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Year 2

Welcome to Year 2!


Meet the team!

 Mrs Paige 2P  Miss Bryssau 2B (class teachers)

Mr Wotton and Mrs Lumsden  (teaching assistants)

 Mrs Mitchell & Mr Cuzner  (PPA/cover teachers)



General Information.


Book Bag:

All children require a book bag in which to store and transport reading books, spelling books, home-school liaison books and letters.

Water bottle:

A clear, medium-sized water bottle with a sports-flip lid

(in order to avoid spillage,please do not carry water bottles inside book bags)

Fruit & Snack:

ALL children in Year 2 continue to be provided with one piece of fruit per day.

However, children are invited to bring a healthy snack (clearly named) for their morning playtime snack.

PE Days:

Indoor PE :           Fridays

Outdoor Games:    Mondays    

PE Kit :  Black shorts & white T-shirt, trainers or plimsolls

          No need for a tracksuit as we still get outside in Winter with coats on.   

Children can come to school in PE kit on the days that they have PE.                      

 Please make sure ALL PE kit and Uniform is clearly NAMED

Dates for diaries:










Topics Covered Throughout the Year

Autumn Term    : Sailing the Seven seas!


Spring Term      : Near, Far, Wherever you are.


Summer Term    : Here, There and Everywhere!




Our Topic this term  is:  Here, There, Everywhere

Subjects for website


English- We will be learning and writing stories from the Sea side- ‘Can you catch a mermaid’ and then writing information leaflets about Plymouth.


Maths- We will be learning to tell the time, o’clock, half past, quarter to and quarter past. We will challenge the children to tell the time to the nearest 5 minutes. We will then be solving problems using all that we have learned in year 2 ( addition, subtraction, multiplication and division).


Science – We will continue to describe how animals obtain their food from plants and other animals, using the idea of a simple food chain, and identify and name different sources of food and look at different habitats of plants and animals.


ICT – We will be looking at inputting data an the computer, and creating pictograms.


Art – We will start to look at different artists and focus on Andy Goldsworthy before creating our own nature sculptures using resources from our outdoor woodland area. We will also look at the local artist Brian Pollard in our work linked to the Hoe.



PE – We will continue to work on our gymnastic skills through bending and stretching linked in with rotating and balancing through floorwork and apparatus and continue to develop our throwing, catching and hitting skills by learning to play rounders. We will also be practising for our Sports Day.


RE will focus on looking at Moses and Jesus’ healing stories – Jairus’ daughter and his calling of disciples. We will look at the importance of the Easter story.


Geography – In Geography, we will be looking at the human and physical geography of Plymouth focussing on understanding geographical similarities and differences and compare land use within a town


History – We will recap and research the life of Sir Francis Drake and understand why is he important in Plymouth, look at how Plymouth has changed through the years and how  Plymouth was rebuilt after WW11.


PSHE – We will be looking at recognising cycles of life in nature, the natural process of growing from young to old and understand that this is not in our control and recognise how their body has changed since they were a baby and where they are on the continuum from young to old.




Please see the attached files below which outline the WRITING and READING objectives that we will be covering in Year 2.



Children in Year 2 will read with and adult at least once every week and will be given a 'reading day'. However, all children will also be involved in 'guided or group' reading activities throught each week.

Our main focus in Year 2 reading is on COMPREHENSION. Children will be required to use their skills of prediction, deduction and inference to discuss the text. Lots of practice at home will really help with this.

Please find time to read and discuss your books at least 4 or 5 times each week. 



Children in Year 2 are expected to do a little more writing than they were used to in Year 1.  They will be learning to join their letters together so any chance they get to practise their writing at home is of great benefit. We will be (hopefully) enriching our writing with lots of describing words and phrases, which again, can be practised orally at home.

Children will be getting used to editing and improving their own writing with 'purple-polishing pens'!

There will be considerable emphasis on GRAMMAR, PUNCTUATION & SPELLING so be prepared for some new terminology!!



In Year 2 most children have 10 individual spelling to learn each week. These will be assessed in the first 2 weeks of term and then given out on a Thursday and tested the following Thursday.

These will include the First 100  High Frequency Words

As well as learning their spellings in list form, children are expected to correctly use their newly-learnt spellings in their writing.

Please find time to practise your spellings at least 4 or five times each week.




Please see the attached document below which outlines the National Curriculum Year 2 maths objectives.

The children will be learning in a variety of ways with lots of mental/oral work, group/collaborative work, partner work and of course some important written recording. They will begin to look for ways to correct their own work and extend their learning with next steps.


Here in Year 2 we will continue to build on the skills and knowledge that they acquired in Year 1.   Initially, we will be working hard on place value (hundreds, tens and units,) and number bonds to 20

eg.  11 +9 =20       9 + 11 = 20       8 + 7 = 15   7 + 8 = 15

This will include knowing these facts by heart as well as being able to swap the sum over and apply these facts to practical problem solving.


We will also begin to learn our 2X, 5X and 10X tables and relate this to sharing/dividing too.

Lots of practical and fun measuring activities have been planned too so watch this space!


Whilst it is important for the children to regularly practise their reading and spelling, it is equally important to boost confidence in maths. Short, daily practice with addition/subtraction facts and times tables is therefore also recommended.


At Manadon Vale, RE is taught to give every child the opportunity to explore the big questions about life, to find out what people believe and what difference this makes to their lives. Pupils gain the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to handle questions raised by religion and belief and to reflect on their own ideas and ways of living.


In Key Stage 1 and 2, we follow the Plymouth Agreed Syllabus for RE. The principal religions and non-religious worldviews represented in the UK are covered taught through 'Key Questions'. These key questions are explored through the study of sacred texts, through creative arts, with visiting speakers and visits to places of worship and with lively discussion and debate.


In Year 2 the key questions are:


What do Christians believe God is like? 

Who is a Muslim and how do they live? 

Why does Christmas matter to Christians (Incarnation.)

What is the ‘good news’ Christians believe Jesus brings? 

Why does Easter matter to Christians?