Welcome to Year 2

In Year 2 we will be following on from the learning in Foundation 2 and Year 1 ensuring that we still follow children’s interests embedded into the New National Curriculum. In class, children will complete lessons on all the core subjects in the morning followed by foundation subjects in the afternoons. Year 2 pupils will also have the opportunity to complete challenges following their interests and the new National Curriculum in our different areas of provision. Please keep coming to look at our class page so you can see what we are learning in class and celebrate with us!


Miss MacGillivray

Miss MacGillivray

Class Teacher


Mrs Lowe

Mrs Lowe

Higher Level Teaching Assistant (HLTA)


Y2 Class Worship

Y2 Class Worship


Year 2 Curriculum Newsletters

Find out what we are learning about each half term by reading the newsletters:

Autumn 1 newsletter 2018-2019 yr2

Autumn 2 newsletter 2018-2019 yr2

Spring 1 newsletter 2018-2019 year 2

Spring 1

Hope you all had a lovely Christmas and New Year! We are all looking forward to starting school again in 2019 and kick starting the year with a jungle theme.


Take a look at our class collective worship table. Each week we have a new theme which we reflect upon during our whole school and class collective worships.

Our topic this half term is The Good News. This focuses on the good news Jesus brings to us and how he brings joy into the world by his kindness and the help he gives to all. We began our topic by looking at the Bible story of Jesus bringing Jarius’ daughter back to life and how Jesus can turn sadness into joy. The children all took on a role to perform the story to develop their knowledge of the story. It was the best role play I have ever seen the children engage in and the children really got into the characters and thought about the message it shares with us.

We have looked at the story of the 10 Lepers in RE. We began by re-telling the story in groups and in our books before writing a thank you card to Jesus for his kindness. The children were able to identify the meaning of the story and re-tell it with confidence.


We have had an incredible start to the year with our writing this half term! Our theme this half term is instructions for looking after a jungle animal and this weeks focus has been on developing our descriptive skills and building these ready to make the best instructions we can! We have been looking at expanded noun phrases, similes, adjectives and using the 5 senses to create character descriptions. I enjoyed reading their character descriptions so much and some even lead to the children visiting Miss Milivojevic to celebrate their fantastic work.

We have had  a big focus on handwriting with 1 or 2 children gaining their pen licenses this week! Let’s keep working towards these so we can all achieve these this year!

We are still working towards writing our amazing instructions for looking after a jungle animal. We have been looking at subordinating and coordinating conjunctions and have taken a Burn2Learn approach to our learning. We have been looking at using some of these words to create our sentences. 


This week we have focused on multiplication and how to answer different questions relating to this. We have focused on arrays, rapid recall and the commutative law. The children have been practicing these skills during our KIRF time in the week where they are really using and applying their knowledge of the times tables to answer questions. 

During one of our lessons, we took part in a B2L approach of learning where there were a selection of numbers around the classroom. The children needed to think of as many ways to make these numbers by multiplying whilst working in their teams. The children had a set amount of times to see how many multiplications they could make for each number.

We are looking at fractions this week. In year 2, we need to be able to find, recognise and name fractions of 1/2, 1/4, 3/4, 1/3 and 2/4. We have started our learning by playing a game of dominoes where the children need to match the fraction to the fraction name.




Our topic this half term is Animals and their habitats.Within this topic we will be looking at what animals need in their habitats, how each of their habitats vary and the food chain. 

We began with looking at the food chain and how each living thing depends on each other. We looked at the producers, prey and predators in food chains together before the children started to create their own to demonstrate their knowledge.

We have been out into the woods to look at the badgers habitat. The children went out with their clipboards and looked at the surroundings of the badgers habitat and what the habitat has to offer the badger to make it so habitable. The children really enjoyed exploring the woods and I hope we can return in the near future for some more learning.


Our topic this half term is The Jungle. We are looking at this through a variety of different subjects such as Geography, DT, Music and PE. 


In music, we have been looking at how to create a jungle atmosphere using body percussion. The children really enjoyed working in groups to try and create the atmosphere of a busy jungle by creating sounds of the animals, weather and nature. 

The children have been exploring different instruments and using these to create animal noises and jungle atmospheres. The children were each given an opportunity to play the instruments and try and make a noise of the jungle.


We have been looking at the human and physical features of the jungle and comparing this to Wetherby. The children looked at ariel photographs to look at the features of the jungle. The children used their maths skills to catergorise these into a table.


In DT, we are building up our skills to design, build and produce our own jungle masks. This week, we have been focusing on different colours of different jungle animals. The children created mood boards of their favourite animal patterns/colours and explained why they might consider this for their animal masks.


