Year 2 – Spring 1
We really appreciate any parental support that can
be given at home through helping your child with basic number skills (times
tables, counting and number bonds) and hearing them read regularly.
This half-term we will be learning
In our English lessons we will be using
a range of texts to base our learning from.
We will be working on writing
non-chronological reports, persuasive letters and character descriptions.
We will also cover and revise:
types and use of conjunctions (including - and, so but, because, with, if,
of basic punctuation marks (capital letters, full stops, exclamation marks,
Writing within the past/present tense
(-ing, -ly-, -ed, -ment, -ness)
script (joined where possible)
In our Maths lessons we will be looking
at the following areas:
- Fractions – finding halves, quarters
and thirds of shapes and numbers
- Time – Telling the time to the
- Money – Recognising coins and their
values, adding and subtracting amounts with pounds and pence
Our new Science topic this half-term is
‘Living Things’. We will also be looking at ‘Animals including Humans’. We will
- How animals are adapted to suit their
- Food chains
- Different kinds of habitats
And much more!
We will be completing the ‘Our World’
topic looking at the following continents:
- North America
- South America
We will then be moving onto our next
topic ‘Being Famous’. This topic will include looking at:
- Rosa Parks
- L.S. Lowry
- Grace Darling
- Samuel Pepys and the Great Fire of
And much more!
This term we will be finishing off our
presentations topic using Microsoft PowerPoint. We will then move onto learning
about control and movement using coding.
On the days of P.E. lessons or Sports
Clubs, pupils should come to school in their P.E. kit or clothing appropriate
for P.E instead of their school uniform. Where possible, we will be conducting
P.E. lessons outside so a hoodie/jacket and joggers are recommended. Please
ensure that they still have a warm, waterproof coat for lunch and play times on
these days too.
Tuesday and Thursday
Tuesday and Thursday
Thursday and Friday
Tuesday and Friday
your child wears earrings there are three options:
Send plasters in so that their ears are covered.
Children have plasters put on at home so that they are prepared for their P.E
Children do not wear their earrings on the day they have PE.
We will be considering and learning
about how to look after our own mental well-being.
The ‘Spring 1 Learning At Home’ pack
is available to download from the ‘Latest Letters’ area of the school website.
Please let us know if a paper copy is required. We also encourage the use of
the learning platform as well as websites such as MyMaths and Times Table
Rockstars. Please contact the school office should your child require their
login details again.
What an amazing term we have had, 2U! I am really impressed
with our hard work, maturity and effort over the past few weeks.
In Maths, we have covered basic skills in number, using
pictures and concrete apparatus such as base-10, cubes and Numicon to support
our learning. We have also began to
solve calculations with the 4 operations, showing much more confidence with
For English, we have written a range of genres including
recounts, character descriptions, diary entries and instructions. We thoroughly
enjoyed reading ‘The Twits’ and found it really funny! Work included using
adjectives, past tense verbs, both 3rd and 1st person as
well as exploring all 4 sentence types.
During Science, we have completed our Materials topic. Learning
included exploring different materials and their properties. We had fun
designing our own cars using a variety of materials for each component. We also
touched on Seasons, discussing the evidence that Autumn has left and Winter has
arrived, through observations in nature.
Our YPC topic has been ‘Our World’ where 2U have studied
some key continents such as Asia and Africa! We loved comparing life between
children in Birmingham and Johannesburg. 2U also developed their Geography
skills using Atlases, maps and Google Earth.
You all deserve a restful, fun break 2U. Well done on your achievements
and look forward to many more to come in the new year. I wish you all a Merry
Christmas and a happy New Year!
Well done, 2M. You have made such a fantastic start to Year 2
throughout the first term and I am so proud of the maturity you have shown
during these tricky times.
Our Maths lessons have been jam-packed with lots of
mathematical skills. Our knowledge of the four operations has really supported
us to solve a variety of problems. We have even been looking at how some number
problems can be commutative and used this knowledge to help us solve those
In English we have been doing lots of amazing writing
including: retelling stories, writing instructions for our own pranks and
writing a diary entry. We have also been working on our sentence structure and
letter formation, which has really improved since September!
Science has been very exciting too! We have learnt all about
different materials and focused on areas such as: suitability, everyday uses
and properties. Luckily, we were able to look at some of the materials within
the classroom and this really helped to secure our understanding. Since then,
we have revisited Seasonal Change to explore the differences in the seasons now
that we are in Winter.
During our YPC lessons we have been learning all about ‘Our
World’ and explored the 7 continents. We really have been on our own adventure
all over the world, looking at various landmarks, capital cities, animals and
weather. It’s been lots of fun!
Tri-golf was a great way to start P.E. this half term. We
were able to learning lots about the rules of the game and how to use all of
the equipment. We have since moved on to gymnastics were we have learnt skills
such as: jumps, balances and rolls.
