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Earlsfield Primary School

Year 2

Updated April 2023

Welcome to Year 2!

Class 2J are taught by Mrs Jenkins and 2N by Ms Nahil. They are supported by Jackie, Jane and Beata They can be contacted via year2@earlsfield.wandsworth.sch.uk


We hope you all had a fantastic Easter holiday and enjoyed spending the time with your families.

After the Easter holidays as part of our History lessons we will be asking, ‘How did the three ages get their names?’ We will explore the Stone Age, the Bronze age and the Iron Age in more detail. In our History lessons we will find out when the Three Ages were, using timelines, as well as our knowledge of number to plot the events accurately. During this topic we will also find out about housing and how it has changed over time through the ages. There is also an action packed workshop at Paradise Co-op which no doubt will enhance our learning experience. This will link
wonderfully to our Art lessons as we will be exploring and creating cave paintings.

For the second half of the Summer term we will be asking, ‘What is life like for our friends in New Delhi?’ This geography-based Topic will see us delve into the culture and lifestyles of people in New Delhi. We will be preparing food,perfecting our map work and taking part in an Indian dance workshop!

In English in Summer 1, we will be reading the Stone Age Boy, written by Satoshi Kitamura. This text links beautifully to our History topic, ‘How did the Stone Age, Bronze Age and Iron Age get their names.’ As we progress through the term we will be engaging with the text, ‘How to wash a Woolly Mammoth.’

In the second half of the summer term we will be focusing on a text called, ‘The Magic Finger.’ We are excited to continue to work on our debating skills as well as developing our story and instructional writing techniques.

In Maths, for the first half of the Summer term we’ll be learning about fractions and time. After half term we will be learning all about statistics. This includes: making tally charts, block diagrams and learning how to interpret pictograms. After this we will move on to Position and Direction. Here, we will think carefully about our positional and directional language. 

In Science we have enjoyed learning about how to keep healthy. Our new topic for this term is: ‘Uses of Everyday Materials: Forces’. The children will be finding out about how forces help them in their everyday lives. The children will get involved in practically squashing, bending and twisting materials as well as understanding the key scientific vocabulary.

In the month of May, week commencing Monday 15th, the children will be sitting their Standard Assessment Tests for KS1 (SATS).

Top tips on how to support your child:

● Praise and encouragement to reduce nerves
● Good attendance and punctuality as we will start some of the papers at 9am
● Early nights, good breakfast and plenty of rest

If you would like to take a look at past practice example papers to support your child you will find them here: 

Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling: (Please click link)
English Reading: (Please click link)
Maths (Arithmetic and Reasoning and Problem Solving) (Please click link)

Please continue with your Time Tables Rockstars, Doodle Maths and English. This is part of our home learning provision and a fun and engaging way to support children with their times tables knowledge, English and Maths.

Lessons for PE and Music will continue to be taught by our specialist teachers (AM sports) and Mr Robin Hopcraft for Music in the studio. We will continue to receive specialist gymnastics teaching from Mr David Wood on a Thursday (2N in Summer 1 and 2J in Summer2). 2J will be doing Tag Rugby in the first half of the summer term and then swap with 2N for Summer 2.

We always look forward to working with you in supporting your children with their reading development. We will continue with Guided Reading this term and we will carry on sharing weekly home tasks in your child’s pupil handbook. Please encourage your child to read 3 times a week for at least 20 minutes and practice their spellings regularly. When tasks have been completed, please
sign at the back of the Pupil Handbook to show your children have completed them. These will be checked by your child’s teacher every week. Weekly spellings will also be shared in these handbooks.

Thank you to all parents and carers for your ongoing support. If you have any questions or queries please do not hesitate to email our Year 2 address. Teachers will check their emails before school starts (no later than 8:20am) and after school finishes at 3.20pm. If you have an urgent request, please telephone the school office as we cannot guarantee picking up messages throughout the
school day.

The Year 2 team.


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)

Spelling test

(Please bring your Pupil Handbook so that new spellings can be given)


Weekly Talking Homework via Seesaw to be submitted.
Guided Reading Homework due in.
Guided Reading sent out in the Pupil Handbook. Complete the task and record the reading 3 times.

Music with Mr Hopcraft




Teacher led PE/ Gym with Mr David Wood (Come to school in PE kit)

Weekly Talking Homework set via Seesaw

As frequently as possible

Home reading (chapter books, read books for pleasure and books from home)

Doodle Maths and Doodle English

Times Table Rockstars

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