Year 2 Miss Hall

Class 10 / Year 2 


Welcome back to school for the Autumn 2017 Term!




Dear Parents and Carers,

My name is Claire Hall and I am Class 10's new teacher. I have moved over to Leiston Primary from Wickham Market Primary, so I am already familiar with Avocet Academy. It might however take a few weeks for me to 'find my feet' at Leiston, so please do bear with me!

As you may be aware, before the holidays I spent two afternoons and the transition day with the new Class 10 children, so I have already made a good start on getting to know them all. I am looking forward to meeting and working with you all over the coming year to ensure that each of your children have an exciting, happy, inspiring and progressive time in Year 2. 

I am aiming to update this page as regularly as possible with various information and links; including what we are learning and how you can support your children at home, so please do keep check on it and encourage your children to access the materials and links aimed at them. 

I shall be in the playground before and after each school day, so please feel free to say hello or pass on any information relevant to that day. You are also always welcome to arrange a time to meet to discuss any worries or concerns that you may have at any point in the school year.

Warm wishes

Claire Hall


Dear Class 10,

I hope you have all had a fantastic summer and are looking forward to coming back to school.

Our first week back will focus on settling into our new routines, remembering our rules and enjoying being back with our friends. We will also find out what we will be learning about during the first half term - it's going to be an extremely exciting time!

I look forward to seeing you all 'bright-eyed and bushy-tailed' on Tuesday!

From Miss Hall


What will we be learning during this half term?


Topic theme for this half term - 'All Aboard: Air, Land and Sea'. Our end goal is to design modes of transport for the future, and present them at an 'expo'.


English - Power of Reading

Information to follow soon.


Maths - Number and Place Value

We are learning to ...

  • count in steps of 2, 3, and 5 from 0, and in 10s from any number, forward and backward
  • recognise the place value of each digit in a two-digit number (10s, 1s)
  • identify, represent and estimate numbers 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
Click on these links to play games to help you learn: (two-digit number labelling)


Times Tables -

From years 2 to 6 children take part in the weekly (every Friday for Year 2) times tables tracker programme. This works on developing fluency and speed when recalling multiplication and division facts. The times table tracker involves 40 questions being answered in 4 minutes, the questions are based around different multiplication and division facts. When a child has completed a level a certificate will be awarded and then they will move onto the next level.

This link shows you where you can practice the questions


Science - Uses of everyday materials

To tie in with our topic for this half term, we will be investigating materials which are suitable for the design of our modes of future transport. 

We are learning to ...

  • identify and compare the suitability of a variety of everyday materials for different uses, including: wood, metal, plastic, glass, brick, rock, paper and cardboard
  • compare how things move on different surfaces
  • find out how the shapes of solid objects made from some materials can be changed by squashing, bending, twisting and stretching
Things to do at home to help you learn:

Look around your environment for different materials, think and talk about their properties and what they are used for.

For example: Your bathtub. What material is it made of? Perhaps it is plastic. But why? What would happen if it was made of paper or cardboard? What else in your home is made of plastic? Can their shapes be changed if you squash, bend, twist or stretch them?


History - 

Our topic of 'All Aboard: Air, Land and Sea' will see us exploring the history of transport through to the modern day. We will also be looking into the link between steam engines and the Garrett Family of Leiston. 

We are learning about ...

  • events beyond living memory that are significant nationally or globally
  • the lives of significant individuals in the past who have contributed to national and international achievements 
  • significant historical events, people and places in our own locality

Design and Technology - 

We will use these lessons to design and create our future modes of transport (with wheels and axis) for presentation at an 'expo'. 

We are learning to ...

  • design purposeful, functional, appealing products
  • select from and use a range of tools and equipment to perform practical tasks
  • evaluate our ideas and products against design criteria
  • build structures, exploring how they can be made stronger, stiffer and more stable
  • explore and use mechanisms in our products 

Computing -

'We are Astronauts'

We are learning to ...

  • understand what algorithms are; how they are implemented as programs on digital devices; and that programs execute by following precise and unambiguous instructions
  • create and debug simple programs
  • use logical reasoning to predict the behaviour of simple programmes

Music - Hands, Feet, Heart

The first unit from our Charanga Musical School Programme is called 'Hands, Feet, Heart', and focuses on South African music.

We are learning to: 

  • use our voices expressively and creatively by singing songs and speaking chants and rhymes
  • play tuned instruments musically
  • listen with concentration and understanding to a range of high-quality live and recorded music
  • experiment with, create, select and combine sounds using the interrelated dimensions of music

 At home or in the car ... you can listen to lots of different types of music and try singing along. You could also try clapping the rhythm in time.

