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Year 2 - Donaldson

   Welcome to Donaldson Class   
with Mrs George and Mrs Holden


Last half term we had a great time learning all about Oliver's Vegetables and Pumpkin Soup.  We prepared and cooked our own batch of vegetable soup, went to Bramingham Wood to undertake a Pumpkin Soup treasure trail, visited Sainbury's to discover new produce and then went to the church to see their Harvest display.


This next half term promises to be just as jam packed! Our work will be centred around the text Zoo by Anthony Browne where we will be learning about different animals.  We are also going to be very busy getting ready for our big Christmas production.  This year our play is "Christmas with the Aliens".  More detail 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 stories based on the characters feelings, non-fiction animal fact files and kennings.


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 going on safari and comparing the UK with Kenya.  We will be looking at the landscape and the animals living in their natural habitats. In science we will be investigating life cycles. In art we are taking inspiration from Henri Rousseu and investigating camouflage and the use of colour, texture, print and pattern. 



In PE we are undertaking gymnastics indoors with Mr Cyrus and Mrs George.  We are also undertaking football skills with a trainer from Luton Town Football Club.  This is a very exciting opportunity.  The football sessions will take place both outdoors and indoors depending on if it is very wet.  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.


RED (Reading Every Day) - this could be your allocated book, Bug Club, library book or any other suitable text. Please sign your child's diary each time they read. Read 5 x each week. Do this for 6 weeks and get a special prize in assembly.

Maths - 1 page set every Wednesday. To be returned the following Monday. 1 dojo for completed work. 

Spellings - New words set every Wednesday. To be returned the following Monday. 1 dojo for completed work. 

Values Journal - sent home on the first day of every month. To be returned on the last Monday of every month. 1 dojo for completed work. 3 dojos for 1 child selected in each class. Their work is also displayed in the assembly hall for the whole class to celebrate for the following month.

Don't forget, Whitefield Primary School has a Facebook page.  There are lots of updates and  photographs there too so why not find us and give us a 'like'


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.