I have certainly enjoyed my first term in 2M and I hope you
have too! Have a wonderful break and make sure you come back well rested for
lots more exciting learning. Stay safe and I will see you soon!
Another half-term has flown by quickly.
We have had to adapt to remote learning once again this
half-term, but it has been really nice to see how hard you’ve worked at home,
as well as in the classroom. Thank you again to parents and carers for your
Whilst in school, we have been reading The Twits by Roald
Dahl in our English lessons. We have used this to write character descriptions,
looking at the use of positive and negative language and how this contributes
to meaning. We planned our own prank based on those that The Twits play on one
another and wrote a set of instructions to carry it out. We certainly have some
masters of mischief in 2L! We also looked at the use of rhyme within the book
and explored this by creating our own rhymes based on the book.
We started a new topic on addition and subtraction in our
Maths lessons. We have learned how to add and subtract tens and ones from given
numbers, using mental strategies to support us. We then moved on to looking
multiplication and division. We have practised drawing arrays to support our
understanding of multiplication calculations and used grouping to help us
In Science we have been learning all about
Materials. We looked for examples of different materials in our classroom and
considered how the material is chosen to suit a particular purpose based on its
properties. We also looked at how we can change the shape of solid materials by
bending, stretching and squashing them.
I hope you have a wonderful Christmas and holiday and enjoy a well-deserved
We have come to the end of our first term and haven’t we learnt
In English, we have been looking at ‘The Twits’. We found the
text very enjoyable and we really enjoyed looking at the interesting
description of the different characters. It was great fun creating our own pranks
and creating a set of instructions to explain how to do them. We have also been
learning how to make our writing more exciting. We have learnt how to use
expanded noun phrases and different sentence openers to make our writing more
interesting to read.
In Maths, we have been developing our understanding of the 4
different operations. We really enjoyed drawing the base-10 to support us when
adding and subtracting but our favourite was creating arrays to help us when
solving multiplication problems. During this half term we have played lots of
games to help us learn our times tables. We are all trying hard to learn the
2s, 5s and 10s and even more. Remember, you can use Times Table Rockstars over
the holiday to get even better.
We have really enjoyed YPC because we have been learning all
about our world in our YPC topic. We really enjoyed learning about the
different continents and comparing them. Throughout the topic we have looked at
human and physical features and seen a range of different animals which live in
the different continents. As a class we found it difficult to agree on a
favourite continent because they are all so different and amazing in lots of
ways. However, lots of us did really like Africa because of all of the amazing
different animals it has like lions and giraffes.
We really enjoyed learning about Gymnastics in our P.E lessons
and lots of us enjoyed making our sequences look elegant. We learnt lots of different
jumps, rolls and balances and it was great fun creating sequences and
performing these in front of the class.
Enjoy the holiday 2W! You deserve it!
We really appreciate any parental support that can be given at home through helping your child with basic number skills (times tables, counting and number bonds) and hearing them read regularly.
This half term we will be learning about:
In our English lessons we will be using the text ‘The Twits’ by Roald Dahl as the basis for our learning.
We will be working on the following areas:
· Sentence types – statement, command, question, exclamation.
· Adjectives and expanded noun phrases.
· Interesting sentence openers.
We will begin by looking at:
We will be using Numicon and Base-10 to support our learning.
Our new Science topic is Materials. We will be learning about:
· The properties of different materials – hard, flexible, soft, rigid, brittle etc.
· How materials can be moulded and shaped.
· How materials are used to suit a particular purpose.
Our first YPC topic is Our World. We will be learning about:
· The seven different continents.
· The Geography of the land.
· Compare different cultures from around the world.
· The animals and habitats.
· The art from different cultures.
This term we will be finishing off our Digital Safety topic. We will then move onto learning touch typing skills and how to use Microsoft PowerPoint.
PE/Sports: Gymnastics and Tri-Golf
On the days of P.E. lessons or Sports Clubs, pupils should come to school in their P.E. kit or clothing appropriate for P.E instead of their school uniform. Where possible, we will be conducting P.E. lessons outside so a hoodie/jacket and joggers are recommended. Please ensure that they still have a warm, waterproof coat for lunch and play times on these days too.
2L - Tuesday and Thursday
2M - Tuesday and Thursday
2U - Thursday and Friday
2W - Tuesday and Friday
If your child wears earrings there are three options:
1) Send plasters in so that their ears are covered.
2) Children have plasters put on at home so that they are prepared for their P.E lesson.
3) Children do not wear their earrings on the day they have PE.
We will be examining our feelings as well as looking at how to make the right choice.
The ‘Autumn 2 Learning At Home’ pack is available to download from the ‘Latest Letters’ area of the school website. Please let us know if a paper copy is required. We also encourage the use of the learning platform as well as websites such as MyMaths and Times Table Rockstars. Please contact the school office should your child require their login details again.
