Welcome to Year 2

An overview of  Year 2’s curriculum:

To find out more about Year 2’s curriculum, please click on the current newsletter below or speak to your child’s class teacher / Year Leader (Miss Ball).


Year 2 - Latest News

Week ending 19th October 2018

Literacy: This week we have been retelling an ancient myth called ‘The Birth of The Stars’. The story is about a wizard that casts a curtain across the sky. Then some artists had the idea, to throw shadows of birds and beasts onto the curtain to create a wonderful picture show.

To learn the story, we used a story map and lots of actions until we felt confident and ready to write.

Numeracy: Over the last couple of days we have been learning how to divide. The simplest way we can show this is by sharing an amount into equal groups. So if we are dividing by 2 we draw 2 groups and then share the amount equally, if we are dividing by 5 we draw 5 groups and then share the amount equally and if we are dividing by 10 we draw 10 groups and then share the amount equally. When we got confident doing this we started to look at commutative calculations.

Example; 10 ÷ 2 = 5 so this means that 10 ÷ 5 = 2

Art: This term we have really enjoyed learning about the famous artist Vincent Van Gogh. We have experimented how to use a range of different mediums, such as; charcoal, acrylic paint, oil and chalk pastels.

We are really proud of the final results!

From all the teachers in Year 2, we hope you have a lovely half term.

Year Group Events

ARTis Workshop

On Thursday 8th March, year 2 had a visit from an artist called ‘Giggle.’ During the day, Giggle taught the children how to use their bodies and movement to help them to learn multiplication facts for the 2, 3, 5 and 10 times tables! The children used different actions to help them to remember the times tables and to create multiplication sentences.



BFG Storyteller

On Tuesday 20th March, Year 2 enjoyed a fun filled afternoon with a storyteller called Mr Pedley. He performed a dramatic reading of ‘The BFG’ using story props and sound effects. The children had a  great afternoon and particularly the part of the story when the BFG drank frobscottle. Here are some pictures from our afternoon!

Autumn 1 - Space Displays

Click HERE to see our fantastic Space Displays that we have created this half term.



Writing in Year 2




Science in Year 2








'My Favourite Story' - by Miss Reain

Each week we will ask a member of staff in Year 2 to share their favourite books with us all and tell us why they enjoyed them so much. 

My favourite children’s story is ‘The Enchanted Wood’ by Enid Blyton. I fell in love with this book after reading it with a previous Year 2 class. Every time we read it we were transported to a completely different and magical world!

The story is about three ordinary children that move to the country.  One day they decide to go exploring and discover a deep, green forest.  Inside the forest they notice a magnificent looking tree.  They start to climb up the tree and quickly bump into all sorts of interesting characters along the way.  When they reach the top of the tree different magical lands are revealed, each one bringing its own different adventure.


'My Favourite Story' - by Miss McCarthy

Each week we will ask a member of staff in Year 2 to share their favourite books with us all and tell us why they enjoyed them so much. 

sharks-big-surprise-1One of my favourite stories is ‘Shark’s Big Surprise’ by A.H Benjamin. I first read this at home with my nephews and we loved the surprise at the end of the story.

Shark is feeling very lonely and upset that no-one wants to play with him. Shark makes a plan and goes out in search of some new friends but scares them when he pounces and scoops them into his bag. When they get to Shark’s house, there is a surprise in store.

This book has lots of repetition and exciting vocabulary so it is great fun to read.

Miss McCarthy – (Mars Class)

'My Favourite Story' - by Mrs Lacey

Each week we will ask a member of staff in Year 2 to share their favourite books with us all and tell us why they enjoyed them so much. 


One of my favourite books is ‘Into the Forest’ by Anthony Browne. I first read this book as a bedtime story when my own children were young. The story starts with a lightning storm and a little boy who is worried as he doesn’t know where his Dad is. He sets off across the forest to visit his Granma and, on the way, he meets all kinds of fairytale characters.

I love this story as it is full of mystery and excitement and the illustrations are amazing. If you look very carefully, you will find many hidden pictures amongst the pages. Why don’t you read the book to find out how it all ends up?




'My Favourite Story' - by MIss Ball

Each week we will ask a member of staff in Year 2 to share their favourite books with us all and tell us why they enjoyed them so much. 

billy-2My favourite story is ‘Billy Monster’s DAYMARE’ by Alan Durant. I discovered this book last year with me previous class during reading week. I love reading this book with children and it’s great to know that even monsters get scared!

During the night, Billy Monster wakes up screaming because he had a daymare. He had been dreaming about a child! Daddy Monster tries very hard to help Billy Monster to sleep. He gives him a cup of cold slime (eughhh!), strokes him soothingly and checks behind the curtain and in the cupboard. Finally Daddy monster reads Baby Monster a story about a brave, little monster and he happily falls asleep.

Everyone loves bed time stories… even monsters!




'My Favourite Story' - by Miss Uddin

Each week we will ask a member of staff in Year 2 to share their favourite books with us all and tell us why they enjoyed them so much. This week Miss Uddin tells us about one of her favourite books.

bear-huntOne of my favourite books is ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’ by Michael Rosen. I discovered this book in year one and I loved reading it with my class, especially with all the different sounds; splashing and squelching. I later bought this for my cousin and we love reading this book together.

