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Welcome to Year 2!

Your teacher is Miss Edmondson and the other team members are Mrs Birch, Mrs Mani, Miss Friel and Mrs Sylvester.

Useful information:

  • Reading books are changed on Monday and Thursday, but please bring  reading folder to school everyday.
  • Homework is given on a Monday, to be uploaded to Google Classroom by the following Monday. Spelling test will be on a Friday.
  • PE is on Tuesday and Thursday morning. Please wear PE kit to school on these days, with school uniform in a bag to change into after the lesson.

***Thursday 14th  September is our open evening, where parents are invited into the classroom to see the learning space, to ask questions and to find out more about what we will be doing in Year 2. 

Curriculum Map

Summer in Year 2

Welcome to Year 2's Summer Blog

Over this next term we have a lot to look forward to. As you will see there is a strong coastal theme to much of our learning. Please read below for more details for each of our subjects, including helpful links to support learning at home. 



At the start of this half term we will be reading 'The Lighthouse Keeper's Lunch' by Ronda and David Armitage. This dilemma story will provide us with lots of rich opportunities for drama and writing in role. We will then move into writing a set of instructions on how to stop a seagull from stealing our lunch! Maybe you can think of some imaginative ideas at home of how to achieve this?

 Below is a link to the story, should you wish to listen to it at home.

After this book, we will study the poem 'The sea is a hungry dog' by James Reeves. This poem, rich in descriptive language, will help the children build their vocabulary and understand certain poetic devices, like repetition, rhyme and alliteration. 


We will continue with our weekly spellings. We'll also be making use of the  online 'Spellingframe' programme as an extra resource for practising weekly spellings. Your child's log-in details are in the front of their reading record.


The units of work we will be covering during the Summer include:

  • capacity, volume and temperature
  • statistics - children will make tally charts, draw and interpret pictograms and draw block charts. 
  • fractions


Don't forget to log onto Mathletics for some arithmetic practice.


This half term we begin the journey of learning about Buddhism. We will be focussing on the following key aspects:

  • The main symbol of Buddhism is the Buddhist wheel.
  • The religion began when Siddhartha, who had lived a life of luxury as an Indian Prince, realised there was suffering in the world and wanted to understand why. He dedicated his life to finding the answer and teaching others what he discovered.
  • Siddhartha later became Buddha and found enlightenment.
  • The four noble truths teach Buddhists why they should follow the middle way.

The following web page from BBC Teach provides a useful introduction


In our topic of Our Changing World, we will observe animals in their habitats and notice how they change through the year. We will use this developing understanding of the different animals living in a habitat to build up simple food chains. We will also plant some seeds to watch them grow during the summer term and observe how our plants change. 

History and Geography

 In our topic of Historical Holidays, the children will be learning about the differences between seaside holidays 100 years ago, 50 years ago and today, such as entertainment and clothing. This links well to our geography topic, Investigating the Coast, where we learn about the human and physical features of our coastline. We will be drawing on our own experiences of being by the sea, so should you be visiting the beach over the coming weeks, feel free to bring in any coastal artefacts, natural resources, photos or postcards. Thank you!


This term we have the chance to get our hands dirty, with modelling clay! We will be taking inspiration from famous sculptors and learning about different clay techniques. Here are some techniques we might try:

Watch this space for our creations!

 Many thanks for all the ways in which you support your child's learning in Year 2. It is very much appreciated. If you have any questions about what we are learning, please always feel free to ask a member of our team.

Here's to a happy and productive term!

Miss Edmondson and the Year 2 team.

Spring term

Over this half term we have lots of interesting areas of learning and new topics. Read below to find out more details of each of our subjects and some helpful links to support your learning at home.

 Year 2 Spring timetable


This half term our learning is based around the genre of adventure stories. We will start by reading the wonderful story ‘Traction Man is Here’ by Mini Grey. We will be learning about character development, familiar settings and plot through this rich text, which is packed full of carefully crafted, fun images. The story will provide a model for writing our own adventure stories and a context for branching out into writing information texts.


Our units of work we will be covering this half term are:

  • money

We will count money in pence. We recognise coins based on our real-life experience, as well as earlier learning in Year 1, but may need a quick recap on each coin and its value. We are introduced to the term “worth” and its meaning in this context. Although we may have seen values written as, for example, “5p” meaning 5 pence, we are explicitly introduced to this notation. We use our knowledge from place value and addition and subtraction to find the total value of a set of coins. We will count up in 1ps, 2ps, 5ps and 10ps, and use related facts to count up in 20ps, as well as finding the total of a mixed set of coins.


  • multiplication and division

We will be learning our 2-, 5- and 10-times tables and reinforcing our recall of doubles and halves. We will be learning how to write number sentences for multiplication and division and looking at the relationship between these two operations. We will also be applying our knowledge to solving reasoning problems. Here are a couple of ideas for online times tables games to help you practise at home.

  • length and height

We will focus on measuring lengths and heights using a ruler, with a specific focus on measuring in centimetres. We may need reminding that the abbreviation for centimetres is “cm” and that we should record this with our written answers. We will understand the importance of starting from zero when measuring, and that not lining our ruler up correctly will lead to incorrect  answers.


Our learning in RE will be on Judaism, answering the question ‘Why are they having a party?’. Through this unit we will be looking at the celebrations of Rosh Hashanah, Sukkot and Hanukkah. The link below is to a BBC short video clip about Hanukkah.


