Year 2 Week Ending 3.3.17

Welcome to Year 2!

We hope you had an enjoyable half term!

This week in Year 2

In our Literacy lessons we have been learning about explanation texts. These are non-fiction texts that explains either a process or how something works. We have been exploring different explanation texts and identifying the key features of these including conjunctions (because, this causes, so), comparative language (bigger, smaller, heavier) and technical vocabulary (habitat, tadpoles).

In Numeracy we have been on using the inverse (opposite) of addition and subtraction to help us check our answers. We have also used our knowledge of inverse to help us solve missing number calculations such as ?+3=10.

In R.E. this week, we celebrated Clean Monday which took place on Monday 27th February. We recognised that this was the beginning of Lent and preparations for Easter. We had lots of fun flying our kites during the week too!

We have started our new topic this week which is called ‘Why would a dinosaur not make a good pet?’ and has a science focus. We explored the terms alive, once alive and non-living and categorised different animals and objects into these terms. We also had a mystery delivery of an egg this week!

Next Week in Year 2

Subject We will be learning…
Literacy ·        We will be continuing our learning on explanation texts.

·        Using the features we have learnt to create our own explanation texts on the life cycle of a butterfly.

Numeracy ·         We will be learning to use > greater than, < less than and = equals when comparing two numbers.

·        We will be learning to round numbers up and down to the nearest 10.

·        We will also be exploring 3D shapes and the 2D shapes that make them up.

RE ·         We will be learning about why the Orthodox church is special.
Phonics Miss MacKinnon’s group will be focusing on the sounds – air/are,  and ir/ur

Miss Light’s group will be focusing on ar and ou

Mrs Yiannourkou and Miss Kyri’s group will be focusing on their initial sounds and sh, th, ch, ng and nk.




Your username and password for Mathletics is stuck inside the cover of your yellow reading record.

Weekend Writing Challenge

In literacy this week we have been learning about ‘Explanation Texts’. We have learnt that Explanation texts explain to us how a process works. To help us understand this we have identified their key features (pictures/diagrams, ordered paragraphs, joining words: because, this means, so etc, comparative words: brighter, smaller etc, technical vocabulary: mammals, nutrients etc and glossary) by exploring different texts about animals. For your writing challenge this week I would like you to choose two animals and write a comparison of them both. You need to include in your writing:-

  • The use of comparative words such as: smaller, heaviest etc
  • The name of your animals.
  • Some extended sentences (and, so, such as).
  • Full stops and capital letters in the correct places.

I would like you to present your learning in a creative way and write at least a page for your comparison. I look forward to reading them!


Book Bags: Please ensure that the children bring their book bag to school every day, as in addition to being a means of transporting reading materials it is a valuable method of communication. We encourage the children to give important notes from their parents direct to their class teacher.

Uniform: Please ensure that all items of clothing are clearly labelled with your child’s name. Children will need their P.E. kits in school on a Wednesday for Crete Class and a Thursday for Santorini Class as these are our PE days. Please encourage children to be independent dressers at home, as these skills will be helpful at school.

Reading: We change the children’s reading books daily, so if they have finished their books please ensure that the children put their home reading record and reading book in the basket every morning to be changed. Please support your child with reading at home and record a comment in their reading record.

Phonics: The phonics scheme we follow is Read, Write Inc. Please read and practise your sounds and spellings with your child at home.


Spellings: This week’s spellings are – didn’t, won’t, hasn’t, can’t, it’ll, I’ll, couldn’t, wouldn’t

Year 2 Spelling List




Times Tables: Please continue to practise your 2, 3, 5 and 10 times tables at home as we will be completing weekly challenges on these. They will be given in a random order so please do not just focus on the answers!

Thank you for your continued support and we look forward to another fun filled week.

Miss MacKinnon and Miss Kyri

Miss Light and Mrs Yiannourkou