St James C of E Primary School

Welcome to St James CofE Primary School where our values of Kindness, Wisdom, Respect and Joy underpin our aim to provide an outstanding education for all our children, which develops and nurtures the whole child so each individual can flourish confidently.


Thank you to all our parents who came with us on our trip this week to our Little Inventors Workshop

Year 2


Welcome to Year 2.  Our class value is WISDOM

IYear 2 we plan a lot of creative and cross curricular activities to support our children’s curiosity. The focus in our year group is very much on learning in an exciting way to promote a love of learning. Our topic this half term is TOYS.

You can find out all about Year 2 on this page - including what we are studying this half term, your home learning for the week, information on any half term projects and lots of great resources for parents and children.


What are we reading in class?

Our School Book Challenge

To take part in our book challenge or just to find another book you might enjoy reading, take a look at the some of these suggestions here

You can download a book review form here

In the Autumn term, we learnt about the Great Fire of London

In the Spring term, we went to Kew Gardens to a workshop on Weather and Seasons to fit with our topic on Wild Weather

What are we learning this half term in Year 2 ?

In English

We are reading a Necklace of Raindrops by Joan Aiken. It is a magical collection of stories enticing children to escape to worlds of weather altering necklaces, wish fulfilling mats, flying apple pies and giant marmalade coloured cats. We will be immersing ourselves in the lives, characters and worlds of these stories and responding in a range of creative ways. Such as – poetry, information texts, letter writing, interviews, re-telling stories, giving advice, playscripts and writing recipes!

In Maths

We will be learning about shape and graphs. Our shape work will explore 2D and 3D shapes, including using mathematical vocabulary to name and describe them. We will also be looking at the volume of liquid and reading scales.

We will continue to practise key number skills every day and rehearse using written methods to add and subtract. Please continue to practise times tables (2,3,4, 5 and 10) and telling the time at home.

In Science

Our Science topic this term is about materials. We will identify and compare the suitability of a variety of everyday materials, including wood, metal, plastic, glass, brick, rock, paper and cardboard for particular uses. We will also find out how the shapes of solid objects made from some materials can be changed by squashing, bending, twisting and stretching.

In RE and PSHE

Our RE topic is learning about the relationship Jewish people have with God. We will begin by exploring what it means to make an agreement or promise. We will read stories from the bible where God and the Jewish people made promises. In PSHE we will be talking about our relationships with family and friends, and how we build trust with people.


In PE we will be using a range of equipment and skills to develop our own games. We will consider the rules and how to make the game fair for everyone playing .

Please make sure your child has their PE kit including appropriate shoes for PE on Monday and Fridays.

Parents - helping at home with Maths

If you would like to know more about how we teach Maths from Reception to Year 6, you can click here.  There are some useful downloads and videos to watch.

In the Summer term we went to take part in a Little Inventor workshop at Alexandra Palace.

‘We learnt that anything is possible!  Alexander and I invented a flying car.  It has turbo boosters on it and because the road in Alexandra Palace is very steep the car would go very fast then the boosters would start and it could fly.  In the afternoon we went on a hunt in the grounds using a map to find different pictures.’  Monty 

 Our Focus For The Week Ahead & Home Learning


We will be continuing to look at volume, measuring in litres and being able to read this on a scale.  We will also look at addition and subtraction one and two step, word problems involving volume.








We will writing a recipe for a character in one of the stories we have read so far.

We will also be writing a section of ‘There’s some Pie in this Sky’ from a characters viewpoint rather than the narrator. We will consider how they would be feeling and what they might say, based on what we have read so far.




This week we will be focusing on verbs.

Past tense verbs tell us what people, animals and things did. This is the past simple tense.

The past progressive tense is when an action goes on for a long time or when something else happens at the same time. Eg:

I answered the telephone. I talked to my friend. I was singing. The audience were listening.

I was walking for a long time. I was walking to the shops when it started to rain.


This week we will be making our own moving toy, based on what they have planned in class. We will also be evaluating it once made, thinking about what went well and what we could improve.




At home

Discuss whether we use litres for large or small amounts of liquid. 

If you have a measuring jug at home you could look at the scale. What does it go up in? Why does it go up in that amount? What is the maximum amount of liquid it could hold?

Children could then have a go at creating their own two step problems or you could create some for them – encourage them to use a bar model to work out the answer.

E.g. Tai has 3 containers. Container A holds 18L of water. Container B holds 5L more water than Container A. Container C holds 16L less water than Container B. What is the volume of water in Container C? 


Login to TT Rockstars here to practice your timetables.  

At home

You could look at a cook book at home. How do they write instructions? Is there an introduction to tell you what you are making? Are there commands? Are there long sentences or are they clear and to the point? Are they easy to follow? Why/ why not?

You could then follow the instructions and make something with them.


Please continue reading with our book challenge which you can find more about above. 

At home

Please log onto Spelling Shed here

At home 

You could encourage children to identify verbs, in stories as well as saying it in a sentence.

