Holy Rood Catholic Primary School


Welcome to Squirrels’ page


Our class teacher is Miss Law

Our Teaching Assistant is Mrs Viola 

And our HTLA is Mrs Tarkowska


Here is some information about Year Two at Holy Rood Catholic Primary School:


Hard work always pays off



With so much to learn this year, it’s important not to fall behind, so please try to make sure the children are in school each day, on time and with the correct equipment. Regular attendance makes a massive difference to progress and attainment.


Book bands

We use the Oxford Reading Tree scheme books, that  are colour coded into reading bands. Children progress through the colours as they show that they can both read and understand the texts. Each time they move up a band we’ll write it in their Reading Record. Books will be changed weekly on a Tuesday.



English spelling is sometimes tricky. But, good spelling makes a good first impression so many times in adult life, whether you're applying for a job, writing a report or even just emailing. In primary school, good spelling is still an important part of Key Stage 2 SATs. Feeling confident about spelling can also boost children’s writing to a higher level, encouraging them to use more adventurous, exciting vocabulary.



The children take part in daily phonics sessions to support their spelling, reading and writing. Please ensure that they practice their weekly spellings as these will include common exception words, as well as sounds that they have learnt this week.


 How you can help your child fast-track to fantastic spelling:


  • Ensure they learn and practise any spelling homework.
  • Check out the Year 1 and 2 words that children should know by the end of KS1.
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Term 1

‘How has technology changed the world?’


This term the children are learning about the difference between technology now and in the past. The Jupitarian Satellite Early on in the term a satellite crash landed into the playground! The children were very excited to find it. The next day a letter from MI5 was delivered; explaining that the satellite belonged to an alien from Jupiter called Zip.


Throughout this term we have been learning about Zip and writing our Non-chronological reports about them. The children took part in lots of deepening activities such as hot seating, drama and letter writing.
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The children then began to invent their own Non-Chronological reports about the Saturian (an alien from Saturn). They have worked hard to plan, map and then write each part of the text and use interesting language to support them.

Samuel Morse


As part of History, the children have been learning about Samuel Morse. They then practiced different ways of communicating with others and chose the most effective way. During Guided Reading, the children have also been learning about Samuel Morse and his creation of the Morse Code.

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In English this term we will be writing Non-Chronological reports and poetry; we will be learning to:

• Segment spoken words into phonemes and representing these by graphemes, spelling many correctly

• To spell common exception words

• Develop positive attitudes towards and stamina for writing by writing narratives about personal experiences and those of others (real and fictional); and when writing poetry.

• Consider what they are going to write before beginning by writing down ideas and/or key words, including new vocabulary.

• Use subordination (using when, if, that, or because) and co-ordination (using or, and, or but)

• Use expanded noun phrases to describe and specify.




Will be carried out twice a week as a focused lesson. Children are expected to produce clear, neat writing in every piece of work.




In Maths this term we will be concentrating on ‘Numbers and the Number system’, ‘Counting and Comparing’ and ‘Investigation properties of shape’.


When learning about ‘Numbers and the Number system’ and ‘Counting and Comparing’ we will learn to:

• Count in steps of 2, 3 and 5 from 0 and in tens from any number, forward and backward.

• Recognise the place value of each digit in a two digit number (tens, ones)

• Identify, represent and estimate numbers to 100 using different representations including the number line.

• Compare and order numbers from 0 up to 100; use and = signs.

• Read and write numbers to at least 100 in numerals and words.

• Use place value and number facts to solve problems.


When learning about ‘Properties of shape’ we will learn to:

• identify and describe the properties of 2-D shapes, including the number of sides, and line symmetry in a vertical line

• identify and describe the properties of 3-D shapes, including the number of edges, vertices and faces

• identify 2-D shapes on the surface of 3-D shapes, [for example, a circle on a cylinder and a triangle on a pyramid] • compare and sort common 2-D and 3-D shapes and everyday objects