Year 2 – Maple Class

Welcome to Maple Class.

Our teacher in Maple Class is Mrs Hounsell and our teaching assistants are Mrs Mazan, Miss Allen and Miss Brennan. We work as a team to achieve high standards in all of our lessons whilst having fun at the same time. We ensure that we demonstrate Longlands’ learning behaviours throughout the school day to make us confident and independent learners. These learning behaviours include being respectful, resilient, reflective, resourceful and cooperative. Our lessons are filled with the sharing of ideas and interesting discussions which allows us to grow together.

We work our socks off in Year 2 but we enjoy lessons that are tailored to our personal interests. We are lucky to have exciting experiences on which our school work is based. For example, when we are writing information texts in English and learning about the habitats of animals in Science, we enjoy a day out at the zoo to ensure that we have encountered these animals in real life!


In our classroom we have engaging working walls that help us progress with our learning. For instance, if we want some flashes of inspiration for our writing we can select adventurous vocabulary from our English display.

We have PE on a Monday afternoon with Mr Hounsell and we LOVE our swimming sessions every Tuesday afternoon. Our confidence is growing week by week and all the adults in Maple Class are very proud of us!


Music is another very popular lesson delivered by Mrs Allen Brown on Tuesday mornings. We use our voices expressively and creatively by singing a wide range of songs and we are always eager to get our hands on the musical instruments.


Our topic for this term is Space. We are looking at the history of space travel and we will also study the planets in our solar system. During Creative Arts week we will be using marbling techniques to create the planets and improving our observational drawing skills.


After half term we will explore living things and their habitats. During this topic we will take full advantage of our school’s social farm by examining the life cycles of the plants and animals found there. We will also be introduced to food chains and the characteristics of living things. Art will be based on recreating animal prints and using viewfinders to carefully sketch the most unique animals close up.


This year we will complete our Key Stage 1 SATs so reading at home, as well as at school, is vital. Children should be aiming to read daily for 15-20 minutes. It is important for children to read to an adult at this stage of their learning so their understanding can be assessed through questioning.


Children will also continue to follow the school’s Read Write Inc. and NNS programmes to support their phonics and SPAG development.


Click here for helpful information regarding KS1 SATs.