finally in art lessons we will be inspired by the work of Monet.

Summer 1 - To the Rescue!
Our penultimate topic will be an exciting learning adventure beginning with the story of the famous heroine 'Grace Darling'. We will become reporters to find out what courageous act she is remembered for, then re-enact the event in our own movies and write a report to tell other people what happened. In art lessons we will use our fantastic creativity to paint, draw and print using different media. We will also be exploring musical instruments, cooking in DT sessions, and writing our own pirate stories.

Summer 2 - The Great Outdoors
Our last topic is...

Our Timetable

In Y2 a usual day will be as follows:

8.35: Doors open, children settle on the carpet 
8.45: Doors close, registration and lunch options
Guided reading
Lunch time
Afternoon lessons
Story time
3.10: Home time

Continuous Provision

Both the Y2 classrooms are set up with a variety of areas of continuous provision linked to current topics and the Y2 curriculum. Children can access the provision as part of their afternoon lessons. The use of continuous provision helps to develop children's independent learning skills, creativity, resourcefulness and social skills.


Reading in Y2


In Y2 teachers hear children read weekly during a group guided reading session. Some pupils, who need an extra boost, may read 1:1 with a teaching assistant more frequently.


Children will be able to take home one school 'banded' book and one school 'library' book to read at home. Children can change these school reading books by placing them in the designated box on a Monday, Wednesday or Friday. We want children to love books and discover the magic of reading so encourage children to read and enjoy books at home (this includes books from home/the library too)!

In Y2 you may find that your child will not move through book bands as rapidly as they have done in FS and Y1, this is usual so please do not worry (it does not mean that your child isn't making progress). However, if you think that your child needs moving up or down a book band please speak to your child’s class teacher who will reassess your child at the earliest convenience. We ask kindly that parents/carers do not move children up or down reading bands without speaking to a member of teaching staff first.



Y2's usual PE sessions are on a Monday and a Wednesday. All children need indoor and outdoor kits as we try to use areas inside and out as much as possible. If you are unsure of specific kit please don't hesitate to speak to a member of staff. We also have the opportunity to take part in football coaching from Sheffield FC (Mon PM in the Autumn term), dance coaching and athletics led by Mr Wright.


Miss Godfrey's class are situated in the infant mobile classroom and Mrs Gill's class are situated in the Y2 base. If you would like to speak to your child's class teacher please do so at the end of the day when we operate an open door policy. There will be a teaching assistant on the door of each classroom every morning who will be available for you to speak to before school if required.

There is an information booklet attached at the bottom of this page created by the Communication team (a team of staff and parents) where you can find further information about home-school communication at Dore Primary.

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KS1 Statutory Assessment Tests (SATs)

In the Summer term Y2 children will take statutory tests in Maths and Reading. ‘Most pupils will be unaware that they are taking them as teachers will incorporate them into everyday classroom practice.' (  This is to ensure children do not get worried or stressed about the tests. We encourage parents to continue this approach at home.

These tests are one part of a much broader teacher assessment which will be fed back to parents with the end of year report.

Where children will either be:

•Working towards the expected standard
•Working at the expected standard
•Working at a greater depth

In reading, writing and maths.

At the bottom of this page there is an information booklet for parents of Y2 children which you may find useful. Please speak to Miss Godfrey (leader of KS1) if you would like more information about the Y2 SATs.

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