Belgium – Year 2





Please visit out Year 2 facebook page.


Mrs H Trevor – KS1 Leader & Class Teacher
Mrs C Head – Class Teacher
Mrs S Green – Teaching Assistant


Hello and welcome to Belgium Class!

Working with your children are Mrs Trevor, Mrs Head and Mrs Green. The children will also have P.E. with Mrs Sivewright. We will deliver a fun, creative and engaging curriculum. We know your children will learn so much so be prepared to accept you not so little children will dazzle you with new knowledge!

Please request to follow our Twitter Page @BelgiumArdley for photo updates and notices.

Should you wish to speak to any of us, drop us an email or ask to speak to us after school.


Your teachers:

Mrs Trevor- Mon, Tues, Weds

Mrs Head- Thurs and Fri

Year 2 Teaching Assistant- Mrs Green



Belgium have a P.E afternoon on Fridays. The children will be taught a  range of P.E lessons including dance, basketball, tennis, hockey, football and gymnastics. On occasion we have visitors come in and teach the children. We have been fortunate enough to have Luton Town FC players come and coach the children. Please ensure children wear a full P.E. kit on Fridays.


Children can bring in 1 extra snack for break time. This is to be a healthy snack and grapes or olives must be cut in half. The children also receive a free piece of fruit  or vegetable at school in the afternoon. Please inform us of any allergies.


Once a half term your child will get a new ‘Bingo Board’ stuck in their books. The children can choose what activities they would like to do and can repeat some of their favourite activities. We would like to see some evidence of what you have done where possible – photos, drawings, diary entries etc. We would also like to make sure children are still working on their key English and Mathematical skills too. Please continue reading with your children and accessing Education City as much as possible. The log in details are stuck on the inside of your child’s book. You will also find some key spellings and times tables. We hope these new activities will be more accessible for you at home and hope the children will be inspired to do more learning in their home environment.

Belgium Learning:

Autumn Term

Belgium have has a great start to the year. So far we have…


Learned about Europe and where Belgium is on a world map.

Explored the Belgian culture- what language they speak, the capital and what they eat.

Learned French colours as they are our class tables.

Painted animals in the style of Piet Mondrian using horizontal and vertical lines.

Overserved, drew and ate pears from our class pear tree- delicious!

Tasted Belgian food!

Please look at our year 2 Facebook page for more photos and updates.


Belgium have had a busy Autumn Term as it continued with our topic ‘Toy Story’. The children have learned a lot about the Victorian Era including toys they played with, rich families and poor families, schools and Queen Victoria. We thoroughly enjoyed our trip where we experienced a real Victorian lesson!

In maths we have learned about properties of 2D and 3D shapes. We are learning about lines of symmetry and regular and irregular shapes.

During some of our English lessons we have written our own traditional tales, written a letter home as a World War 1 soldier and enjoyed writing a poem about a chocolate cake! We learned how non-fiction texts have subheadings, contents, labels and captions.

We were lucky enough to have MC Grammar come and visit us who inspired our children to rap famous stories in the classroom. We also learned a lot of grammar skills by rapping them!

In D.T and Art we looked at Andy Warhol and made our own prints using bright colours and repeated patterns. We also made our own pull along toy using wheels and axels.

Spring Term

Belgium Class were surprised to find CCTV footage of 2 knights fighting through the classrooms of KS1! We asked for eye witness accounts and were successful in interviewing two teachers who saw the whole thing!

Shortly after we were lucky enough to have a Bird of Prey visitor who told us all about different birds of prey including falcons, hawks, owls and eagles. We were taught about their habitats, eating habits, body features and how they were used in medieval times. After this we decided to learn more about this history topic. We named our topic Turrets and Tiaras.


We learned about a knight’s armour. We have conducted an experiment linked to materials and why armour was made out of metal. We made our own classroom castle and learned about the different features of castles, ordered them as they changed over the centuries and built our own Motte and Bailey castles in the mud.


We have been writing bird poems, fantasy stories and instructions. We have designed our own castles then made them with a winding mechanism and painted our creations. In maths we have learned how to add and take away 2 digit numbers, tell the time and weigh in grams and kilograms.


Watch this space for more after half term! Also keep watch on our year 2 facebook page.

Year 2 Expectations


Children are highly congratulated and rewarded for their amount of reading at home and progress made in class.

We would like your children to access a range of literature and genres so please encourage your children to read other materials – not just their reading book. For example – magazines, road names, shopping lists, recipes, ingredients, posters and more. Record any reading they have done in their ‘go home’ reading records and we will jot down how many times your child has read.

Children who read 10 times get a prize and get a place on our reward chart.

Year 2 children follow the Accelerated Reader programme. Please see our English information page about this.


Below are the interim framework criteria for reading. Children who are to receive ‘expected’ are to show they can do all of the points below.

If the children are working at ‘greater depth’ they need to show they can do all of the points for ‘expected’ and ‘greater depth’.

Don’t panic! Your children are exposed to this criteria in fun and friendly ways. We only ask that you encourage your children to explore reading by reading, listening, looking, questioning and sharing as much as possible. Leave the rest to us!



Below are the requirements to achieve the expected standard and working at a greater depth. If your child would like to participate in any writing at home please encourage this- writing a shopping list, thank you cards, labelling items around the house with post- its, writing stories, invitations to a party, Christmas cards etc! We keep our writing sessions interactive, fun and motivating, often giving the children a purpose for writing.



We encourage a lot of practical maths in year 2. We have a huge amount of resources to help the children engage with and learn new maths skills.
By the end of year 2 children should be secure in their number bonds to 20, applying these to different maths skills. They should also know their 2, 3, 4, 5, 10 and 11 times tables. Year 2 children are also expected to understand other maths facts such as doubles and halves of numbers to 20 and odd and even numbers. Other skills we teach include telling time to 5 minutes, adding and subtracting money, identify and knowing the properties of 2d and 3d shapes and much more! Below is the assessment guidelines we currently use for children to achieve the expected standard in maths.
Please engage in some maths activities with your children to help build their confidence.

SATs (year 2 page only)

Year 2 children will sit Statuary Assessment Tests in May. This is used as an assessment tool for teachers to find out what children are secure with and what gaps they may have. The overall judgement for your child will be based on all of the work they have done, not just the SATs. We like to keep the pressure off the children and make SATs week a fun week with many treats.


Year 2 children will sit Statuary Assessment Tests in May. This is used as an assessment tool for teachers to find out what children are secure with and what gaps they may have. The overall judgement for your child will be based on all of the work they have done, not just the SATs. We like to keep the pressure off the children and make SATs week a fun week with many treats.


Key Stage 1 Toy Story Topic – Autumn Term 1

Key Stage 1 Turrets & Tiaras Topic – Spring Term 1