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Welcome to the Autumn Term in Year 2 at Cyfarthfa Park Primary.

This term our topic is Happiness, your children have already spent some time discussing what Happiness means to them, sharing ideas about what we could learn, practise and explore.

This year in Year 2 we expect reading books to be brought in every day. There are opportunities daily for our pupils to read, books will still only be changed on a Tuesday and a Friday. Home work will continue to be sent out every Friday, to be returned by the following Friday.

This term our PE day is a Tuesday, please send in shorts and a t-shirt at the beginning of term. Please be aware that earrings (and any other jewellery) should be removed prior to PE.

Now lets meet your teachers!

Shwmae pawb, Mrs Walters ydw i. Yes that is really me, 40 metres up a tree! I have had a wonderful three years teaching at Cyfarthfa Park Primary and am thoroughly looking forward to teaching Year 2 for the first time at our school.

I qualified as a teacher over 18 years ago and have been oh so lucky to be able to stay at home and raise three children of my own. All three have attended Cyfarthfa Park Primary and when the opportunity arose to work here I leapt at the chance.

I love to draw, paint, bake and sew when time allows, but my all time favourite activity is reading. When reading I return again and again to old friends, Terry Pratchett, Agatha Christie, Laini Taylor and J.K.Rowling... but I have to say I have secret love of all things Sci-Fi especially Doctor Who, Star Wars and Star Trek!

Mrs Davies ydw i.

Autumn Term Topic Overview


Talk for writing

This term our story is Cat, Bramble and Heron. Every day we practise learning parts of the story using a text map and physical actions developed by our class. Every day we build on our knowledge of the story by learning the next sentence and over the term each individual becomes more confident at retelling the story orally.

"Children who are read to at home, or who come from an oral tradition of storytelling, embed such patterns without really knowing it, as if some form of linguistic osmosis was at work. At this early stage, it is significant that the child is ‘hearing’ the language. This matters because we learn language by hearing it and then by saying it. So, storytelling and rhyme chanting are powerful aspects of acquiring language patterns that might not be met in everyday talk." Pie Corbett 2008.

Please see the link below to view this terms story. Keep your eyes peeled for our text map and videos of our retelling.

Cat, Bramble and Heron

Inspire Maths

This term we will be learning how to

  • Use strategies of counting in ones, tens, and hundreds to count to 1000.
  • Recognise, read and write numbers to 1000 and their corresponding number words.
  • Compare and order numbers within 1000 using the vocabulary more than, less than, greatest, smallest.
  • Use place value charts to complete simple addition and subtraction within 1000.
  • Solve simple words problems, identifying the strategy and method needed to find an answer.
  • Explore part-whole concept.
  • Develop skills in using the bar method to solve simple word problems.

As we work through the skills, we will share images and videos explaining the process.

Cwl Cymraeg!

We promote using Welsh at every opportunity in and around the school, see below for sentence structures we are working on so that you can practice at home.

Sut wyt ti heddiw? (How are you today?)

Dw i'n bendigedig/hapus/gweddol/trist/ofnadwy. (I am wonderful/happy /fair/ sad/awful.)

Beth sy'n bod? (Whats wrong?) Pam? (Why?)

Dw in bendigedig/hapus/gweddol/trist achos.... (I am wonderful/happy/fair/ sad/awful because......)