St Nicholas’ Chantry

St Nicholas' Chantry CofE Primary School

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Year 2 - Ash & Elm Classes

Year 2

Class Information

Elm Class Teachers- Mrs S Steele and Mrs H Beaton 

Ash Class Teacher-Miss J Millard and Mrs S Shopland

LSA- Elm- Mrs K Purchase

LSA-Ash-Mrs E Garland                 



On a Monday, children will change their reading books with their class teacher. Within Key Stage 1, children recieve two reading books each week, matched to their correct phonic phase.

If your child finishes reading their book during the week, please encourage them to reread it. Re-reading books improves their fluency and understanding of the text that they have read. You can also check your child’s understanding by asking them questions about what they have read.

 Water bottles/Snack

We encourage all our children to bring in a class water bottle, that is separate from their lunch box, so that they can drink water when they need it.

Please also ensure that your child brings in a healthy snack (named) for morning break.

PE kit

Due to COVID 19, we are continuing to ask children to come into school on the day of their PE lesson in PE kit. We suggest tracksuit bottoms, t-shirt and a jumper as our PE slot is outside. We also recommend trainers. Please ensure if your child’s shoes have laces, they are able to do up their laces independently. Both classes have PE on a Monday and Thursday afternoon.

Home learning


We can’t stress enough the importance of children reading regularly at home, as this will have a great impact on their English skills. We recommend listening to your children read 3 times a week as a minimum. Equally, children need to listen to books being read, as this models expression and fluency.  A range of text types, such as information books, recipe books, instructions, newspapers would be fantastic too!  


Each week, your child will be given some spellings to learn at home. Please help your child with this. Your child will be quizzed on these spelling words during their phonics lesson on a Friday.

Our Year 2 termly spelling lists can be found on our class Teams page.  We thank you in advance for your support with this.

Ideas to help your child learn their spellings



Your child will have access to an online numeracy homework pack which you are welcome to use if you wish. This learning pack will link with class work and help imbed concepts. 

Year 2 home learning can be found on our class Teams page.

We understand that some children find Maths more challenging and would find it more beneficial to recap basic Maths skills to embed key concepts. If this is the case for your child, please choose some maths activities from the list below.

Alternative maths activities

Resources used in school for place value, addition and subtraction is the Calculation Mat.  Please print of and use as needed.  To represent tens and ones, the children could use 10p and 1p coins.

If you are finding that your child needs extra support in calculation methods, please look at the calculation guide to see how we teach these skills in school.

Calculation guide - the methods we use in Year 2


 Coming into school/Communication:


Please don’t hesitate to speak to a member of the Year 2 team if you have any queries, questions or to share anything that you feel is important for us to know.

You may also contact us via email:

Elm Class


Ash Class


Parent Helpers

We are delighted to be able to welcome parent helpers back into school.  Please speak to your child's class teacher if you would like to do this.  All helpers will be required to carry out a DBS check.

Learning Focus

These are the topics we will be covering over the academic year. We hope your children find them as fun as we do!

Term 1 – Why were castles built?

Term 2 – Did you know?

Terms 3 and 4 – Why explore?

Terms 5 and 6 - Animals



KS1 newsletters will be emailed home at the end of each term.

Significant Dates specific to Year 2:

Here are a few dates for the diary that we thought you might find useful.

  • Thursday 3rd September 2021 INSET day
  • Friday 4th September 2021 INSET day
  • Friday 22nd October 2021 INSET day
  • Friday 18th February 2022 INSET day
  • Monday 28th February 2022 INSET day
  • Friday 27th May 2022 INSET day
  • Year 2 Phonics Screening check - Term 2
  • SATs – Term 5