Holy Rood Catholic Primary School


Our class teacher is Miss Kent

Our Teaching Assistant is Mrs Kirby



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

After a busy 2 weeks of SATs, we had a Judaism morning learning about the Sabbath; the day of rest. We looked at what Jews ate on their day of rest. We then had lots of fun making Challah bread in small groups. In the afternoon, we ate our small loaves; they tasted so good!

Hedgehogs had a lovely day visiting the Living Rainforest in Newbury. They enjoyed learning all about what the animals eat and they really impressed Miss Kent by using the words herbivore, carnivore and omnivore. They were very well behaved around the rainforest especially during our guided tour learning lots of new facts when looking and the animals and plants.

Term 4



In English this term our topic focus is ‘Journeys’. We will be learning a written text from the book ‘The Journey’ by Aaron Becker.

We will be learning to:

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

To spell common exception words

Distinguish between homophones and near-homophones

Accurately use capital letters and full stops

Use commas for lists

Use Subordination in our writing e.g. because, if



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 are recovering the curriculum in preparation for the SATs in May.

We will be learning 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.

•Using concrete objects and pictorial representations, including those involving numbers, quantities and measures

•Applying their increasing knowledge of mental and written methods

•Recall and use addition and subtraction facts to 20 fluently, and derive and use related facts up to 100

•Add and subtract numbers using concrete objects, pictorial representations, and mentally, including:

a two-digit number and ones

a two-digit number and tens

two two-digit numbers

adding three one-digit numbers•show that addition of two numbers can be done in any order (commutative) and subtraction of one number from another cannot

recognise and use the inverse relationship between addition and subtraction and use this to check calculations and solve missing number problems.

Welcome to Hedgehogs

We have enjoyed having the chicks next door in Woodpecker class. We have been watching them everyday hatch and grow into chicks. We were very lucky as we all got to hold the chicks which we loved!

World Book Day March 2019

World Book Day March 2019 1

Hedgehogs have been learning about an artist called Andy Goldsworthy. He made lots of land art sculptures. In groups, we had a go at making our own sculptures from natural objects. We really enjoyed this activity making different pictures from the objects.

Hedgehogs had a no colour day on Monday, they were asked to wear black, white or grey coloured clothes. We spent the day doing colourless activities such as sketching flowers, making our own optical illusions and watching some black and white children's programmes. I think we were happy to get colour back into our lives on Tuesday.

We have been learning about different customs around the world at Advent. In France, they make Santons. The word Santon means small saint. Hedgehogs have been making their own Santons out of clay. Their Santons are holding a gift that the children would like to offer.