St Matthew’s Catholic Primary School

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Class Teacher: Miss Law

HLTA: Miss Crawford (Wednesdays)

Teaching assistants: Mrs Atter & Mrs Battle



Summer term


This term Class 2 will be focusing on writing different types of letters, learning how to construct more detailed stories and looking again at recounts. Our class text is Perfectly Norman by Tom Percival and towards the end of the term, we will be looking in-depth at traditional tales. Handwriting and accurate letter formation will be a priority throughout the year with practice sessions happening daily. Class 2 will also consolidate using the basics of joined up hand-writing during this term.


This half-term in maths, we are consolidating our skills in multiplication and division and our understanding of temperature, capacity and measure. Children will also learn how to work with fractions and enhance their skills in length and measure. This term, Class 2 will be reintroduced to methods on how to tell the time. Encouraging the use of clocks at home would really help children access these lessons easily. Arithmetic practice will also be happening daily, where children can practice adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing using mental methods. 



Religious Education

The title of our spiritual journey this half term is Eastertide. This unit is designed to develop the children’s knowledge and understanding that Jesus rose from the dead on Easter Sunday and is present with us today. The children will learn about the appearance of Jesus to his disciples and his Ascension to heaven. They will learn about Pentecost and the symbols of the Holy Spirit. 


Class 2 are trialling a new spelling scheme called Read, Write Inc. spelling. Children will take part in daily 15 minute spelling sessions, each week focusing on a new spelling rule. The idea of the spelling scheme is to teach spelling for writing, not for spelling tests. Spelling practice activities and games can be accessed at home via the Oxford Owl website. Please see a member of staff for the username and password.


This half-term, class 2 will be looking at plants. They will investigate what seeds and bulbs need to grow and will take part in growing their own plant.



 Class 2 will be looking at the knowledge and skills needed to answer the question: Do we know more about space than our oceans?

Children will be able to identify the 7 continents of the world, our largest oceans, the features of Africa, whether land is floating on the sea and if countries would exist without inhabitants. 


Our history topic this half-term is looking at the Industrial Revolution. Children will look at the question 'Why is the Industrial Revolution important to Bradfordians?'. Year 2 will understand what changes made textiles cheaper to buy, why migration was good for Bradford and whether children would have enjoyed this time period.

Our Class Saint

Our Class 2 Saint is St Thomas of Aquinas. Because he was big and strong and sometimes slow to speak, Thomas Aquinas's schoolmates called him the Dumb Ox. Not long afterwards, he came to be called Doctor (which means "teacher") because he could actually understand complicated things quickly and explain them well. Which is what he loved to do. Indeed, in 1320, less than fifty years after Thomas died, Thomas's biographer said that "throughout the entire world, Thomas's teachings have spread among the faithful, and the whole Church is instructed by his voice." Today, the Church Herself calls Saint Thomas Aquinas the Angelic Doctor ("the teacher who is like an angel"): pure, strong, close to God, and truly a messenger of divine light.

Physical Education

Our PE topic this half-term is dance.

PE is on a Wednesday. Please ensure children arrive wearing a suitable PE kit so they are not having to change before. 



Children will be learning about their own rights and responsibilities.



This term’s focus is the Beauty of Flowers with a focus on artist Georgia O’Keeffe. 


Design Technology

This term’s looks at solid structures. Children will think about the design process and understand why planning and evaluating a design is important.

Phonics Books

Our chosen scheme of learning is called Read, Write, Inc. Your child learns following a repetitive reading strategy that is required by the Department for Education. Each day your child reads and is read to within this scheme. Each book lasts for three days and then it is changed. The changeover day is clearly displayed on the ‘Class 2 Noticeboard’ – please check this for any changes.



Our school has a fantastic library. We aim to take the children every Friday afternoon. When your child has read the library book, please ensure they return it so it can be exchanged for another one.