Welcome to Class 2

Welcome to our class!  In Class 2 we teach children in Years 1 and Years 2 and follow what is known as Key Stage 1 of the National Curriculum.  We continue to build on the phonics learned in Class 1. We also use many different reading schemes to develop our reading skills – focusing on comprehension and understanding of our books, whilst continuing to develop fluency and expression.  You can learn more about the Key Stage 1 national curriculum on our National Curriculum page.

On this page you will find useful information about your time in Class 2 including our Topic of the Term, information about home learning and links to our Key Instant Recall Facts.  If you have any questions at all please don’t hesitate to contact Mrs Rinvolucri, the Class 2 teacher.

Topic of the Term…..

Along the Coast


This term our topic will be Along the Coast and we will use an exploration of Ilfracombe and a visit to its lifeboat station as inspiration. We will also enjoy a coast path walk to Putsborough Beach from school to take in a panorama of our coastline.


English –

Poetry: We will create our own descriptive poems about a sea creature.

Fiction: ‘The Dragon Machine’ by Helen Ward as a model text for a sea theme .

Non Fiction  A range of NF books & information leaflets to write our own on a local beach. “Could a Penguin Ride a Bike?” Camilla De La Bedoyere as a model text for another sea animal.


Geography –

  • What is the coast? What features of the coast can you name?
  • Do you live on the coast? What is your address?  Can you locate your address on a simple map?
  • Through a visit to Ilfracombe we will recap basic geographical vocabulary to refer to key physical features ,eg : beach, cliff, coast, harbour
  • Use/make a simlpe map of our route.
  • Use simple compass directions.

History –

  • We will find out about Grace Darling and how she is famous for a brave lifeboat rescue.
  • We will learn how the RNLI began and how the RNLI has changed over time particularly the lifeboats.
  • We will visit and study our local lifeboat station in Ilfracombe.


Science –  ‘Plants’, we will be exploring the types of plants and how they grow.

What do plants need to grow and stay healthy?

We will all be learning about animals, we will find out about the basic needs of animals for survival. We will:

  • identify that most living things live in habitats to which they are suited and describe how different habitats provide for the basic needs of different kinds of animals and plants, and how they depend on each other
  • identify and name a variety of plants and animals in their habitats, including micro-habitats
  • describe how animals obtain their food from plants and other animals, using the idea of a simple food chain, and identify and name different sources of food.

This will provide foundations for Class 3, ‘WWII and the homefront’


ICT – We will learn to create a multimedia presentation with sound, pictures and video using purplemash 1.6, 2.8 or Switch it maker. We will:

  • add sound to a story/presentation,
  • add animation/video to a story/presentation,
  • capture/create images and add to a story/presentation
  • communicate ideas with a mix of sound, text and images.

Publish our work online.

Art – we will use clay to produce 3D work and continue to develop our creativity and techniques:

  • Create sea creatures using 3D clay techniques and also an abstract coastal sculpture in the style of Barbara Hepworth learning about her ideas and materials
  • Create a brusho ink and oil pastel puffin picture and analyse and evaluate our work
  • Draw lifeboats


Design Technology – we will be learning to design an appealing and purposeful boat.

  • Evaluate existing boats
  • Select materials to build a simple boat
  • Design an appealing boat that can float
  • Evaluate their boat against design criteria


Music – We will begin to use glockenspiels and learn to play in time together.

  • Improvise using simple patterns on your instrument & voice, begin to create simple rhythmic patterns.
  • Create compositions as part of a group
  • Find and demonstrate how pulse, rhythm and pitch work together. Copy a simple rhythm over the pulse.

R.E. We will explore the ideas of love and forgiveness within different communities, asking:

  • What do Christians think God is like?
  • What does it mean to belong to a faith community

P.E. Various multiskills through different games including: athletics, tennis, cricket

PSHE – We will cover the following units

  • Living in the wider world
  • Practise makes perfect
  • Online bullying
  • Image sharing
  • Money matters


Home learning in Class 2

Reading. Children in Class 2 are encouraged to select books independently to bring home and read with you.  Please hear them read as often as you can!  Ask them lots of questions about what they are reading, check their understanding and help them think about what they are reading in different ways.  See if they can summarise the book or think about what they like and don’t like about the story. Lots of questioning about their reading is vital for the development of good comprehension skills.

Spelling.  Children will bring weekly spellings home to learn on a Wednesday, to be tested the following Wednesday. In Class 2 we work through Phases 2 – 5 of Letters and Sounds, then move on to the ‘Next 200’ word list. These ‘Phases’ contain a mixture of decodable and tricky words. They are the most frequently used 100 words and need to be learnt as soon as possible! There is also a Year 1 ‘Common Exception Word’ list, and a Year 2 ‘Common Exception Word’ list. These are words that occur frequently, but whose grapheme-phoneme correspondences have not yet been taught. Again, these need to be learnt as quickly as possible, so children can confidently use them in their writing.  We then move on to more formal spelling strategies, aiming to teach children the knowledge they need to accurately add prefixes and suffixes to a wide range of words.  Accurate use of spellings and sensible spelling choices for unknown words are the ultimate goal of all the children’s work on their spellings.


Key Instant Recall Facts(KIRFs)

Each half term we will send home a sheet of Key Instant Recall Facts which we would like you to practice.  The objective is for children to know and be able to recall, instantly, the numeracy facts on the sheet.  The facts can be practised in many ways – the key to success is practising a little and often – walking to school, in a car journey, over dinner time?  Have a look at our suggestions for fun games to help you practice and learn the facts.

pdfroundicon Click here to download the Year 1 Autumn 1 Key Instant Recall Fact Sheet

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pdfroundicon Click here to download the Year 2Autumn 1 Key Instant Recall Fact Sheet

pdfroundicon Click here to download the Year 2 Spring 1 Key Instant Recall Fact Sheet


During your child’s time in Class 2 they will have the opportunity to do a class ‘Spotlight’. It encourages the children to do some independent home learning and gives them the chance to talk in front of an audience. It is a speaking and listening session for the whole class, giving the speaker time to share what they have found out and the listeners the chance to ask relevant questions. It is usually a favourite activity, which progresses though each class and culminates in a Year 6 ‘Spotlight’, presented to the whole school……by this time it has usually become a very impressive and interactive presentation, including the use of technology, competition and prizes!


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