Our focus for PSHE this half term is friendships and how to deal with difficult situations that may arise in these. We will be learning tools for dealing with things we find tricky in friendships and strategies to resolve these issues. As well as this, it is Anti-Bullying week within this half term so we will be looking at this too. 




In PE with Miss Mac, we are having a jungle focus in gymnastics. We began with a focus on how different jungle animals might travel around the space. The children were put into groups to explore how different jungle animals may move and to build a short routing using balances, travelling and actions. The children then shared feedback for each other and shared improvements they could make.

In PE with Mr Cooper (our PE partner coach), the children were focusing on balancing and how there are many ways to do this. The children engaged in a variety of games to work on their balancing skills such as rock, paper, scissors balance! The children listened fantastically and really gave their full effort. I wonder if we have done enough to beat the other classes this week and be PE class of the week?

Autumn 2

Welcome back after a hopefully fun filled half term break. This half term is going to be a busy one with plenty of fun including the nativity!

Stage Coach Workshop

We have been very lucky this week and had the company Stage Coach come in and do some work with us! The children took part in a Christmas workshop where they were involved in some acting and dancing. We were also playing some drama games. The children all had to work in groups to come up with a short Christmas dance. We all had a great time and I hope the children will consider going to Stage Coach rehearsals outside of school!


Take a look at our class collective worship table. Each week we have a new theme which we reflect upon during our whole school and class collective worships.

Our topic this half term is Mysteries. We have started our topic by exploring what a mystery is and the difference between a mystery and a puzzle. The children were asked to think of things that they wonder about God, Earth and Heaven. The children had some excellent ideas and understood that mysteries are things that can never be solved.

We have been looking at the story of the Annunciation in RE. We had a visit from Mary who the children were able to hot seat to ask her questions about the good news and how she was feeling. The children were then able to create diary entries from Mary’s perspective using their feelings and their 5 senses to describe what they could see, feel and hear whilst the angel was visiting.




We have become poets in Year 2! The children have been reading and unpicking a variety of poems, looking at the language and the writer’s techniques. We have focused on rhyme, suffixes and rhythm. We even chose to read a poem about Remembrance Day when we were asked to share our collective worship with the school in Golden Book. Make sure to check back soon to read all about the children’s poems that they will be writing.

We have been writing letters to the Queen in English. The children were thinking about different questions they might like to ask and information they want to tell her. We made sure it was our very best handwriting because after all, it is going to royalty!

To link with our class theme for this half term, we have started looking at the book The Queen’s Hat. We started off our learning by predicting what the text might be about, just from looking at the front cover. The children had some very creative ideas,ranging from the dog took the hat to play frisbee to a robber stole the hat and the Queen’s guards searched all over London to find it! After this, we looked at the story and started to learn some actions to go alongside it to be able to re-tell the whole story with confidence.


We have been looking at adding on tens to numbers as well as different methods of adding such as using objects, fingers, number lines and column addition. The children worked very hard on their adding skills and took each challenge in their stride! We will be looking at the 4 operations this half term.


We have been taking a Burn2Learn approach in maths recently and have been using and applying our knowledge of multiplication in a practical way. The children had to work together in teams to work out the answer to Miss Mac’s questions, before going into the hall and finding the answer on the floor. They then had to race back to their group and the first back to their group with the correct answer was the winner.

This week has been all about dividing. We have looked at sharing into different amounts, rapid recall of division facts and even took a Burn2Learn approach to our learning. The children worked hard using the variety of methods we have looked at, particularly at the sharing method which is useful for our visual learners.

We have been looking at recognising and describing the properties of 2D and 3D shapes. The children had to identifying the verticies, faces and edges of shapes as well as recognise them in a group. The children worked with the physical objects to work out their properties.


Our topic this half term is Animals, including Humans. We kick started our learning with a labelling activity where the children had to label the parts of the human body. We also found a really fun song all about the human body which the children loved and kept singing all day long!

We have had a focus on what animals and humans need to survive. We found out the 5 basic needs for survival and even found out some facts about the need in our survival. Once we had researched and discussed the 5 basic needs, the children created posters to present their findings and describe the needs.


Our topic this half term is Kings and Queens. The children will be learning all about the royal family through Art, Music, History and English. We have made our own royal crowns in art which we designed using patterns.

We have been researching the Queen and the history of her life during our History lessons. The children were given a variety of questions for them to take and find out the answers using the iPads for research. The children worked in pairs to retrieve the information and write it down in their books.

