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Year 2

Mr Casella


Welcome to the Willow class page! Here you will find lots of information about what we are doing this term as well as information about our routines, PE days and our weekly 'Star of the Week'! Firstly, let me give you some information about myself:



I love reading and talking to people about the books that I read. My favourite types of stories are ones that take the reader on adventures to new and amazing places. I support Chelsea football club and enjoy playing and watching lots of different sports including football, tennis, golf, boxing and running. My favourite film is Jurassic Park because ever since I was little, I have enjoyed anything to do with dinosaurs. One of my greatest passions is acting and I have been in lots of plays and musicals, as well as doing lots of singing. I studied drama at University. I have been teaching at The Pines for six years and I have enjoyed every year that I have spent here. Luckily, my favourite colour is green which is both the colour of The Pines logo and my car! I am really looking forward to being your teacher next year and seeing how much you will learn and grow as members of The Pines family.




Willow class will start the day at 8:40 and finish the day at 3:10. You will come into school and leave school using the Year 2 cloakroom door. 


Your child will bring home a new reading book and these will be changed twice a week. 




Our regular PE lessons are on Wednesday and Friday


We will do PE outside whenever it is possible. Please make sure your child has suitable outdoor PE kit, including outdoor shoes, in school at all times. Children will be expected to wear their PE kit to school on the PE days. PE kits will go home on Fridays to be washed. Children will not be able to borrow spare PE kit.  


Current Learning:


Shore Thing!


English: In English, we will be writing a non-fiction recount about a day trip. The children will use the first hand experience of a trip to South Hill Park to help them write this. 


Maths: Learning in Maths will see us start our work on statistics, in particular tally charts and pictograms. We will then be recapping some of the skills we have learned this year in preparation for SATs.  


Science: We will be learning about the different habitats of animals, how they grow and what they need to survive. 


DT: The children will be planning, creating and evaluating their own healthy fruit salad, exploring fruits they may never have tried before. 


PE: PE lessons will focus around striking and fielding in our indoor unit and target games outdoors.  



PSHE: Our PSHE learning will primarily be focused around the topic of keeping safe before online and in real life.  


RE: The children will be looking at the different aspects of Christianity including the features of a church and why Christians learn stories about God and Jesus.  


Computing: Children will continue learning about digital media, including how to take photographs.  

Walk the Plank Knowledge Organiser

Pictures of our learning




Our star of the week this week is HARRISON! This week in maths, Year 2 have been in training ready for their secret missions next week. Harrison has shown that he is able to take control of his own learning and identify areas that he is strong in as well as things that he finds trickier, asking for help when needed. Super work, Harrison! 


(Check out our previous stars of the week too! Simply click their picture to find out who it was and when they were given the award)

Photos of our learning!

Year 1 and 2 Common Exception Words

Recommended Websites: - quickfire number games to help children learn basic number facts - Number games to reinforce the concept of place value - Fun songs with actions to teach many learning concepts in English, Maths and other subjects. This is my new favourite resource! - Loads of story telling, poetry and punctuation short films to watch. - Useful Maths short films to watch. Fractions and telling the time would be particularly good ones to try. - Games from any of the Maths categories will really help your child practise skills they have learnt at school. - great game for learning common exception words.


Our expectations for homework are as follows: 

Reading: Reading aloud with an adult progressing to more independent reading as often as possible. 

Spellings: Children should be able to spell all words on the Statutory Word Lists for year 1/2.  

Times Tables: Children should be able to count in 2s, 5s, 10s, 3s. they will begin to learn 2, 5, 10x tables by heart.

Project: Each half term, children are expected to complete a project that is linked to their current topic.