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Year 2

Year Two

Key Stage One

The children in these classes are in the second year of the Key Stage One programme of study which ends in July following their Standard Assessment Tasks (SATs).


You can contact the Year Two teachers by emailing:

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Owls and Puffins will be adding regular updates about their learning to this page. Enjoy!



It has been another exciting and busy week with the Christmas productions taking centre stage!

We want to say a huge well done to all the children who took part so well and gave us their best performance :) 

Alongside this the children have carried on with their learning - thinking about old and new concepts.

In maths we have begun to look at time, focusing mainly on quarter past and quarter to. The children are slowly understanding this but we will come back to it next term.


During Literacy we have been working towards the children's independent big write which they will complete today. We have remained focus on sentence structure, ensuring that each sentence has the correct punctuation - along with some exciting vocabulary! By looking back over the same story it allows the children to pick out different aspects of the story and learn how to include it within their own writing. We are looking forward to seeing what descriptive pieces they complete today! :) 



Well we have had a very busy time in Year 2 lately! With our normal curriculum taking place and adding in rehearsals for the Christmas play - The children have been working very hard!

They have all learnt their lines and are singing beautifully so we can't wait to welcome you next week to witness it for yourself!


In Maths we have been finding fractions of both shape and numbers, focusing on half, 1 quarter and 3 quarters. When looking for a fraction of shape it is important to remember that all parts must be an equal size. This is still the same for number....each part should have the same amount! 

We have learnt a chant to help us remember how to find a fraction of a number - "DIVIDE BY THE BOTTOM AND TIMES BY THE TOP"


In Literacy we have been looking at our new book - "A Christmas Collar".

We have used this text to help us secure our understanding of a range of punctuation and grammar. The children have had to identify where and when we use capital letters and adapt given texts to ensure they are correct. They have also thought of some fantastic expanded noun phrases to describe objects linked to the story. For example:

The shiny, red bauble.

The sweet, yummy candy cane.


The children are continuing to develop their handwriting skills and understanding of how to join letters accurately. We are focusing a lot on presentation in books so please could we ask that you do the same when your child completes any work at home. :) 


This week is our penultimate week of focusing on 'The Journey Home' in literacy. The children have really taken to the story and it has allowed us to discuss real life issues such as global warming, the use of palm oil and deforestation. We have followed 4 characters (Polar bear, Panda, Orang-utan and Elephant) as they all joined forces to sail on a small boat because there homes are being destroyed or they are being hunted. From this we have thought of engaging vocabulary to describe scenes and also ensured the correct use of punctuation in given pieces of texts. The children will continue to use the text to recreate and write their own version.


Maths has allowed us to look at patterns and positions. We have made and used repeating patterns in class and also used grids and their co-ordinates to find shapes. The children were able to follow instructions including North, South, East and West to find hidden locations on a map. 


The children have loved Theme this week as we explored one of our continents - Asia - and they got to learn and write about the features of mountains. 

Did you know that some of the highest mountains are under water?


We are still looking at the /L/ sound in spelling but this time it is spelt 'il' and 'al' at the end of words. For example - pencil    hospital    fossil    animal


Thank you for attending parents evening. It was great to speak to you about how your children have settled in to year two.

Your children have had a busy week with lots of learning taking place.

In maths we have focused on multiplication and division by 5. We looked at it in various ways in order for the children to grasp the concept independently and ended the week with word problems. We used 3 steps to help us solve them:

1. Identify the operation (multiplication or division)

2. Write the corresponding calculation.

3. Use your preferred method to solve it.

The children really took to this and we had lots of sharing circles and fingers being used accurately to find the answers! :) 


In Literacy we have started a new book - "The Journey home"

This week we have thought about the characters we met and how they may be feeling at different points of the story - What are their hopes and dreams?

The children came up with these thought bubbles after some role play:

"I wish I could get away from these noisy docks"

"I dream and hope of swinging in the high, scary trees with my lovely friends and family"

"I dream of me and my family on blue ice"

"Oh I dream of having my icy home back"

The story also allowed us to explore plurals and the different rules there are to help us.