Did you know that you can download and stream hundreds of thousands of songs for free if you are a Suffolk Libraries member? See this link for more information -


Art and Design - Collage and Mosaics

We will be exploring the work of the famous artist, Antoni Gaudi and creating some of our own masterpieces.

We are learning ...

  • to use a range of materials creatively to design and make products
  • to develop a wide range of art and design techniques in using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space
  • about the work of a range of artists, craft makers and designers, describing the differences and similarities between different practices and disciplines, and making links to our own work 


RE - Judaism 

The focus for this half term is 'believing' and what families believe about God, the natural world, human beings and significant figures. 

Please see our RE ethos at Leiston Primary School page ...


Personal, Social and Health Education - New Beginnings

This half term, our focus is 'citizenship'. We will be discussing and working on:

  • codes of behaviour in the classroom and beyond and accepting responsibility
  • managing friendships and coping with break-ups
  • being actively involved in local issues at home, school and the local community


PE - Handball

We are learning to ...

  • master basic movements including running, jumping, throwing and catching, as well as developing balance, agility and co-ordination, and begin to apply these in a range of activities
  • participate in team games, developing simple tactics for attacking and defending

Please ensure that your full PE kit is in school every day.


Spellings -

More information will follow, but for now you can practise reading and spelling any Year 1 common exception words (tricky words) which you are unsure of. Here is a full list:

common exc

Here is a game you can play too:


Reading Books -

Your children should aim to read with an adult or an older sibling every day. Reading regularly helps to build fluency, comprehension and understanding; it is therefore beneficial to return to and read the same book over time. The reading books your children will bring home will have ideas inside of other ways to use the book, for instance, making up a new story to go with the illustrations, or looking for words with certain phonemes/graphemes (for instance: ai, ee, igh). Your children can change their books as often as they like providing their reading records have been signed to confirm they have finished their current book. 


Homework - Information to follow soon


Trips - Myself and Mr Bosher are in the process of finalising details, so information will follow very soon. 


Weekly news, information and homework - 

Week beginning 11th September 2017

This week, the Class 10 children have:

  • continued their work on Mrs Armitage on Wheels by writing their own versions of the story, drawing and labelling their own bikes
  • chosen books from the school library for 'Love your Library Day', and created their own collage versions of the front covers
  • attended the first 'Pupil Parliament' session of this academic year
  • written a recount of the 'Tour of Britain' racing through Leiston, focusing on using adjectives and conjunctions
  • created posters about our school rules in PSHE
  • started work on 'materials' in Science
  • refreshed their Maths knowledge from Year 1
  • classified and grouped images in History

I will send further instructions about specific homework this week. In the meanwhile, please continue to utilise the information on here for spellings and times tables. The children have brought their reading books and diaries home this week. I have chosen the first reading book, but the children will be able to select their own choice from now on. Please ensure that the diary is signed each time the book is read. Please see the section above, 'Reading Books' for more information.

Next week

We are looking forward to welcoming you to Year 2 for our ‘Curriculum Launch Day’ on Monday the 18th September from 9am - 10am. To tie in with our learning this half term, we would like you to help the children to make some transport models … More information will be revealed on Monday morning! We would like to ask you if you could possibly bring in some recycling materials with you, such as boxes, tubes, plastic milk bottle lids – in fact, anything you think would be useful for creating transport models. Please don’t worry if you are not able to join us, we will ensure that all children have an adult to work with.


Week beginning 4th September 2017

It has been a fantastic first week; the children have settled back into school life and their new class extremely well. It has also been very busy ... As well as spending time taking part in various activities to settle back in and remind ourselves of learning and behaviour expectations, the children have:

  • discussed important job roles within our class and created posters and badges for these. The children will take weekly turns at being the line leader, lucky last, greengrocer, librarian, stationer, post assistant and substitute worker. Perhaps your children can tell you what responsibilities come with each role
  • written postcards about their summer holiday
  • listened to the story, Mrs Armitage on Wheels by Quentin Blake. They went on to list all of the items that Mrs Armitage added to her bike and the reasons why
  • started their new spelling programme
  • watched the Tour of Britain cyclists race through Leiston - thank you to those of you who were able to help with this.

This has not been sent home with the children this week, however, it would be fantastic if they could practise the following spellings:

call, fall, hall, wall, small, also, almost, always, already, talk, walk, chalk, stalk

Next week 

Please ensure that full PE kits are in school. PE lessons will be on Tuesdays and Fridays.