Year 2 Blog

Welcome to the blog for our Year 2 classes. The year group blogs are a great communication tool. Teachers will be posting news, photographs, details of homework, examples of work, and anything they wish to share with their pupils and parents. Please speak to your class teacher if you have any question, feedback or concerns.

Mrs Fernandes

Silver Class Teacher

Mrs Hostein

Silver Class Teacher

Mrs Haynes

Gold Class Teacher

Mrs Carter

Gold Class Teacher

The oldest children in our school are in year 2 and continue to develop their skills in all areas of the curriculum from their achievements in year 1. The learning is still taken from the National Curriculum Key Stage One Programmes of Study although staff are skilled in recognising where extra challenge is needed for high attaining pupils. Many of our children regularly achieve results beyond that expected of 7 year olds, particularly in reading, writing, maths and science. Children in year 2 enjoy greater responsibility for the wider school environment and help to organise the library, dining room, hall and music for the daily Meeting. Our Eco-Schools Ambassadors are also chosen from year 2 and support us all in striving to become a more sustainable school.

Happy Easter Holidays!

We will be taking a break to spend time with our families, catch up with things at home and spending time with children of key workers in school so this will be the last blog until April 20th when we will be setting tasks for year 2 children once again. If you are looking for a few suggestions of activities for your children, take a look at the Reception and Year 1 blogs as they have listed some fantastic ideas.

Alternatively you can:

Create an Easter decoration (Twinkle and Pintrest have some excellent ideas!)

Design a garden

Do some planting

Create a spring painting using only your thumbprints

Check out your recycling- can you up-cycle any materials and create something new?

Keep a a diary and write about what you have been up to.

Write an instructional text explaining how to make one of your art projects.

Get active! Play in the garden or participate in one of the online PE lessons. Record how it made your body feel, what happened to your heart rate? How does your body feel?

Read! Bug Club is ready and waiting for you!

The following website has many exciting art ideas that you might enjoy:

45+ Spectacular Spring Art Projects for Kids

Hope you are all well and have a relaxing and healthy Easter break.

The Year 2 team

Author Julia Donaldson, her illustrator and social distancing.

This article may be of interest to some of you as many of our children enjoy books by Julia Donaldson:

The Gruffalo author Julia Donaldson shows her characters social distancing
The makers of the children’s book The Gruffalo have drawn their characters practising social distancing to help children understand the regulations.

They feature The Gruffalo, Stickman and The Smeds and The Smoos – all keeping a safe distance from one another.

As well as social distancing, the characters stress the importance of exercise and making video calls to their family members.

Donaldson hopes the images will emphasise best practices and help with home schooling, without being seen as “preaching”.

The characters are also seen helping the vulnerable with their shopping.

While on lockdown, the author is also producing a weekly broadcast on The Gruffalo Facebook page, reading stories, poems and singing songs.


Year 2 03/04/2020

Happy Friday! Hopefully you have enjoyed your activities this week and are keeping safe and healthy! Your computing home learning today is asking you to send your teacher an email showing off some of your fantastic work or just to let us know how you are getting on. We’d love to hear from you! Have a lovely weekend!


Follow on from the yesterday’s writing. You are now the Enormous Crocodile- you need to write your response to the Notsobig Crocodile. Remember, you want to eat children. Use the arguments you created earlier in the week, along with the sentences you created with connectives to help prove your side of the argument.

Remember to include:

Expanded noun phrases (delicious, little children)

Persuasive language (CONVINCE the Notsobig Crocodile that eating children is a good thing)

Capital letters and punctuation ( .  !  ?)



The trickiest part about word problems is when you don’t know what type of calculation to use to solve.

A helpful hint!

Words that mean add: altogether, total, sum, plus, increase

Words that mean subtraction: take away, how many are left, difference, subtract, minus, decrease


Solve the following word problems. Do you need to add or subtract to solve?

  1. Henry went to the shop with £1. He spent 55p. How much money does he have left?
  2. Freddie had 35 football cards. He got another 28 cards for his birthday. How many cards does he have in total?
  3. Silver class has 53 books on one book self and 43 on another. How many books are there altogether?
  4. Evie has £63 pounds. Emily has £37. What is the difference in their amounts?