You could look at how the order of the words changes when we use the past progressive in questions.

E.g. You were cheering for your team. Were you cheering for your team?

At home

You could create your own toy at home, either replicating a toy that already exists or creating a new toy. Think about what the key features will be and what you will need to make it. You could write instructions so another class mate could make your toy too. Once made, is there anything you need to improve? How would you do that?

Half Term Home Learning Research Projects

Maths Fair

We are going to be holding our very own Maths Fair and we’d like everyone who wants to, to be part of it.  Here’s what you need to know:

First you need to decide whether you want to do your project on your own or with a small group of friends.  Then choose your project.  You can chose any area of Maths that interests you.  Here are some heading that may help or you can come up with your own one.

  • A project about the number 5
  • Numbers we see around us every day (prices, bus numbers, phone numbers)
  • Maths in our every day lives (cooking, shopping)
  • Cool numbers (pi)
  • Special number (like prime numbers or sequences, Fibonacci numbers)
  • Favourite Maths puzzles
  • Maths in nature (fractals)
  • Infinity
  • Maths in sport (football, chess)
  • Rubik’s cubes
  • Maths in the universe
  • History of Maths
  • Why is Maths important?
  • Maths tricks

You need to present your project on a three panelled board (made from a cardboard box) so that it stands up by itself.  Projects must be completed and brought into school on Friday 17th May.  These will then be judged and on displayed at our School Maths Fair in the hall for children and parents to enjoy.


Topic Research

Where does Lego come from?   How is it made?

Draw and make a design from Lego.  If you can, bring in a picture of your design.


Other Great Resources For Year 2 Parents and Children

There are lots and lots of great websites that can help you with everything from  practicing your timetables to your half term research projects.  Here are some that we think are the best.

Reading and Spelling - In Year 2 we use the Ruth Miskin Read, Write Inc scheme of work to teach reading.  You can find out more about it here.  You can also click here to learn more about your child's developing reader skills and if you'd like to find out more about spelling as part of the national curriculum, then please click here

Handwriting - You can click here to see how our children start to form letters and we how we teach handwriting in Year 2.  Each letter has a rhyme that goes with it and you can see them here.  We use the Nelson handwriting scheme of work and you can find out more about it here

Maths - For a wealth of fun Maths games, take a look at the Nrich maths website here.  You can also try Maths Is Fun

ICT Games - To practice lots of different Literacy and Maths skills, you could try ICT Games 

Topics - If you want to find out more about your topic - whether it's Geography, History or Science, two great resources are BBC Bitesize and Books For Topics


Tests and Assessments

Year 2

For more  information on the SATs tests that your child will take in the Summer term, please click here to watch an information video.

National Curriculum Guidance And Expectations

To find out more about the Primary National Curriculum, you can download Government information here and to dig into further detail by subject, please click here


Where should your child be at the end of Year 2?  According to national age related expectations, your child should

In Reading

  • Secure with year group phonic expectations.
  • Recognise simple recurring literary language.
  • Read ahead to help with fluency and expression.
  • Comment on plot, setting & characters in familiar & unfamiliar stories.
  • Recount main themes and events.
  • Comment on structure of the text.
  • Use commas, question marks and exclamation marks to vary expression.
  • Read aloud with expression and intonation.
  • Recognise: commas in lists, apostrophe of omission and possession (singular noun)
  • Identify past/present tense and why the writer has used a tense.
  • Use content and index to locate information.

In Writing 

  • Write different kinds of sentence: statement, question, exclamation, command.
  • Use expanded noun phrases to add description and specification.
  • Write using subordination (when, if, that, because) and co-ordination (or, and, but).
  • Correct and consistent use of present tense & past tense.
  • Correct use of verb tenses.
  • Write with correct and consistent use of: capital letters, full stops, question marks, exclamation  marks
  • Use commas in a list.
  • Use apostrophe to mark omission and singular possession in nouns.
  • Write under headings.
  • Write lower case letters correct size relative to one another.
  • Show evidence of diagonal and horizontal strokes to join handwriting.

In Mathematics  

  • Compare and order numbers up to 100 and use < > =.
  • Read and write all numbers to 100 in digits & words.
  • Say 10 more/less than any number to 100.
  • Count in steps of 2, 3 & 5 from zero and in 10s from any number (forwards and backwards).
  • Recall and use multiplication & division facts for 2, 5 & 10 tables.
  • Recall and use +/- facts to 20.
  • Derive and use related facts to 100.
  • Recognise place value of any 2-digit number.
  • Add & subtract: 2-digit nos & ones, 2-digit nos & tens, Two 2-digit nos, Three 1-digit nos
  • Recognise and use inverse (+/-).
  • Calculate and write multiplication & division calculations using multiplication tables.
  • Recognise, find, name and write 1/3; 1/4; 2/4; 3/4.
  • Write and recognise equivalence of simple fractions.
  • Tell time to five minutes, including quarter past/to