Calderbrook Avenue, Burnley, Lancashire BB11 4RB

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Christ the King RC Primary School

Christ at the Heart Of All We Do

Welcome to Year 2 Class

In Year 2 we are taught by Mrs McSorley and are supported by Mrs Canty. Mrs Canty and Mr. Ashworth also teach us when Mrs McSorley is completing her planning and preparation.  

Welcome to Year 2 information letter - Click here

In Year 2, we follow the the school ethos 'Christ at the Heart of All We Do'  .

Our curriculum map for the year

Year 2 Curriculum

Learning Letters

Please find links below to all our learning letters for the academic year 2022-2023. These contain important information on topics we are covering in class and PE days. They also include details on learning challenges for your child to complete at home.

Autumn 1      Autumn 2         Spring 1          Spring 2          Summer 1     Summer 2         

Here are just a few things to remember in Year Two:

Reading books

Home reading books can be changed daily but can only be changed once an adult has signed to say that their child has read and has finished their reading book.

Children are to remember to put any books that need to be changed into the box ready for the class teaching assistant to change them in the morning.

If they are not put into the box in the morning, they will then have to be changed the following day.

 My book recommendations this half term are 

  • Katie Morag’s Island stories by Mairi Hedderwick
  • World Atlas National Geographic
  • Children’s History of Lancashire by Tracy J Holtoyd
  • The Big Picture Living Habitats

Here we are enjoying listening to and reading books in our beautiful school library!


Spellings will be sent home every Friday to be learnt and practised for the test on the following Friday. (Hand in Friday – back out Friday)

Your child’s spelling test scores will be given in their spelling folders.

Homework challenges will be sent out every half term


Throughout the Spring term, PE will be on Wednesday and Friday's – Children should have their full PE kits in school at all times - as per letter attached.

Resources at home

Purple Mash, Active Learn and TTRS can all be accessed from home - logins are in the front of the children's reading records.

KIRF's (Key Instant Recall Facts)

KIRF’s are designed to support the development of the mental skills that underpin much of the maths work we complete in school. They are particularly useful when calculating, be it adding, subtracting, multiplying or dividing.

KIRF letter to parents 

Year 2 Autumn 1

Year 2 Autumn 2

Year 2 Spring 1

Year 2 Spring 2

Year 2 Summer 1

Year 2 Summer 2

In Year Two, we have been measuring!

We used different measuring equipment to measure lots of different items outside. We even used a trundle wheel to measure the length of our yard!

Throughout Spring One, we had the best attendance out of all of the school! Therefore, Mrs Webster bought us a special chocolate cake as a great reward!

We loved the chocolate cake and are hoping to get it again next half term too! 


Cotton Mills and our local area

Our History topic this term is all about Cotton mills and our local area.

We were really lucky and visited Helmshore textile museum and mill. We had a really, really good day and learnt lots of new facts all about working in Lancashire cotton mills.

To go alongside our topic we have been learning to Clog dance! 

In year two, we have a full class set of Clogs so we can all learn to clog dance at the same time... Some of us even dressed up for the occasion!

Below is an introduction to our Clog dancing journey...

...and this week we have learnt the first part of Clog dancing with the Slow jump using the 'Lancashire Sparks' video below

The video below shows our class set of Clogs being made in Phil Howard's clog making workshop

Times Tables Rock Star Day!! 

Autumn One - Domestic Church - Family 

God’s love and care for every family.  Jesus was born and lived in a human family.

In this topic the learning outcomes were to know and understand:

  • The many beginnings each day offers.
  • God is present at every beginning. 

Spring One - Local Church - Community

During the Spring term, we looked at the special books used in our Church community. We also looked at the gospels and listened and responded to bible stories. Our key questions throughout the topic were:

  • Why do we need books?
  • How many kinds of books do we need and why?
  • What is special about the Bible and why is it important to us?

In maths we are currently learning all about place value. We have been looking at the value of numbers, partitioning numbers and  using base ten equipment to find 1 more, 1 less, 10 more and 10 less.

We have also been practising our two timetables and we all absolutely LOVE singing and dancing along to this song below:

Our English topic for the Autumn term was all about Wolves!

We have  been reading and researching all about wolves and have learnt many new interesting facts - we are now wolf experts! 

Some of the facts we have learnt are:

We have also been reading our class read called 'A way home for Wolf' written by Rachel Bright.

A way home for wolf is  about a stubborn wolf cub Wilf who doesn't want help from anyone. Not from his friends or his family. Whatever it is, he can do it all by himself. But when Wilf finds himself lost and alone in the chill of the Arctic night, he discovers something important: sometimes we all need the helping hand of a friend. Below are some photos of some the work we have completed in class. 

