Year 2

Information for 21st September

Year 2 have had a great second week of learning back at St. James’, routines are becoming established and the children are clearly enjoying being back at school. We look forward to our final week of this ‘academic year’ and upcoming fresh start in Year 3!

Next week, we will have a holistic focus on celebrating Year 2 and transitioning positively to Year 3. Taking the next step on our St. James’ journey!

Golden Rules: safe, clean and careful.


In Maths this week, the children have been involved in gathering data and representing this in tally charts, pictograms and block graphs. Year 2 have explored bar graphs and created their own to represent favourite chocolate bars and programmes. In the latter part of the week, we revisited addition using number lines and missing number addition problems (teacher assessments of these last two concepts suggests we need a bit more practice on this next week!).

This coming week, we will therefore have a big push on using number lines as a pictorial representation of counting on and finding the difference. Towards the end of the week, we will apply our learning to solve some addition word problems.


This week, we have thoroughly enjoyed being news reporters of James’ giant peach! The children have practised using noun phrases and studied the features of newspaper reports, before planning and producing their own fantastic pieces!

Next week, we will be creating poetry books to give to our new teacher in Year 3. These will include acrostic, kennings and repetitive poems with the subject of ourselves!


This week, we have continued our investigation into ‘-ed’ spelling rules, including:

  • ‘Just add -ed’- played
  • If the root word ends in ‘e’ take off the ‘e’ and add ‘ed’ such as smile – smiled
  • If the root word ends in ‘y’ drop the ‘y’ and add an ‘i’, then add ed such as try- tried
  • If the root word has a short vowel sound double the last letter, then add ‘ed’ such as skip – skipped

Next week, we will use this phonetical knowledge to apply these rules to other suffixes; including plurals, -ing, -er and -est.

Please be aware that due to our new circumstances we have begun putting into place new systems for reading books to go home (please bear with us- it’s all-new for us too!). As it stands, books will go out on a Monday and be returned to us on the Friday, in order to be cleaned over the weekend. All children in the year group have been heard read by an adult and this will be reflected in their new books on Monday.

Foundation subjects

Children’s learning this week has focussed on themselves and the world around them, starting in Geography where the children identified and sorted physical and human features. We then looked at how we could make everyday, popular objects into art, inspired by the Pop Art movement and Andy Warhol’s techniques. We hope you enjoyed their bright and bold art! Finally, we explored the life cycle of humans and what changes we go through as we get older.

Next week, our learning will focus on ‘I am special’ as well as reflection activities and looking forward to the year ahead.

Enjoy a fantastic weekend and we look forward to seeing you again on Monday.

Mr Holland and Miss Green


 If you would like to keep working through the word walls with your child, please find them below:

KS1 Word Wall 1

KS1 Word Wall 2

KS1 Word Wall 3

KS1 Word Wall 4

KS1 Word Wall 5

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KS1 Word Wall 8