Year 2 2019 - 2020

Miss Gillies

Miss Gillies

Hello! I have worked at Ivy Bank for a good few years! I have taught in Year 1, Reception, Year 3 and Year 2.

I love teaching Year 2 as I think our topics are amazing and engaging. I am sure you will love Year 2 just as much as I do!
Please feel free to contact me on the following email address:

Mrs Hayhurst

Mrs Hayhurst

I have been a teacher at Ivy Bank Primary School for 8 years now and I have enjoyed every minute. I am excited to begin my journey teaching in year 2! I enjoy sport, computing and I love nothing more than exploring the newest adventure in a story with my class.
Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions:


Welcome to a fun packed year in Year 2 at Ivy Bank!

There are two classes in Year 2 at Ivy Bank; Miss Gillies teaches one and Mrs Hayhurst and Mrs Corrigan teaches the other.

We are lucky to have the experience, talents and valued support from our wonderful teaching assistants; Mrs Brown, Mrs Ford and Mrs Connolly. We are also extremely grateful to our parent and grandparent helpers who support children with their reading progress in Year 2.


Here is an overview of our topics for the year:

Autumn 1st half Autumn 2nd half Spring 1st half Spring 2nd half Summer 1st half Summer 2nd half
Fire, Fire! As Cold As Ice! Making a Difference Voyage into the Unknown Splish, Splash, Splosh!

Beside the Seaside


Each half term we will upload an overview called the 'Parent Plan' that will show you what your child will be doing in all of the subjects for that half term.

Useful Information smiley


​Your child will need an indoor kit, which is a pair of shorts and a t-shirt, and an outdoor kit, which is a track suit or jogging bottoms, a jumper and pumps or trainers. We always try to go out and do outdoor PE throughout the year, which is why they need to have suitable clothing and footwear all year round.

Our PE days are:

Miss Gillies's class are Tuesday and Wednesday.

Mrs Hayhurst's class are Tuesday and Wednesday.

Can you make sure that long hair is tied back and jewellery is removed as it should not be worn for PE. Earrings can be covered by tape if necessary.


Reading in Year 2

You will be given two reading books to read at home and they can be changed when an adult has signed the reading record to let us know it has been read. Please try to read at least three times a week between the time the teacher hears your child and feel free to make a comment if you wish, but a signature is just as good! Your child will be heard on a 1:1 basis by an adult  and during a guided reading group once every two weeks.



​Homework should not take all of your evening to complete! You will be given spellings and maths homework on a Friday, which we would appreciate being completed and handed back into school the following Wednesday. This gives us time to mark it and prepare the next set. Each week for spellings you will get a set of words or rules that we have been focusing on in phonics/spellings. We would like your child to use that word in an interesting sentence remembering to use a capital letter at the start, finger spaces between words and a full stop at the end. In addition to this, there is a list of key words which you can find in the middle of your child's reading diary.  It would be very helpful if every now and again you could check their knowledge of these spellings and work on any that they find particularly difficult. We will of course be doing this with your child during school as well. Their maths homework may be a game to play online, a practical activity to do at home or actual work in their homework books.

You will also be given activities to complete on the active learn website, which you can log in to via this address You can find your login details on the bookmark on the inside of your reading record.

Other helpful activities that you can do with your child are counting forwards and backwards in 1s, 2s, 5s and 10s, and being able to identify and write random numbers from 0-100.

Another good website for maths games is below. Make sure you click on learning games and ensure it's on the 5-7 years tab (blue).

Times Table Badges

Also, please can your child practise their 2, 5 and 10 times tables. They will be tested on these every week and if they can complete 30 questions in 4 mins, they may receive their bronze badge! Your child needs to know their tables off by heart and in a random order! Counting up in 2s, 5s and 10s is a great skill to have, but it won't help them achieve their badge in the specified time. To achieve their badge, they need to complete the test on three different occasions, which will ensure they have a deep understanding of their times tables as well as answer questions presented in a real life situation e.g. if one bird has two legs, how many legs do 5 birds have?


We will continue to update this website with information about Year 2, including the topics for the year in more detail and news items about our trips and exciting activities that we do in school.

If you have any questions, please feel free to come and speak to us  wink.


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