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…..


 HISTORY – We are going to ask the following key questions and we will be using a trip to Watermouth Castle to help us answer them.

George and the dragon – Who was Saint George? What has he got to do with our School’s name?

King Arthur – Fact or fiction?

Castles – What are castles? Why were they built on hills? What features do they have?

Guy Fawkes – Who is he? Why is he remembered?

Dinosaurs – When were they alive?  What happened to them?



Our core texts will be:

Poetry: Tell Me a Dragon (Jackie Morris)

Fiction: George & the Dragon (Chris Wormell)

Non Fiction: Penguins (Emily Bone)

We will be thinking about:

What makes a good story? What types of story do you like best? Why?

What do ‘characters, setting and plot’ mean?

What is an author?  Do you have a favourite author?

Do you have a favourite book? What makes a good book review?

What is rhyming?

How can I present information on a fact sheet?


Science (Animal Focus)

We will be looking at the following:

Plants: what is a plant? / naming parts of a plant / link Autumn, plants, seeds & harvest

-seasons: why do trees lose their leaves?

Animals: Why are senses important?  What are our senses? Name sense body parts.

-‘seasons’ senses

-did dinosaurs have similar senses?

-simple food chains

Materials: in context of castles

-what materials were castles made from?  Why?

-what materials are homes today made from



We will use our topic to cover the following aspects of DT:

Mechanisms: Wind up castle draw bridge

Moving dragon puppet

Structures: Castle building / Dry stone wall building / Coffee Afternoon games



We will use lots of opportunities to explore art through our topic and local environment:

Drawing & Painting: Fruit using chalk pastels / self-portraits using watercolors / dinosaur or dragon paintings.   Consider colour, line, shape & space

Sculpture: Castle building / junk modelling / Andy Goldsworthy nature work on baggy point.

Artist: Chris Wormell children’s illustrator, Christmas card



We will become confident to use the computers in our class library area through:

Programming, multi-media, Data handling , Technology in our lives, E-safety



We will use ‘Leap Into Life’ to improve all our Multiskills ready for a Multiskills festival at Tarka Tennis.



We will be focusing on Christianity  ‘Believing and Story’.



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 Thursday, to be tested the following Thursday. 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

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

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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