Year 2

Welcome back to the start of a new year! We are very much looking forward to working with you in order to support the learning of your child. If you have any questions throughout the course of the term please do not hesitate to come and see us.



1SThalf term: Street Detectives 

2ndhalf term: Land Ahoy








  • Guided reading occurs daily. The children read with a teacher (within a small group or one-on-one) at least once or twice a week.
  • The children have the opportunity to change their reading books three times a week (if necessary). 
  • Reading targets and a list of the next 200 High Frequency Words can be found in your child’s reading folder.


Key Texts:

  • Claude in the City
  • The Snail and the Whale
  • Tiddler
  • Captain Flinn and the Pirate Dinosaurs
  • The Pirates Next Door
  • The Rainbow Fish



The writing styles we will be exploring include:

  • Character descriptions
  • City poems
  • Story mapping
  • Postcard in role
  • Newspaper report
  • Own story with an alternative setting


Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar (SPaG):

SPaG is taught as short, daily discrete sessions that are then followed into the Literacy lesson of the day. This term we will be focusing on the following:


  • Using capital letters consistently for names of people, places, days of the week and the personal pronoun ‘I’.
  • Using full stops, question marks and exclamation marks consistently and correctly.
  • Using the present and past tense correctly.
  • Using co-ordination (or / and / but) and subordination (when / if / that / because).
  • Practising the Year 2 High Frequency Words and Common Exception Words



The children will have short, daily handwriting lessons, where they will be working on letter sizing, orientation and position, as well as joining.


We will start with patterns, easy joins and then words with easy joins this term. 


The children will also be given plenty of opportunities to get involved in fun fine motor activities such as cutting, sticking, hand/finger exercises, pattern drawing, kneading etc. to help them with their handwriting too!

  • Please ensure your child is reading every day; the importance of this cannot be stressed enough.


  • Please keep your child’s reading folder signed and updated. 


  • Encourage your child to experiment with reading a wide variety of text (fiction and non-fiction books, comics, magazines, leaflets etc.).


  • Play rhyming games: I spy with my little eye, something rhyming with…..


  • Play board games and look at the language used to give instructions.


  • Provide independent writing opportunities. For example, encourage your child to keep a diary, write check-lists, write letters to family and friends etc. 


  • Help your child to practice their spellings by using the look, cover, write, check method.


  • In order to help your child with their handwriting, encourage them to partake in fine motor activities such as threading, finger painting, cutting etc. to help them build up the dexterity in their hands. 






In Maths, the children will be partly exploring Position, Direction, and Statistics. The main focus of study however will be Number. The unit is organised into the following categories:


  • Number and Place Value

-        Partitioning 2 digit numbers; counting in 2s, 3s, 5s and 20s; reading and writing numbers up to 100


  • Addition and Subtraction

-        Number bonds within 20; adding and subtracting a two digit number and ones, and a two digit number and tens; adding 2 digit numbers within 100; estimating; and mentally subtracting and adding simple 2 digit numbers 


  • Multiplication and Division

-        Recalling doubles and halves to 20; recalling and using multiplication and division facts for the 2, 3, 5 and 10 times tables to solve problems


  • Fractions

-        Identifying, naming and forming 1/3, 1/4, ½, 2/4, ¾ 


  • Encourage your child to practise numbers bonds to 10 and 20. A fun way of learning number bonds is to use cards to play ‘go fish’ but create a ‘target number’, rather than doubles.


  • Practice simple multiplications (2’s, 3’s, 5’s, 10’s).


  • Use maths in various aspects of everyday life, e.g. use a stop-watch to time how long it takes to travel to school, allow your child to assist with measuring quantities when cooking, count the number of red cars that drive past etc.


  • Sign on to your Mathletics account to practice some activities. A copy of your user name and password will be given to you.




During the first half term (Street Detectives) we will be looking at:


Living Things and Their Habitats


  • Matching living things to their environment
  • Identify and name animals in a range of habitats
  • Describe how a specific habitat provides for the basic needs of things living there (animal)
  • Identify and name plants in a range of habitats
  • Describe how a specific habitat provides for the basic needs of things living there (plants)
  • Visit some of the website links below under ‘Useful Websites’ to read up about our science topics and/or try out some of your own experiments at home.


  • Go to the science museum


  • Ask your child open-ended questions to get them thinking e.g. why do you think this? How do you think this happens? How can we record this?








We will be looking at the history of our local area, changes within living memory, significant people, places and events.  We will be comparing our local area now to the past.



We will be investigating our local area by drawing street maps, road maps and identifying physical and human features of our local area.


Art/Design and Technology

Making sock puppets

Designing buildings

Famous local artists

Painting and collaging views from our local area





We will be learning about the adventures of famous pirates (e.g. Blackbeard) and sea explorers (e.g. Captain James Cook). We will also be learning about Grace Darling who was an English lighthouse keeper’s daughter, famed for participating in the rescue of survivors from the shipwrecked Forfarshire in 1983.



