St Matthew’s Catholic Primary School

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Class Teacher: Miss Law

HLTA: Miss Crawford (Wednesdays)

Teaching assistants: Mrs Atter & Mrs Battle



Autumn Term


This half-term in English, Class 2 will be focusing on the book 'Paddington Bear'. They will be learning how to construct character descriptions and narratives, each with the purpose to entertain their chosen audience. Class 2 will also continue to learn to how use grammar and punctuation accurately in their writing. Our focus this half-term is on: capital letters; full-stops; contractions; commas for lists and expanded noun phrases. Handwriting and accurate letter formation will be a priority throughout the year with practice sessions happening daily.


This half-term in maths, we are consolidating our skills in place value and focusing on addition and subtraction. Children will learn their number bonds to 10, 20 and 100 and be taught methods on how to add/ subtract two-digit numbers. Towards the end of the half-term, we will be learning the properties and differences between 2D and 3D shapes and recognising lines of symmetry. Arithmetic practice will also be happening daily, where children can practice adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing mentally. 

Religious Education

The title of our spiritual journey this half term is The Mysteries of God. Children will learn that God is the Father, the Son and Holy Spirit and that this known as the Trinity. Class 2 will also reflect on advent and the story of Christmas. We will also be taking part in whole-school masses. 


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.


Our science focus this half-term is animals including humans. Class 2 will understand where 



 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 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

Children in year 2 are focusing on the sport Basketball.

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. There's an online exhibition if you click the paintings.


Design Technology

This term’s focus continues to be on Wheels and Axles where the children will have created their own functioning moving object by the end.

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.