Chesham Primary School

Talbot Grove, Bury, Lancashire BL9 6PH

Tel: 0161 764 4927


Chesham Primary School

Belong, Believe, Achieve, Succeed


Dates for your diary for the 2nd half of the Summer Term are;-

Tuesday 6th June - School reopens for the 2nd half of the Summer Term.

Thursday 15th June - Class photos will be taken this morning.

Friday 24th July - End of term; school closes at 2.30pm.                           ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~      Curriculum Summary 

Below is a summary of what the children in Class 2 will be learning over the course of this term


The children will continue to follow the Pearson Phonic Bug programme. This will be taught daily.

The children will also have a separate grammar lesson, as well as weekly spellings to learn.



Spelling homework will be sent home every week for home learning and children will be tested on these every week. 

Reading The children will need to read with an adult every day at home.  Please ensure books and logs are returned daily for us to monitor progress. Children will also have reading lessons as a whole class, in groups and as individuals throughout the school week. 


We shall start the term by enjoying the story Diary of a Wombat by Jackie French. The children will explore conjunctions and the correct use of present and past tense. They will also write diary entries in role.


Later this term, Class 2 will be studying 'The Lighthouse Keeper’s Lunch’ and The Lighthouse Keeper’s Rescue’, by David and Ronda Armitage. In order for children to fully understand the narrative and the perceptions of the key characters we will explore the question of ‘What is a lighthouse?’ and ‘What is a rescue?’ This will enable the children to have a deeper knowledge and understanding of the thoughts and feelings of the characters in the book.


The children will also have the opportunity to study non-fiction books in detail. This will include life cycles of animals, animal riddles and non-chronological reports about animals.

Grammar and Spelling

The children will be identifying verbs, nouns, adjectives and adverbs in sentences.

They will learn and revise how to use both familiar and new punctuation correctly, including full stops, capital letters, question marks and exclamation marks. The children will also learn how to use commas in a list as well as using apostrophes in contracted forms and for possession.

The children will be learning to use conjunctions (when, if, that, because) to join two sentences together.

The children will be revising year 1 and 2 common exception words in spelling.


Year 1



Halves and Quarters


Nb Half o clock

Half a litre

Position and Direction 

Multiplication and Division

Solve 1 step problems


Addition and Subtraction

Crossing tens

Addition and subtraction facts within 201 step number problems


Place Value


2 digit numbers into

T and O




Year 2



Recognise and find 1/3 ¼ 2/4 ¾ of length, shape and quantity

Equivalence of ½ and 2/4


Position and Direction

Patterns and sequences


Multiplication and Division

Mathematical statements for 2, 5, 10 times tables


Problem solving

Addition and Subtraction

TO + TO to 100

TO – TO to 100

Solve problems including

Addition and Subtraction








The children will begin the term and will have the opportunity to closely study plants and trees in the natural environment, taking measurements and making observational drawings. The children will plant a seed and a bulb and compare them as they grow. They will record changes in their plants in words and pictures, take measurements throughout its growth and finally draw bar charts to show the growth of the two plants. The children will set up a comparative experiment to observe what plants need to grow well and watch the germination process first hand by growing cress.  They will begin to learn about plants we eat and understand that farming involves creating the right conditions for food crops to grow.


Later in the term, the children will find out about 'Habitats'. How can we work out what's alive and what's not?

The children will collect specimens and sort them into categories. They will investigate habitats and food chains. The children will design and make a bug hotel made up of different microhabitats to encourage a variety of creatures.


Class 2 shall begin the term by finding out about Australia in our ‘Coastal Treasures’ topic. The children will use maps and symbols to improve their mapping skills and find out where Australia's animals live and what they eat. They will go on to explore the culture and lifestyle of some typical Australian children and make comparisons between Australia and the United Kingdom. The children will also find out about the geographical features of the seaside, both human and physical.


They will learn about seaside environments, finding out where they are located in the United Kingdom. The children will look at seaside resorts nearest their own locality using maps, aerial photograph, webcams and developing their key vocabulary. The children will learn about how resorts have changed over time.



Miss Newton will teach music on Tuesday afternoon. 

This term the children will be learning the song Digging the Garden’, which links with our science topic of plants and animals. The children will be encouraged to express their opinions about different music.


Later in the term the children will be learning the song ‘Here comes the Sun’. They will explore 60s pop and perform with expression, writing new words for the music.



I will teach football on Thursday mornings and Mrs Khan will teach PE on Wednesday afternoon. Please ensure your child has trainers and an outdoor kit in their locker, as well as black shorts and a white t-shirt for indoor PE.



This term Class 2 will be looking at the work of 'indigenous Australian artists'. The children will develop their art skills while learning about a range of different Indigenous Australian painting techniques and styles, including dot painting and cross-hatching. They can then use these techniques to decorate a variety of Indigenous Australian artefacts, such as boomerangs and rainsticks!  


Later in the term the children will look at the art of William Morris and his pattern work inspired by nature.

 Artist & textile designer William Morris (1834-1896)         

The children will develop a wide range of art and design techniques in using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space. They will use a range of materials creatively to design and make products.


Miss Newton will teach the children on Tuesday afternoon. They will be answering these question;

  • Who is Muslim and how do they live?
  • How should we care for others and for the world around us?



The children will complete units of work on;

Creating Media - Making music

 In this unit, learners will be using a computer to create music. They will listen to a variety of pieces of music and consider how music can make them think and feel. Learners will compare creating music digitally and non-digitally. Learners will look at patterns and purposefully create music.



In this unit, the children begin to understand that sequences of commands have an outcome, and make predictions based on their learning. They use and modify designs to create their own quiz questions in 'ScratchJr', and realise these designs in 'ScratchJr' using blocks of code. Finally, learners evaluate their work and make improvements to their programming projects.


The children will be following the JIGSAW approach to PHSE. This half term we will be looking at ‘Relationships’. children will be thinking about;

  • Different types of family

  • Physical contact boundaries

  • Friendship and conflict

  • Secrets

  • Trust and appreciation

  • Expressing appreciation for special


FRENCH (Le Français)

Madame Binns will teach French every Wednesday afternoon.                                                                                    Mme Binns enseignera le Français tous les Mercredis après-midi.


Additional Information

I would also recommend that you bring your water bottle in every day. Keeping hydrated is very important! And of course, your book bag needs to come to school every day with your reading book and log, signed by the adult who you read to with date, comments and page numbers read.

Mrs. Brooks and Mrs. Hall-Moy will be working in Class 2 throughout the year.

Thank you, in advance, for all your support. Please do not hesitate to come and speak with me, or any of the Class 2 team.

Mrs. Ainsley



                  Home Learning                  


If needed, Tapestry is our main online learning resource. 

Click on this link to log in.


Please share your child's work by taking a photo or video and send it via Tapestry.


 Purple Mash

Games and activities are also available on 'PurpleMash' to support the topics we have been learning in school.

Click on the 'To Do' tick symbol to find these activities. 


**Please let me know if you need your child's login details**



Your child can use 'PhonicsPlay' to help practice their reading skills. 

Choose phase 3, 4 or 5 phonics games