Write 2 addition word problems and 2 subtraction word problems where the answer is 51. Make sure you use different numbers in your word problems!



Write an email to your class teachers letting them know how you have been and what activities you have been getting up to at home.


Year 2 – 02/04/2020

Hopefully everyone is being safe and feeling healthy! Literacy and math lessons have been designed to build on from the previous activity so if you have missed an activity for whatever reason, please look back at the blog from the previous day to help you. Here are today’s activities:


YOU are the Notsobig Crocodile. Write a paragraph persuading the Enormous Crocodile to not eat children. Use the arguments that you created earlier in the week along with the sentences you made using conjunctions from yesterday in your writing.

Remember to include:

Expanded noun phrases (fat, juicy children)

Persuasive language (CONVINCE the Enormous Crocodile to stop eating children)

Capital letters and full stops

Can you push yourself and include a question? An exclamation mark?



Solve the subtraction word problems showing your working out on  a number line.

Remember, when subtracting on a number line we need to:

1)       Draw a number line

2)       Write the largest number at the end of the line

3)       Partition the smaller number

4)       Take away the tens

5)       Take away the ones

6)       Check

Word Problems

  1. There are 57 cars in the car park. 25 cars leave. How many cars are left in the car park?
  2. Georgie went to the shop with 50p. She spent 27p on a bag of crisps. How much money does she have left?
  3. Hannah had 75 cm of ribbon. She cut off 33cm for a bow. How much ribbon does she have left?



Write a subtraction word problem where the answer is 35. Prove that your answer is correct on a number line. Can you do the same for the numbers: 67, 28 and 47?



Create a mind map of the main reasons why the Great Fire of London occurred. Using these, write a paragraph describing what you think the main reason was and why. Also describe the other reasons and how the contributed to the Great Fire of London.

Write 2-3 sentences describing what the positive effects that the fire had on London and the people that lived there are the time.

Year 2 01/04/2020

Happy April Fool’s Day! No tricks here, only fun activities for you to complete!


Conjunctions are an important part of writing. They help use join two simple sentences together to make a more interesting complex sentence.

Examples of conjunctions are:

and       because     so      if     then     when     but    therefore    as well as     while

Look back at the grid of arguments you made for and against the crocodiles eating children. Use the points you created and join them using one of the conjunctions above. Record in your Home Learning Book.

For Example:

The children are bigger than a fish as well as being juicy and yummy!

Children are tough and chewy while also being nasty and bitter!

I like to eat children because they are __________.

They might be bigger but ____________.



Your number is 9. How many addition sentences can you create that equal 9? Need a bit more of a challenge? Your number is 19! Not tricky enough???? How many ways can you create 41?


Solve the addition word problems showing your working out on  a number line.

Remember, when adding on a number line we need to:

1)       Draw a number line

2)       Write the largest number at the beginning of the line

3)       Partition the smaller number

4)       Add the tens

5)       Add the ones

6)       Check


Word Problems

1)There are 35 cars in a car park. 36 more cars come in. How many cars are in the car park altogether?

2) Rita and Jonny are collecting football cards. Rita has 41 cards and Jonny has 38. How many cards do they have altogether?

3) Bet had saved £45. For her birthday she received another £39. How much money does she have now?

4) Farhad went to the shop and bought a bag of crisps for 49p and a lolly for 23p. How much money did he spend?


Write an addition word problem where the answer is 35. Prove that your answer is correct on a number line.



Discuss with a grown up things that you like (at home, school, physical activities ect). What makes you like them? Why are they enjoyable?

Discuss with a grown up that that you dislike. Why do you dislike them? Why are they not enjoyable?

We all have to do things that we don’t like sometime, often because if we don’t, there will be a consequence. Discuss with a grown up what is meant by consequences and examples that you may have seen or had.

In your Home Learning book, design a timetable of your version of a perfect day!

