Welcome to Year Two...

 Happy New Year! Swimming now moves to Thursdays.

Well done Year Two for winning the Autumn termly attendance award!

Dates for the diary...

  • Back to School - Tuesday 8th January
  • Swimming begins at Morton Pool - Thursday 10th January
  • Trip to The Old Fire Station for a theatre performance - Friday 15th February
  • Finish for half term - Friday 15th February

The Year Two Weather Stars are famous!!!!

The Year Two Weather Star's photograph was selected as an Editor's Choice on the BBC Weather Watchers website and was featured live on the BBC's Look North Weather Report.


PE this half term will be swimming on Thursday mornings. Your child will need to bring a swimming costume (no bikinis or long swimming shorts please) , towel, goggles (if necessary) and £1.50 - you do not need to provide armbands. Our other PE session will be on Wednesdays and your child will need black shorts, a plain white t-shirt, a sweatshirt, jogging bottoms, trainers and a spare pair of socks. Please ensure that your child is not wearing jewellery, that long hair is tied back and that all clothing is clearly marked with your child's name on PE days.

Homework is given to the children on Fridays and is collected in on Tuesday mornings. Please ensure that your child brings their reading book and library book every day in their folder as we change books on different days throughout the week.

Please can you provide your child with a drinks bottle, filled daily with water and a pair of black plimsolls to wear inside school.

Menus are attached to the weekly newsletter - we ask that completed menus be handed back by Wednesday.


We will continue to ask for £1 snack money. We will collect this in on Wednesdays (along with the £1.50 swimming money) and the money will be used for trips and educational resources.  


If you have any questions, please feel free to come in before or after school to speak to us.

Thank you for your support,

Mrs Glaister & Mrs Abba


Paired Reading - enjoying festive story books with Year Six! English - December


We had great fun at the Christmas Disco! December


In Flanders fields the poppies blow... Remembrance Day 2018  History -November

Joseph's Coat - exploring materials DT/Science - October


Having a try at Judo! PE - September

                                  Year 2 Yearly Plan







The Chosen People

Signs & Symbols





The Good News



The Mass

Spread the Word




The Church


Seasonal Changes

Everyday Materials 

Uses of Everyday Materials

Seasonal Changes

Seasonal Changes

Living things and their Habitats

Seasonal Changes

Living things and their Habitats

Seasonal Changes


Capital Cities

Countries of UK



Looking down from Space - Continents


Africa - Topic

Comparing Silloth to another seaside location



Remembrance Day


The Great Fire of London 

Travellers – comparing Neil Armstrong with Christopher Columbus


Seaside in the Past

Silloth in the Past – local study


E-Safety Unit

Fix it and Find it

 Fix it and Find it

E-Safety Unit

Animal Top Trumps

 Animal Top Trumps


E-Safety Unit

Shapes & Safety

E-Safety Unit

Shapes & Safety




Christopher Wren


Drawing Buildings

Keith Tyson Artist


Mixing paints wet/dry surfaces


Van Gogh Starry Night - Patterns & textures in thickened paint.



 D & T

 Joseph’s Coat




 African Instruments

















Year Two Spring Planning


The Good News

The children will learn how Jesus could turn sadness into joy. They will reflect on the many people that Jesus helped and learn that it is important to be thankful for his help and the help of others today. The children will understand that Jesus brought God’s love and reflect on what that means for us.

The Mass

The children will know and understand about the importance of the celebration of the Mass. They will learn about the readings used in the Mass and understand why it is important to listen to them. They will understand that during the Offertory we offer gifts to God and that at the Consecration bread and wine are changed into Jesus.


The children will continue to find out about and enjoy a range of books by our class author King Smith. They will listen and read a range of texts  including: Great Fire of London non-fiction texts, Katie in London by James Mayhew. Man on the Moon (A day in the life of Bob) by Simon Bartram and a selection of Space non-fiction texts. The children will write diary entries from London in the past and the modern day. They will write a description based on the character Bob and write a postcard about their adventures on the moon with Bob. The children will use non-fiction texts to find out about the astronaut Neil Armstrong and use that information to write a fact file. The children will develop their sentence work by adding conjunctions and adjectives to make their sentences more interesting. They will continue to develop punctuating their sentences with capital letters, full stops and begin to explore other types of punctuation such as exclamation marks, question marks and inverted commas. In grammar the children will continue to develop their knowledge of tense, particularly when exploring diary entries.


 Seasonal Changes: Observe changes across the four seasons, observe and describe weather associated with the seasons and how the day length varies.

Everyday Materials: The children will distinguish between an object and the material from which it is made. Identify and name a variety of everyday materials, including wood, plastic, glass, metal, water, and rock. Describe the simple physical properties of a variety of everyday materials. Compare and group together a variety of everyday materials on the basis of their simple physical properties.

Uses of Everyday Materials: The children will identify and compare the suitability of a variety of everyday materials, including wood, metal, plastic, glass, brick, rock, paper and cardboard for particular uses. They will find out how the shapes of solid objects made from some materials can be changed by squashing, bending, twisting and stretching.


