Y2 2023 - 2024

Mrs Rookes

Mrs Storer

Welcome to Autumn Term in Year 2

We look forward to welcoming you back after the Summer break. We hope you have enjoyed spending lots of family time together. We would also like to welcome Mrs Storer to our teaching team.

The classes in Key Stage 1 are named after woodland animals:

Mrs Storer is in Year 2 and is teaching Badger Class.

Mrs Rookes ( KS1 Phase Leader) is in Year 2 and is teaching Fox Class.


Useful links: 

Google Classroom - http://classroom.google.com/a/elworthce.cheshire.sch.uk 

Oxford Owl - https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for-home/find-a-book/library-page/ 

Edshed - https://play.edshed.com/ 



The topic in Year 2 is " Let's go Travelling "

Our topic will be based around holidays. In Geography we will be looking at the various seaside destinations around the UK. We will be comparing holidays in the Lake District to holidays in a city.

In History we will be looking at how what holidays were like in the 1950's and 60's and comparing to where we go on holiday today. We will be looking at how camping has changed and why more people go abroad today than in the past.

In November we will be having a Remeberance Week and an Anti Bullying week. More details to follow

Please take a look at the topic  webs and knowledge organisers below to find out more details of our exciting topic.

In Literacy we 

The Night Gardener: Amazon.co.uk: Fan, Terry, Fan, Eric, Fan, Terry, Fan,  Eric: 9781481439787: BooksA River by Martin, Marc


General Information for Year 2



The children will be continuing the Read Write Inc reading scheme. In the first few days, we will be setting up groups ready to start phonics on Monday 11th September.

Your child will read daily in school, as part of a small group. Some colours follow a 3 day reading system in school (Red, Green, Purple, Pink) and others follow a 5 day plan (Yellow, Blue, Grey).  Alongside this, they will be given a high quality story book to share with you.  This needs to be returned and will be changed on the same day as their RWI book.

We would love you to be reading with your child everyday at home, and ensuring you are signing their Reading Record once you have read with them. This is essential for their successful reading journey and to develop a love of reading.

You will also continue to have access to Oxford Owl and their library of resources and ebooks which match with the story they are reading in school. 

Please ensure your child has both their reading book and reading diary in school everyday.


Read Write Inc Phonics

The use of phonics is one of the many skills needed to be a reader and writer. At Elworth, our intention is to teach high quality phonics to ensure that the children have the best possible start in reading and writing, equipping them with the skills required to access the wider curriculum. Our children learn to read and write effectively and quickly using the Read, Write Inc. speed sounds phonics and reading programme. We teach fast paced and lively phonics sessions. We place early reading and writing at the heart of our curriculum so that children have multiple opportunities to help them practise and apply their phonics knowledge so that every child feels successful and has their success celebrated. 

Ruth Miskin - Understanding Phonics

In Read, Write, Inc Phonics, children: 

  • Decode letter-sound correspondences quickly and effortlessly, using their phonic knowledge and skills.
  • Read common exception words on sight
  • Understand what they read
  • Read aloud with fluency and expression
  • Write confidently, with a strong focus on vocabulary and grammar
  • Spell quickly and easily by segmenting the sounds in words
  • Acquire good handwriting 
  • Read books that are closely matched to their developing phonics ability.

Children are taught phonics and reading for 40 minutes per day. Children are in small groups led by a trained Teacher or Teaching Assistant. All staff are trained and empowered to deliver high quality phonics and reading sessions and receive regular professional development opportunities from the Phonics Lead. All staff follow a planned, systematic programme building on previous learning to secure progress. Children read daily as part of this small group, on a 3-day structure. The first day focuses on using phonics to decode. The second day is based around building fluency and expression and on the third day the focus is comprehension. Children take home a Read Write Inc Book Bag Book that uses the same phonics sounds as the book in the reading session, so that children are able to make good progress by practising reading books that are familiar to them.  In addition to the daily phonics session, we operate additional target groups for children who need additional support. 


Useful videos

Listening to your child read

Reading the stretchy sounds


We will continue to have one P.E session a week on a THURSDAY afternoon. This PE lesson will be taken by the PE team.

Children are required to come to school wearing their full PE Kit. With the guidance in place advising against changing clothes in school, children will be required to come to school wearing their full PE Kit on their allocated day (and also on Fitness Friday).

We are suggesting that the Elworth PE t -shirt and shorts/skort be worn underneath the Elworth jogging bottoms and zip up top on colder days.  A waterproof jacket is a necessity, in case of poor weather. Children will also need to come in wearing a sensible pair of sports trainers.


Homework will be set weekly. It will be set on a Monday to be completed by the following Monday.  This homework can be found by logging onto Spelling Shed and Maths Shed. Please let your class teacher know if you are having problems accessing either site.



Children will be able to order snacks on a daily basis. If your child is having a snack from home, please can you ensure it’s a healthy snack and avoid sending in chocolate or sweets.

Please ensure your child has a water bottle every day. In the current climate we are unable to provide cups for children who have forgotten their bottle.






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