Class Teacher:

Miss Buckley


Staff in Our Class:

Mrs Burnley

Our Class Governor:

How can you support at home?


The following websites will help support your child in English and Maths using fun activities and games.

 Homework Days:


We are proud of the way children learn to read and write at Smawthorne Henry Moore. To support this, we send home ten spellings every week for the children to learn. The spellings we give the children are taken from the National Curriculum, and are a big focus in school. The children are tested every Monday morning, with an adult reading out a spelling for them to write.

By the end of Year 2, it is expected that the children will know their 2, 5 and 10 times tables. The children are tested on these every Friday, with an adult reading out a multiplication number sentence for the children to write in their book and then answer.






Monday and Wednesday





Our Class Animal:

Each class, has been given a different animal (from a dragonfly all the way to a panther) to represent their class. You're probably wondering why? As a school, we wanted to be able to identify each class by a different animal, increasing in size through the different year groups. 

Did you know?

During our first week we did lots of learning about Chimpanzees! One interesting fact we learnt was that Chimpanzees are very similar to humans. They use their voices to communicate with each other, shout when they are angry and even laugh when being tickled!

We also learnt that chimpanzees are very clever and make their own tools. They use rocks as hammers, leaves as napkins and sticks to get honey out of bee hives!

We really enjoyed learning about chimpanzees and getting to know our class animal.

 Do you know any facts about chimpanzees? Maybe you could write them down and give them to your class teacher?

All About Me:

Welcome to Chimpanzee class’ blurb!

My name is Miss Buckley and I am the class teacher. This is my third year working at Smawthorne Henry Moore, and my first full year working in Year 2 after beginning my teaching career in Year 1. I am thoroughly enjoying the challenge of a new year group. I first got into teaching because I felt there was no job more rewarding than helping children get the best start to their education, and four years later I still feel the same!

Seeing the children learn and progress through the year is incredibly fulfilling. As well as teaching in Year 2, I also lead Phonics through school. This means I keep track of the progress all the children are making in their Phonics and early reading, and put strategies in place to help them progress further.

Spring 2018:

I am incredibly excited about this half term, particularly learning all about Florence Nightingale. I have always enjoyed History, and so love finding out about how different hospitals were during Florence’s life, compared to our modern-day ones.

I am also looking forward to enjoying my first half term with our class. It’s always lovely to get to know the children and get started with our year’s learning.

Information About Our Homework:

  • Your child will be sent home with their reading book every night for you to read with them.
  • The children have weekly spellings which get sent out on a Monday to be tested the following Friday. These can also be found on our website.
  • Handwriting homework is sent home on a Friday in handwriting books, and should be brought back into school the following Wednesday.
  • The children are tested on their times tables every Friday. The children are expected to know their 2s, 5s, and 10 times tables.
  • We also have a creative homework project that is sent home every two weeks. It is sent out on a Friday and should be brought back a week on Wednesday. Your child can work with you to choose from a selection of projects related to our topic covering different areas of the curriculum. They can choose the project they complete based on their interests. Feel free to get creative with it!

Spring Term Events:

Our school Spelling Bee begins the first week back.



English Focus:

This half term our topic is ‘Aha me hearties!’ We will be learning about pirates, focussing on Blackbeard, and also the discoveries of Christopher Columbus.


We will be exploring this topic in English through the texts the children read and write.


  • The children will be gathering information about Pirates to create their own non-chronological report.
  • We will be looking at a selection of different Pirate themed books and doing lots of describing.
  • The children are going to read Peter Pan and compare it to the film Hook.
  • For the final two weeks we are going to focus on the traditional tale ‘The Three Billy Goats Gruff’.

Maths Focus:


  • We will continue to develop the children’s arithmetic skills. This will support the children in answering addition, subtraction, division and multiplication skills. Examples of these methods are available to see on the Maths area of our Curriculum pages.
  • The children will be tested weekly on the 2, 5 and 10 times tables. When the children are confident with these we will move onto 3 and 4 times tables.
  • We will begin by focusing on telling the time. The children will be able to read and write the time to five minutes, including quarter past/to the hour and draw the hands on a clock face to show these times. It is important that the children know the number of minutes in an hour and number of hours in a day.
  • We will also use mathematical vocabulary to describe position, direction and movement, including movement in a straight line and rotating in half and quarter turns (both clock-wise and anti-clockwise).
  • The children will also learn about different types of measure, and learn which units and equipment are used when measuring capacity, length, temperature and mass.


Curriculum Newsletter: Coming soon


Spring 2018 Term Educational Visits:

We don’t have any educational visits this half term.

Science Focus:

This half term we are going to conduct an experiment!The children will need to make their own prediction and evaluate the outcome of the experiment.

The children are also going to think about where their food comes from.We are going to look into food chains and understand the meaning of the words; omnivore, herbivore and carnivore.

Topic Focus:

This half term we will learn about Blackbeard, focussing on his life, and writing non-chronological reports about him. We will also find out about the discoveries of Christopher Columbus.



Using an atlas to help them, the children will learn the name of the five oceans and label these on a map of the world. The children will also research the countries that Christopher Columbus discovered, finding out about how they are similar and different to the United Kingdom.



In our Art lessons, the children will create line drawings of vessels used to explore the oceans.


My Challenge:

To support our ‘Aha me Hearties!’ topic, why not make your own pirate ship?


Think about different materials you could use to make the different parts of the ship. You could even include some sails, cannons and a Jolly Roger!


How is Progress Measured in Year Two?


Across school we use a consistent approach to assessment, using a range of methods. During lessons, teachers will use AFL (Assessment for learning) strategies to assess the children's knowledge and understanding. This will then allow the teacher to judge where the class and each child's next step will be. Throughout the school year, we carry out assessment weeks where children complete a Maths, Science and SPaG assessment, followed by a piece of assessed writing. The teacher will then assess the children taking into account the assessment papers and what the child is like in class. During Year 2, the children sit the statutory assessment, these being the SATs exams.  


National Curriculum Objectives:





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