Pele        –     Ms L Costello  2C
Aluka    –      Mrs Rehsi  2R
Teaching Assistants – Mrs A Assi  2C,   Mrs K Mann 2R

About Year 2

Coming Soon.
Year 2 Active Curriculum Overview 2014-15

Updates from the Class

Year 2 Visual Maths Video Demonstration

Tuesday 3 February 2015

This video shows one of our children explaining how we teach them Addition using Visual Maths.

Useful websites

Monday 5 January 2015

Key skills

September 2014 – New Curriculum


Key skills in Maths for the year
• count in steps of 2, 3, and 5 from 0, and in tens from any number, forward and backward
• recognise the place value of each digit in a two-digit number (tens, ones)
• identify, represent and estimate numbers using different representations, including the number line
• compare and order numbers from 0 up to 100; use <, > and = signs
• read and write numbers to at least 100 in numerals and in words
• use place value and number facts to solve problems.
• solve problems with addition and subtraction:
• using concrete objects and pictorial representations, including those involving numbers, quantities and measures
• applying their increasing knowledge of mental and written methods
• recall and use addition and subtraction facts to 20 fluently, and derive and use related facts up to 100
• add and subtract numbers using concrete objects, pictorial representations, and mentally, including:
• a two-digit number and ones
• a two-digit number and tens
• two two-digit numbers

• adding three one-digit numbers

• show that addition of two numbers can be done in any order (commutative) and subtraction of one number from another cannot.
• recognise and use the inverse relationship between addition and subtraction and use this to check calculations and solve missing number problems.
• recall and use multiplication and division facts for the 2, 5 and 10 multiplication tables, including recognising odd and even numbers
• calculate mathematical statements for multiplication and division within the multiplication tables and write them using the multiplication (×), division (÷) and equals (=) signs
• show that multiplication of two numbers can be done in any order (commutative) and division of one number by another cannot
• solve problems involving multiplication and division, using materials, arrays, repeated addition, mental methods, and multiplication and division facts, including problems in contexts.
• recognise, find, name and write fractions one third, one quarter, two quarters and three quarters of a
length, shape, set of objects or quantity
• write simple fractions for example, half of 6 = 3 and recognise the equivalence of and a half and two quarters.


Key skills in Literacy for the year

• The use of capital letters, full stops, question marks and exclamation marks in sentences.
• The use of commas to separate items in a list
• The use of apostrophes for omission. e.g. did not – didn’t
• The use of apostrophe to show singular possession in nouns, e.g. the girl’s name (as there is 1 girl and the name belongs to her.)


Grammar and Vocabulary
• Using suffixes in nouns e.g. ness, er
• Using suffixes in adjectives e.g. er, est
• Using the suffix ly to change adjectives into adverbs.
• To use subordination in sentences e.g. if, when, that, because.
• To use coordination in sentences e.g. or, and, but
• Know how to expand noun phrases for description or specification.(Includes 2A sentences.) e.g. noun phrase – The butterfly. changes to The beautiful, colourful butterfly. Noun phrase – The man. Changes to The man in the moon.
• Know how the grammatical pattern in a sentence indicates its function – statement, question, exclamation or command.
• To choose and consistently use the correct tense – past and present.
• To know what a noun, adjective and verb is.


Grammatical terms that children should know
• Noun and noun phrase
• Statement, question, exclamation, command
• Compound sentence
• Adjective
• Verb
• Adverb
• Suffix
• Past tense and present tense
• Apostrophe
• Comma

Homework and Reading

Homework is given out on Thursday and is due in on the following Tuesday. Children are encouraged to take ownership of their own homework and are expected to hand it in independently.

Homework may consist of:

  • research for a given topic
  • maths
  • literacy
  • reading comprehension
  • spelling and grammar

Homework does not always relate to a lesson it may be focusing on a specific skill e.g. reading comprehension – the text will be appropriate for a Year 2 child and the questions are designed to support the child’s learning.

Homework may occasionally involve discussions and no recording.

MyMaths is an online teaching resource that supports the lessons and is used as a homework resources. Homework will be set weekly but you can always log on and work through the tutorials at your leisure.

Reading in Year 2

Children have access to a class library where they can change their books as often as they please, they are encouraged to change them at least weekly and complete a book review sheet independently. These books are designed to be shared and to promote reading for pleasure. Reading Journals are a valuable way of communicating with the class teacher what is being read at home, this does not have to just be a school book, any reading can be recorded.

Trips and visitors

Autumn 1

Mrs Kearney will arranging a trip to a place of worship.

We will be visited by a travelling theatre company who will  be putting on a a maths based production.




The class open session will be at 9am on the 14th September in the infant hall.

PE kit must be provided and should stay in school until the end of each half term. PE must be kept in a suitable bag and include shorts or leggings, a t-shirt and a change of footwear. Please make sure all kit is labelled.

Children have access to water all day, but they must bring their own water bottles. Water bottles can be purchased from the school office. We encourage children to take their water bottles home at the end of each week.

Topic overview

This term our topics are Exotic Birds and Dinosaurs.

We will be creating exotic birds using exciting patterns and interesting shapes. Making a rainforest in the classroom to let our exotic birds come to life. Being inspired by the works of Gaudi, learn about Art Nouveau and trying our hand at mosaic art. Finally, creating a class choir using real performance tracks for a grand musical finale!

During our dinosaur topic we will be learning about how to make a fossil, drawing dinosaurs, making silhouette art and creating fact files about different dinosaurs.

Welcome to Year 2