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Year 2

Welcome to Year 2 

Miss Gilbert

Supported by Mrs Frederick and Mrs Hartley


Online Reading Library

Oak National Academy are working with the National Literacy Trust to launch a new online library for pupils. The Virtual School Library hosts free reading and writing content from children’s authors, providing a free-to-access book every week from the platform’s author of the week. This week’s author is Jacqueline Wilson.

A great way to keep children reading at home!

Class Saint

St Paul the Apostle


Y2 class Saint is St Paul the Apostle and this feast day is celebrated on Tuesday 29th June.


Spring Term 1

Sharing in the life of Jesus

We will start the term by continuing the Christmas story with the visit of the three wise men and Mary, Joseph and Jesus’ flight to Egypt.

We will continue to look at Jesus’ life through his teaching of parables and his show of God’s powers through his miracles. We will explore what these stories tell us about Jesus and how we can use these teaching in our lives.






Through a variety of texts, children will:

  • Read aloud to help with fluency and expression.
  • Comment on plot, settings and characters in familiar and unfamiliar stories.
  • Recount main themes and events.
  • Comment on the structure of the text.
  • Compose sentences orally, using drafting to gather and write ideas and key words
  • Write appropriate narratives about personal experiences or those of others
  • Use some varied vocabulary to create detail and interest, including adjectives to make noun phrases, adverbs and verbs.
  • Identify some word classes; noun, adjective, verb and adverb

Choose the past or present tense appropriately. Experiment with progressive form; ‘she was swimming’




  • Count on and back in 1s, 2s, 5s and 10s from any given number up to 100.
  • Count in steps of 2, 3 and 5 from 0.
  • Recall and use multiplication and division facts for the 2, 5 and 10x tables.

       Understand and use commutativity in relation to addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.






Can all materials be changed?

  • Children will know the uses of different everyday materials (wood, metal, plastic, glass, rock, brick, paper, cardboard)
  • Children will know that solid objects can be changed by squashing, bending, twisting and stretching.

       Children can classify and group materials based on their uses.



Would you rather live in Stoke-on-Trent or Sydney?


  • Know the names of and locate the oceans surrounding the UK
  • Know the main differences between a place in England and that of a small place in a non-European country. 

        Know and use the terminologies: left and right, below and next to.



Is every pattern a piece of Art?

  • Know how to use different effects within an IT paint package.
  • Know how to create a piece of art in response to work of another artist.

       Suggest how artists have used colour, pattern and shape




How can we be 21st Century artists?

  • Know how to create, store and retrieve digital content.
  • Know how technology is used in school and beyond.

        Use packages such as paint and Microsoft word to edit, resize and rotate images.




  • Demonstrate changes of direction, level and speed,
  • Repeat and perform sequences with increasing difficulty

       Develop the fundamentals of movement – jog, jump, hop, weight on hands and balance)



Music continues to be taught by Mrs Amison

This half term in Y2 we will categorise the classroom percussion instruments into groups by timbre, noticing the materials they are made from. We will explore Early Baroque consort music. We will listen to a variety of songs and identify the main structural components of introduction, verse and chorus. We will compose a piece of music with two contrasting sections.





Dreams and Goals

  • Children will be able to explain some of the ways they worked cooperatively in their group to create the end product.

       Children can express how it felt to be working as part of this group. 

Class Texts

Spring 1

Fantastic Mr. Fox





The Owl who was Afraid of the Dark.










Homework/Reading Expectations

Spring1 2021

Daily Homework

  • Daily Maths homework will be four questions practicing the four basic operations. On a Friday, an extended piece of homework will be given out called CLIC challenges. These will focus on number patterns, place value, addition and subtraction.
  • Daily English homework will support the development and enrichment of vocabulary. Words will be taken from class texts or stories read in school. It is given out on a Monday and collected on a Friday.



Weekly Homework


  • Children will receive one piece from either Science, History, Geography, Art, DT, French, Computing or PSHE (these subjects will be rotated on a weekly basis).
  • Homework is handed out on a Monday and handed in on Thursday.

Reading Diaries

  • Children are encouraged to read at home daily (for at least 20 minutes) and are expected to have their diaries signed by an adult at least 3 times a week.



Spellings will be given out on Monday and tested in the form of a dictation on a Friday.

Class Diary- trips, assemblies etc.

Spring Term 1