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 (Mrs Ali).


Year 2 - Latest News


 2nd July 2017:

The children continue to work really hard this term, even with the blazing heat this week!

In Literacy and Topic work this week we have been learning about Christopher Columbus and his adventures. The children wrote some diary entries for his journey to the Americas. They enjoyed stepping into his shoes and understand why Columbus was so keen to achieve his goal.

In Numeracy this week, children have designed and made board games. Some focused on improving addition skills through their games and others focused on fractions!

This week we also had our school art galleries. Below are photos of the Year 2 section of the gallery:

Year Group Events

Super Summer Term Displays





Rain Forest Poetry

Click HERE to read our Rain Forest Poetry





Sloth Fact Files

Click HERE to read our Sloth Fact Files





Spring 1 - Spectacular Displays





Autumn Holiday Project

 Click HERE to have a look at some of the wonderful photos from our Autumn Holiday project.





Year 2 Art Gallery

 Click HERE to have a look at some of the wonderful photos from our Art Gallery





Autumn 2 Fantastic Displays





Great Fire of London - workshop

Click here to see some photos of our Great Fire of London Drama workshops.






On the 31st October Year 2 children experienced Diwali day. They took part in various Art and Craft activities. Have a look at what they got up to: 






Writing in Year 2

Below are examples of some of the best story writing so far in Year 2. 






Science in Year 2


Have a look at some of the work children have done in their first half term in Science.







Story Maps - Year 2

Below are few examples of story maps created in Year 2


Aliyah Ditta – Jupiter
Green Literacy Group – Jupiter
Anum Khan – Venus
Janusiga Sooriyakumar – Jupiter
Mirah Rahman – Venus










Fabulous first half term displays
'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 Mrs Khaliq

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 Khaliq tells us about her favourite series of books:

elmer-1Elmer goes on so many adventures. Elmer the elephant is not your normal elephant, Elmer is a brightly coloured patchwork elephant. If you venture into Year 1, you’ll see Elmer everywhere. Elmer goes on many adventures, teaching you about teamwork and helping your friends. Elmer and the hippos have to work together in order to fix the river. It shows without teamwork, it’s really difficult to get things done. Elmer also teaches us about sharing. He lets the other animals play in their part of the river, just like we can let others play with us on the playground.

It’s a fantastic series of books and one I enjoy reading with classes I work in.


'My Favourite Story' - by Mrs Godhania

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 Godhania tells us about one of her favourite books.

gruffalo‘The Gruffalo’ by Julia Donaldson is a classic children’s book which I first read whilst teaching in Year 1.

This is a rhyming story of a very clever mouse that takes a stroll through the deep dark woods and encounters a series of animals, from a fox, to an owl to a snake, who all want to eat him. He frightens them by telling them that he’s on his way to meet a Gruffalo that has terrible tusks, terrible claws, terrible claws and terrible jaws. They all get scared and run away. Then all of a sudden, when the mouse is strolling in the woods, he comes face to face with the Gruffalo and he also wants to eat him up. So the mouse says” I’m the scariest creature in the wood.” “Everyone is afraid of me.” When the Gruffalo hears this, he bursts with laughter. Then the mouse takes the Gruffalo to the snake, the owl and the fox. They all see the Gruffalo and disappear as quickly as they can. In the end, the mouse scares and fools the Gruffalo and says “Everyone is afraid of me”.

The book is fun to read as it has short rhymes and great illustrations by Alex Scheffler.

'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

2nd May 2017:

We welcome you all back to the start of our super Summer term. We have lots planned for this term so keep reading the Year 2 page for details.

We kick started this term with a WOW to our new Summer topic: Rainforests. All year 2 classrooms have been transformed into amazing rainforest environments! Children helped by making leaves, colouring various rainforest animals and recreating mini rainforests in one class! Take a peek below at our display photos.

In Literacy, over the last few weeks back, children have composed some amazing poems and written some informative fact files about a very unique rainforest animal – The Sloth. Have a look at the examples below.  

In Numeracy, over the last few weeks, we have been revising the calculation strategies for Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication and Division. Thank you to all parents who attended our Math Strategy workshop – we hope you found this useful.

We will be sitting our final tests the week beginning the 15th May. The children are well prepared for these tests and we put no extra pressure on them as the tests only inform our final teacher assessments at the end of the year. As parents, you just need to ensure children are reading regularly at home and completing their homework.

