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Year 2

Welcome to Year 2!

The staff working in this year group to support your child's learning are: Mr Williams, Miss Poncia,    Ms Sivakanthan, Ms Smithers, Ms Businaro and Ms Salih 

Homework & Routines


Your child will have 2 PE lessons during the week so please ensure that they come to school wearing their PE kit on these days.  They are not to bring their PE kit bag to school due to restrictions within the school.  Their kit should include; dark shorts/jogging bottoms, a white polo t-shirt, their Queenswell sweatshirt and trainers NOT plimsolls.  


Tuesday         –         Indoor PE

Thursday        –         Outdoor PE


 Homework will be set each Friday and is due to be handed in on the following Wednesday.  Homework is given out in class but is also uploaded on to the website. The weekly homework will include; Maths, English, Reading and Phonics and challenge homework on the holidays.


Children are also expected to read for 20 minutes every day with an adult.  They will be sent home with a guided reading book and a book they have chosen from the book corner.

Please send your child to school with one pencil case including; writing pencils, ruler, felt tips, a Pritt stick and a green pen.  Additionally, please send your child to school with a water bottle and a coat in the winter.  In the summer please make sure they have a hat and sunscreen.

Our Learning Journey


Our Learning Journey this half term is The Great Fire of London.  The children will be learning about what happened to London in 1666



This half term, the children will be taking on the challenge of writing in role as real life characters from London in 1666.  They will be writing diary entries and expressing their own viewponts on what happened to London in the Great Fire.   Additionally, the children will be continuing their learning around nouns, verbs and adjectives.  They will also begin to explore and introduce personificaton, expanded noun phrases and subordinating conjuctions.



This half term the children will be continuing their revision of phase 5 phonics.




In Maths, year 2 will start off in Spring 1 learning all about money by building their own shop! We will move on to learning how many pence are in a pound, compare amounts of money and give change. After that we will solve addition and subtraction problems to do with money. 


Later on in the term the children will explore what multiplication and division means and explore this by making equal lots of or equal groups of numbers, and sharing out items equally - particularly in equal groups of 2s, 5s and 10s.  The children will be making lots of numbers using different equipment and exploring how each number in the 2s, 5s and 10s times tables are made up.




During Spring 1, the children will finish off  learning all about living things and their habitats. We will explore the different classes of animals and the names of common animals in each group. We will explore the range of habitats where animals live and look at what makes the features of each animal and plant suitable for their habitat. After that we will learn how animals obtain their food from plants and explore and construct simple food chains. Towards the end of the term, we will start a new topic - plants. We will start off by exploring how seeds and bulbs grow into mature plants. Why not start to grow your own fruit or vegetables at home to tie in with this!?



Religious Education


In Spring 1, Year 2 will explore special places including Hindu temples and Christian churches. We will explore what makes these places feel special and look at the features of each temple. We will explore how Hindus and Christians worship at their special place of worship and find out if there are any common features of religious temples. 



This half term the children will be learning significant events from the past and what impact they have on the way we live today. They will explore this topic by: making comparisons between now and then; making comparisons between the past and the present; sequencing events in chronological order.  They will also be participating in a History of the Page day, this will give the children an invaluable experience into what life was like in 1666 during the Great Fire of London.  




This half term the children will look at locational and place knowledge, the children will be looking at how London has changed since the Great Fire of London. They will look at pictures and data regarding how buildings have changed, as well as, where people have settled. 




This half term the children will explore collage techniques, as well as, looking at a famous artist Rembrandt the children will look at some of his paintings to describe them and how they make them feel.  

Design & Technology


In Design and Technology this half term the children will design, make and evaluate a 3D house from the Great Fire of London.




In Spring 1, we will continue to explore the ‘Zones of Regulation’ - encouraging the children to think about what zone that they are in and explore and use the strategies taught to calm down and to get themselves in a more positive frame of mind if they find themselves sad, worried or angry. We will explore what makes people healthy including a healthy diet, exercise and hygiene. Children will also learn about the money and role play financial transactions by making a shop.



In Spring 1, inside, we will be exploring dance, including travelling in different directions and speeds and improvising dance ideas. We will move onto shadow dancing where the children respond to different stimuli and work with a partner to create a dance. 2KW will be working with Miss Nash to prepare for performance at a dance festival. Outside, we will continue to practise throwing, targeting and catching and move on to games that involve aiming, hitting and kicking balls. This will include throwing and kicking balls at targets, goals and nets and explore how these games can be easier and more difficult by moving closer or further away, using different targeting techniques and making the target larger or smaller.





In Spring 1, Year 2 will continue to learn simple greetings in Spanish and learn the numbers to 20. This will include asking ‘How are you?’, ‘What is you name?’ and ‘How old are you?’ in Spanish and knowing how to respond in Spanish. We will continue learning fun songs too..


This half term children will be been learning about rhythmic variations, notes used in the C major scale and the octave. Children will be able to play and sing the eight notes of the octave and C major scale whilst changing the pitch from each note. Children will also be identifying the notes being used from the C major scale and recreate the short melody being played. Children will be able to create and compose short melodic patterns using colour coding and pitch movement. 



Digital Writing 1

This half term pupils will develop their understanding of the various aspects of using a computer to create and manipulate text. They will also become more familiar with using a keyboard.

Online safety

Our online safety focus this half term will be Safer Internet Day which takes place on Tuesday 8th February. Computing lessons that week will cover the SID theme which covers two things: having fun online, like playing games or watching TV shows, and how to behave with other people online.