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Year 2 Weekly Updates on Learning 2022-2023

Friday 27th January

This week in English has been very exciting as we have been reading more and more of our book 'The Princess and the White Bear King'. It really has us gripped! We have now read what the Bear's castle looks like and have been using our imagination every lesson. We drew what we think his castle looks like from just hearing the descriptions from the story and also made a prediction as to what will happen next!


We have continued our addition and subtraction of multiples of 10 this week in Maths. We have continued to apply bonds/facts within 10 to help solve the equations. 

For example: 



Partition 45 into tens and ones 

40 + 5 = 45


then if we know that 4 + 3 = 7, we can simply...


Add all the tens 

40 + 30 = 70




Recombine the tens and ones. 

70 + 5 = 75 


We have had a very special visitor this week to help us with our R.E. topic 'Books' - Fr Gary! We were very lucky because he showed us the special books they use in church to help celebrate Mass: The Missal (the book of prayers for the Priest), The Lectionary (the book of scripture) and the Book of Gospels (this one was our favourite!). He also shared with us his favourite Bible story and why it was his favourite. Fr Gary brought his own special Bible along to show us, which was given to him when he first began his training to be a priest! 

We have now sadly come to the end of our 'Books' topic and look forward to finding out what our new topic will be! 

Friday 20th January


This week in English we have started to look at all the rich vocabulary in The Princess and the White Bear Prince. We used it to help us to describe the princess.

The dreamy princess has long, flowing hair and crystal blue eyes. She rode through the thickly, needled pine forest on the back of the shaggy bear.


In Maths this week we have been adding and subtracting multiples of 10 to and from 2 digit numbers.

We have noticed that when you add or subtract multiples of 10 the ones stay the same but the tens change. We have used our number facts within 10 to help


If I know that 4+3=7

Then I know that 40+30=70

If I know that 7-2=5

Then I know that 70-20 =50

We had fun on Friday creating shops and reducing the prices by 10p!


We have continued our RE topic about Books. We have named the main books used in The Mass:

The Lectionary (the book of scripture), The Book of Gospels and The Altar Missal (the book of prayers for The Priest)

We also read the story of John The Baptist And wrote an account of the story from the point of view of someone who was there at Jesus’ baptism.

God said “This is my own dear Son, with whom I am pleased.” Matthew 3:13-17

Friday 13th January


What a busy first full week we've had!


During English we have started a new Power of Reading book. We don't know the title yet, but we have found that it is about a princess, a crown and a bear. We have been predicting what the story will be about, making crowns for the princess and writing to the King to tell him why he should choose our crown. Maybe next week we will find out what the story is called, and we will see if our predictions were right.


In Maths we have a block of learning about addition and subtraction, using what we already know about partitioning and bridging 10 to apply our learning. 


Within our R.E lessons we have started the new topic , Books. We began by thinking about our favourite books and then looked at the most special book of all, the Bible. We have read our own Bibles in class and talked about our favourite Bible stories. We are lucky to have Father Gary coming in a few weeks to show us some of the special books used during Mass. 


During Science we have begun the topic of Living Things and their Habitats & thought about what we'd like to find out, asking questions that we will investigate throughout the topic.


Our new skills for P.E. will be learnt during gymnastics and sending and receiving.


We are looking forward to a full and happy term.

Friday 9th December


In English we have started to write the Nativity story. We wrote about The Annunciation when The Angel Gabriel appeared to Mary and The visitation when Mary travelled to see Elizabeth who was also expecting a baby.

We have remembered to include past tense verbs, correct punctuation and re read our writing to check that it is accurate.


In Maths this week we have continued to apply known facts to solve addition and subtraction equations.

If I know that 3 + 4 = 7

Then I know that 13 + 4 = 17

I can work out 23  + [    ] = 27

or 27 = [   ] +23

and 44 + [   ]   = 47 and so on


In R.E. We have focused on The Visitation. We thought about how Mary would be feeling and responded to Mary’s Song with our own liturgical dances. We then went on to read about the journey to Bethlehem and the birth of Jesus.

Friday 2nd December

This week was a very exciting week for us in Year 2. We went to the pantomime! We had the most wonderful time and loved every minute of it. Our teachers were so impressed with us that we were all Star of the Week!


We were storytellers in English this week, planning for and writing our own sequels to Traction Man. We did a fantastic job.


In Maths, we have spent the week problem solving. We have had a huge selection of word problems that we have read carefully, picked out the important information and then answered using the processes we have learnt. 


For example: 

Omar bought a chocolate bar and a seven-pence lollipop.

He spent thirty nine pence in total. 

How much did the chocolate bar cost?


We have also used our number facts to 10 to help solve problems too!


In R.E this week, we have been learning about the story of The Annunciation, when Angel Gabriel came to Mary. We looked at different artists interpretations and then created our own by printing. They look beautiful!

Friday 25th November

Much to our excitement we were able to read to the end of the Power of Reading book - 'Traction Man is here' by Mini Grey . We have been left on a cliffhanger with a sinister looking pair of scissors. Next week we will write our own sequels to the story and have already had some fantastic ideas for writing. 


