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Year 2

Welcome to Year 2!

The class teachers in Year 2 are Mrs Marshall and Mrs Howie. Mrs O' Mahoney works with both Year 2 classes over the week in classes and in the outdoor quad. Mr Tolley teaches Mrs Marshall's class all day Tuesday and on Wednesday afternoons. Mr Kieran teaches Mrs Howie's class on Tuesday afternoons.


Year 2 are supported all day by Mrs Chase and Mrs Griffiths. In the afternoons they are joined by Mrs Hirst. 


Some of the Year 2 children still access our Nurture Group, Smarties. This takes place every morning, with the children returning to their own classes in the afternoon.



This half term the children will all need both a PE kit and swimming kit in school. PE will be fitness based and will be indoor. The PE kit is a pair of blue or black shorts and a white t-shirt. For swimming the children need trunks or a swimming costume and towel. Ear-rings must be removed for swimming. Goggles can be worn if the children are able to put them on themselves.


Both classes will have PE inside on Wednesday afternoons and will swim on Thursday afternoons. 






Our Day

Phonics and Spelling

Our children take part in daily Phonics and Spelling sessions. Some children review and consolidate Phase 5 of Letters and Sounds at the beginning of the year. The others will begin the No Nonsense Spelling Programme. This looks at spelling patterns, prefixes, suffixes, plurals and so on. Those children who need it are able to access support at Phases 2-4 as necessary.

We subscribe to the Spellodrome Programme. This is an online spelling programme. The children will all have their own login details and can access this from home as well as school. The programme allows the children to practise spelling the Year 1 and 2 Common Exception Words from the National Curriculum as well as key words related to our Mantle work.

The children will bring home a list of spellings to practise on Mondays. These relate to the Spelling Programme. They will also have an activity to complete based on these words.



Over this first half term there will be a focus on 1:1 reading with an adult and we will gradually introduce guided reading sessions and some whole class reading activities. During these sessions the children will work on different skills. These include:

  • retrieving information from a picture, video clip or text
  • making inferences about how a character feels and what is happening
  • thinking about why an author made certain choices
  • looking a interesting and new vocabulary
  • decoding unfamiliar words


We read a selection of fiction and non-fiction texts. The children can access the school library during some lunchtimes and after school weekly with their grown ups.


All the children will have a home reader book. This is their choice and they have the responsibility for changing it when they need to. It really helps children to read at home as frequently as possible - it does make a difference!


Some children may take part in our Reading Champions programme.



We follow the White Rose Hub Maths planning.

In year 2 we focus on using concrete strategies such as Numicom and Base 10. The children will learn to use pictorial representations of problems. Both the concrete and pictorial strategies build towards the children using more abstract approaches.

We will be focussing on counting on in 2s, 5s and 10s from 0 and then any given number. This will lead into learning the multiplication facts for x2, x5, x10. Some children will progress to x3 and x4.

Once the children are ready they can take part in the Super Hero Multiplication Challenge.




In year 2 we focus on writing to entertain and writing to inform other. This includes narratives, descriptions, letters and instructions.


The children will be using the 4 sentence types defined in the Year 2 Writing Assessment Framework.

  • statements - The people stared across the rickety bridge.
  • commands - Mix the ingredients together in the bowl.
  • questions - Who had been there already?
  • exclamatory sentences - What a surprising day it had been!


We also begin to introduce more of the Alan Peat Sentence types. During this term we will begin to try improving our vocabulary using an online resource called Vocabulary Ninja.


 Much of our writing develops from our Mantle work. We also use texts as inspiration for writing.



This term we will have a geography and science focus to our class Mantle

Our team of 'Earth Movers' will be working in the Sahara desert in the ancient city of Timbuktu.

We will be exploring the differences between our local area and Timbuktu, including human and physical features. The children will be discovering the world's continents and oceans. After all, where is Timbuktu and how do we get our equipment there?


In Science we will be exploring some everyday materials including sand, rock, clay and water. Our main scientific focus will be on making more detailed observations and sorting materials.


As part of the RE and Art  curriculum we will be looking at the religious significance of Timbuktu to the Muslim world. The children will explore the special buildings in the city and focus on the Islamic artwork found there.


Extra Curricular Activities

Throughout the year there are opportunities to take part in a variety of after-school clubs. Information about these is sent out when necessary. 

Supporting your child at home

Reading: The children have the opportunity to change their reading book every day. We encourage their independence in selecting a book to share at home. 



Projects: We will often send out a project for children to do at home over holidays linked with our Mantle work.