Great Sankey Primary School

Maple Tree- Year 2 2021 - 2022

Mrs Franklin

Mrs Franklin is the teacher for Maple Tree Class, Y2.

Mrs Walley

Mrs Walley is the teacher for Maple Tree Class, Year 2.


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Welcome to Maple Tree Class

We hope you have had a lovely Easter break and are looking forward to an exciting term ahead! We have lots of fun learning activities planned. 

On this page, you will find lots of information about life in Maple Tree Class and some useful bits of information with regards to routines.

If you scroll to the bottom of the page, you will also find our class Twitter feed which will keep you updated with all of the exciting things that we get up to. 

If you do have any questions or would like to speak to us about anything, please do not hesitate to contact us. 

Kind Regards,

Mrs Frankin, Mrs Walley & Mrs Pearson


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In English this term, we are continuing to practise our reading and writing activities. We like to link our learning in literacy to a book and our first story is Jim and the Beanstalk.  This is a traditional tale but with a difference - it's all about what happened next!  The children will be comparing this version with the original and will be using their imaginations to write a description of a giant. Other stories such as The Queen's Handbag and 'A Walk in London' are also going to be used to stimulate writing activites, which link in really well to our history topic this term which is all about the royal family.

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We will be starting this term looking at length, position and direction, time and capacity. We hope to make these units as practical as possible and also use our outdoor classroom a bit more! We always start with concrete resources and then move to fluency and the problem solving, so by the end of each unit the children feel secure with that area of maths and can apply their learning to real life. We will also be focusing on lots of mental maths and reasoning problems to prepare us for our SATs in May.



We have a very exciting topic this term in science, where we are going to be learning all about plants.  The children will take part in a variety of activities and tasks both indoors and outside.  They will research the famous scientist Charles Darwin, label the different parts of a plant and most importantly find out what a plant needs to survive.  We are looking forward to planting our own seeds and observing how they grow over time.  Some of our plants might even survive! We are also going to go on a plant hunt to record which plants grow in our local area and then we will be sending our findings to Fiona at Kew Gardens, who is in charge of a project that stores seeds for all different plants.

History and Geography

Our History and Geography topics link very well together this term as we look forward to celebrating the Platinum Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II.  The children will look at the role of the monarchs in British history and understand the qualities needed to be a good monarch.  They will look at other significant monarchs such as Elizabeth I, Charles I, Victoria and Elizabeth II and know their chronological order, placing them on a timeline.  


In Geography the children will look at the four countries of the UK that Queen Elizabeth rules over.  They will learn about England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales and will compare the simple features of each country and it's capital city.  The children will use a range of maps; country, street map, aerial views and plans to locate places and landmarks.


Creative Arts

The children in Maple Tree love to be creative and to join in with musical activities.  They are going to be learning how to draw a self portrait and to investigate the work of the local artist Andy Goldsworthy.  In Design Technology the children will be learning key life skills on how to design and make a healthy food item for the Queen's Platinum Jubilee party.  They will continue to follow the Charanga scheme of work in music.


Physical Education

After taking part in a very exciting PE lesson whe

re we were taught how to play Quidditch, we are now going to spend the rest of the term developing these skills.  Our other PE lesson will be focusing on Athletics for our Sports Day. Please note our PE days are Tuesday and Friday and where possible will take place outside.


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If you do have any questions or would like to speak to us about anything, please do not hesitate to contact us. 

Kind Regards,

Mrs Walley, Mrs Franklin and Mrs Pearson





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