Maths Week has seen us learning all about odd numbers . We also learnt a special mathematical skill which means you can give us any number - no matter how large - and we will be able to tell you if it's odd or even.  We have investigated numbers 1,3,5,7 and 9.


Within our R.E lessons we have begun our new topic - Preparations.  It is such an exciting time as we learn about Advent, the very special time in the liturgical calendar when we prepare for Jesus.   


During PE we have continued our Yoga skills . You child should be able to show you many different postures and join them into a yoga flow, as well as being able to breath slowly and deeply, taking time to relax.


As well as writing the sequels to Traction Man is here , next week the Panto awaits us! 

Oh no it doesn't! 

Oh yes it does!


In Maths we will be focusing on addition and subtraction and we will continue our RE topic by learning about Scripture Isaiah 9: 2, 6 and the story of the Annunciation.

Friday 18th November


In English we have started to look at diaries and read exerts from diaries of famous people like Samuel Pepys and famous characters such as Little Red Riding Hood. We made a list of all the features a diary entry should have;

· A date

· Dear Diary

· Past Tense Verbs

· Information

· Thoughts and Feelings


In Maths this week we have been applying known facts to solve addition and subtraction subtraction equations.

If I know that 3+4=7

Then I know that 13+4=17

I also know that 23+4=27 and so on

If I know that 7-4=3

Then I know that 17-4=13

I also know that 27-4=23 and so on


It was Interfaith Week this week. We thought about different Faiths and different places that people pray. We talked about the similarities and differences when looking at our religion and those of others and how we are tolerant of all faiths.

Friday 11th November

In English this week we have been illustrators and creating a character description for Traction Man. We worked on our speaking and listening skills by taking it in turns to describe a picture of Traction Man whilst the other listened carefully and drew what we described. It was very fun! 


In Maths, we learnt about finding the difference. We found out:

  • All consecutive numbers have a difference of 1
  • All consecutive even numbers have a difference of 2
  • All consecutive odd numbers have a difference of 2 as well 

We then finished the week of with some consecutive number problem solving!


On Remembrance Day we listened to the story 'Stubby' by Michael Foreman , listened to the 'The Last Post' during the two minutes silence and then wrote some beautiful poppy poetry. We also created poppy artwork by using polystyrene tiles to print!

Friday 4th November 

This week in English we have started our new Power of Reading Book Traction Man. We have been predicting what we think is going to happen in the book, thought about a voiceover and learned about Proper Nouns. We have had great fun adding voice overs to things that are happening around the school.


In Maths we have continued to subtract a single digit from a 2 digit number.

We have been successful by following these 3 steps;

  • Draw a number line
  • Make 10
  • Partition



12-2 =10


10-2 =8


In RE this week we had a visit from Margaret from Cafod.

We learnt all about how to be the best possible people that we can be and enjoyed listening to stories from an Antarctic penguin, a giraffe from Africa and a sun bear from Asia.

Our Signs and Symbols topic came to an end. We celebrated and went forth to spread the word with our candles decorated with the signs and symbols of baptism.

Friday 21st October


This week in English we have been looking at Martin Luther King’s ‘I have a dream’ speech. We thought about how he dreamed of making a better world for everyone. We then went on to write our own ‘I have a dream’ speeches, all of which included thoughtful ideas including protecting the planet, living in peace and being tolerant of those we share our world with.


In Maths we have continued to focus on the ‘makes 10’ strategy.

We have started to use it to take a single digit away from a 2 digit number when 10 is bridge.


12-2= 10        6 is made of 2 and 4  so


Keep practicing the bonds within 10 and also to 10  (White Rose Minute Maths App) as the quicker the children can recall these the more efficient their calculating will be.


In RE we have continued to look at the signs and symbols of Baptism. We learnt this week that the Oil of Chrism is a symbol that The Holy Spirit is with the baby at its Baptism and that the white garment is a symbol that the baby is pure and wrapped in God’s love.


There will be no homework for the half term holiday. 


Friday 14th October


In English this week we have continued with our poetry topic. We have been using our current season to help us plan for and write our own ‘Autumn Leaves’ poems. We made sure to include adjectives, verbs and commas into our poem.  

Throughout Black History Month, we have been learning about the life of Martin Luther King Jr and that the use of voice can be so powerful. This week we made our own zigzag books all about his life. We did such a great job! 


In Maths, we have continued to add 2 single digit numbers using the ‘makes ten’ strategy. We have been using part part whole models and number lines to help up both ‘bridge to 10’ and partition numbers. We have been remembering our learning on number bonds to 10, which we learnt in year one.  


In R.E this week we have had a focus on scripture:  


Therefore welcome one another as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God. 

Romans 15:17 

For this scripture we focused on the baby being welcomed into the church through Baptism. We learnt that the priest begins the Baptism by asking the parents what name they have given the baby followed by making the sign of the cross on baby’s head. The priest then invites the parents and godparents to do the same. We talked about how this made us feel and if it made us wonder about anything? 


