Denholme Primary School

Happy Learners High Achievers

Minorca Mount, Denholme, Bradford. West Yorkshire BD13 4AY

01274 832123


Welcome to Willow Class - Year 2

Take a look at our autumn term learning

 The Reason Why Americans Refer to Autumn as Fall | Mental Floss

Class teacher: Mrs Wright      Teaching assistant: Mrs Cooper

Support assistants: Miss Miller and Miss Lawson-Webster


 This is what we are learning this half term... 


Our focus this half term is addition and subtraction. In Year 2, we solve addition and subtraction problems involving numbers, quantities, and measures. We use a range of objects, pictures, diagrams, and symbols such as '+', '–' and '='.

numeracy part whole model examples - Scholes (Elmet) Primary School, Leeds  MathsVocab What is the column method? | TheSchoolRun

It is really important that your child has a secure knowledge of number bonds to 10 to support them with addition and subtraction. They will use these related facts to add and subtract numbers beyond 10. Watch the video below to support these recall facts.


Our focus texts this half term are 'The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark' and 'The Elves and the Shoemaker.'

The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark : Tomlinson, Jill, Howard, Paul: Books  Ladybird Tales: The Elves and the Shoemaker: Ladybird:  9781844223022: Books  

We are learning all about sentence structure and consolidating what a sentence should look like whilst also extending vocabulary and using adjectives to make our sentences interesting. In class, we have learned how to use commas to separate a list and have been writing question sentences, using a question mark to punctuate.


In Science our theme is 'Animals including humans' where we explore basic needs and what is needed for survival of animals and humans. During this topic we experiment why hygiene, exercise and healthy eating are important,.

Year 1 Science Poster - Animals, including humans | Teaching Resources 


Our topic this term is 'Lets explore Denholme and Australia'. Throughout this topic we will develop and use map skills and learn how to use an atlas. We are learning all about the United Kingdom and the names of the 4 countries and capital cities in the UK, we will also be able to find the UK on a world map. In geography, we will use our field skills to look at human and physical features and create a map of our walk around Denholme.

Denholme - Wikipedia  Captain Cook's Contested Claim | History Today  MQ - Townsville and North Queensland

We will then begin to compare Denholme to other places in the country and the world, in particular Australia. This then leads to our history focus on Captain Cook 'invader or explorer?' where we will find out about his voyage and look at Aboriginal art.

Homework is given on a Friday to be returned the following Wednesday.

***Please bring reading journals and reading books to school every day***

  • Spellings

Every Friday the new spellings will be sent in homework books.  These are based on the Year 2 common exception words and high frequency words. Please help your child to practise these spellings daily by writing them in a sentence.  

  • Maths 

We are really enjoying using Mathletics to consolidate our maths skills and children are gaining lots of points in the skills quests which they can use to buy things for their avatar! Children should also use Times Table Rockstars, this really helps children to learn and remember their times tables and helps them to recall them quickly. In year 2 we learn 2,5 and 10 times tables in maths.

  • Reading

Please encourage your child to read every day and read the book, or their favourite section, more than once for fluency. Share the book with them and ask them the VIPERS questions sent home about what they have read to check their understanding. Children will bring a reading book home every week to share with an adult.  These can be changed in school on a Friday.