Welcome to Year Two...



Dates for the diary...

  • Swimming begins Thursday 12th January
  • Year Two Liturgy - Wednesday 1st February
  • Parents Evening - Monday 13th and Tuesday 14th February
  • Creative Day with poet Wes Magee  - Wednesday 15th February
  • Break up for half term - Friday 17th February
  • Back to school - Monday 27th February
  • Ash Wednesday Mass in Church - Wednesday 1st March
  • Year Two Worship Assembly - Tuesday 14th March 14.45pm in the hall



PE this half term will be swimming on Thursday mornings, where 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 Friday 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.


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

Thank you for your support,

Miss Smith & Mr Whitaker


On Friday 11th November Reception, Year One and Year Three watched a special Remembrance Day service, prepared by Year Two. During the service the children joined in with a 2 minutes silence, listened to The Last Post, read out prayers, sang hymns and presented three beautiful poppy wreaths that were displayed at the war memorial at St Bede's Church on Remembrance Sunday - well done Year Two!

Poppy came to visit Year Two to explain why we remember on the 11th November each year.


Fun in Year Two...

                                  Year 2 Yearly Plan







Signs & Symbols





Spread the Word





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.

Owl Drawings -Sketching


 D & T

 Joseph’s Coat


Musical Instruments


 Mud Huts

















 Cross Curricular


 Cross Curricular


 Cross Curricular


 Cross Curricular


 Cross Curricular


 Cross Curricular



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 be looking at a range of texts this term 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 and inverted commas.


The children will be studying three topics this term:

 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.

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


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 children will be studying two topics this term:

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. Some should be used to compare aspects of life in different periods.


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. 

Keith Tyson

This term the children will be studying the work of a locally trained artist Keith Tyson. They will learn that he won the Turner prize for his work. They will then attempt to recreate a universal painting in the style of Keith Tyson’s work.


Goals for the New Year.

Cross curricular - including links to worship and whole school mass.


The children will continue swimming this term at Morton School. For the Spring term the children will swim every Thursday starting on the 12th January.  Their other PE session will be held on Fridays where the children will participate in dance linked to The Great Fire of London.



Year Two Literacy 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)



A winters day - descriptive writing

Great Fire of London – diary entry


Neil Armstrong fact file

Writing Opportunities



Diary entries

Letter writing


Science experiment write up

Character Description


Fact file

Spoken Language



Freeze Frames

Space Station

Winter sensory walk

Visit to Fire Station





 Additional Literacy activities include: Guided Reading, Phonics, Independent Reading, Spellings, Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar (SPaG), Shared Reading and Writing. Writing will also take place in other subjects such as RE, History, Science etc and Literacy skills will be developed through Enhanced Independent Learning activities.