A family decide to go on an adventure wading through grass, splashing through a river and squelching through mud in search of a bear. A surprise awaits them in the cave on the other side of the dark forest!

A dramatic and comic masterpiece….Beautifully produced, written and illustrated, this is a classic.



'My Favourite Story' - by Mrs Ali

Each week we will ask a member of staff in Year 2 to share their favourite books with us all and tell us why they enjoyed them so much. This week Mrs Ali tells us about one of her favourite books.

what-the-ladybird-heardMy favourite book is ‘What the ladybird heard’ by Julia Donaldson. I bought this book for my daughter and we spent many, many evenings reading it over and over again, doing impressions of animals.

A very clever ladybird overhears an evil plan by

Hefty Hugh and Lanky Len to steal the prize cow from their farm. The animals unite with hilarious results to foil the thieves.

Children can follow the sparkly ladybirds trail through the farmyard as she whispers her plan, to save the day, to the animals. This is a beautifully written story with excellent illustrations, one of the best books by a brilliant children’s author.




Archived News from Year 2

Week ending 12th October 2018

This week we have been working very hard. We started a new unit in Numeracy and have finished off our Literacy unit.

Literacy: We have come to the end of our wonderful book called ‘The Sea of Tranquility’. We learnt that this is the part of the moon that is safe for astronauts to land on because it is firm. The book was about a boy who loved the moon. He wished he could go there …

We wrote our own stories, pretending we were the boy from the book. We used a story map and actions to help us with our piece of writing.



We tried to use all the lovely vocabulary that we enjoyed from the book and put it in to our work. One of our favourite phrases from the book to use was ‘Mars, the tiny space tomato.’




Numeracy: This week, we began looking at multiplication and have been amazing! We have been drawing arrays in our book to help us understand what it actually means to multiply a number.

We looked at the 2, 5 and 10 times table. For example 8 x 5 means 8 groups of 5.


Reading: In our reading lessons this week, most of us have been looking at the book ‘The way back home’. We made predictions about the story from a word cloud, inferred a character’s emotions and also created our own version of the story in the form of a postcard.




Week ending – 28th September 2018.

It has been a busy few weeks in year 2 and we are continuing to enjoy our topic all about space!

In Literacy, we are studying the text ‘The Sea of Tranquility’ by Mark Haddon. We have using the language from the text to retell stories using story maps and use conjunctions to discuss the character in the story.





In Numeracy, we have been learning to count forwards and backwards in tens from any 2 digit number and using number lines to add and subtract 2-digit numbers. Below are the steps we follow for if you would like to practise at home with your children.








During our reading lessons we have been studying the story of ‘Beegu’ by Alexis Deacon. The children have enjoyed making predictions, participating in discussions, discussing Beegu’s feelings and giving their opinion about the story. I am sure, if you ask them, that they will enjoy telling you all about the story!




In Science, the children have been exploring the properties of everyday materials. We enjoyed discussing what the problems would be if objects were made from different materials. For example, what would happen if we put hot tea into a chocolate teapot?

The year 2 teachers are amazed by the rainbow homework we have received so far and we cannot wait to receive more! Lots of children have now received their bronze reading certificate and are now working towards their silver award! Well done and keep on reading!

Week Ending 7th September 2018

Welcome to year 2!

We have had a great first week in year 2! The children have settled well into the routines of year 2 and have made lots of new friends in their new classes.

This week we have started to explore our new topic of ‘Space.’ On our wow day, the children had fun creating planets and finding out all about Space. This week the children have been busy writing facts all about space and remembering to write accurate sentences.

In Numeracy, the children have been exploring 2 digit numbers. The children have learnt how to partition numbers into tens and ones and represent these numbers using dienes, number lines, bead strings and lots of other fun resources!

All children should now have received their new spelling, homework and home school reading books.

I look forward to meeting many of you next week at our meet the parents meeting!

W.C. 5th February 2018

What a busy half term we have had in year 2! We have been reading lots of stories by Roald Dahl such as ‘The Magic Finger’, ‘The Twits’ and ‘George’s marvellous medicine.’

In Literacy, we have been exploring the character of Mr Twit and finding out about why he is rude and dirty. The children have used adjectives to describe Mr Twit’s appearance and conjunctions when discussing Mr Twit’s personality:

Imran – Venus

Noor – Mercury

When reading ‘The Twits’, we enjoyed hearing about the awful tricks that Mr and Mrs Twit played on each other! Our favourite trick was when Mrs Twit put worms in Mr Twit’s spaghetti. Below are some photographs of the children creating and eating their own wormy spaghetti:

In Numeracy, we have been busy exploring 2D and 3D shapes, finding fractions of shapes and numbers and using the 4 operations of number to solve problems.