News for week beginning:

27th March 2017:

This week in Numeracy we have been working on measures. The children worked on solving problems involving temperature. We learnt that cooler than means subtract and warmer than means to add. They solved problems like this one:





In Literacy this week we looked at Poetry. The children were given poems in groups and had to perform these poems to the class with actions and emphasised speech. They really enjoyed doing this and were great when it came to commenting on each group’s performance. We didn’t have any Simon Cowells!

A very big well done to all the children who completed one of each colour from the Homework Menu. The children were awarded with certificates and enjoyed a wonderful games morning as a reward.  

We have finally reached the end of spring term. We hope you all have restful breaks and we look forward to seeing you in the new term.

Happy Holidays!

20th March 2017:

As we near the end of term, we would like to say a big Thank you to all the children in Year 2 for their hard work this term. We have seen them produce brilliant: Art work, Maths work and superb writing across Literacy and Topic lessons.

This week in Literacy, children have written some book reviews to round off our Roald Dahl topic. Children were asked to choose the story they most enjoyed reading in class and plan and write their review. Have a look at Ruqayyah’s Plan for her review:






In Numeracy this week we have been looking at Fractions again. We have been working on mastering fractions at a deeper level. So instead of simply asking them to find ½ ¼ 1/3 and ¾ of numbers or a group of shapes, we have been looking at fractions in word problems and proving statements true or false. Have a look at these examples:







13th March 2017:

This week children sat some practise SATs tests. We are very proud of their achievements and their attitudes towards these tests. WELL DONE Year 2!

Parents evening is fast approaching. If you haven’t already booked an appointment to see your child’s class teacher, speak to them as soon as possible. We will be providing you with your child’s report during parents evening as well as targets for the Summer term.

At the end of each week, Mrs Bugler collects Home reading Signatures. The class with the highest number of children who have read that week, win a trophy. Well done to Saturn class for winning last week.

We have received some fantastic homework for the Rainbow Menu. Thank you to all children and parents who are following the checklist carefully to ensure homework is being completed and handed in on the correct day.

Remember: children should be reading ‘The Owl who was Afraid of the Dark’ weekly and completing the tasks related to this.

E-Safety tips:

We understand that children may need to use the internet to complete some homework activities. Have a look at the following guidance on children searching the internet at home:


6th March 2017

In Art last week children created their own Quentin Blake characters. They coloured these using water colour paints. Have a look at a few examples:

Using these characters, in Literacy this week, children were asked to write some character descriptions. They had to think about their character’s appearance and personality. Have a read of Janusiga’s character description. Can you guess which one of the characters above belongs to Janusiga?








In Numeracy this week we have been learning about Place Value. We consolidated our understanding of two digit numbers, odd and even numbers as well as estimating using what we already know. Have a look at the link below for a fun idea on how to reinforce Place value:


We were amazed to see so many amazing world book day costumes last week and the children did all look fantastic. We will be posting a few photos soon.

News for week beginning:

 6th February 2017:

This week in Literacy children have been planning and writing ‘Wanted’ posters. We would like to track down Mr and Mrs Twit for their horrid behaviour towards innocent animals. Have a look at the start of Ibraheem and Aliyah’s Posters:


We have also been learning how to use the following suffixes in our writing:

  • ful
  • ness
  • less
  • ment

How many words can your children think of with these suffixes?

In Numeracy children learnt how to find fractions of number, shape and an amount of objects.

We focused the following fractions: ½ ¼ 1/3 ¾

Have a look at the strategy we use:


This week the children also met Karin Littlewood, a popular illustrator, and were lucky enough to take part in a special workshop where they created their own illustrations.

News for week beginning:

 30th January 2017:

This week in Literacy children wrote some character descriptions of Mr and Mrs Twit, created a short Drama piece depicting a revolting scene from the story, worm eating! Yuck! And recounted using time words two of the tricks the Twits played on each other. Take a look at the trick the children liked hearing about the most: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eWvyB-QvbVA

Here are some time words to practise at home:

When, Whenever, Before, As soon as, After

Can children use these words to start sentences?

In Numeracy children learnt more about 2D and 3D shape. They were able to sort 2D and 3D shape based on their properties. Most children now know what: Quadrilaterals, pentagons, hexagons and octagons are. Most are also able to name the following 3D shapes:

23rd January 2017:

This week we read: The Twits by Roald Dahl.

“How do you outwit a Twit? Mr. and Mrs. Twit are the smelliest, ugliest people in the world. They hate everything – except playing mean jokes on each other, catching innocent birds to put in their Bird Pies, and making their caged monkeys, the Muggle-Wumps, stand on their heads all day. But the Muggle-Wumps have had enough. They don’t just want out, they want revenge.”