Our spelling rule this week has been the /L/ sound spelt 'el' at the end of words:

camel     jewel    towel    travel     label


Autumn two homework is now on the 'home learning' page! :) 


First day back and we had a mystery to solve! Over the half term animals had broken into our Year 2 classrooms and wreaked havoc; toppling tables, knocking over pencils and leaving big muddy footprints everywhere.


We became detectives to try to discover which animals had been in, by using an identification sheet. Unfortunately, we still have one animal we are yet to identify, so this week we will be creating posters, asking questions and writing letters to try to gather enough information to classify the unknown creature!


Children's comments:

Phoebe- I was shocked, I thought Woah what is wrong. I was very confused. I felt relieved when we identified the animals.

Harrison- I think the unknown animal might be furry, smooth and dangerous. We need to find it.

Candice- I felt curious because the pencils were on the floor and real footprints were everywhere!



Please note that the Autumn 1 homework is now finished. Autumn 2 homework will be put on the website after half term. 

We have had a busy last week of our first half term and we can't quite believe Autumn 1 is over!

This week in Maths and Literacy we have gone back to core skills and ensured they were secure for the end of the term.

In maths we focused on place value and understanding the tens and units within a number. This then allows us to complete calculations in various ways and we even had a a go at column addition and subtraction.

In Literacy the children will continue to build on their story writing skills. Today they will be planning their own spooky story and tomorrow they will get to write it. They will have to think carefully about the opening, problem and solution and also try to include interesting vocabulary to engage the reader. Not forgetting our use of capital letters, finger spaces and full stops...of course!

The children have also had the chance to put their creative skills into action! They started by making cards and decorating the front with silhouettes. We discussed that this meant we only needed to draw the outline and cut it out rather then having a lot of detail. 

Then the children got to make their own witches....from their green hand prints! They had instructions to follow and it was lovely to see their individual interpretations come to life :) 


We hope you all have a lovely, restful half term break and we will see you back in school on Monday 5th November.



“In Theme we’ve been Learning about Sebastian Coe. He was born in 1956 and he helped to get the Olympics to London in 2012.” Mia – Owls Class

“We have been changing a story to a different sequence and writing it in paragraphs.” Ava – Owls Class

“In art we’ve been learning about Vincent Van Gough. WE made drawings like him like the ‘Starry night’. We used pastels.” Ishvaa – Owls Class

“In maths we’ve done add and takeaway. Sometimes we use our fingers and sometimes we use a number line” Christian – Puffins Class

“Today in PE we were running to do races, we were aiming things to throw and we did the long jump.” Amelia – Puffins Class


Along side all of this, we have been reviewing and learning some of our common exception words - door, floor, only, most and climb.


Within Literacy this week, we are continuing to focus on ‘Jim and the Beanstalk’ and planning our own Sequels. This week we are ensuring we understand different elements that need to be included such as speech and use of different and interesting adjectives. The children will then use this next week when they write up their sequels.


In maths we have moved on to learning about measurement and understanding that different units of measurement are used to measure a range of objects. Yesterday we started with ensuring that the children are using rulers accurately in order to read and record the correct measurements. It is important to remember that we do not line up the edge of the ruler with the object – we line it up with the 0!


Our theme learning has allowed us to explore and understand more about Queen Elizabeth and her family. We then used this to create individual family trees. The children will also get to create a class documentary with key facts about the Queen!


Our spelling rule this week: the ‘j’ sound spelt with a ‘g’ or ‘j’. For example – jar, magic, gem, jacket.


Today in maths we have been looking at missing number problems. Here is a rhyme we say to help us with finding the missing numbers:

Missing number at the beginning,

do the inverse and you’re winning!


Missing number in the middle,

use subtraction with a fiddle!


Missing number at the end,

that’s easy my friend!


