St Matthew’s C of E Primary School

“...encouraging, comforting and urging you to live lives worthy of God.” (1 Thessalonians 2:11-12)

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St Matthew’s C of E Primary School

“...encouraging, comforting and urging you to live lives worthy of God.” (1 Thessalonians 2:11-12)

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Welcome to 2CH




St Matthews C of E Primary School

Half-termly Class Newsletter


Class: Year 2KO and Year 2CH

Date: Autumn 1st half term 2019


General Information / Upcoming Events

May we take this opportunity to welcome you and your children to Year 2.  The Year 2 team are Mrs Ollerenshaw (teacher), Miss Huby (teacher), Mrs Nolan (teaching assistant) and Mr Devall (teaching assistant).

We know that there may be times you need to contact us.  For brief enquiries you may be able to catch us as we dismiss the children at the end of the day.  Please don’t be offended if we ask you to wait a few minutes before we are able to speak to you, we need to ensure that we see the children leave school with the person collecting them.  If this is not possible then please feel free to send your child with a note and we will get back to you.  We may be available to take a telephone call before or after school, but if this is not possible, we will try to get back to you as soon as we can.  We recognise that on occasion you may need to make an appointment to see us, if this is the case, we will try to arrange one at a mutually convenient time.



Year 2 have P.E. on Tuesday morning. Your child needs to have their P.E. kit in school at all times.  Full P.E. kit is the St. Matthew’s P.E. t-shirt, shorts and pumps.  Please ensure that names are in P.E. clothes, including pumps.  Half-term holidays are a good time to take the P.E. kit home for washing and to check that pumps still fit.

Reading Books

The majority of reading that your child does in school will be guided reading, where your child reads in a group with an adult and does follow up activities.  However they will still bring home an individual reading book and reading record book for you to add your comments when you hear them read.  We really value these comments.  They give us valuable feedback, not solely on how well they are reading the words in the book, but also on their interest and engagement with books on their journey to becoming a fluent, confident reader with a love of reading. 

When you hear your child read please make a note of the page number you reach or add ‘to end’.  When your child finishes a book at home they can change their book themselves for one of the same colour band on our shelves in the classroom.  Most children love the independence this brings.  However they often need reminders to do this!


Curriculum – What will children be learning this half term?


Fiction – story retells

Non-fiction – personal recounts and recounts of classroom based experiences

Poetry – pattern, rhythm and rhyme

Phonics – revising alternative letter combinations for sounds, homophones


Number and place value, addition and subtraction


Food, healthy eating and healthy living


The Bible as a special book for Christians, special books from other faiths, Bible stories from both the Old and New Testaments




History – The Great Fire of London

Design and Technology – food technology


Invasion games, ball skills


Painting, colour mixing, tones and tints, colour wheels



What will be given?

When will it be sent home?

When does it need to be returned to school?

Reading – individual reading books












Maths – See the Year 2 Maths homework letter














At the beginning of each unit.

The book and reading record book should be in your child’s school bag every day.


The spelling test will be done on the following Monday.  Words should be practised on the spelling sheet but should not be written in the spelling book, this is only for the test.




How can parents help?

We really value the support that you give us at St. Matthew’s.  We want the learning journey of all children to be filled with pleasure, enthusiasm and pride at new achievements.  Sometimes the ‘going will seem tough’.  Encourage your child to adopt a resilient attitude and always value their growing independence.  Examples of ways you can do this are reminding them to change their own reading books once a book is finished, encouraging them to talk about what they have been learning in Maths that week and share their understanding with you through the activities we have suggested at the start of a Maths block of learning.

We cannot overestimate the importance of listening to your child read, but also developing a love of reading in its many forms, e.g. stories, non-fiction, comics, children’s magazines and visiting the library.  Reading a book to your child that they are not yet able to read independently themselves is also a brilliant way to foster a love of reading.


Useful links to support learning




Thank you for your continued support.

The year 2 team.