Belgium – Year 2

Belgian flag

Class List

Tiernan, Benny, Louis, Hannah, Ellie, Ethan, Jake, Shelby, Callum, Summer, Alexandru, Shai, Isabelle, Oliver, Lola, Lewis, Carson, Brodey, Ashleigh, Edie, Alessia, Nirzari, Jasmine, Jazmin, Kalim, Darcie, Isla, Riley, Lola and Tommy.
Your teachers:
Mrs Trevor (Mon, Tues, Weds)
Miss Byford (Thurs, Fri)

Teaching assistants and learning support assistants
Mrs Green
Miss Scott
Mrs Simpson




We have recently changed Ardley Hill Academy’s homework policy. 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 Class are highly congratulated and rewarded for their amount of reading at home and progress made in class. All children are encouraged to read every day at home and bring their reading book in regularly for it to be changed.
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 Mrs Green will jot down how many times your child has read.
If a child has read 4 times in a week and then consistently for 5 weeks the children get a prize from our golden box and a foot to climb up our reading reward chart. Your child will continue to climb the chart the more they read. We drumroll and applaud children who have reached a new target so it is a special moment. We hope to see all of Belgium Class on our chart soon!

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 expose your children to books, reading listening, looking, sharing as much as possible. Leave the rest to us!


We encourage a lot of practical maths in Belgium class. 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 2,5 and 10 times tables at random. 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.

Expected standard

Expected standard2


Children in Belgium class will receive 2 skills lessons and one extended writing lesson a week. In the extended writing lesson the children are encouraged to apply what they have learnt in the skills lessons earlier in the week. This is a popular lesson for the children. We play soft music, turn the lights down, work quietly and have atmospheric lighting. The children are well celebrated every lesson with dojos, house points, secret certificate and the ultimate treat… a scented sticker! Your child may have brought home a note saying how well they have done. We encourage the children to try and ‘beat’ their last piece of work.

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!

Important Events:


We are fortunate enough to have a falconer come and visit us on 27th February. Please see the letter that was emailed and return the form, Thank you.
Our Fantastic Finish will be on the week of 12th March – please seek a costume linked to the topic ‘Turrets and Tiaras’ for that week. Details to follow.

Class Leader:

The class took a vote and voted Shelby to be our class leader! Well done Shelby, we know you will represent the class well.

Class Leader 2



P.E. will be on Tuesday’s and Thursday’s. Please ensure that your child has the correct named kit, including plimsolls, kept in school. The school policy states children are not allowed to wear earrings during P.E. and girls should wear their hair up, please ensure this is the case on P.E. days.


Swimming will commence in the Spring term. Please ensure your child has a swimming costume/shorts, a towel and flip flops for this.


Your child will continue to need a named water bottle which will be kept in the classroom and refilled daily. You will need to provide a healthy snack for them to have during morning play outdoors, please name your child’s pot. Snacks are checked and the healthiest over the course of the week gets a certificate!


Recent Events

Stunning Start!
On Monday 8th January two knights came fighting though our classrooms. After watching them battle across the playground they disappeared out of sight. We later received a letter from one of the knights apologising for the disruption but he needed our help to find his captured princess!
We then decide to call our topic ‘Turrets and Tiaras’. After a lot of discussion we also decide to make our own castle role-play which we love to play in. We are starting to learn a lot of new vocabulary such as ‘portcullis’, ‘gauntlet’ and ‘battlements’.


We have learnt about how difficult armour was to move in and how it changed over time. We also explored how castles changed over time- we put them on a timeline. We believe the knights that came through out rooms were from the year 1200!

We had a competition to see what it was like to wear armour and how comfortable it was to move.



Below are some of the questions we want to find the answers to. We can’t wait to find out more about knights and castles

Curriculum Overview for Parents-Turrets and Tiaras