Our topic for the Spring term in English is all about Birds!

Throughout the Spring term, we will be learning all about birds. We started off the term looking at non-fiction texts all about birds - particularly owls and then created our own non-fiction fact file all about owls.

We are now moving onto reading a fiction book called 'The Owl who was afraid of the Dark' written by Jill Tomlinson. 

To begin our new text we turned off all the lights in class and had a discussion about what the dark means to us. We then wrote our thoughts and feelings down on post it notes and shared them with the rest of the class. Below is a photo of some of our work. 

Below is a video of HRH The Duchess of Cambridge reading a special tale about a little owl who learns to overcome his fear of the dark.

In Year Two, we love Phonics! Below are some photos of us playing our favourite phonics game - Disco Bingo! We get to turn off the lights and use finger lights to help up play our Phonics Bingo Game!

Fire Engines

For our fire engines topic we were able to:

  • Join appropriately for different materials and situations e.g. glue, tape.
  • Try out different axle fixings and their strengths and weaknesses.
  • Make vehicles with construction kits which contain free running wheels.
  • Use a range of materials to create models with wheels and axles e.g. tubes, dowel, cotton reels.
  • Roll paper to create tubes.
  • Cut dowel using hacksaw and bench hook.
  • Attach wheels to a chassis using an axle.
  • Mark out materials to be cut using a template.
  • Fold, tear and cut paper and card.

Fire Safety - Our class firefighter visit

We were very lucky to have a visit from our local firefighters they told us all about fire safety. We were given opportunities to act, dress up and ask and answer questions. We found it really informative and we learnt all about how to keep safe. We were also allowed to go and look at their fire engine - and some of us even got to spray water!

The firefighters also loved our fire engines that we made in D.T.

During the Autumn term, we have been studying about the great fire of London. By the end of our topic we will be able to:

  •  Know what city the fire started in.
  •  Know what started the fire. 
  • Understand why the fire spread so quickly. 
  • Understand what an eyewitness account is and why they are useful. 
  • Explain why the fire was difficult to put out. 
  • Understand the changes to London that happened after the fire. 

We have also had a look at some very special artefacts from the great fire! 

At the end of our topic, we learnt about what happened to London after the Great fire. We then wrote some questions that we would like to ask King Charles after the Great fire. 

These are some of our questions that we had:

Why did you not pull the houses down sooner?

What are you going to do now?

Where are we all going to live?

When are you going to rebuild London?

The people of London were obviously very angry as at least 65,000 people were homeless and had lost all of their belongings and many people were having to live outside of London in tents. Below are two videos from when we acted out the parts of King Charles and the angry people of London!

In year two, we love to continue our learning at home. Below are some photographs of some of our home learning challenges.

Throughout October, we will be celebrating Black History month. 

Black History Month is celebrated each year in October. It is a chance to celebrate the achievements of Black people in the past and present. It is celebrated in schools, museums, universities and lots of other places. People learn about important Black people and the impact they have had on society.  Black people have been an important part of society for a very long time. Even though many Black people have achieved important things, they weren’t often mentioned in history books, television shows about the past or even in school history lessons. This meant that lots of people didn’t know about all the amazing things that they had done. We have Black History Month so that people can learn about the important achievements of those people and help people to remember them.

Below is some information about one of the inspirational people we have been learning all about in class. 

Science - Autumn One Materials 

In Autumn One, we studied materials. We were able to identify and compare the suitability of a variety of everyday materials, including wood, metal, plastic, glass, brick, rock, paper and cardboard for particular uses and find out how the shapes of solid objects made from some materials can be changed by squashing, bending, twisting and stretching. 

  • Identify and compare the suitability of a variety of everyday materials, including wood, metal, plastic, glass, brick, rock, paper and cardboard for particular uses
  • Find out how the shapes of solid objects made from some materials can be changed by squashing, bending, twisting and stretching

Spring One and Spring Two - Living things and their Habitats

This term the children have been taught to:

  • Explore and compare the differences between things that are living, dead, and things that have never been alive.
  • Identify that most living things live in habitats to which they are suited and describe how different habitats provide for the basic needs of different kinds of animals and plants, and how they depend on each other.
  • Identify and name a variety of plants and animals in their habitats, including micro-habitats.
  • Describe how animals obtain their food from plants and other animals, using the idea of a simple food chain, and identify and name different sources of food.
  • Different kinds of plants and animals live in different kinds of places.
  • There are different kinds of habitat near school which need to be cared for less familiar examples)
  • Habitats provide the preferred conditions for the animals/plants that live there (compare local habitats and less familiar examples).


We have a very naughty Elf in Year Two!

Our Christmas jumper, dinner and party day!