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Year 2

Year 2 class page   

Autumn 2017


Class Teacher: Mrs Zachariah and Miss Evans

Teaching Assistant: Mrs Matthams




We have PE every TUESDAY and THURSDAY! Please make sure you have your PE kit in school, long hair tied back and any earrings removed.


Spellings – tested every Wednesday!

Homework – given on Thursday to be completed by following Wednesday.



Throughout the spring term, we are enjoying many books including “Where the Wild Things are” and “Tell me a Dragon”. We will be retelling the story in our own words, designing our own dragons and writing poems.


In year 2 …

  • children will begin to learn how two words can be put together to create a new word, e.g play + ground = playground or foot + ball = football, these are known as compound words.
  • children will be encouraged to use more adverbs (describe the verb), by adding the suffix ‘ly’ to certain words, e.g slow-ly, quick-ly, patient-ly.
  • children learn different ways of joining ideas together to make longer, more detailed sentences using words such as when, if, because, or, and, but.
  • children will work on changing tenses and writing in a specific tense and consistent use of punctuation.


In our spelling, punctuation and grammar lessons, we have been learning to locate and use nouns, verbs, adjectives and adverbs. We are also beginning to understand a use a variety of sentence types. (Statements, exclamations, questions and commands) Each week your child will have a list of spellings to learn, with a test on a Wednesday. Learning these spellings will really help to improve your child’s confidence when writing independently.


In year 2 …

  • children’s knowledge of graphemes (written form of sounds) will be building and they will be using these to spell words, e.g n-igh-t, sh-o-p-p-i-ng or ch-a-m-p.
  • trickier words known as homophones will be taught in order for children to be aware that words can sound the same but have different spelling, e.g see and sea, weather and whether.
  • children learn to spell contracted words (shortened forms) such as ‘we’ve’, ‘they’ll’, ’they’ve’
  • children might be taught how to use the possessive apostrophe e.g the boy’s hat (the hat belonging to the boy)
  • children learn to use suffixes, such as: –ness, -ful, -ment, -ly and –less.


Throughout the year we will be focusing on improving our handwriting. Click below to see an example of how we form letters using our handwriting scheme.



We love reading in Year 2! Mrs Zachariah loves books that will make her laugh or information books that can teach her new things. We have the opportunity to read every day at school, either individually or in a group. Remember … Fluency isn’t everything! Children must also understand what they are reading and what is being read to them!


Click below for a parent’s guide to reading with your child.

In year 2 …


  • children will listen to, discuss and give their own thoughts and opinions on a range of books including stories, non-fiction text and a wide range of poetry at a level beyond their own reading ability.
  • children will be asked to check that their reading makes sense, make predictions about the type of book they are reading or the characters within it, answer and ask questions about their reading and make inferences. Inference involves using the clues in the story or picture to make a good guess. It involves figuring something out which isn’t fully explained and draws on a child’s existing knowledge of the world.
  • children will sequence events within a book and retell traditional and fairy stories with more detail.
  • children will use the structure of different non-fiction texts such as non-chronological reports and instructional texts to help them to use the correct structure in their own writing.





Each morning we start with “Number of the day”. Each child has their own ‘number of day’ booklet and we choose a two digit number and then answer question about it, such as one more or how many tens.

This term we are focussing on understanding place value. Children are representing numbers using objects and pictures. Having a clear understanding of place value helps us to add and subtract as well as with multiplication and division.




Things to practice at home:

  • Recognising odd and even numbers
  • Doubling numbers to 10.
  • Halving all even numbers to 20.
  • Knowing all addition pairs of numbers to go (7 + 13 = 20) and related subtraction fact (20 – 13 = 7)
  • 1 more, 1 less, 10 more, 10 less than any 2 digit number.
  • Counting forward from 0 in jumps of 1, 2, 5 or 10.
  • Naming and describing common 2D and 3D shapes
  • Adding or subtracting a single digit number from any 2 digit number.


To see an overview of the topics for this year please click here.


Science: Animals including Humans


In this topic the children learn about how humans and other animals are born, grow and change, and what we need to survive and be healthy. Children classify different kinds of animal babies, learn about the basic needs that are shared by humans and animals, and research the differing needs of animals within our care. Focusing their own experiences, children explore the need for humans to eat a varied diet, to keep themselves clean, and to take regular exercise. Throughout the unit, the learning materials encourage children to make positive choices that contribute to a healthy lifestyle.


History: Kings and Queens


In this Kings and Queens topic we will learn about the significant British monarchs in history, and complete a more in-depth study of Richard III as well as asking the children to draw comparisons between Elizabeth I and Queen Victoria. The unit consolidates the children's awareness of the past and significant individuals through using timelines and making comparisons between various periods in history. 


Geography: Safari


In this topic we will learn about the geography of Kenya through focusing on the main human and physical features of the country. Children will learn about the key geographical features of the country including Kenyan wildlife, landscapes and culture. Children will learn about the similarities and differences between Kenya and the UK.

The Great Fire of Loughborough


In the Autumn term we learnt about The Great Fire of London. We found out about the fire by reading extracts from Samuel Pepys’ diary, as well as looking at paintings and pictures of London in 1666.

We wrote our own diary entries, imagining that we were alive during the great fire.

We all made a model of a house, based on drawings we had seen of houses in 1666. We took all our models out on to the playground for ‘The Great Fire of Loughborough’. The whole school came out to watch. A fire engine and firefighters were nearby to put out the fire. Once the fire was out we were able to look around the fire engine and even had a go at squirting the hose!

The Great Fire of Loughborough

You can watch the video of The Great Fire of Loughborough by clicking on the link below.
Click on the link below to view the End of KS1 Assessment Information.
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