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Halkyn – Year 2

Welcome to Year 2. A special milestone in your child’s education at GP

As Your Child Is Taking The Journey Through Key Stage One, They Acquire The Skills Required For Transition Into Key Stage Two.

This year is an important stage in your child’s education. Due to the closure of schools, Year 2 will take the Key Stage One SATs assessments in Autumn term one.

We offer a child centered approach this enables children to flourish and reach their full potential. Preparing your child academically, emotionally, and spiritually for life in an ever-changing world. As our children will take assessments this year, we will offer a well-balanced curriculum and will endeavour to bridge any gaps from Year 1.

Morning Challenge – Each day starts with a valuable morning challenge specifically designed to consolidate and extend your child’s learning, whilst encourage peer interaction. This time also allows children to access for pastoral time and targeted academic interventions and daily reads, this enables your child eases into their morning purposefully and are ready to access their lessons with positivity.

Phonics, Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar – Building on the knowledge learnt in Year 1 in Phonics the children will able split into ability phonic sessions. This is to ensure that your child is secure with sounds before moving on. These sessions are designed to empower your child with a broad understanding and skill set, which supports the development of their independent reading and writing key skills when accessing Key Stage One SATS.

Mathematics – Embedding a sound understanding of Place Value with real-life application of arithmetic skills and reasoning, maths is taught with White Rose Assessments. Your child will become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, in line with the National Curriculum Y2 expectations, whilst developing conceptual understanding and reasoning in inquiry based, practical lessons.

Literacy –  Lessons reflect the importance of vocabulary, we will broaden spoken and written language in your child’s development across the whole curriculum, enhancing their cognitive, social, and linguistic development. Exploring a multitude of genres before internalising key features of these text types, through drama and practical activities.

Religious Education – Taught through key questions, this is following the Chester Diocesan planning. Year Two will start with: How does the Bible show Jesus living his life as good news to people? How do you know when you feel better inside or outside?

As historians – Year 2 will investigate The Great Fire of London, making History come to life with a final re-enactment of how fire spreads so fast.

As scientists – We will be exploring plants, experimenting how plants grow under different conditions. As part of this we will be completing a fair test.

As musiciains – Mr Benson will further develop musical understanding through our class topic.

Physical Education – Miss Valentine will focus on fitness and getting us moving.

Teaching Team

Class Teacher – Mrs Foulkes

Assistant Teachers – Ms C Bryan

Music Teacher – Mr R Benson

PE Teacher – Miss S Valentine

A Typical Day for Year 2:

Collective Worship: a time for reflection and prayer, this helps prepare for the day ahead.

Phonics: This session builds knowledge of sounds, which supports the development of their independent reading and writing.

Morning Break: ‘Year 1/2’. Enjoy morning break they are able to purchase toast or bring a healthy snack.

Maths: Mathematics across the school is supported by White Rose, a learning approach that is carefully crafted to inspire a genuine love of the subject.

Lunchtime:  ‘Year 1/2 Bubble’.

Literacy: The English curriculum is text-based and linked to our thematic approach to learning. Each term children are introduced to a new text from which specific skills are taught.

Wider Curriculum: Our wider curriculum is taught through our cross-curricular approach to learning. This incorporates science, history, geography, religious education, music, art, drama, modern foreign languages (MFL) and social, moral, spiritual and cultural learning (SMSC).


  • Homework is set each Friday on Google Classroom. It should be completed by the following Wednesday. It will mainly consist of spelling, Maths and Phonics. However, other work may also be set from time to time.
  • Pupils should have a named water bottle in school for taking back home each day.
  • Children may bring a healthy snack into school for morning playtime.
  • Our PE session is currently on a Monday & Tuesday . Please ensure Kit is available for the children.

Halkyn – Year 2 Blog


The Abbeystead blog has been written by Cerys, Eva and Anita this week.

This week has been Christmas craft crazy! On Monday we made Milo the Mars Rover (and other science stuff) with Lego WeDo 2.0. This is a special type of Lego that you build using online instructions, you can then code your creation to move, sense and collaborate with other creations. We built a Mars space […]


Developing sports skills…

Halkyn class enjoyed developing their sporting skills in a multi skills session from Chester SSP. All children visited Northgate Arena and fun was had by all.


Abbeystead Blast Off!

This week, the Abbeystead blog has been written by Carmen and is an account of her day at the National Space Center in Leicester. Having to wake up extra early in the morning resulted in me being very tired on the way there. It was definitely worth it, but one person in particular was really […]


This week, our year 5 blog has been written by Emily A, Lydia and Carmen.

This week has been super busy, right from the start… On Monday As usual, we had P.E with Mrs. Valentine first thing in the morning in our recently built Sports Hall.  After English ad Maths, it was finally time for our favourite part of a Monday – swimming!   On Tuesday We have Collective Worship […]


Land Ahoy Halkyn Class!

Halkyn class enjoyed a boat trip on the River Dee, looking at the river bank from the top deck of The Lady Diana. We were lucky enough to see ducks, a moorhen and even an heron. We then enjoyed a trip to the museum where we learnt about what the Romans transported down the river […]


Fire! Fire!

This half term we have been learning about the Great Fire of London. The children have enjoyed gaining facts about the events that lead to the fire. We have made period style houses, and eventually during a forest school session we set fire to the houses to watch how fast the fire spread. The children […]