Totternhoe Academy

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Rowan Year 2

Mrs O'Neill, Miss Fox, Mrs Cox

Happy New Year! I hope you have all had a wonderful break and are looking forward to being back in school. Our themed curriculum this term will be 'Coastline', which is a geography based theme. We will be learning about about the physical and human features of coastal regions across the United Kingdom, including a comparison with a coastal region in Africa. 


In our DT lessons, we will be focusing on 'Beach Huts', where we will be learning about making and strengthening structures, including different ways of joining materials. Each child will create their own mini beach hut, which will be used in conjunction with our science lessons to create a planter.


In Science, we will be learning about 'Plants'. We will be learning about what plants need in order to thrive, understand that plants need water, light, and a suitable temperature in order to grow well, understand the difference between a bulb and a seed, understand that plants make their own food, know how plants grow from a seed to a plant and recognise the importance of flowers and seeds. We will be carrying out three different scientific investigations across the term. 


Coastlines WOW Day - January 2022

Termly Curriculum Maps

Class Readers

Please note that our timetable is flexible and may be subject to change! 


In Year 2 we are all eager to learn and ready for new challenges. Rowan class are enthusiastic and positive learners who show increased independence and confidence in the classroom.      
​Year 2 is about becoming even more independent and the children taking responsibility for themselves. The children already know the high expectations that they need to show and this will continue to increase throughout  the year.

Useful information:

  • PE is on  Wednesday and Friday. Please ensure your child wears their named, correct PE kit in school on these days and that earrings are not worn.
  • The children have access to their water bottles in the classroom during the day. Please ensure that your child has a named water bottle in school which is taken home regularly to be washed
  • Reading books will be changed as regularly as possible. Your child will be responsible for changing their own book - they will record the date and title of the book that they have chosen in their reading record. Please also make sure that your child’s reading record is signed to say they have finished their book and read as regularly as you can with them at home. 
  • Any questions, please come and speak to me!


Each Friday, your child will be sent a set of spellings to learn/ revise over the course of the week. They will be assessed on these spellings on the following Friday. Please send their sheet back into school on the day of the test. Some spellings will be words they can ‘Fred talk’ to spell e.g. th-i-s = this, however some are ‘red’ words that they will just have to learn e.g. after. Many of these red words are words which have a high frequency in the English language so it is important that children learn to spell them correctly.
In order to practise, the children need to:


  • Look at the word
  • Say it
  • Cover it
  • Write it
  • Check it and edit it (if necessary)


Additionally, they could write a sentence using the words or write the words out of the order listed for even more practise.

The children  will receive a piece of Maths or English homework each week. This will be handed out on a Friday and will be due in on the following Wednesday. We encourage parents to support their children with their homework but prefer that this work is child led as the homework will reinforce the work that we have been completing in class. 

I will be responsible for judging the standards that your child is working at by the end of the year. To help inform those judgements, pupils sit national curriculum tests in English and maths, commonly called SATs. These are merely a tool to help measure your child’s performance and identify their needs as they move up to Year 3. The tests will take place during May. I will use the results from these tests, along with the work your child has produced throughout the year, to help me reach my own judgements. As with the phonics screening check in Year 1, your child will not know that they are completing a test.
SATs have been cancelled this year.


To increase the children's comprehension and encourage their love of reading, the children will have access to MyBookBlog. Here they can blog, collect facts, take comprehension quizzes and learn new vocabulary linked to books they choose to read themselves. Your child will be able to take a look at the books on offer in the school library. Please encourage your child to talk about and blog about the books they have read and tease out vocabulary when talking to them. The children have already had some experience of MyBookBlog in Year 1 as we have blogged as a class. 


Home Learning:

As always, any support you can give at home is greatly appreciated as it really does make an enormous difference to children’s confidence and progress in school.
Try some of these ideas and activities at home to reinforce learning that has taken place at school and to bring learning to life for your children in everyday contexts.
You will find all these ideas on the 'Rowan Home Learning' tab.

Blended Learning:

In the event that your child has to remain at home, during periods of self-isolation, or in the event of  a local or more widespread lockdown, we will provide blended learning for your child. This will normally be  from the Oak Academy online lessons and will link as closely as possible to learning taking place within Rowan Class. You will be added to a 'Rowan Blended Learning' page on ClassDojo and these lessons will be posted there daily.
Please continue to check ClassDojo daily,  for any new notifications and postings.
Forest School:
More information  to come soon!
Forest School sessions form an integral part of the broad, balanced curriculum we offer here at Totternhoe CE Academy, and take place as part of our timetabled learning outdoors.