We have looked at the timeline of Kings and Queens of England from the very beginning to the end. We started off our learning with a fun song from Horrible Histories which the children enjoy singing along too. Afterwards, we created our timelines in groups to show how long they reigned for and when they were around.

We have been making flags during art to continue our Kings and Queens topic. The children had to design their own country flags and create their own rules if they were King or Queen of their own country.


We then moved on to creating our own flags using different paint. The children were set the task of designing their own flag and then carefully colouring their design in using paint.


We were very lucky to have Catholic Care come in and do a workshop with us in class. The topic was ‘Gender Stereotypes’ and the children had to discuss and think about gender roles in school, home and in the work place. The children were each given a job and they had to consider whether this job was a man, women or anyone’s job. The children’s thoughts were really interesting and they were all very respectful of each other’s opinions.




In PE with Miss Mac, our topic is dance. We have been looking at timing, rhythm and group work. The children created some great dance pieces in time with the music and finished off with a signature pose!

Autumn 1 

Welcome back to all the children in  Year 2! I hope you all had a fantastic summer holiday.

When the Poet came

This week a local poet came into class to read some of his poems to us. The children had a great time listening and getting involved with some of the actions. After, the children were asked to rhyme different words that the poet gave to them. It was a really fun experience and I hope the children are feeling inspired to write their own poetry!

CAFOD Workshop

CAFOD came to visit us in class to talk about what they do to help others who are less fortunate than us. The children were asked to complete a backpack activity where they could only pack 6 items to take with them. The children had to really think about and discuss what was essential to take and it showed the children just how difficult it must be for other children around the world who need to leave their homes. The children showed empathy and thought for people less fortunate than them and it really helped them to appreciate what they have.

Ashfield Nursing Home

We have been on a trip to visit the residents of Ashfield Nursing Home this week. The children had a great time chatting to the residents and gave them all a gift of a book! We then all sang songs together. It was a lovely time spent together and we will definitely be visiting again soon.


Take a look at our class collective worship table. Each week we have a new theme which we reflect upon during our whole school and class collective worships.

Our topic this half term is Chosen People. To begin this topic, the children were discussing what made them special. We were exploring the fact that we are all special because we are all gifts from God. The children came up with some lovely ideas for what made them special. After this, we looked at the similarities and differences between us. This was to show the children that we are all unique and special, but we all share common values e.g. we are all in Gods Family.

The children have been looking at how they can help others in God’s world. The children were given the task of suggesting 5 ways to help the people that we love in our lives. The children were able to identify lots of different ways to help people in our world e.g. being kind, doing the dishes and playing with someone who is on their own. We were able to discuss how to help people who were less fortunate than us and link this to the backpacks we sent last year to help the charity CAFOD.

We have been looking at Abraham’s story in RE and the trust he placed in God to make the journey to a new land. The children were re-telling the story in their own words and reflecting on how Abraham would have felt being asked to make this journey, leaving everything behind, to a new land. We were able to reflect on the word trust and what this means. As well as this, we were able to talk about people in our lives that we trust and love.

We have been learning about Daniel and the Lion’s Den in RE. The children were fantastic at retelling the story through drama and working together as a team. After that, the children were exploring Daniel’s feelings and considering how he would have felt when he was made to stop praying to God and how he would have felt when he was thrown into the lion’s den.


Collective Worship

Take a look at some of our Collective Worship time in the classroom. It is a time for the children to come together, sharing an opportunity to listen to the word of the Lord. During the school day, we always ensure we give the children an opportunity to progress on their faith journey.

Take a look at our RE/Collective worship display in the classroom:

Here is our new collective worship resources box. In here we keep all of the resources needed for our collective worship. Our prayer leader for the week will look in the box daily to find suitable resources for the daily worship.

This month it is the month of the Rosary and the children have been using the prayer table and our time in collective worship to write prayers and reflect on Mary’s importance and say thanks to her for her gifts and ask for her guidance.



We have been straight back into the swing of things in English this week. We started the week with writing recounts of our favourite activities in the holidays. It sounds like the children went on lots of different adventures and they were excited to share these with myself and with each other.

After this, we began looking at contracted forms of words. We began by matching the contractions to the correct words, before applying these into some sentences. It was brilliant to see that the children were beginning to apply this skill into other subjects such as Geography and RE.

We received a letter this week from an explorer! The children were really excited to hear what the letter said and it was from someone who has been exploring America for the past 10 years. She was really looking forward to reading the children’s responses to her letter and to hopefully answer some of their questions. To write a brilliant letter, we began learning about how to structure a formal letter and what’s best to include. Once we had the skills, we were ready to write to the explorer and now we eagerly await her reply!

