Welcome to Year 2!





Our Curriculum in Year 2

At St. Mary’s we go above and beyond to ensure that the firm foundations of knowledge are put in place in order for our children to achieve their full potential actively, creatively and holistically.

We have built our curriculum so that it is sequential so that children’s learning can build both depth and breadth ; it is purposeful in order to make learning here meaningful for children living in Rothwell whilst being spiritual at all times in order to fit with our Catholic Ethos Statement. 














Our Planning


Medium Term Plan Autumn One: Medium-Term-Planning-Autumn-One 2023-24

R.E Planning:Planning sheets- Chosen People 2023

Medium Term Plan Autumn Two:Medium term plan autumn two

R.E Planning:Autumn 2 RE Planning- Mysteries

Medium Term Planning Spring One:

R.E Planning:

Medium Term Planning Spring

R.E Planning:

Medium Term Planning Summer One:

R.E Planning:

Medium Term Planning Summer 2:

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Autumn One Newsletter: Autumn 1 Newsletter 2022

Autumn Two Newsletter: Autumn 2

Spring One Newsletter: Spring One Newsletter 2023

Spring Two Newsletter:Spring 2 (1)

Summer One Newsletter:Newsletter- Summer One 2023

Summer Two Newsletter: Newsletter- Summer Two


Helping at Home



End of year expectations:

To support parents in knowing what is expected of Year 2 pupils at the end of the year, we have put links below to documents which detail in child speak. These are here as an aid to support and give guidance only.

Band 2 Pupil – Maths – Number

Band 2 Pupil – Maths – Other

Band 2 Pupil – Reading, Spoken Language

Band 2 Pupil – Science

Band 2 Pupil – Writing

Here we have shared some useful documents to see how Maths is taught in school. The most effective way for you to help would be to practise the ‘progression in number facts’ and times tables. In our school, we follow the White Rose Maths Hub programme. More details on this can be found online (link included below) and is a useful resource for further supporting understanding at home. 

Rothwell St Mary’s Calculation Policy

Progression in number facts

Parents’ Information Evening Nov 18


White Rose Maths Hub 


For phonics, we continue to use the Floppy Phonics scheme. In Year Two, we will be moving onto Phase 6 of phonics, however any revision of phase 5 is also useful for continuing development of vital phonic skills. 

Class of 2023/24

Autumn One Newsletter: Autumn 1 Newsletter 2023

Autumn Two Newsletter: Autumn 2

Please take a look at what we have been learning about In Year 2!

We have been blown away by the publishing in Year Two! We have published our setting descriptions of a mine. 

In R.E we have written our Advent promises this week and have been thinking about what the word prepare means. We then reflected on the meaning of the Advent wreath and created our own Advent wreath art.

As scientists, we explored our school grounds for living things. We used our scientific knowledge of life processes using MRS GREN to help us. Here are some of the living things we found!


As artists, we have been continuing to focus on Josef Herman’s art work. This week, we thought about his use of colour and then created our own tints and shades. We recapped our knowledge of primary, secondary and teritary colours and then looked at the different between a tint and a shade. Well done artists!

As geographers, we looked at OS symbols and used these to find human and physical features. This will help us compare Rothwell to the Welsh mining town, Tonypandy. Well done Year Two!

As artists, we created our own miners pictures using charcoal. We were inspired by our focus artist, Josef Herman.

In R.E, we reflected on God’s choice of Mary to be Jesus’ mother. We then used our computing skills to retell The Annunciation.

As food technicians, we explored Welsh cakes and the ingredients we would need. We looked closely at where these ingredients come from. We then created our own mock ups before we move onto the ‘make’ stage.

As historians, we can explore primary sources

In History, we explored primary sources sent to us from The National Coal Mining Museum. We enjoyed predicting what they were used for and discussing what these sources told us about mining in the past.


As scientists, we worked in pairs to create our egg drop designs. We thought carefully about the materials and why we were choosing them. We can’t wait to test them out soon!

As historians, we have explored a day in the life of a miner. We used our computing skills to create our own comic strips.



As mathematicians, we have been partitioning numbers

Year Two have been busy writing instructions on how to make a miners lunch. They then used the instructions to make them!

As an artist, I can create a painting in the style of Monet

We used watercolours to create our own paintings in the style of Monet. Here are some of our final pieces!