The Catholic School of St Gregory The Great Believe and Achieve

Year 2

Welcome to Year 2 - 2024-25

Y2 Preparation & Transition

Visit or Transition Year 2 2024-25 document

Upon entering Year 2 we hope that the children will be able to…

  • Ask for help and explain why they are stuck 
  • Ask to go to the toilet appropriately and in good time 
  • Look after belongings and put them in the right place 
  • Choose the resources they need for a game or activity 
  • Choose a new reading book 
  • Change clothes for PE and zip up coat with limited support 
  • Work sometimes without an adult - independently 
  • Have a ‘can do’ attitude to try new things 
  • Bounce back when things do not go their way

During Year 2 we hope that the children will be able to…

  • Be curious - formulate own questions to classmates and teachers
  • Understand the importance of taking turns and sharing 
  • Find solutions when conflicts arise 
  • Change reading book independently 
  • Change independently for PE, with the exception of top button and tie 
  • Write first name and surname correctly 
  • Stick sheets into their book neatly 
  • Begin to use DUMTUMS - write own date and WALT in cursive script 
  • Take responsibility for own belongings


Y2 Curriculum

What will Year 2 be learning this year?

Terms 1 & 2Terms 3 & 4Terms 5 & 6

Apollo 11 

What a Wonderful World

Deadly 60!



  • PE Kits; please make sure your child has the correct coloured t-shirt representing their house team.
  • PE kits will need to be in school at all times.
  • PE kits will be sent home at the end of each term for washing, please ensure it is sent back into school on the first day of the new term.


Y2 Trips

Will my child be going on any trips this year?
There are lots of exciting trips and activities to look forward to and enjoy in Year 2.  Below are some of the trips we would like to go on next year…

  • Swimming Lessons
  • Space dome visit,
  • Literature Festival,
  • Science Festival,
  • Weston Arboretum
  • Castle Visit



  • What homework will Y2 receive?
    Spellings will be sent home on a Friday. Please encourage the children to complete these. As well as focusing on their spellings please ensure they can read the word and they try to use their best joined up handwriting where possible. Mathletics will be set on a Friday and due in the following Friday. Reading is to be completed daily and recorded in your child’s reading record. Please ensure the reading record comes in each day. Books will be changed twice a week. If you have any concerns about homework please come and speak to your child’s class teacher.

  • What formal tests will Y2 sit? 
    Children do not sit any formal statutory tests during their time in Y2. We will use a range of assessment methods on an ongoing basis to work out exactly where the children are. We use this assessment to ensure that we are putting in the best possible support and level of challenge for your child. 

  • How can I help my child to make progress?
    There’s lots you can do but here are our top 5 tips: 
    1. Encourage Reading and Curiosity. Foster a love for reading by providing a variety of age-appropriate books and reading materials (or ask us for some). Spend time reading together and encourage your child to ask questions and explore topics that interest them. This curiosity-driven approach can significantly enhance their learning experience. Try to ensure that reading is fun. Please remember that Y2 children are not too old for bedtime stories and absolutely love being read to. Ask us for more ideas if you need them. 
    2. Maintain Open Communication with teachers. We want to establish a strong home/school partnership that best supports your child. 
    3. Be Involved and Interested. Take an active interest in your child's schoolwork and school life. Ask questions about what they're learning, and engage in conversations about their interests and achievements. If you lead by example and show you are interested in learning then your child will copy. Show your child that education is a lifelong journey.
    4. Foster a Growth Mindset. Encourage a positive attitude towards learning. Emphasise the importance of effort and perseverance, and celebrate achievements, big or small. If they are finding something hard encourage them to use the word – YET. “I can’t do this yet”. This is the sort of language they are used to hearing in school. 
    5. Encourage Healthy Habits. Ensure your child gets regular exercise, eats balanced meals, and gets enough sleep. A healthy body supports a healthy mind. Try to limit screen time and please ensure that they are watching and accessing age appropriate content. 

  • Do you require helpers for Y2 trips and in the classroom?
    We would love to have some parent helpers; if you can spare even 30 minutes we would be delighted to see you.