This half term in Science, the children have been learning about how to live healthily and what humans need to survive! Some aliens came to visit us at Downside and they wanted a pet human. Here are our instructions that we wrote for the aliens about how they can look after their pet human:

Daania – Saturn

Inaaya – Venus

We have received some fantastic rainbow homework this term and we are looking forward to seeing more of the children’s work next half term!

W.C. 8th January 2018

Welcome back and Happy New Year! We have now started our new topic ‘Roald Dahl.’ Over the term, we will be studying different Roald Dahl stories. The children have received their new rainbow homework and copy of ‘The Magic Finger’ to support their homework. Last term the children’ homework was fantastic and we can’t wait what the children will produce this term!

In Numeracy this week, we have been re-capping strategies for addition and subtraction and applying them to solve problems. Here is an example of how the children learn addition and subtraction on an empty number line:

Next week we will be applying this strategy to help us to solve missing number problems!

In Literacy, we have been studying the story of ‘The Enormous Crocodile’ by Roald Dahl. The children have collected vocabulary to help them to describe the crocodile’s personality and to describe how he moves. The children have enjoyed creating and acting out their own trick to help the crocodile to eat the children!

W.C. 20th November.

Year 2 have had a busy start back this half term! The children have been working extremely hard and are enjoying our new ‘Fire and Light’ topic.

Last week in Numeracy we revisited strategies for multiplication and division. The children developed their understanding of multiplication and division. They used this knowledge to help them to show the inverse, to find missing numbers and to solve problems too!

In Literacy, the children have particularly enjoyed studying an aboriginal folk tale from Northern Australia ‘The Rainbow Bird.’ The children started by retelling the tale using a story map. They added story language and actions to help them with their retelling. Afterwards the children changed the story map so that it included their own characters and objects. Have a look at some examples of the children’s story maps:

The children worked with their partners to retell their new tale. Finally they wrote their new tale using story language, conjunctions and adjectives. What a great job they all did!

This week in Science, the children have been planting bulbs. We have planned an investigation to test the best conditions that the bulbs need to grow. We will be observing out bulbs closely over the next few weeks – we will keep you updated with our observations!
Here are some photographs of the children in action:


In our reading lessons we have been exploring the text ‘What do you know about the Great Fire of London?’ The text has helped us to begin to begin to understand the events during the Great Fire of London. The children are eager to learn more about the event.

2nd – 16th October 2017

We are coming to the end of our first half term in Year 2. The children have been working very hard and have learnt so many new things already.

How are the children getting on with the reading challenge? Remember children must complete book reviews. These can be found in the Home Reading Journals.

Parents’ evening is on the 17th and 19th of October so we hope you have booked appointments with class teachers. If you have any problems with the time given, please discuss with your class teacher. They are more than happy to accommodate.   

The focus for last week’s Numeracy was: Multiplication. We discussed the meaning of multiplying and revised counting in 2, 5 and 10s. The children have learnt a new strategy for multiplication called Arrays. We looked at where arrays can be found in real life:

The children investigated by making their own arrays for multiplication number sentences. Have a look at some children having a go:

This week in Numeracy we will start looking at Division. We will be introducing division using the sharing concept.

This video shows you the process: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ckHBomau8D4

During our reading lessons, we have been reading a range of space themed stories. Here is an example of one of these called ‘The Way Back Home’ by Oliver Jeffers.  

Once there as a boy, and one day, he found an aeroplane in his cupboard.

He didn’t remember leaving it in there, but he thought he’d take it out for a go right away. At first, all went well and the plane flew higher and higher and higher until… suddenly, with a splutter, it ran out of petrol. The boy was stuck on the moon… and he was not alone…

Click on the link and scroll down to share an animated version of the story with your child:


Oliver Jeffers very cleverly added a mystery page to the end of his story. We used this page to think up another story featuring the same characters.

A list of other Oliver Jeffers books you may want to look up the next time you visit the library with children:

Lost and found

How to catch a star

Up and down


18th September and 25th September 2017

We have had an interesting couple of weeks in Year 2 so far this year.

Over the last couple of weeks in Numeracy we have introduced partitioning and the Year 2 calculation strategy for Addition. The children have learnt how to use Number lines to count on in Ones and Tens. The Year 2 Teachers and Teaching Assistants have commented on how well the children have worked using the number line strategy. Most children can now draw their own number lines and count on and back.

Next week we will be introducing subtraction on a number line.

Click HERE to see example of using a number line

This week in Literacy, we started our three week Narrative unit. We will be reading a Space themed story called The Sea of Tranquillity by Mark Haddon.


Our Year 2 children have really enjoyed reading this story. They particularly enjoyed the part where the little boy imagines himself walking with the Astronauts.

While reading this story, children were introduced to some new words and phrases such as:


‘Mars, the tiny space tomato…’


‘bay of rainbows’

‘cloudless night’

‘flickery screen’ 


Through this story, we will be unpicking the little boy’s character and discussed his appearance and personality. Children will be writing some character descriptions – We are looking forward to reading some fab pieces of writing.

Science in Year 2 has been really exciting! The children are learning about different materials and their properties. They know now why certain materials are used to make certain items and are able to clearly explain why.

Have a look at this game with your child to further develop their understanding:









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