Year 2 31/03/2020

Good morning! It looks like another lovely- chilly!- sunny day! Why not make a beautiful sun to put up in one of your windows and bring even more sunshine to the world? If you do, take a picture and send it to your teacher! Hopefully you enjoyed your activities yesterday. Below are a literacy and maths activity that build on from yesterdays learning as well as a lesson on the Jewish festival of Passover. Bored? Read!!!


Read the next part of the ‘Enormous Crocodile’

“I never eat children.” The Notsobig One said. “Only fish.”

“Ho, ho, ho!” cried the Enormous Crocodile. “I’ll bet if you saw a fat juicy child paddling in the water over there at this very moment, you’d gulp him up in one gollop!”

“No, I wouldn’t,” the Notsobig One said. “Children are too tough and chewy. They are tough and chewy and nasty and bitter.”

“Tough and chewy!” cried the Enormous Crocodile. “Nasty and bitter! What awful tommy-rot you talk! They are juicy and yummy!”

“They taste so bitter,” the Notsobig One said, “you have to cover them with sugar before you can eat them.”

“Children are bigger than fish,” said the Enormous Crocodile. “You get bigger helpings.”

The two crocodiles are trying to convince each other about how tasty children are. They have used description and examples to help prove their point.

Draw the grid below with the different arguments for each point of view.  Record at least 3 descriptive arguments for each point of view. BE DESCRIPTIVE and CONVINCING!

For eating children Against eating children
Juicy and yummy

Bigger than fish, bigger helpings

Tough and chewy

Nasty and bitter

Have to be covered in sugar




I’m thinking of a number. It is greater than 30 but less that 50. It is an even number. What are all the possible answers?

I’m thinking of a number. It is greater than 50 but less than 100. It is a multiple of 10. What are all the possible answers?

I’m thinking of a number. It is greater than 20 but less than 60. It is a multiple of 5. What are all the possible answers?

*Even numbers end in a 0, 2, 4, 6 or 8

*Multiple of 10 means the number is in the 10 times table.

*Multiple of 5 means that the number is in the 5 times table.


When subtracting on a number line we need to:

1)       Draw a number line

2)       Write the largest number at the end of the line

3)       Partition the smaller number

4)       Take away the tens

5)       Take away the ones

6)       Check


Chose a Challenge and solve on a number line

Challenge 1                               Challenge 2                             Challenge 3

34 – 13=                                    54 – 23=                                  86- 43=

29 – 15=                                    64- 31=                                    76 – 35=

31- 11-                                       43-27=                                     64 – 29=

40 – 23=                                    51 – 26=                                   91 – 43=

36 – 19=                                     65 – 19=                                  71 – 45=



Passover is an important Jewish festival. It is celebrated in spring and this year the first day of Passover is April 9th and the last day is April 16th. Passover is celebrated by Jewish people, who remember how the Israelite people were freed from slavery by Moses over 3000 years ago. Watch the following video for the story of Moses and discuss with your grown-up why this an important festival for Jewish people,

Draw the main events of the story into your Home Learning books. Write a sentence below each picture to describe what happened.

Spellings 30th March

Good Afternoon Year 2,

I hope you are enjoying being at home and are being well behaved for your parents! It has been lovely to see the work you are doing and also the beautiful rainbow art work that you have sent us.

I have set a new 2Do on Purple Mash today – it’s a spelling quiz for common exception words and there is a list of the spellings here that you can copy or print out here :


If you want to practice further, there is a dictation exercise here for you to use although you will need to ask a grown up or older sibling to read it to you.

Year 2 Spring 2 Week 5 Dictations

You could also use the same words to write your own sentences or stories if you like.

Have fun!

Week 2

We have been asked if there is anything over and above the daily activities the children could be doing. These sites will be familiar and are offering free access to some resources.

Oxford Owl is the site that links to Read Write Inc. Navigate to the “Free eBook library” and then “browse the library”. In the “levels” you will find a selection of books linked to the colour bands.

Twinkl is a site you may recognise and they are running daily activities alongside some of their usual resources.

Purple Mash also has daily activities.