The ideas in this story will be used in our Literacy lessons next week. So maybe you can discuss at home the following questions:

  • What does Mrs. Twit put in her husband’s beer?
  • What job did the Twits used to do?
  • What type of pie do the Twits have every Wednesday?
  • What type of glue does Mr. Twit use?
  • Which bird is a friend of the monkeys?
  • Who plays the spaghetti trick?

This week in Literacy children have been learning all about Roald Dahl’s life. They learnt many new facts about him. Did you know that he was a world war two fighter pilot? Children were asked to take these facts and plan and write a biography. Look out in the events section next week to see some examples next week.

In Numeracy children were handling data. They learnt about Tally charts, block graphs and pictograms. They learnt how to interpret data in these charts and even had a go at drawing their own bar graphs using collected data asking the question – What is your favourite Roald Dahl story?

Children were asked to complete a piece of homework from the Rainbow menu last week. Have a look at a few examples created last week:

Owl Collage

By Yahya (Jupiter)

Mr Twit mask

By Akif


Medicine instructions

By Mehrab



Plop story

By Eesa


Owl Collage

By Abu Suffian


Mr and Mrs Twit masks

By Zara


16th January 2017:

This week has been a busy one in Year 2.

In Literacy we read: The Enormous Crocodile by Roald Dahl.

Another fun packed tale by the genius author.

The Enormous Crocodile grinned, showing hundreds of sharp white teeth. “For my lunch today,” he said, “I would like a nice juicy little child.”

In this humorous tale, a vicious crocodile plays a number of tricks on unsuspecting children in order to eat them. Luckily, he never achieves his goal.


This week in Literacy children were asked to put their thinking caps on to come up with another possible trick the crocodile could play on the children. Classes came up with some creative ideas. In Saturn class, the Enormous crocodile disguised himself as a raspberry bush! What a clever idea!

In Numeracy children learnt about the relationship between Addition and Subtraction. So by using the inverse they were able to solve missing number problems like: ___ + 17 = 34.

Have a look at these examples also:






In Science this week children have been using their senses to explore unknown foods and objects.

They had to make guesses based on what the food items smelt, felt, and tasted like. Here we have Mehvish’s guesses:


9th January 2017:

Happy New Year – 2017 already! We welcome you all back to the start of our Spring term. We have lots planned for this term so keep reading the Year 2 page for details.

The Year 2 teachers were awestruck by the number of children who worked hard on their holiday projects. They are absolutely amazing! Teachers have them on display in their classrooms. I have also put a sample of photos in the events section below – please have a look. Here are just a few examples:

I would also like to say a big Thank you to all parents who made it to our Meeting on Wednesday to discuss the new Homework Menu and Book study. If you missed the meeting and have any questions about either, please discuss with class teachers – each class offers a parent drop in session at 8.45 – 9.00 on a Wednesday morning. I have also posted information on this page. (Have a look above).

We kick started this week with a WOW to our new Spring topic: Roald Dahl. The Cinema experience was enjoyed by all. The children were completely absorbed in the famous Roald Dahl story, The BFG, and are looking forward to hearing more stories in the coming weeks.

This brings me onto the learning this week:

In Literacy the children read descriptions of the BFG’s appearance and his cave from the story book. They created accurate drawings based on these descriptions. Here are a few examples:

Children also went on to write their own descriptions of the BFG’s Cave using detail from the book and the movie. They included well-chosen adjectives and similes to these descriptions.

In Numeracy this week the children revisited how to add and subtract two 2 digit numbers. This method involves partitioning. Keep practising the strategies at home with the children.

Have a look at this example of addition on a number line:

In Science this half term, children will be learning all about Healthy Living and In R.E. children will be learning all about Sacred texts. ICT will be covered throughout the curriculum. Have a look at this BFG Word cloud created using ICT:






Week beginning 21st November 2016

Upcoming event for your diaries:

Our gallery date has moved to Wednesday 30th at 3.00 – the children would like to show all the fantastic work they have done this term. Please keep the date free and come along. You will also get a chance to pop into all Year 2 classes.

The Teachers and children have been working really hard this half term. Have a look at some of the classroom displays created (Click on the link in the events section to see more Half term 2 displays):

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Mars Class Display Mercury Class Display Saturn Class Display

Have you been reading about the teachers’ favourite stories? Well soon we will have an art competition starting in year 2. Watch this space!

