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Year 2 - Cedar Class

Welcome to the Cedar Class Page

I hope you have all had a lovely half term break! . We are ready and excited to welcome to the children back for another action packed and exciting half term. We are excited to begin our new topic and are looking forward to exploring some more engaging texts!

On this page we aim to keep you updated about the curriculum areas of learning, useful information and important dates. We are always here to help so please feel free to contact us via the school email address (ccwalshaw@bury.gov.uk)  or by ringing the school office (01204 883415) and we will get back to you as soon as we can.  As always you can follow along with some of our learning on Twitter and Facebook!

We look forward to working in partnership with you during the coming year. 

Thank you for your continued support,

Miss Smethurst, Mrs Bates and Miss Holgate

Dates for Your Diary

·        Tuesday 1st November- School resumes. 

·        Friday 4th November- Space Theme Day- see separate letter. 

·        Tuesday 15th November- Flu vaccines. 

·        Friday 18th November- Children in Need- letter to follow.

·        Wednesday 7th December- Lion King- see separate letter. 

·        Friday 9th December- Save The Children Christmas Jumper Day-more details to follow.

·        Monday 12th December- Home Learning Challenge due in.

·        Tuesday 13th December- Nativity performance 9:30am

·        Thursday 15th December- Nativity performance 9:30am

·        Tuesday 20th December- Christmas Party Day- more details to follow. 

·        Wednesday 21st December- School breaks up for the Christmas holidays. 

Key Information

  • Please inform us if someone different is collecting your child (they need to be over the age of 16).
  • Please ensure that your child has a water bottle in school daily.
  • As the weather gets cooler, please make sure your child brings a suitable coat each day.
  • Please can all jumpers, cardigans and fleeces in particular be labelled clearly with your child’s name.
  • Reading books get changed every Friday. Please ensure you child reads regularly throughout the week. It is so important that children are reading as much as possible, please don’t forget you can access Bug Club at home too.
  • Just a reminder that any children who aren’t collected after ten minutes at the end of their school day will be placed into After School Club which is located in the porta cabin.

A reminder about online safety:

If you are working online, don’t forget to be safe and savvy! 

Never give personal information to anyone! Think about the safety of what you are sharing or posting if you are online or on your phone.

Do not share your school log-ins or change your log-in details. We won’t ask you to do that.

Make sure you are accessing online material that is relevant for your age and tell an adult at home if you come across something that is not suitable for you, or if someone is trying to contact/talk to you that is not someone you know.

You can contact your teacher through Seesaw if you feel vulnerable or worried, or contact Childline 0800 1111.

Useful reminders about Online Safety are at Thinkuknow.co.uk 

Year 2 - Cedar Class Curriculum


We will start of this term by reading 'Rapunze'l by Bethan Woollvin.  A witty twist on a favourite fairy tale, this bold and funny story removes the handsome prince altogether, making Rapunzel the mistress of her own destiny. Using this text we will be creating our very own potion poems.

Later on in the term, we will be reading 'Olga da Polga' by Michael Bond which retells life from a guinea pig’s viewpoint. The stories are charming but also enable deeper thinking and enquiry; for example, the chapter ‘Olga Starts a Rumour’ encourages questioning about science and the environment. Using this text we will by writing a narrative about how a guinea pig lost its tail and a set of instructions on how to take care of a guinea pig. 

In Phonics, the children will be continuing with their learning of Phase 5 looking at alternative sounds. We will then move onto starting Phase 6.


This half term the children will be working on

  • Mulitplication of 2,5 and 10
  • Length 
  • Mass 


The Topic this term is 'feeding and Exercise.' In this unit they will have described the importance of exercise, eating the right amounts of different types of food and hygiene. They will have found out about and described the basic needs of animals, including humans, for survival (water, food and air) and will have considered what humans need to live. Children will have identified different foods and have classified some of the foods that humans eat by plant or animal origins. Children will have described 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. They will have identified and created a simple food chain. Children will have been able to use ideas about feeding and exercise to learn about ways we need to look after ourselves to stay healthy. They will demonstrate understanding by making a diet and exercise plan and will have considered food safety and hygiene guidelines. Children will also have opportunities to consider ways in which science is relevant to their personal health and to relate science to aspects of their everyday life (food, exercise, hygiene), and to recognise and control hazards and risks to themselves.

Topic- History and Design Technology

Our topic question is 'How Did We Reach the Moon?'.  For this first half of this half term, children will learn about a significant individual Neil Armstrong and the race to land on the moon. We will explore space travel chronology and order key events on a timeline. After that, our learning will focus on D.T. We will explore, design, create and evaluate our own moon buggies. 

R.E- This half term we are learning about Remembrance Day, Creation and The Christmas Story. 

PSHE- This half term we are explore the theme 'Valuing Differences'. 

P.E- Our P.E days are still Tuesdays and Fridays. On Tuesdays we are learning about Gymnastics and on Fridays we are learning the ABCs (Agility, Balance and Catching)