Bug Club, please use the quizzes to check understanding. Can you score more than 80%?

There is no expectation for you to do any of these activities and if you have found any sites your children are enjoying please let us know.

Even on a quiet day try to make time for some reading.


Year 2, 30/03/2020

Hope you all had a relaxing weekend and managed to get some fresh air! We have added additional  activities for those parents who have asked but we understand that homeschooling can be tricky, so work through what you can!


Write the following paragraph from ‘The Enormous Crocodile’ in your books in your neatest handwriting:

In the biggest, brownest muddiest river in Africa, two crocodiles lay with their heads just above the water. One of the crocodiles was enormous. The other was not so big.

“Did you know what I would like for my lunch today?” the Enormous Crocodile asked.

“No,” the Notsobig One said, “What?”

The Enormous Crocodile grinned, showing hundreds of sharp white teeth. “For my lunch today,” he said, “I would like a nice juicy little child.”

A noun is a person, place or thing. Underline all nouns in the above writing.

An adjective describes a noun. Circle all adjectives in the above writing.

A verb is an action. Put a star * beside all verbs in the above writing.



Record all the addition questions that total 10. Need a challenge? Record all the addition questions that total 20. Something a bit trickier? Record all the addition questions that include multiples of 5 (numbers in the 5 times table) that total 100.


When adding on a number line we need to:

  • Draw a number line
  • Write the largest number at the beginning of the line
  • Partition the smaller number
  • Add the tens
  • Add the ones
  • Check


Chose a Challenge and solve on a number line

Challenge 1                               Challenge 2                             Challenge 3

14 + 12=                                    34+ 2 2=                                     44 + 24=

17 + 13=                                    27 + 32=                                     57 + 29=

22 + 15=                                    18 + 25=                                     59 + 45=

25 + 21=                                    37 + 28=                                     63 + 28=

19 + 23 =                                  41 + 29 =                                    54 + 47=



Buoyancy Investigation

Gather a selection of items that are made from different materials, for example: a pencil, a rubber, a paper boat, a paper clip, a stone

Which materials do you think will float? In your books write “I predict that the _________ will float.”

Fill a sink until it is  half full. Place the items in the sink and observe for 2 minutes. Which materials/items floated? Which sunk? Record your observations in your book using the sentence starter, “The materials that floated were_________. The materials that sunk were ________”

Write a sentence describing why you think some materials float whilst others sink.


Friday 27th March

Good morning everyone. I hope the first week has been kind to you all. Thank you for sending the rainbow pictures they have really cheered us up.


Editing is a skill we have been learning in Year 2. It is an opportunity to check and make improvements. Ask your grown up if they edit their work, I know I need too!

Choose one of the pieces of writing you have done this week and a coloured pencil or pen to be your editing tool. Remember when you edit, you are making sure that you have written in sentences that start with a capital letter and end with a full stop, question mark or exclamation mark. Use a capital letter for names and places. Always check your spelling. Do your sentences make sense? You could read aloud to someone or get them to read to you. Finally what improvements can you make? Could you add  an adjective to make an expanded noun phrase? Did you use a variety of sentence starters? Would it be even better if you added another sentence?


Do you remember when we looked at time on an analogue clock? How about when we worked on fractions? You are going to use this knowledge  to rotate an object.

Stand facing the TV and imagine that it is the number 12 on the clock. Turn and face the number 3. You have rotated a quarter turn clockwise. Clockwise is when you turn the same way as the hands on a clock. Now rotate another quarter turn you will be facing the 6. Another quarter turn to 9 and one more quarter turn takes you back to 12 and you should be looking at the TV again. You have completed a full turn. Now repeat the turns again but this time rotate anti- clockwise (9,6,3,12). Facing the TV, rotate a half turn clockwise. Which number are you facing now? If you had rotated anti -clockwise which number would you be facing? Can you explain why?

Ask your grown up to call out different rotations for you to practice. Try not to get too dizzy!

Just a reminder that there are some 2Do’s  available on Purple Mash and reading is always worthwhile.

Have a good weekend .




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