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Year 2 class page   

Autumn 2018


Class Teacher: Mrs Zachariah and Miss Evans

Teaching Assistant: Mrs Vindhani




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 autumn term, we are enjoying the stories of Little Red Riding Hood and Cinderella. We will be retelling the story in our own words, taking part in a Cinderella ball and writing character descriptions. We are also learning to follow and write instructions by designing our own board games and baking delicious cakes.


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.

The Totally-Pawsome Reading Gang also help us to understand and answer questions about what we have read.










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.
Follow the links below to view the Powerpoints shown at the Parents meeting on the 10th September.



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: Inventors and Scientists

This term we will learn about famous scientists and inventors linked to the Year 2 science curriculum. We will find out about the work of doctors, and learn about Elizabeth Garrett Anderson, the first woman doctor in Britain. We will also find out about how germs are spread. Children will set up a small world to show the effects of water pollution, as discovered by Rachel Carson during her research on ocean habitats. Finally, we will learn about the development of wind turbines and how this invention is used to generate power.



History: Kings and Queens


In this Kings and Queens topic we will learn about the significant British monarchs in history, and the children will compare Elizabeth I and Queen Victoria. We will think about the role of the monarchy and what we would do if we were King or Queen.


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.

Click on the link below to view the End of KS1 Assessment Information.
Sites to try at home