Welcome to Spider Class

Welcome to Spider Class! Spider Class is one of the Year 2 classes at the Isle of Ely Primary School. From this page you will be able to read about our curriculum and learning activities. Children have PE on Wednesday and Thursday and will need to arrive in their PE kits on these days. We will also provide a "Weekly Newsflash" to see what we have been learning in the past week.

Who works in our room:

Class teachers                                                                          Learning Support Assistant                         

Mrs Natalie Godfrey (M-T)    Mrs Christine Mead (W-F)    Mrs Prieto-Perez


Our curriculum

In Spider Class this half term, we will be learning:




Children will learn about recounting real life events using the Talk4Writing approach beginning with a cold write and then moving through the imitation, innovation and independent stages. Our model text is a recount of a trip to Fryland Wood, which provides children with a high quality example. We will be focusing on ensuring we use the spelling rules which have been taught and spelling common exception words correctly. These can be found in the files below if you would like to practise them at home. We will also build a ‘characterisation toolkit’ to improve the content of our writing looking at adjectives, using the power of three, verbs, adverbs and similes.

During this half term, we will be reading Flat Stanley by Jeff Brown to develop our VIPERS skills (vocabulary, inference, prediction, evidence, retrieval and summarising).


Length and height: children will be learning to estimate, measure and compare the lengths or heights of a range of objects using simple measuring equipment, such as rulers, metre sticks and tape measures, and appropriate standard units (centimetres or metres). Children will learn some of the common practical difficulties that arise when measuring, such as not starting at zero when using a ruler.

Mass, capacity and temperature: Children will be learning to use the standard units of g, kg, ml, l and °C to measure and solve problems relating to mass, volume, capacity and temperature. They will learn to order and compare using each type of measure, and will to make sensible approximations as to the mass, volume, capacity or temperature of different objects or real-life situations. Children will be also learn to reason using measures, including making chains of connected reasoning when ordering and comparing measures.

Problem solving using efficient methods: Children who learn to fluently select the appropriate operation that is needed to complete a given step of a problem and will be able to use the bar model to represent these problems. They will also be learn how to select an efficient method to solve the calculation.


This unit builds on directly from Year 1 – Materials and Magnets. In Year One, pupils learned about the names of everyday materials. They began to consider simple properties of everyday materials and learned about John Dunlop and his work on developing a suitable material for wheels. This unit offers another opportunity to reinforce the names and uses of every day materials, developing the conceptual understanding that all materials are used for a purpose based on their properties. In this unit, building on their knowledge of John Dunlop and his work, pupils will study George de Mestral and will find out how he developed Velcro after noticing how the shape of burdock seeds allowed them to grip onto his clothes and his dog’s fur whilst out walking. Pupils will learn how he needed to test the properties of materials in order to find something suitable for his invention. They will look at images of Velcro under a microscope.


This half term we are focusing on Northern Europe. To begin with me focus on the continents of the world and recap our knowledge of the continents and oceans. We then focus directly on Northern Europe and the Scandinavian countries, exploring how these countries differ from the UK and why. We focus on physical features of Northern Europe including, geysers, volcanos, mountains, waterfalls, fjords and how the climate is different in this part of Europe due to its positioning to the equator. We finish the topic by looking at animal migration and how animals have adapted to survive these harsh climates.

Religious Education

Children will begin to learn about Islam and the beliefs of Muslims.

Design and Technology

Children will be learning how to sew a running stitch with regular sized stiches. They will design and make a pouch.


In music this half term we will be learning about the British Isles and the different sounds that can heard in the British Isles. The children will be creating soundscapes of all the different sounds that are typical in the British Isles using their bodies first and then progressing onto instruments.

Physical Education

Pupils develop their communication and problem-solving skills. They work individually, in pairs and in small groups. Throughout, there is an emphasis on teamwork. They learn to discuss, plan and reflect on ideas and strategies. They lead a partner whilst considering safety. Pupils have the opportunity to show honesty and fair play.


The key knowledge for this unit of computing is:

  • To understand that you can enter simple data into a spreadsheet.
  • To understand what steps you need to take to create an algorithm.
  • To know what data to use to answer certain questions.
  • To know that computers can be used to monitor supplies.


This unit starts by looking at the difference between portraits and a self-portraits by considering three renowned paintings: Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa, Holbein’s portrait of Edward VI as a child and Kahlo’s Self-Portrait with Bonito. The children go on to consider the self-portraits of Van Gogh, Rembrandt and Gentileschi using all these works to think about how a portrait can show much more than just how a person looks: an artist can choose to represent a person’s personality, emotions and status. The children will paint their own self-portrait, using mirrors, learning about the proportions of the face, and how to recreate skin-tones. They will consider how they can represent themselves, by the expression they show and by what they choose to put in the background of their portrait. They will evaluate what they think of the self-portrait they have created.

Personal, Social and Health Education

In PSHE this half term we will be focusing on risks and how to keep ourselves safe in risky situations. We will be analysing different risky situations and equip ourselves with a toolkit for each situation should they ever occur.









Our class text is: Flat Stanley by Jeff Brown

Weekly Newsflashes:

Week commencing 08.05.23

This week, Year 2 have been busy preparing for our upcoming SATs next week. In maths, we have been looking at statistics, particularly focusing on bar graphs, pictograms and tally charts. In English, we finished writing our hot write about a school trip. The children could either write about Ely Museum or a trip they made up. In art, we have continued to learn about portraits and adding detail to portraits. Our spelling rule this week is adding -ed, -ing, -est and -er to root words ending in 'e', for example hiker - hiker and hiking. 

Week commencing 24.04.23
This week we have been working extremely hard! In English, we have begun learning our new text - a recount - in preparation for writing our own about our trip to Ely Museum. In maths, we have continue to learn about capacity, weight, volume and mass and the children have really worked hard at trying to understand these abstract concepts. In art we continued to learn about tints and shades when creating skin colours for a self portraits. In geography, we have learnt about the continents. Our spelling rule this week is ' change the 'y' to 'i' and add -ed, -est, -er - es in words ending in 'y' with a consonant before the y (happy-happier-happiest). Have a lovely bank holiday weekend and we will see you on Tuesday!

Week Commencing 17.04.23

We have had a wonderful first week back and we even managed to go on a lovely trip to Ely Museum where we were able to learn lots about how the Romans lived in Britain and we even got to try on some Roman armour! In English, we have looked a little bit at poetry this week and using words with the suffixes -ment, -ful and -ness in them to create poems. In maths we have learnt about length and height and how to measure in cm and metres. In music we learnt about sea shanties and learned to sing My Bonnie Lies over the Ocean

Our spellings this week are words ending in 'i' spelt with  'y', such as - fly, sky, why, reply, multiply and cry

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