Year 2: Fir and Yew 2023 - 2024

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Welcome to Year 2

Miss. Mitchell is our teacher in Fir Class.

Ms. MacDiarmid is our teacher in Yew Class.

Mrs. Turner, Mrs. Henderson, Mrs. Davies, Miss. Leary, and Miss. Gilmore work with us in Year 2.

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Life in Year 2:

The children in Year 2 are looking forward to an amazing Autumn Term in 2023. 

Each day, we have a focused session on Reading, Writing, Maths and Phonics.

We also enjoy lots of opportunities to learn about Science, Computing, Spanish, History, Geography, RE, Art, DT, PE, and Music.

This half-term, both Yew and Fir classes continue to have PE on Wednesday afternoon.

Your child will need a yellow Pinehurst t-shirt, navy shorts/joggers, and a pair of pumps or trainers in school to take part.  


Our Curriculum:

At Pinehurst Primary School we aim to provide a broad and balanced curriculum that provides the children with opportunities to Experience, Excel and Enjoy.

We aim to foster a lifelong love of learning, through delivery of a twenty-first century education.

A cross-curricular approach to learning encourages the children to be independent, reflective learners and responsible citizens and through our website, Twitter (X) feed and Class Dojo pages, we work closely with our families to support children’s learning. 

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English and Maths skills that we will be developing in Year 2


We follow a quality text based approach to English. This year, we will be working on adjectives, inverted commas, apostrophes to show possession and general sentence formation. We will be writing instructions on various topics, which will include; commas in lists, adverbs of time, adjectives, conjunctions and general punctuation.

This half-term, our quality text is: Vlad and The Great Fire of London written by Kate Cunningham and illustrated by Sam Cunningham.



In Maths we will be exploring the following:

Numbers to 100

Addition and Subtraction

Multiplication of 2, 5 and 10

Multiplication and Division of 2, 5 and 10




Picture Graphs


2D Shape

3D Shape




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The Wider Curriculum in Year 2:

This half-term our topics include:

Science - Everyday Materials 

History - The Great Fire of London

Art - L.S. Lowry

PE - Gymnastics

Music - Ho Ho Ho! (Charanga) and Gustav Holst's 'The Planets' (Resonate)

RE - What Can We Learn From Sacred Books?

PSHE - Celebrating Difference (Jigsaw)

Please see our Curriculum Newsletter at the bottom of the page for more information. 

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How can I help and support my child at school?

Please read with your child at home as much as you can and record their reading in the Home Reading Diary.  

Reading books should be read at least three times before being returned to school to change for a new one.

Please ensure that your child brings their bookbag to school every day.


Homework in Year 2:

Following feedback from our previous Parents' Evenings, homework is now set as a paper booklet to be completed over the course of a half-term.  

Homework will include Reading, English, Maths and Spellings.

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Fir Tree Dojo link: 

Yew Tree Dojo link: 

Please contact your child's class teacher if you are having difficulty accessing Class Dojo.

(N.B. Class Dojo individual login letters have been sent home in September and October 2023).


Key Websites your child can use to support their learning in Year 2:





Practical ideas to support your child:

Sharing books, reading with and to your child. 

Visiting places of interest, talking to your child about them, and encouraging them to ask questions. Places you may choose to visit: the library, country parks and local nature reserves, museums, etc. 

Making opportunities to play and work with others. 

Opportunities to be creative.


To keep up to date with our learning journey, don’t forget to follow us on Twitter / X:

School account: @PinehurstP

Fir Tree account: @MissMitchell23

Yew Tree account: @PinehurstPYewY2

Please continue to share with us your tweets about your learning outside of school - we love seeing the amazing work our families do at home to support learning!

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