For I will pour water on the thirsty land, and streams on the dry ground; I will pour out my Spirit on your offspring, and my blessing on your descendants. 

Isaiah 44:3 

We focused on the symbol of water used in Baptism. We collaged a water drop and underlined our favourite part of this scripture. We talked about the importance of water and what it symbolises.  

Friday 7th October

In English we have been writing our own poetry.

We have created a class poem called On our way to school…

It included funny things that the children might see on the way to school.

The children then created their own poems that included interesting adjectives.


This week in maths we have been adding 2 single digit numbers using the ‘makes ten’ strategy.


We know that 7 needs 3 more to make 10.

5 is made of 3 and 2

So 7+3=10

10+2 =12

We are teaching the children to use calculation strategies rather than just counting on.

Although this seems a rather long process it is a skill that will really help them when working with bigger numbers and harder maths problems.

Key vocabulary;

makes ten, addition, add, plus, together


In RE we have continued to look at the rites of Baptism and the importance of the symbols reflecting Baptism. We went on a walk looking for signs and symbols that are important to our school.

Friday 30th September


Our Power of Reading book - 'The HodgeHeg' by Dick King Smith has come to completion this week. We have learnt more about hedgehogs as animals and written our own version with an alternative ending. We have left Max and his family resting , hunting, playing and generally having a fabulous time at the park.


We have also come to the end of a block of Place Value learning in Maths. We have met Blockzilla and compared numbers using the inequality sign .We have also used everything we have learnt to investigate where numbers should go on a linear number line.


Within our R.E lessons we have celebrated what we have learnt in the Beginnings topic and written a letter to our talk / listen partner in the style of St Paul, telling them how much God loves them. We took our learning forth by thinking of a new beginning we could start at home.


During Science we have decided on our own simple comparative tests to find out which materials are waterproof and which are not. We also found that raincoats and umbrellas are very useful ! You may want to ask your child about teddy having a shower!


Next week we will be performing and writing poetry, moving onto addition and beginning a new R.E topic - Sign and Symbols. Perhaps you could spot some signs and symbols over the weekend.

Friday 23rd September



This week in maths we have continued our learning on place value and partitioning into tens and ones. We have also been creating an addition number sentence to go with our part part whole model.






We have also learnt about the place value of each digit in a 2 digit number, using the dienes to help us.



We finally read the ending of our Power of Reading book ‘The Hodgeheg’ by Dick King Smith.

We wrote a character description about the main character Max, using adjectives. We also learnt to ask and answer questions in role. For this we were in groups of three: a reporter, an interviewee and a cameraman. We had lots of fun taking it in turns to interview the ‘lollypop lady’ and the ‘driver’ on what they saw crossing the road. We did an excellent job asking the right sort of questions.

We are beginning to think about retelling part of the story next week so we have story-boarded our ideas (drawing a picture for each section) ready to write them down.

We are learning the spelling rule of adding ing to words and what to do if a word ends in e.

Friday 16th September


We have continued to think about new beginnings, thought about how we start each new day and remembered that we need to greet God at the beginning of each new day by writing our very own morning prayers.



This week in maths we have been partitioning 2 digit numbers into tens and ones.

We have been repeating the stem sentences for each number that we are looking at.


My whole is 15.

One part is 10.

One part is 5.

Together I have 15.

The children have learnt to draw their own part part whole models and have used jottings or numbers to fill them in.



We have continued to read our Power of Reading book The Hodgeheg by Dick King Smith.

We have written expanded noun phrases to describe the setting (the inclusion of a noun described by an adjective), we have described how Max the hedgehog would feel trying to cross the road to get the park and had great fun writing muddled sentences reflecting how Max was speaking once he’d had a bang on the head!

We have continued to learn the rules of how to spell plurals including changing f to a v and adding es.

Friday 9th September


What a good first week we have had! We were all really happy to see the children back and ready for all the new learning and challenges that come from being in Year 2!


This week in English we have begun our first Power of Reading book for Year 2! So far we have discovered it is about a hedgehog. We have thought what we know about hedgehogs already and have spent time thinking what we would like to find out. Some of the questions we have are; can hedgehogs swim? What do they eat? Do they run? What noises do they make?


During Maths we have been learning about teen numbers and how to recognise them. We have used part-part whole models and dienes to find the ten and ones for example 18 has 1 ten and 8 ones. We have also begun the Mastering Number programme using the Rekenreks and have been counting in lots of fun ways!


Our first topic for R.E. in year 2 is Beginnings. We have thought about our new starts and how sometimes they can make us feel anxious, brave or excited. We also looked at the Creation Story from the Book of Genesis and ‘Saw that is was good’. Finally in response to the Creation Story and music by John Burland – God created you and me – we performed a Liturgical dance.


P.E. was especially exciting with our new routine of P.E. kit for the day. This has been an excellent change enabling us to gain extra learning time and less lost socks! We began our gymnastics unit of work by travelling in different ways using apparatus and Mr Peace returned for our specialist games session.


The week ended with a very special service for the whole school at the cathedral, marking the beginning of a new school year and reflecting on the death of Queen Elizabeth II.