St Mary's C.E. Primary School

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Welcome to Year 2

This year we have two straight year 2 classes owing to the larger cohort. The year 2 classes are:

Willow and Apple

You can click on the class names to find out information specific to the class. This web page shows what we are learning, class news and some useful links.

 In Class we are learning...


Termly Overview Term 1 Year 2 by Anonymous Xb5EVfWG on Scribd



In term 1 we will be focusing on reinforcing skills children learnt in Year 1 regarding writing simple sentences with correct punctuation. 

There will be an emphasis on spelling of common exception words this year, with children expected to spell most of the 64 words by Term 5.  We will be teaching children a range of activities that they can do at home to help practise their spellings.

Term 1 will also begin with 2 weeks of cursive (joined) handwriting lessons.  As a school we introduce cursive handwriting in Year 2 and expect many children to be using it by the end of the year.  It is important that children take pride in their presentation and cursive handwriting also helps with learning spellings, as children can learn the handwriting patterns.

Term 1 will also include a text based unit on The Three Billy Goats Gruff, developing children's ability to write sequences of sentences and use description. 




and 12/11/19- We will be recapping the addition and subtraction strategies which we learnt last term. Children will be encouraged to use number lines and expanded column addition and subtraction. 

12/11/19 - We will be learning to construct and interpret simple pictograms, tally charts, bar charts and simple tables.

19/11/18 - We will be looking at money and using different combinations of coins to make the same amount. 

26/11/18 - We will be learning to recognise, find, name and write fractions of shapes and quantities. (1/3, 1/4, 2/4, 3/4)

3/12/18 - We will be learning to recognise the multiplication and division symbols. We will be countingin 2's, 5's and 10's. We will solve word problems using these operations. 

10/12/18 - We will be learning to tell the time on an anologue clock face to 5 minute intervals. 

17/12/18 - We will be learning to compare, name and describe  the properties of common 2D and 3D shapes. 


 In term 2 

we will be learning about how technology has been used as a means of communication over the years.



In Term 2 our theme is Stick Man.  We will be answering the following key questions:

Can I identify features of my local area?

Can I identify human features?

Can I identify physical features?

Can I understand geographical similarities and differences?

Can I observe changes across the four seasons?

Can I describe weather associated with the seasons and how day length varies?




Religious Education 

we will be answering the following question - does celebrating Chanukah make Jewish children feel closer to God?

SEAL - Getting on and Falling Out

Value -  Compassion

Anti - Bullying Week  12th November- Odd socks - Respect difference 

For activities at home, here are some websites you may find useful: 

Here are some websites to practise literacy activities with your child at home. - Lots of great activities based on building sentences, connectives, punctuation and more. - Spellings games - Loads of activities divided into Grammar games (for practicing using a range of words in writing) and Punctuation games (for using a range of punctuation in the correct places). - A selection of games for practically every area of Literacy!

We also have a range of word mats that we use in class, click on the red words to open the mats.  You can use these at home to help develop your childs language.  You could give them an opener, an adjective and/or a connective to put into their own sentence, talk about the meaning of unknown words or challenge them to change their sentences using more interesting words   

Here are some useful websites for practising maths activities with your children at home - Lots of fun activities set for different age groups. - Good for addition and subtraction. - Good for recognising numbers, ordering, and printables. - Good timed flashcards for addition/subtraction. -Lots of activities for different areas of maths. - You need to register for this site but it is free. There are good addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. - Good number problems playing around with addition/subtraction. - Good for a huge variety of skills and focused for different year groups. (Keyboard Typing)  

Reading and spellings 

We have put together some questions which can be used when talking about books with your child at home.  These will help to develop their understanding of the text.  We have grouped these into Questions for developing readers, Questions for reading and Questions for more able readers. click here to see the spellings page. -  If you would like more books to read at home, you can access many different fiction and non-fiction texts by following this link :  Please also remember that we do have books which children can take one of at a time, these are found in our class and are levelled by colour.