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Leiston Primary School

Salamanders- Ms Pope/Mrs Newson

Welcome to Salamanders page!

Key information:


Meet the team: 

Salamanders (Class 10): Mrs Pope (Teacher Mon-Wed AM ), Mrs Newson (Teacher Wed PM-Fri), Miss Harper (Teaching Assistant) and Ms Rolph (Teaching Assistant).


Other staff your child will work closely with; Mr Burch, Mrs Coulson, Mr Moore, Mrs Hammond and Mrs Wilson. 


Curriculum outline for the Spring Term:

Spring 1 topic question - ‘What is out there?’ 

Spring 2 topic question - ‘Where are we in the world?’ 



Man on the moon (Spring 1) - Writing a persuasive advert. 

Grandad’s Island (Spring 2) - Writing a letter to recount. 


Money - Counting money, pence and pounds, comparing amount of money and finding change. 

Multiplication and division - Recognising, sorting and adding equal groups, using arrays, dividing by 2, 5 and 10. 

Counting in 2s, 3s, 5s and 10s. 

Counting beyond 100. 


Plants light and dark - exploring plants, planting, looking at what plants need to grow and investigating light and dark. 


How did we learn to fly? To know the legacy and contribution of some interventions (e.g. flight/space travel). 


Mechanisms (wheels and axles) Making a moving ferris wheel. 


Judaisum - Leaders and Teachers  - Who are figures who have an influence on others locally, nationally and globally in religion?


Team building games. 


Musical appreciation, improvising and exploring music.  


Themes around friendship and feeling lonely - 

What is a Friend? Being lonely, making friends, being shy, problem solving, feeling embarrassed. 



Sharing stories and practicing reading using the phonics they have learned in school, is vital to improving a child’s confidence and skill with reading, understanding stories and developing a love for reading. It also has an important role in developing a child’s vocabulary and ability to express themselves effectively. We would like each child to read as often as possible, ideally at least 4 times a week for around 10 minutes at a time. Please make sure their reading record is signed each time they have read to ensure that we know when to change their book. Children will come home with two books each week, the first being a ‘Read, Write, Inc’ which is leveled in line with our daily Phonics sessions or a ‘free reader’ book (pupils are encouraged to self choose based on their interest). The second will be a ‘traditional’ home reading book to allow children to explore a further range of texts. 


Reading books will now be changed once a week, this allows for your child to revisit and recap the books over the course of the week, to help aid fluency, comprehension of the story and progression. Books will be changed on a Monday, so please do remember to bring in books and reading records so that we can reward your child with their reading efforts. 




Both classes will have PE on a Wednesday morning. Pupils are able to come into school in their PE kit each Wednesday, PE will take place both inside and outside, so please ensure that your child comes dressed appropriately for the weather. Long hair should be tied up and any earrings should be removed or covered with tape.



Your child will come home with weekly spellings. Please practice these spellings with your child in the front of the book each week. Every Wednesday the test will take place in the back of the book and children will be given house points when there is evidence of effort and determination to learn them. A half-termly bingo board will be sent home with your child - this will include some compulsory daily homework such as daily reading, spellings and counting. We will include some creative tasks linked to their current topics to engage the children across the curriculum.


Please ensure that your child has a named water bottle in school everyday and that all items of clothing such as jumpers and PE kits are well named so that in the event that a jumper should go missing, it can be easily identified and returned to the correct child. 


Thank you for your continued support, 


The Year 2 team