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St James C of E Primary School

Learning to live, living to learn, learning from Christ

Year 2

This year, we will become art critics and designers

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. 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.


You can take a look at our long term curriculum planner for the year by clicking this link here

What are we reading in Year 2?

African Tales

For a list of spellings for Year 2, please click here

What are we learning this half term in Year 2 ?

Welcome back to the new school year, we are very excited to get to know your children over the coming months and have a busy and exciting half term ahead. For information about our learning this half term, please see the curriculum map to the left of this page.


Home learning

Home learning will be added to the class page of the website each week. This will include a spelling shed activity and Times Tables Rockstars. There will also be information about the work we will be doing in class over the coming week and some questions/ activities for your children to complete.


Please ensure your child is reading at home for 20 minutes every day. Reading records should come into school every day and there will be opportunity in the week for children to share what they have been reading.


Our P.E. days are Tuesday (outdoor) and Wednesday (indoor). Please ensure that children have the correct PE kit including suitable footwear.

Drop in

Should you wish to meet with your child’s teacher, there will be an opportunity for an informal drop in every Tuesday from 3.30 – 4.00pm . If there is something urgent you wish to discuss please arrange an appointment with the school office.


Kind regards,

Miss Boston

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.

Our Focus For The Week Ahead & Home Learning



Maths English Spellings Grammar Learning Journey

We will be looking at multiplication and division for the 2, 3, 4, 5 and 10 times tables.

Please continue to practice skip counting these times tables repeatedly.

 Practise the four and five times tables with your child. Vary the language you use. For example, ask:

o “What’s 3 times 5?”

o “What’s 4 multiplied by 6?”

o “How many fours make 24?”




In English we will learning how to write a newspaper report.

You could look at how a newspaper is laid out, what they are used for, how are they different from stories?







This week we will be beginning our new Geography unit.

We will be focusing on maps and globes.

We will begin by introducing what sketch map is.






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Activity based learning -

Spread 20 (unpaired) socks in front of your child (without telling them how many there are) and work together to put them into pairs. Count the pairs, one by one, as you go.


Ask: “How many groups of socks are there?” (10) “How many socks are in each group?” (2)

Say: “How many socks are there altogether? Let’s count in twos.”

Together ‘skip-count’ in twos. Encourage your child to use their fingers to count, raising each in turn, with each one representing a group of 2 socks: “2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 16, 18, 20.”

 Encourage your child to say the multiplication sentence and to give the answer as a sentence: “10 times 2 equals 20. There are 20 socks.”

Repeat this with 30 socks, making them into groups of 3 (imagine this is for aliens with 3 feet, who keep their socks in groups of 3).

 Ask: “How many groups of socks are there?” (10) “How many socks are there in each group?” (3)

Say: “How many socks are there altogether? Let’s count in threes: 3, 6, 9, 12, 15, 18, 21, 24, 27, 30.”

Encourage your child to say the multiplication sentence and to give the answer as a sentence: “10 times 3 equals 30. There are 30 socks.”

Now spread, say, 8 socks in front of your child. First ask them to estimate how many socks there are altogether. Then ask them to check by putting the socks in groups of 2 and skip-counting in twos: “2, 4, 6, 8.”

As before, encourage them to say the multiplication sentence and to give the answer as a sentence: “4 times 2 equals 8. There are 8 socks.”

 Repeat this for other numbers of socks: either multiples of 2 up to 20 or multiples of 3 up to 30.

For multiples of 2, ask your child to make and count groups of 2 socks. For multiples of 3, ask them to make and count groups of 3 socks. (If you need to, you can make a quick adjustment to the number of socks as you go, so that it divides into equal groups with none left over.)

Can children write a newspaper report based on a fairy tale

E.g. Little Red Riding Hood etc


Who, What, When, Where?


Draw Pictures and add captions



Discuss whether we include our own opinion or not. Make sure they are not writing a story, you could write this together so they can see how it should be structured.

Please look at the Spelling Shed you have been assigned for homework.

We are focusing on the suffix –ly

Soft – softly

Loud – loudly



Kind – kindly

Quiet – quietly

Brave - bravely

You could log onto Spelling Shed here

We are focusing on reading comprehension this half term. We are sending home some reading booklets with questions to answer.


  • Make sure the children focus on the meaning of question words eg where will be a place, when might be a time or date
  • Underline or highlight useful parts of the reading booklet eg if the question says what is the name of Ben’s dog, then finding Ben in the text and underlining it will help you to read sentences about Ben
  • Some questions require you to THINK or EXPLAIN your answer using information from the text. The answer will not be in the text. These need to be written in full sentences

This week we are sending home Africa – Spider Weaver. Keep the reading booklet safe. Please answer questions 12-15 ONLY.

You could show your children a sketch map and they could draw a sketch map for your house and buildings/landmarks/roads/etc, near by.



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