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Year 2

Updated January 2022

Welcome to Year 2!

Class 2W are taught by Miss Wisker and 2N by Ms Nahil. They are supported by Jackie and Jane. They can be contacted via year2@earlsfield.wandsworth.sch.uk

        Lauren Wisker               Jackie Pratley                 Simi Nahil                   Jane Treymane

Welcome back Year 2! We hope you enjoyed your holidays and are feeling refreshed, ready for the new year. We have lots to look forward to this Spring term and cannot wait to get started. 

In our English lessons, we are looking forward to exploring contemporary poetry all about monsters! We will be listening and responding to a range of poems, learning about the features of poems and writing about our favourite poem. We will then be moving onto reading ‘The Snail and The Whale’ by Julia Donaldson. We will be learning about subordinating and coordinating conjunctions as part of writing a persuasive piece to convince the snail not to travel with the whale! In addition, we will also be writing our own newspaper reports, showcasing the journey the two characters go on in the book. We are really looking forward to sharing this book with the children as it has such wonderful illustrations and descriptive language.

In Maths we will be finishing off our learning on subtraction strategies. We will then move onto money in order to be able to recognise and know the value of different denominations of coins whilst applying our place value knowledge to match coins with equivalent values. For example, ten 1p coins have the same value as one 10p coin. In our arithmetic and fluency lessons, we will continue to use Number Sense Maths as well as the NCETM Mastering Number programme. The children will continue to have access to Doodle maths and Time Tables Rockstars as part of their home learning provision.

Our first topic for this term is ‘Whatever happened to the dinosaurs?’. We have already launched this topic with a mysterious dinosaur egg delivery as well as a dinosaur visit on the playground, spotted by Mr Trow’s cameras! During our topic launch day, we created fact files all about dinosaurs. We are looking forward to continuing this learning by finding out about the eras when dinosaurs were alive and plotting these on a timeline. We will also link our topic learning to geography by locating and comparing different continents and oceans before researching Mary Anning, the famous fossil hunter from Lyme Regis, Dorset.

After half term, we will move onto the topic ‘Is organic better?’ where we will learn about organic farming and food. We will discuss the pros and cons of organic food and whether everyone has the same access to food, no matter where they live. To support our learning further, we will be having a very exciting trip to Goodwood Farm!

In Science, we will be exploring ‘Plants’ in Spring 1 and will be growing our own seeds and observing over time, as they grow and change. Before we plant our seeds, we will be learning about the parts of a plant and the things plants need for survival. We want to make sure we look after our plants as well as we can! After half term in Spring 2, our Science topic will be ‘Keeping Healthy’. This will involve learning about the need to exercise to stay fit and healthy as well as nutritious foods. 

As in the Autumn term, we will continue to be taught art, music and PE by our specialist teachers. AM Sports will continue to lead PE every Monday and David will be teaching specialist gymnastics lessons on a Thursday (2N in Spring 1 and 2W in Spring 2).

We look forward to working with you to support the children with their reading development. Group Phonics will restart from Monday 10th January and we will share reading books and spelling words in your child’s pupil handbook. Please encourage your child to read and practise their spellings regularly.

Thank you to all parents and carers for your ongoing support to your teachers and your children. If you have any questions or queries please do not hesitate to email our Year 2 address.     

Key Learning

You can find out about our approach to all our subjects through the curriculum page but the headlines for the year  group are below.


Children can understand what they read by: 

  •  I can apply phonic knowledge and skills to decode words
  •  I can read accurately by blending the sounds in words, especially alternative sounds for graphemes
  •  I can accurately read words of two or more syllables
  • I  can read words containing common suffixes
  • I  can read further common exception words, noting unusual correspondences between spelling and sound
  • I  can read most words quickly and accurately, when they have been frequently encountered
  •  I can re-read books to build up my fluency and confidence in word reading

Children develop pleasure in reading, motivation to read, vocabulary and understanding by:

  •  I can listen to, discuss and express views about a wide range of texts including contemporary and classic poetry, stories and non-fiction texts
  •  I can discuss the sequence of events in books and how information is linked
  •  I am becoming increasingly familiar with and can retell a wider range of stories, fairy stories and traditional tales
  • I can begin to talk about non-fiction books that are structured in different ways
  • I can recognise simple recurring language in stories and poetry
  • I can discuss my favourite words and phrases and their meanings
  • I am continuing to build up a repertoire of poems learnt by heart, reciting some with appropriate intonation to make the  meaning clear

Children understand both the books they read accurately and fluently and those they listen to by:

  • I can check that the text makes sense as I read and correct mistakes
  • I can make inferences on the basis of what is being said and done
  • I can predict what might happen on the basis of what has been read so far
  • I can participate in discussion about what is read to me, taking turns and listening to what others say
  • I can explain clearly my understanding of what is read to me



  • I can write simple, coherent narratives about personal experiences and those of others (real or fictional)
  • I can write about real events, recording these simply and clearly
  • I can write most sentences using capital letters and full stops, and use question marks correctly when they are needed
  • I can use present and past tense mostly correctly and consistently
  • I can use co-ordination (e.g. or / and / but) and some subordination (e.g. when / if / that / because) to join clauses


  • I can segment spoken words into phonemes and represent these by graphemes, spelling many of these words correctly and making phonically-plausible attempts at others
  • I can spell many common exception words


  • I can form capital letters and digits of the correct size, orientation and relationship to one another and to lower-case letters
  • I can use spacing between words that reflect the size of the letters

Greater depth (working above the expected national standard)

  • I can write effectively and coherently for different purposes, drawing on my reading to inform the vocabulary and grammar of my writing
  • I can make simple additions, revisions and proof-reading corrections to my own writing
  • I can use the punctuation taught at key stage 1 mostly correctly
  • I can spell most common exception words
  • I can add suffixes to spell most words correctly in my writing (e.g. –ment, –ness, –ful, –less, –ly)
  • I can use the diagonal and horizontal strokes needed to join some letters

Statutory spellings




 Year 2 Maths Objectives




Animals including Humans


Keeping Healthy


 Could The Great Fire of London happen today?

Can anyone make a difference?

Whatever happened to the Dinosuars?

Is organic better?



Days to remember

Day Activity

PE with AM Sports (Come to school in PE kit)

Guided Reading homework due (Please bring Guided Reading Book)

Guided Reading homework sent out




Art with Mr Osborn

Music with Mr Hopcraft


PE with AM Sports/ Gym with Billie (Come to school in PE kit)

Spelling test

New Spellings sent out for next week

Weekly Homework set via Seesaw

As frequently as possible

Home reading (banded books or books from home)

Doodle Maths and Doodle English

Times Table Rockstars

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