We will be looking at real and imaginary treasure maps, as well as creating our own maps and designing our own islands. We will also be using large maps to describe position, direction and movement.



We will be creating sea creatures out of paper plates to form an underwater display. We will also be learning about the colour wheel and making secondary colours, tints and tones to create beautiful ocean pictures.


Design and Technology

We will be connecting circuits to construct our own lighthouses.

  • Research your local area


  • Draw a map of your local area


  • Find out about the history of your local area


  • Ask relatives about how the local area has changed and developed


  • Read pirate stories and research famous pirates.


  • Use ‘google maps’ or another online mapping program to look at the oceans of the world.


  • Visit the National Maritime Museum or Cutty Sark. 


  • Listen to a variety of music together and talk about the beat and style.


  • Why not watch a musical or get tickets to see Stomp at the theatre?




During the first half term, Year 2 will be learning about Hinduism. We will be looking at the following questions:


-        What do we already know about Hinduism?

-        What can we learn from Hindu values?

-        What is karma and how does it affect the life of a Hindi?

-        Is a Mandir just a place to pray?

-        Why is pilgrimage important to many Hindus?

-        What does it mean to be a Hindu?


During the second half term, Year 2 will be learning about Christianity. We will be looking at the following topic questions:


-        Why are saints important to Christians?

-        Where is the light of Christmas?

  • Reiterate that there are many religions in the world. Everybody has different beliefs and we should love and respect one another regardless of differences.


  • Point out any friends and family members who may be named after any saints. Find out when their saint/name day is.


  • Discuss the story and true meaning of Christmas. 


  • Read and share Bible stories together.





(Non-Stop Action)

In PE children will continue to learn about and apply the key skills needed in PE: throwing, catching, balancing and playing as part of a team.


In Gymnastics we will be learning to:

  • Change from one large body part to another,
  • Hold position for a short space of time,
  • Link movements to perform a short sequence,
  • Balance on equipment.


PE will be occurring on Monday mornings (second lesson of the day) & Friday morning. 

  • Ensure your child has their full PE kit on Monday and Friday. 


  • On Mondays only, please ensure that your child comes into school dressed in their PE kit.  On Friday, children will change into their PE kits. 


  • Please label all belongings, including plimsolls!






(Mrs Ordon)

Year 2 will be exploring different durations of sound through performing pieces with a range of voices and instruments. We will also be learning the songs for the Infant Music Festival, which has the theme ‘Pirates’!


During the second half term, the children will also be exploring different types of music and sounds from around the world.

  • Explore different types of music at home. Which ones do they prefer?


  • If you play an instrument at home or at school, find out how it works.




(Mrs Kenealy)


Year 2 will be learning key words, phrases and songs relating to the topics above through song, dance, games and role-play.

  • Play French songs and/or read some well-known stories in French.


  • Ask your child about some of the key words/phrases they have learnt in class.



Homework is handed out on Fridays and should be completed and returned to school by Wednesday.


Homework typically involves a literacy or maths activity, 5-10 weekly spellings and an on-going topic activity.


  • Encourage your child to have their homework out ready to hand in on Wednesday mornings.


  • If there are any issues with homework, let us know. We are happy to help!



Please help your child to foster independence by encouraging them to:


  • Dress independently, so that they can do this quickly and easily after PE lessons,


  • Put their homework in the homework box on Wednesday mornings,


  • Look after their own uniform and possessions.
  • Ensure all belongings are labelled so it is easy for them to find if they misplace it.


  • Ensure your child has a labelled water bottle every day. 



  • Attached to this information sheet are the Key Performance Indicators(KPIs) for year 2. These are the key objectives that the children should know from their year group.
  • Also attached are the Year 2 Non-negotiable spellingsthat should be learnt and applied by the end of Year 2.
  • Please remember to label all your child’s belongings, even shoes (if possible)!

 Please could you supply your child with the following:

  • A clear pencil casethat contains a pencil, a stick of glue, a white board pen and a 30cm ruler. This can be ordered and purchased at the office.
  • colouring in book/puzzle book/activity book, so that they can be entertained during wet playtimes.
  • A large old shirt or T-shirt that they can use as a protective apronwhen participating in messy activities. We will store this in class.
  • A labelled water bottleevery day.


  • The Year 2 SATs meeting is on Monday 24thSeptember at 5pm.
  • Barnet Environmental Centre school trip – Wednesday 10thOctober from 10am-2pm
  • Music workshop  – date TBC
  • Pirate Party –Tuesday 30thOctober (Children to come dressed in a pirate costume)
  • Our class assembly is on23rdNovember.



© Copyright Trent CE Primary School
Website by Smart Cookie Design