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Year 2


2M - Miss Murphy 
2G - Mrs Greatwich

Learning Support Assistants- Ms Samuels, Mrs Summers & Miss Nutall




Our Current Topics

Autumn 1 


  • Literacy- Talk 4 Writing

-Fiction: 'Augustus and His Smile' by Catherine Rayner

-Focus: expanded noun phrases 


  • Maths Mastery

-Numbers within 100: place value, reading and writing numbers to 100 in numerals and words, ordering numbers, comparing numbers, number patterns, odd and even numbers.

-Addition and Subtraction: number bonds to 20 in addition and subtraction, adding and subtracting multiples of ten, adding and subtracting tens from a 2-digit number, adding and subtracting two 2-digit numbers.


  • Science

-Chemistry: Mixtures and Potions


  • Geography

-The UK's countries and capitals: Where would Wally like to visit in the UK?


  • Art

-Pottery: What will go inside and outside our pots?


  • P4C

-Reflection: Is the internet a good thing? What is happiness?



The half-term is almost here and what a half-term it has been! We have settled perfectly into our new classes and have adapted well to life in year 2. We have learnt a lot of new things in such a short space of time and yet we still have so much to learn! 


In literacy this half term, we have immitated, innovated and invented a story inspired by 'Augustus and His Smile'. The story is a losing tale in which Augustus the tiger goes on a journey to search for his smile only to find that his smile will be there whenever he is happy To help us create our own losing tale we thought about what makes us happy and the importance of a smile. The children had lots of fun when thinking of their own animals and what they may have lost. Our stories included Spok the Hyena who had lost his laugh and Geraldine the Giraffe who had lost her patches. The children were challenged to use lots of description in their stories and really amazed us with their final piece!


In maths we have refreshed our knowledge of place value so that we are now able to recognise the value of each digit in a given number. We used lots of concrete apparatus such as base ten, cubes and bead strings, and the support of our talk partners, to help us along the way. 

We have also started our addition and subtraction topic, using number facts within 10 to help us recall number facts to 100! We are now confident in using 'If I know.... Then I know...' to help us when adding and subtracting multiples of ten and 2-digit numbers.

In our maths meetings, we have learnt about odd and even numbers, money, rounding and place value which will help us throughout the course of year 2. We have really enjoyed singing our odd and even song to help us identify if a number is odd or even. '1,3,5,7,9 the only odd digits all the time!'


We have thoroughly enjoyed our time as scientists. So far this term, we have tried to answer lots of puzzling questions including 'Why can some materials change shape?' and 'what will happen if I add sugar cubes to cold water?' We understand that everything is made of atoms but there are only 100 atoms in the entire world! We have conducted lots of fun experiments which have enabled us to find the answers to our questions. Through our investigative work, we have learnt lots of challenging words including malleable, dissolving, atom and molecule. 

Mixing & Separating


In Geography, we have been thinking about where our friend Wally would like to go in the Uk? To help us find the perfect location we have learnt about the UK and its countries; England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales and the historic landmarks in each of the countries which Wally might like to visit. One of the most interesting landmarks we learnt about was the Giant's Causeway in Northern Ireland. Although the rocky staircase looks like it was built by humans, it was actually caused by a volcanic eruption 65 million years ago! 


What do we asscociate with each of the United Kingdom's countries?


  • P.E. and Drama will be on a Friday afternoon this half term for both classes. Please ensure your child comes into school in full P.E. kit on this day.
  • Homework will be given out on a Friday in your child's homework book. This is due in the following Tuesday . Each week, your child will receive a list of spellings in their homework book that they have practised reading and writing in their daily Sounds Write lessons. We would like your child to practise spelling the words ready for our weekly spelling quiz (every Tuesday).
  • All children should bring in their book bag, containing their reading book and reading diary every day. Our LSA's aim to read with your child everyday. However, due to our busy timetable, this may not always be possible so we would encourage you to read with your child every night and record this in their reading diary. 
  • All children have received a Purple Mash login which can be found in the front of their homework book. Purple Mash is a creative, educational website that covers all subjects. We would encourage all children who have access to a computer or iPad to use Purple Mash.

In Autumn Two:

Next half term we will be learning some incredibly exciting things and we can’t wait to start!


  • In literacy, we will be reading an information text about barn owls and creating our own information text using imperative verbs and time connectives.
  • In maths, we will continue to look at addition and subtraction within word problems using bar models.
  • In science, we will continue to look our 'Mixtures and Potions' topic and carry out some investigations including baking cookies and making our own paper. 
  • We will also be learning all about Christianity (RE), what it was like when the Queen came to the throne in 1953 (history), how to design and make our own bedroom door signs (DT), how to keep to beats and rhythms (music) and how to increase the control of our body when undertaking physical activity and sport (PE).
  • In addition to our busy timetable, we will squeeze in some massage, cookery and an exciting trip!

Academic Year 2017-2018

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A poetry performance for National Poetry Day 2017

National Poetry Day 2017

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A few reminders...



Please remember to drop your children off ready for school by 8.50am. Lessons start promptly at 9.00am and children may miss important learning time if they are late. If you know your child is going to be late or off sick, please let the office know as soon as you can - they will pass the message on. 



Many children have stopped bringing their jumpers/coats. We realise that the weather has been much warmer, however the lovely British weather can change minute-by-minute and we recommend that they are sent into school with both whenever possible. It would also be very helpful if you could check their uniform for names as many children are losing them on the warmer days. 


Thank you,

The Year Two Team. 

The week ahead: Early Years Christmas Production on Wednesday along with the Book Bus at School, Friday is Christmas Lunch Day along with own clothes day again for a donation to the Christmas Fair on Friday after school!