Start of a new week and we are working very hard, in literacy, maths and spelling; No rest for our year 2's! We did have fun in our fit 4 fun session though.


This week in spelling we are looking at the sound /j/ spelt with ‘-dge’ and ‘-ge’ at the end of words

badge, edge, bridge, dodge, fudge, age, huge, change, charge, village


If you would like to practice your spellings then feel free to get your children completing look, cover, write, check activities or writing sentences using the spelling words.


Also this afternoon we have had a fantastic time designing and making our own space rockets, so thankyou all for sending in junk modelling resources. :)


We have been studying 'Significant People' as our theme topic. Over the term we are learning about numerous iconic people of the past and understanding the impact they have made to our world. This week we have been studying about Neil Armstrong and his mission to the Moon.


We had a fantastic time using our new resource 'NOW, PRESS, PLAY' where the children use the headphone equipment for an interactive experience. We imagined we were Neil Armstrong and followed his journey from a young boy; interested in aviation, to becoming the first man on the moon.

We also wrote letters to NASA to persuade them to choose us as their new astronauts.


If you want to please feel free to take the time to investigate another interesting explorer and create a fact file/ power point. We have now covered both Amelia Earhart and Neil Armstrong. Who else has found new worlds or been the first to accomplish a mission?


We have had a very busy week and can't believe that we are now half way through the first term!

Literacy this week has allowed us to move on to a new focus book and explore our writing in a different way. The children have read 'Jim and the Beanstalk' and used a variety of techniques to understand the text and also predict what may happen next. For example - we used freeze frames to capture key events and 'thought-tapping' to vocalise what each character may be thinking at that time.

The children have also recorded their own happy, or not-so happy endings for each event using out coordinating conjunction 'but'.

In maths we have been looking at inverse operations and patterns in numbers. 

Inverse operations

8 + 4 = 12

The inverse would change the addition operation to subtraction, using the numbers we already have, so:

12 - 4 = 8 and 12 - 8 = 4

Pattern in numbers

We used small number calculations to help us with larger numbers.

When looking at the following calculation:

60 + 30 =

We discussed that the numbers are quite large and it wouldn't be suitable to use a number line or pictures to find the answer...So we used the tens!

We can easily solve

6 + 3 = 9 so this tells us that 60 + 30 = 90

The children even went on to tell us that it also means that

600 + 300 = 900 and 6000 + 3000 = 9000





This week we have focused on many new concepts including symmetry, sorting shapes, retelling stories and finding definitions for new words in guided reading.

“We’ve being doing the Goldilocks sequel. It’s about what happens when Goldilocks grows up.” – Emily, Owls.


“We learned about ‘Significant people’ and Amelia Earhart. Amelia Earhart was a pilot and she wanted to be the first woman to go across the Atlantic Ocean.” – Ishvaa, Owls


“We have been learning about shapes. I know we have been sorting shapes into groups. We’ve been putting lines in them and seeing if it is the same on each side. It is called symmetry.” – Ethan, Puffins.


This week we have made a great start to our reading comprehension focus. 

Every week the children will read a different text and answer questions relating directly to it. Yesterday was only retrieval - like a dog fetching a ball - you go back to the text to find the answer and bring it back to record on your paper!

For more information about reading comprehension and how you can help your child with it, please follow this link:




What a great first full week back we have had!

This week in maths we have focused on addition and subtraction and thought carefully about how to solve each. When looking at addition we concluded that it can be solved with either number first but it is easier to have the larger number first. With subtraction we learnt that it helps us to find the difference between numbers. Throughout the year we will look at different ways to solve calculations so the children can use the method they find easiest.


In Literacy we have been focusing on 'Goldilocks'. We have looked at 2 different versions and compared their features. The children then had the opportunity to rite the story from a different point of view, thinking carefully about the feelings of a given character. 


Next week we will be starting our new theme - Significant People.

We are very excited to teach your children about a range of inspirational people and use our new immersive learning tool, Now Press Play.