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Year 2

Welcome to Year 2


A warm welcome to the Year 2 page. Mrs Arnold and Miss Lavin will use this page to keep you up to date with everything we'll be learning this year!


Year 2A: Teacher- Mrs Arnold. Teaching Assistants- Miss Delaney & Miss Flannigan


Year 2L: Teacher-Miss Lavin. Teaching Assistants- Miss Rafftery & Miss Piggott 




Our author this year is the wonderful Roald Dahl. The children and I have enjoyed reading Fantastic Mr Fox in book talk. We were relieved to discover that Mr Fox and his family managed to escape the menacing farmers! Our class novel is The Witches. The children’s imagination has been well and truly captured as we are discovering the tell tale signs of how to spot a witch! In our reading comprehension lessons,  we have also been exploring Julia Donaldson’s A Squash and a Squeeze and bringing Winne the Witch and the pirate adventure story to life as we've role played  During all our reading lessons this year, the children will be expected to predict, infer, comprehend, clarify, question and summarise what they  have read. 


Reading books are changed every Monday and Friday.  The children are expected to read daily at home. 



So far this term, our writing has been inspired by ‘Whiffy Wilson’, the smelly wolf who refused to take a bath! The children have written character descriptions, predicted what might happen next, retold the story and designed wanted posters to try and track down this smelly wolf!


As a class, we have been working very hard in our writing to make sure we can write in simple sentences, that make sense and are punctuated correctly.  Once the children have achieved this, they will then be expected to include compound sentences in their writing. A compound sentence joins two ideas together using a conjunction (and, or, so, yet, but, because). The children are aware of their own writing targets and we will continue to develop these this year.


In Maths so far we have been focusing on number and place value. In our Maths lessons we have been looking at numbers up to 120, making and identifying different numbers and number words. We now know how to partition a number into tens and ones and knowing quickly what 10  more & less is and 1 more & less of a number is. We have learnt how to round a number to the nearest ten by looking at the amount of ones and seeing which ten it is closest to. 


In our 4 Rules sessions we have become very skilled making numbers in different ways using concrete apparatus and pictorial representations. In Mental Oral and Counting, we have been recapping everything we did in Year 1 to consolidate our learning before we move on to Year 2 objectives.


We are doing fantastic in our times tables challenges so far! We are continuing to practice our 10s, 5s and 2s to keep improving our weekly challenge. By the end of Year 2, we must be able to multiply and divide by 2, 5 and 10. 


Here are some useful websites to help: 

In Geography this year, we will be learning three different topics.

Autumn 2 - The United Kingdom 

Spring 2 - Contrasting Higher Broughton with Chembakolli, India 

Summer 2 - Hot and Cold Places


This half term, we have been learning all about the United Kingdom. First we leant where the UK was on a world map. Now we can locate the four countries of the UK and name their capital cities as well as naming different landmarks and observable features that could be there. We have also learnt how to use an atlas to locate different cities in the United Kingdom and then place these on a map of the UK. 

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Five Oceans Song

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In History this year, we will be learning three different topics.

Autumn 1 - Rosa Parks and Eva Gore Booth

Spring 1 - The Great Fire of London

Summer 1 - Local History: Our School


Last half term, we have been learning all about two very important women: Rosa Parks and Eva Gore Booth. Rosa Parks was significant in the fight for equality for black people in America. Her refusal to get out of her seat for a white woman lead to the Montgomery Bus Boycott. Eva Gore Booth was part of the Suffragettes and was important in tight to get women the vote. Both of these women are extremely significant because they both fought for equality peacefully.


This term we have started the Great Fire of London. So far we have looked at what chronological order means and created our own timeline. 

We have been making Christmas jumpers on out DT days this term. We have researched different designs and discussed what would be the best material to use to make a jumper. We then practiced our sewing skills - lots of us were doing this for the very first time! Finally we made our Christmas jumpers and decorated it following our designs.

Have a look at some of our jumpers!