What a fantastic start 2L have made to Year 2!
We have had a lot to adjust to this half-term but you have all settled back into our new routines really well and now had to adjust to remote learning too.
In our English lessons we have looked at developing our handwriting and letter formation. We have used the story of Little Red Riding Hood to write a retell and look at the four different sentence types: statements, commands, exclamations and questions.
In Maths we have started off by looking at Place Value. We have looked at how to partition numbers into tens and ones, how to find 1/10 more/less of a given number as well as practising counting in 1s, 2s, 5s and 10s from a given number.
We have looked at living and non-living things in our Science lessons. We have learned all about what the difference is between things that are alive and dead, such as their ability to move, grow, breathe or reproduce. We have also studied habitats of different animals and seen how they are adapted to suit where they live. We have seen some of this first-hand when exploring the forest school area.
Our YPC lessons have seen us look at Transport. We have done a variety of things this half-term. These have included learning about the impacts of HS2, how planes have changed since the first aeroplane flight in 1903, and designing and making a vehicle with an axle.
Have a brilliant half-term 2L and I look forward to seeing you all again soon.
What a fantastic first half term we have had in 2W! It has
been a very different start but you have all adapted really well!
In English, we have had a big focus on how to form a
sentence and developing our handwriting. We have been developing our
understanding of different sentence types and we are starting to use them
within our writing. It is important for us to remember the different
punctuation to use. We have started to learn how to write in different styles
of writing. An activity we really enjoyed was adapting the story Red Riding
Hood and it was great fun sharing these with the class.
In Maths, we started by developing our understanding of
place value by using the Numicon and the base-10. During this topic we looked
at comparing numbers, ordering numbers, and partitioning numbers. A skill we found
particularly difficult was partitioning numbers in different ways. However, we
were persistent and with determination we cracked it. We now have a great
understanding of tens and ones.
We have been learning about transport in our YPC lessons. We
really enjoyed learning about the impact HS2 will have and building our own
vehicle with moving walls. We loved creating our own fantasy transport vehicles
and evaluating them at the end of the topic. In the last few weeks, we have
started our new topic which is called ‘Our World’. We can’t wait to come back
and learn even more.
In Science, we have been looking at plants and living and
non-living things. It was great fun learning about the different parts of a
plant and we came up with funny ways to remember the different parts. For
example, we think roots look like grey hair.
Keep up the great work 2W and have a great holiday!
Well done 2U, we
have made such a marvellous start to the year! I am really impressed with the
level of maturity shown so far this year.
Maths this half term, we have been working on our Place Value. We have covered
a range of lessons including partitioning 2 digit numbers, comparing numbers, counting in 2s, 5s and 10s as well as ordering a range of 2 digit numbers.
English, we have revisited basic presentation skills, letter formation and sentence
building. Using the traditional tale classic 'Little Red Riding Hood', we have
created a retell and have also adapted the end in a unique way!
our topic YPC lessons, we began with Transport, designing our own
vehicle, discussing HS2 and it’s impact, along with studying some history with
the first flight in 1903!
has been exciting, as we have learnt about living things around us. Lessons included:
comparing living and non-living things, drawing and comparing microhabitats around
our school and also discussing how insects have adapted to their habitats.
I look forward to
continuing with our hard work in some new topics next half term.
See you all soon,
What an amazing first half term in 2M! It has certainly been unusual at times but we have rose to the challenge and shown how fantastic we are.
We have looked at a range of topics in English including: punctuation, sentence types, various word classes, descriptive language and letter formation. The progress the children have shown in just a few short weeks is evident, and will continue throughout the year!
Maths has been lots of fun, we have been doing lots of counting forwards and backwards in 1s, 2s, 5s and 10s. We have also learnt how to represent numbers in a variety of ways, order and compare numbers and finding one/ten more and one/ten less than a number. Recently, we started to explore addition and subtraction number sentences once we were secure in our place value knowledge.
During P.E. we began with football and focused on skills such as: passing, dribbling and shooting. Then, the HAKA! We were amazing at the HAKA stance and pulling scary faces. This topic enabled us to focus on dancing to a beat and performing in unison and cannon.
In Science, we started the year by recapping our knowledge of plants by identifying their features and sorting them into wild and common flowering plants. After that, we focused on living things and their habitats. This included learning about things that are alive, dead or have never been alive and minibeasts. Then, we began looking at what animals eat and how we can categorise them using this knowledge.
We started our YPC topic with a whole day learning about transport. Throughout the topic we have explored the history of transport, the First Flight and even designed and created our own functional vehicles with axels!
Although our first half term was cut short, the progress we made was evident. 2M have shown such maturity, resilience and determination. It has been an amazing start to Year 2. Keep up the hard work!