We have had a fantastic time in English recently. We have been putting ourselves in the position of an explorer and writing diary entries for our expeditions! It has truly been some of the children’s best work to date and they have really started to take to the standard of work in Year 2. I am continually made proud of the children and thank God daily for having them as a class.


Our learning in maths has been super busy this week! Our topic this term is number. To begin, we recapped our numbers from 0-100 before moving on to counting in 2s, 5s, 3s and 10s. The children took part in an exciting, practical game which required speed and team work. They had to work together to order the numbers in the correct sequence by finding them in the hall and bringing them back to their team. First team to complete the sequence in the correct order was the winner.

After this, we looked at number bonds to 100. The children had to match the numbers together to add to 100.

Place value has been our theme in maths this week! We have been focusing all week on numbers in the number system. The children have been looking at the value of different numbers up to 100 and identify the tens and units in these numbers. They had to build numbers using multi-link and numicon and finally had to use symbols to represent if a number was greater than or less than each other.

The children have been learning all about estimating. We have been estimating steps to places, how many sweets in a jar and where a number will go on a number line. The children have then been applying this knowledge to objects in the classroom, such as estimating how many books are in the book corner, or how many pencils are in the pot.


Our topic in Science is materials. The children have been exploring the physical properties of different materials. They were asked to predict what they thought they material might feel like before finding out the answer and seeing if their predictions were correct.

We have been investigating this week if we can change the shape of solid materials. The children were given a variety of solid materials to explore and see if they could squash, twist, bend or stretch the materials. Some of the objects included a metal spoon, an elastic band and a rubber. After the investigation, the children had to write up their findings.


In topic this week, we have been learning some new skills in Geography. The children were using atlases to find where Amelia Earhart was from. We also looked at the maps to find where the UK was in the world and where the capital cities were in the UK. The children were using the contents page in order to find the information they needed.

After this, the children used the iPads to research Earhart and find some facts about her.

The children have been looking at the 7 continents during Geography. This has equipped the children with the knowledge we need to fly around and explore the world with Amelia Earhart!

We have started our journey of flying with Earhart! The children could identify the UK on a world map and a non-European country (Kenya). They were then able to join the 2 countries together to show the distance Earhart would have to travel to reach Kenya. Afterwards, the children researched Kenya and found out some interesting facts e.g. Kenya is known for its excellence in sports.

We have been looking at physical and human geography and what the differences are. The children worked in groups to separate the different types and then wrote definitions for the terminology.


In PSHE this half term, we have been creating our new class rules, establishing friendships and managing our behaviour/feelings at school. In addition to this, we have looked at what makes a good friend. We started by listing qualities that we believe make a good friend. After this, the children explored how to deal with difficult situations that might occur when we play with our friends and how to resolve these. The children were excellent at creating some drama to show their ideas and were very open to sharing how they feel they would resolve this situation. Finally, we looked at what is needed to have a healthy diet and what is a healthy food group. The children were excellent at sorting the different foods into healthy and not healthy. We even extended our learning by categorising foods into fats, proteins, carbohydrates and other groups. Super work Year 2!


We have been looking at the aeroplane Amelia Earhart made when she was exploring. To help the children to understand how difficult it must have been for Earhart to make her own transport, the children were given the opportunity to cut their own wood using a saw. The children were fantastic at using the tools safely and following instructions.


We have been recapping our knowledge of coding and scratch from Year 1 in ICT. The children were able to give the characters instructions and get it to move independently.


The children were able to clap rhythms and copy Miss Mac. Afterwards, the children were asked to identify the beat of popular songs by clapping along. The children noticed that the tempo of the beat changes in different songs and can also change in the same songs.


The children love PE. This week they have been taking part in some team games. They have enjoyed working with their friends and refreshing some skills such as catching, co-ordination and team work.

In PE with Miss Mac, we will be looking at Athletics. This week we have been looking at sprinting techniques and setting our baseline times so that we can check if they have improved at the end of our topic. The children were really keen to race me at the end and to their disappointment, they are not quite fast enough yet! I’m sure with a little more practice, they will be speeding past me!

This week we have had a focus on long distance running. We began by watching Mo Farah complete the 5000m in the London 2012 Olympics. From watching this, we were able to learn the techniques needed to complete the run and all about pace.

In PE with Mr Cooper, we have been looking at movement skills. The children have been looking at moving in different ways such as hopping, skipping and running. The children demonstrated excellent listening and movement skills.