Our topic is ‘Growing Up’. We will learn about the basic needs of animals for survival, as well as the importance of exercise and nutrition for humans. We will introduce the processes of reproduction and growth in animals. The focus at this stage is on questions that help us to recognise growth, not how reproduction occurs, for example the stages of egg, chick, chicken; egg, caterpillar, pupa, butterfly; spawn, tadpole, frog; lamb, sheep. Growing into adults will include reference to baby, toddler, child, teenager, adult. We will be asking questions like what things animals need for survival and what humans need to stay healthy.

We will also link our learning to a significant scientist. See if you can find out who Dr Ernest Madu is and why he is famous.

Science knowledge organiser


We will be looking at two inspirational women in our topic of ‘People of Change’ – Mary Seacole and Florence Nightingale.

We are hoping to visit the National Army  in Chelsea for a workshop about Nightingale and Seacole. More details to follow soon. 



We will understand geographical similarities and differences through studying the human and physical geography of Ethiopia and comparing this location with our own environment. Through this topic we will revisit our knowledge of the names of continents and oceans and it will be an opportunity to use world maps, atlases and globes.



We will be looking at portraits by famous artists and learning the skills to draw our own portrait. Watch this space for some examples of our work!

Do you know who painted this portrait? 

Art Knowledge organiser


We are looking forward to all the exciting things we have to learn this term. Keep an eye on this blog page over the coming weeks for an update of photos to show this learning in action. 

Miss Edmondson and the Year 2 team

Autumn Term

Over this term we have much to look forward to. The following information gives you an overview of each subject.


English objectives 

Our class texts this term link to the theme of Autumn. For our first book, we will be reading  'Esio Trot' by Roald Dahl. This fun story introduces us to the world of Mr Hoppy, who comes up with a cunning plan to win over the lovely Mrs Silver. The key to this plan is her tortoise and this links beautifully with our Science, with our learning about habitats and hibernation. Our following class texts are The Gigantic Turnip and The Enormous Potato, both of which are retellings of the traditional tale. 

All of three of these stories have familiar settings, enabling us to relate what we are reading to our own experiences. We will be writing in role, we will be adapting these stories to our own versions and we will also make links to information writing, for example, a recipe for turnip soup or facts about tortoises. 

In our SPAG learning we will be looking at a different spelling rule each week (linked to that week's spelling test). We will also be revising vowels and consonants, identifying nouns and adjectives, punctuating sentences and starting to look at suffixes. Below are a couple of useful BBC bitesize links to reinforce our learning on nouns and adjectives.

Our units of work we will be covering during the Autumn are:
1. place value
  • read, write and recognise numbers to 20
  • count objects to 100
  • recognise 10s and 1s
  • partition numbers to 100
  • estimate and compare amounts
  • order objects and numbers
  • count in 2s,. 5s and 10s
2. addition and subtraction
  • know number bonds to 10 and 100
  • recall fact families (related calculations)
  • add and subtract 1s and 10s
  • add three 1-digit numbers
  • add and subtract across a 10 
  • add two 2-digit numbers
  • missing number problems

3. shape

  • recognise 2D and 3D shapes
  • count sides and vertices on a shape
  • draw 2 D shapes
  • find lines of symmetry on shapes
  • count faces, edges and vertices on 3D shapes
  • sort shapes
  • make patterns with shapes

 There are lots of practical ways in which you can support at home. Building your child's confidence with counting, ordering, reading and writing numbers to 100 is a great place to start. It can be as simple as playing a game of snakes and ladders or counting out collections of objects like buttons. There are activities that you can complete on Mathletics. Below is a weblink with some ideas about how to support learning place value at home.


This half term our big question is 'Why is it good to listen to and remember the stories that Jesus told?' We will be looking at some of the parables that Jesus told to unpick the meaning behind these stories. We will be reflecting on how we can relate the key messages of these parables to our lives in school and at home.


In our topic of 'What's in your habitat?' we will learn about different habitats, how the living things are suited to the habitat and the interactions between the living organisms within a habitat. We will explore a habitat by identifying things that are living, once-lived and never-lived. We will construct food chains that show how living things depend on each other. Finally we will consider how living things are suited to a particular habitat.

We are hoping to create a 'bug hotel' in our playground, so watch this space for news on how we progress with this.

History and Geography

 In our topic of The Great Fire of London, we will delve into the fascinating events around this key event and learn about what it was like to live in the capital at this point in time. If you have the opportunity, you might want to take a visit into central London to see The Monument and find out about how this landmark relates to the fire of 1666.

In Geography our topic is 'In Our Street'. We will use maps, both paper copies and digital versions, to identify local features and we will have a go at making our own maps of the local area. We will develop a sense of place, by asking questions about the use of the land around school. Are the houses all the same? How busy are the roads? What is it like to live in the area? Do all the buildings have the same use?


This term we will be studying the work of L.S.Lowry. Take a look at this picture that he painted. What do you think the people are doing? Why do you think this? What time of day do you thing it is? Can you spot the man reading a newspaper? Are there any children in the picture? What do you notice about what most of the people are wearing?

Watch this space for our own Lowry inspired paintings!


Here's to a happy and productive term!

Miss Edmondson and the Year 2 team.