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Year 2 - Donaldson

   Welcome to Donaldson Class   
with Mrs George and Mrs Holden


Welcome back after the long summer holiday and welcome to Year 2.


This half term our work will be centred around two texts Pumpkin Soup by Helen Cooper and Oliver's Vegetables by Vivian French. We launched our topic by looking at a range of seasonal vegetables and then preparing and cooking our very own batch of soup.  We also went to Bramingham Wood to undertake a Pumpkin Soup treasure trail. 


We hope to visit Tesco in Dunstable later this half term to undertake the Farm to Fork trail and also visit Holy Cross Church to view their beautiful Harvest display.  More details to follow.


This half term's curriculum


We will be reading our focused text many times and really getting to know it.  As part of the Year 2 reading expectations, children need to be able to recall details from familiar texts as well as predict what they think might happen next.  We will be exploring the characters even further through drama and role play.  Our writing will be inspired from our key text.  We will be writing instructions of how to make soup and writing a letter in the role of the characters.


This half term's focus is number.  We will be exploring place value of 2 digit numbers, comparing and ordering numbers between 0-100, counting in steps of 1, 2, 5 and 10, adding and subtracting, revising number bonds and exploring money in real life contexts. 


Creative Curriculum

Our creative curriculum is closely linked with our English work. In geography we will be naming and locating the world’s seven continents and five oceans as well as naming, locating and identifying the characteristics of the four countries and capital cities of the United Kingdom and its surrounding seas.  In science we will be investigating plants and seeds and the conditions they need to grow.  In DT we are looking at cooking and nutrition and we will be preparing healthy and varied dishes… including our very own pumpkin soup!



In PE we are undertaking gymnastics and multi-skills.  Please ensure your child has their PE kit in school with them every day.  We suggest they bring it in Monday and keep it on their peg until Friday.  Please ensure your child has an outdoor PE kit.  Trainers would be preferable over plimsolls for outdoor activities as they protect the children's toes and they are waterproof. 


Our timetabled PE lessons are Tuesday and Thursday morning. 


Please ensure that all of your child’s clothing is named.


Our Library slot is Monday.  Please ensure sure that all library books are in school ready for this lesson so your child may renew their book every week.  If your child would like to keep their book for an extra week they still must return it so that it can be entered and then re-issued on the school system.  Thank you for your continued support.

There have been some exciting changes made to homework.  More details to follow in the next few days...

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We look forward to a very happy and successful year with Delightful Donaldson Class.

If you have any queries please do not hesitate to get in touch.

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Information for Parents: The Phonics Screening Check

The phonics screening check is a short, simple test taken by Year 1 children in England each June to assess their reading ability. Parents can watch our short video to find out what happens during the check and why it's useful.