This week in Numeracy:

The children worked really hard to understand the relationship between Multiplication and Division.

For example: If they know that 5×2=10 then they should also know that 2×5=10, 10÷2=5 and 10÷5=2.

Children have also now been introduced to the 3 times table. They should be learning these at home and know them off by heart. Not just in order but out of order also.

Have a look at the link below at some interactive games children can be playing at home to help them consolidate their knowledge of tables:


This week in Literacy/Topic:

This week the children have learnt more about the Great Fire of London. On Wednesday the children took part in a Drama workshop all about the Great Fire of London. Have a look at some photos in the events section.

They learnt about artifacts that tell us more about the events and wrote some Newspaper articles about the catastrophic event.

Have a look at the link below which will consolidate understanding of the Great Fire of London:


14th November 2016

I’m sure some parents have noticed how keen their children are to read at home. A handful of our children have received their Gold prizes for reading at home. Remember every signature matters! Hope you have been reading about some of our Year two staffs’ favourite stories. If not, have a look at the links below in the events section.

The children will have come home this week with some Maths challenges called: ‘Learn it’. We would like children to work on these facts with you. We encourage the children not to use fingers or objects to solve these facts but to learn the facts off by heart. Children will complete these challenges in class and be sent home with a score each week so you can see how they got on.

This week in Numeracy we further developed the children’s knowledge of Time. Have a look at one of our working walls:

learning-journeyIn Year 1 the children learnt about o’clock and half past. So we developed their knowledge by teaching them about quarter past and quarter to. The children did well to learn a difficult concept. Many of our children were also ready to learn about 5 minute intervals.

Have a look at the link below which shares some useful tips:


In Literacy/Topic this week we started learning about The Great Fire of London. The children were amazed to find out about the events that unfolded 350 years ago in London. The children became reporters in one lesson and questioned key witnesses to find out a little more. Have a look at some of the work the children completed in our Guy Fawkes and Great Fire of London lessons:

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Writing questions

Using artifacts

Ordering events

Upcoming event for your diaries:

Tuesday 29th in class Galleries – the children would like to show all the fantastic work they have done this term. Please keep the date free and come along. Year 2 Gallery will be in the afternoon.

7th November 2016

Wow! What a fantastic week we have had in Year 2 – a Science show and our Diwali assembly!

On Tuesday, we were treated to a Science show called ‘Team Tim’. It was amazing! The children actually got to meet Tim Peake, the Famous British astronaut, over a live video stream. They learnt about weightlessness, growing plants in space and how “water” can be recycled in space. Miss McCarthy even had her mind read by a very special imagination reading machine! How fantastic that was.

Thank you to all the parents who came along to our Year 2 Diwali assembly on Wednesday. The children were fabulous – Jupiter class told us all about the Diwali story, Saturn class showed off some of their very colourful Rangoli designs, Mars class displayed their delightful Diva lamps, Venus class recited a fancy firework poem and finally, Mercury class showed off a few dance moves!

In Numeracy this week we have been learning a lot about fractions. We recapped how to find a half and a quarter of a shape and developed this knowledge to find halves and quarters of numbers. In Literacy we have completed our two week unit on instructional writing. The children have excelled themselves this week writing clear, detailed and well-structured instructions. Finally, this week the children braved the cold to plant some bulbs. We will be observing the growth of these bulbs over the half term. Let’s hope the snow stays away!

31st October 2016

The Year 2 team would like to say thank you to all the children and parents who have taken part in the ‘Get Caught Reading’ competition. We have seen some amazing entries: from reading in the bathtub (Adam in Saturn class) to reading under tables (Ayat in Jupiter class) – Well done.

On Monday, to kick start our half term’s topic on ‘Fire and Light’, we had a Diwali day. Children enjoyed taking part in a variety of art and craft activities and learnt about the Diwali story. Come along to our Diwali assembly next week (Wednesday 9th November) to find out more. Also click on the Diwali Day link below to get a sneak peek.

This week in Literacy children have been learning all about Instruction texts. First we looked at the language and layout features of instructions and then tried to follow a set of instructions.

Here are some children trying to make Friendship bracelets:

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Here Jupiter class show off their success in following the instructions:


In Maths we have been learning all about 2D shape. In year 1, children learnt about circles, squares, rectangles and triangles. This week they learnt about some new 2D shapes: Pentagon, Hexagon and Octagon. We discussed the properties of these shapes (sides and vertices), looked at regular and irregular types and learnt about symmetry in these shapes.