This term the children will learn to read and write numbers to at least 100, recognise the place value of a two digit number, compare and order numbers up to 100, use <> = signs. Count in steps of 2,3,5 and 10, find 1/10 more or less from a given number, identify, represent and estimate numbers using different representations, including the number line, use place value and number facts to solve problems. Choose and use appropriate standard units to estimate and measure height/length in any direction (m/cm) using a ruler, mass (kg/g) using scales and volume (litres/ml). Know that addition can be done in any order and that subtraction cannot, recall and addition and subtraction facts to 20 fluently and derive and use related facts up to 100, solve problems with addition and subtraction, add and subtract numbers mentally, using concrete objects and pictorial representations, add three one digit numbers. Recognise and use the inverse relationship between addition and subtraction. Identify and describe the properties of 2D/3D shapes, compare and sort common 2D/3D shapes.  Understand multiplication as repeated addition, show that multiplication can be done in any order and division cannot, recall and use multiplication facts for the 2, 5, 10 tables including recognising odd and even numbers. Use mathematical vocabulary to describe position, direction and movement, including movement in a straight line and distinguishing between rotation as a turn and in terms of right angles for quarter, half and three- quarter turns (clockwise and anti-clockwise). Recognise, find, name and write fractions of a length, shape, set of objects or quantity. Recognise and use pounds (£) and pence (p), combine amounts to make a particular value, find different combinations of coins that equal the same amounts of money. Tell and write the time to five minutes, including quarter past/to the hour and draw the hands on a clock face to show these times, know the number of minutes in an hour and the number of hours in a day.


The Great Fire of London: The children will be able to place the Great Fire on a class time line and sequence the main events of the fire correctly. Know why the fire started and what happened. Understand why it ended and some of the results. Know that the fire was represented in different ways. Look at a variety of sources to further their understanding of The Great Fire of London. The children will also compare historical and modern day fire-fighting techniques.

Neil Armstrong V Christopher Columbus - as part of our Looking down from Space topic

As part of the KS1 History curriculum the children will study the lives of significant individuals in the past who have contributed to national and international achievements.


Linked with The Great Fire of London topic the children will find out about modern day London, England’s capital city. They will locate and identify characteristics of London. They will use maps, atlases, aerial photographs and plans to recognise landmarks and basic human and physical features. The children will develop geographical vocabulary whilst studying modern day London.


As part of our Looking down from Space topic, the children will learn about the continents and oceans of the world.


Sir Christopher Wren: The children will study the architecture of St Paul’s Cathedral which Sir Christopher Wren designed after the cathedral burnt down during The Great Fire of London. They will compare the building to what remains in London today. The children will draw and build their own versions of both buildings. 


In Year Two we follow the SCARF (Safety, Care, Achievement, Resilience, Friendship)  PSHE scheme of work.

 This term's themes is Resilience.

We will also be setting new year goals!


The children will begin swimming this term at Morton School on Thursday 10th January.  Our other PE session will be on Wednesdays. The children will complete their Joseph's Coat dance and then begin gymnastics covering travelling, balance and sequences.

Year Two English Overview - Spring Term



Spring 1

Spring 2

Contemporary and Classic Poetry


Winter poetry

Shape poems

Acrostic poems


Stories, Fairy Stories, Traditional Tales


Katie in London 

Man on the Moon (A day in the life of Bob)



 Great Fire of London – diary entry

London - Our Capital City

Neil Armstrong fact file


Writing Opportunities


Story writing




Recount from trip to Fire Station

Great Fire of London sequence of events

Character Description - Bob is Missing!

Fact file


Spoken Language



Freeze Frames

Home Corner

Winter sensory walk

Visit to Fire Station

Samuel Pepys interview

Role-Play - Space Station


Email from Space Control




Year Two Literacy Overview - Autumn Term




Autumn 1

 Autumn 2

Contemporary and Classic Poetry


Autumn Fires by Robert Louis Stevenson



 In Flanders Fields by John McCrae

Stories, Fairy Stories, Traditional Tales


The Hodgeheg by King Smith

Eliot Midnight Superhero by Anne Cottringer

Katie in London

Katie at Christmas by James Mayhew






Remembrance Day e-book

Writing Opportunities


 Summer recount

Max Hedgehog diary

Hedgehog information poster

Autumn poem


 Remembrance Day information report

Adventure story


Spoken Language



Freeze Frames

Home corner / superhero costumes

Autumn sensory walk

Planning sheets


 Visit from Poppy

Remembrance Sunday Homework - Carlisle City Centre/Television

Video clip - London

Story Mountains


 Additional English activities include: Guided Reading, Whole Class Guided Reading, Read, Write Inc Phonics, Independent Reading, Spellings, Punctuation and Grammar (SPaG), Shared Reading and Writing, Talk for Writing. Writing will also take place in other subjects such as RE, History, Science etc and English skills will be developed through Enhanced Independent Learning activities.