Year 2 Blog

Our Year 2 Classes are Lifeboats and Coastguards.

These are our curriculum newsletters:

Welcome Back!

It was a delight to welcome back the children on Tuesday and my how they have all grown! Everyone has settled into their new Year 2 classrooms really well and they have returned to school with a sensible and mature attitude for this important year.


We started the week by writing a recount of the adventures they got up to over the summer. The children loved telling each other all about the fun they had and explain who, what, where, when and why in their sentences. We then moved on to looking at our class story ‘A Dark, Dark, Take’ by Ruth Brown. We will be learning this story in great detail so we can innovate it an make our own versions next week.


In Maths we have been looking at place value and partitioning (splitting up) numbers into tens and units in different ways. We were pleased that lots of the children remembered and applied their learning from Year 1 to solve the problems. Our homework relates to the work we undertook this week in class and we will be continuing to look at place value next week.

Everyone was happy to hear that our first topic is Castles. Many children could tell us lots of information about castles and they all had lots of interesting questions that they wish to investigate the answers to over the half term. Learning began with identifying the different parts of a castle. The children were able to explain what each part was and why it was important to the running of the castle.


Next week we will be learning the following:

  • Retelling ‘A Dark, Dark Tale’ by Ruth Brown and innovating it.
  • Using place value (tens and units) to partition and solve problems.
  • Who lives in a castle and why?
  • Properties of different materials.
  • How to stay safe online.

Year 2’s P.E. day is Tuesday. Please ensure that children come to school in their plain P.E. kit on this days, dressed appropriately for the weather. Long hair should be tied back and earrings are removed.

Homework is sent out on a Friday and should be returned for the following Thursday. The spelling test will take place on Thursday morning.


Have a lovely weekend

Year 2 Team

Sensational Safari

Our new topic this half term is Africa and we have been introducing the children to the continent of Africa, looking specifically at the country of Kenya. We have been using the i pads and non-fiction books from the library to research different elements of life in Kenya including location, weather and climate, landmarks and geographical features, animals and what life is like for children in Kenya.
The children used the information they collected to create non-chronological reports about Kenya and after watching a video about the life of a child called Evangeline, they wrote a comparative piece showing the similarities and differences between life here and life in Kenya.
We also planned and designed our own National Parks which included all the relevant features needed for tourists to visit on safari and created keys to explain the symbols.
In maths this week we have been reviewing our learning from the year and have been applying the skills and knowledge we have acquired in money and coins, doubles and halves, multiplication and division and problem solving.


Where the Wild Things Are

This week, we have been looking at the storybook ‘Where the Wild Things Are’. We discovered a lot about the book and the different types of characters in it. The main character was called Max so we wrote a character description about him! Next, we designed our own Wild Thing and described them; we included similes in our descriptions as we learned about them early in the week.

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We discussed the book in great detail during one of our lessons this week and the children were able to use their inference skills in order to predict what might happen next or what could be an alternate scenario throughout different stages of the book. We also created our own front cover as to what we thought was either the most important part of the story or what stood out to us the most. Take a look at some of them!

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Art day!

We have had an Art Day this week where we made lots of different African inspired creations since our topic this term has been all about Kenya. We have made African masks, African neck collars and African sunset cards with an animal silhouette in the foreground.


Position and direction

In maths this week, we have been learning all about position and direction. The children have used terminology that they are familiar with and built on this using ‘north’ for upwards and ‘South East’ for diagonal. They used this knowledge to instruct their partner on how to reach the treasure on a treasure map!

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The Tunnel

Year 2 began their SATs tests this week and we would like to say how proud we are of all the children taking part. They showed an extremely sensible and mature attitude and did their absolute best.
Our SATs will continue next week so we ask parents to please make sure children are in school on time, rested and well fed!
Next week is Northumberland Week in school which is a fantastic way for the children to celebrate the end of two weeks hard work. We hope you can all join us at the fair at 2:30pm on Friday.
Alongside our SATs tests we have been continuing our usual daily learning.
We have been reading the story of The Tunnel, another story by Anthony Browne. The children have been making predictions and using their inference skills to make judgments about the characters. They compared the two main characters and described their differences. They used their imaginations to create ideas for what might be at the end of the tunnel and wrote descriptions of the possible settings. Next week we hope to go on our own journey through a different kind of tunnel!

During Mathematics this week, we have been consolidating our knowledge about 2 dimensional shapes and their properties. Also, we have began to learn about 3 dimensional shapes and the properties that they have, we used plastic shapes to help us as the children found it quite challenging to visualise the properties of the shapes without this scaffolding. It would be helpful to practise identifying 3D shapes at home and the properties they have.


During Literacy, Lifeboats and Coastguards have continued looking at the Gorilla storybook. As the children know the book really well, they were able to plan their own mini adventure. Year 2 have really enjoyed this book and children were able to use their knowledge to infer information from the text.

Next week the children will complete their reading SATs tests.