17th October 2016

Have a read of some of our Half term 1 highlights:

“This half term I really enjoyed reading the story: ‘The Man on the Moon’ by Oliver Jeffers. The children seemed to really connect with his character and wrote some wonderful descriptive character descriptions using adjectives. In Jupiter class we are reading another tale all about Bob and his adventures.” – Mrs Ali 

  • “I understand how to multiply using arrays. I found this easy. My teacher taught me a rhyme to help me remember.” – Farhaan
  • “I have enjoyed Art this half term. Painting Van Gogh’s Starry Night scene was fun.” – Amani
  • “In Science I have learnt that different materials are chosen to make objects because of their properties” – Ibraheem

Remember to take photos of your children reading in unusual places. The closing date is: 4th November. Have a look at some of these to get some ideas:

The focus for this week’s Numeracy was: Division. We discussed the meaning of dividing by sharing. Here you can see some Year 2 children sharing:

Read some of the stories children wrote last week in Literacy. Click on ‘Writing in Year 2’ to see some examples.

10th October 2016

We are slowly 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. Next week we will be posting some of the highlights.

How are the children getting on with the new “Get caught reading” challenge? Remember if you need any advice on this, ask your child’s class teacher. The closing date is: 4th November.

Next week we will be saying farewell to Mrs Khaliq who has worked at Downside for many many years. She works very hard with our Year 2 children across all subjects. We will miss you Mrs Khaliq and we wish you all the best for the future.

Parents’ evening is next week so we hope you have booked appointments with class teachers: Tuesday 18th and Thursday 20th

The focus for this 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:eggs-1


The children investigated by making their own arrays for multiplication number sentences. Have a look at Mahdia and Hasnain (Saturn class) and Ifza and Ali (Jupiter class) having a go:

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 pupil-2-1  pupil-1-1

book-1This week in Literacy, we read our final space story 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: http://www.literacyshed.com/the-adventure-shed.html

jeffersOliver Jeffers very cleverly added a mystery page to the end of his story. We used this page to plan another story featuring the same characters. Each class has planned and will write their own versions of the story in the next few days. One piece from each class will be chosen to feature on the Year 2 page.

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
  • Stuck


3rd October 2016

The year 2 team would like to say a BIG thank you to all the parents and children who brought in cakes for last week’s cake sale – it was a huge success. Teachers will be handing out information about the school’s new and exciting reading challenge this week called: Get Caught Reading. Please have a read of the leaflet and if you have any questions, ask your child’s class teacher or TA. We look forward to seeing where you children will get caught reading! (entry forms have been given to all pupils but a copy can be found HERE – it is a double sided document).

This week has been another amazing week in year 2. In Numeracy we have introduced the children to using standard units of measure for length.

rulerWe have been measuring length using centimeters (cm). Children have also learnt how to measure accurately using a ruler. They now know how to line the ruler up against what they are measuring and the importance of starting at the zero.

Children further developed their work on measures during Wednesday’s lesson where they had to measure and cut lengths of fire accurately for rockets.

rocket-2Here’s an example from Venus class by Karina Dimsaite:

Karina compared and ordered the rockets really well. Well done! Miss Ball was very impressed.



whatever-nextThis week in Literacy, we continue our work on Narrative writing. This week’s story is called “Whatever next” by Jill Murphy.

Children have really enjoyed reading this story.

This is a beautiful story of innocence and imagination, full of Jill Murphy’s characteristic warmth and humour. The moon and back before bathtime? Whatever next! We joined Baby Bear as he found a rocket, made friends with an owl and had a picnic on the moon!

Through this story, we explored Baby Bear’s character and discussed the setting of the Moon. Children will be retelling this story on Friday using a good range of conjunctions and adjectives. We will be posting a good piece from each class next week.

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

  • Peace at last
  • On the way home
  • Five minutes peace

This week in Art we have started learning about the famous artist: Vincent Van Gogh.  Children have learnt about the techniques and colours he used when he painted. In some classes children made their own viewfinders to explore sections of his work. At the end of this unit children will recreate one of his master pieces.

19th September and 26th September 2016

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 calculation strategies for Addition and Subtraction. The children have learnt how to use Number lines to count on and back 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.


man-on-the-moonThis week in Literacy, we started our three week Narrative unit. We will be reading three Space themed stories. This week’s story is called “Man on the Moon” by Simon Bartman.

Our Year 2 children have really enjoyed reading this story. They particularly enjoyed spotting the hidden aliens on each page of the story.

Through this story, we unpicked Bob’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.



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