Welcome to Year 2


Caterpillar and Spider classes are our Year 2 classes at the Isle of Ely Primary School.

Who works in our classroom:

Miss Georgia Russell         Mrs Amy Wreathall               


 Mrs Claire Harrison          Mrs Samantha Lambert


Mrs Jacky Pattenden

In Year 2 this half term, we will be learning:




Children will be learning about writing recounts in the form of diary entries. We will look at Jack’s Diary which is written from the viewpoint of one of the characters in The Tunnel which we read last half-term. The key skills we will be focussing on are writing in the first person and in the past tense, using progressive forms of verbs. We will also be using coordinating conjunctions in our writing.

Later in the half-term we will begin looking at rags to riches stories, using Cinderella as our model text. During this unit we will introduce the children to more suffixes for adjectives e.g. -er, -est, -ful, and –less.

Throughout all of our writing we will be reinforcing the need to use correct spellings for common exception words and other words we have learnt to spell already, and to use our phonics for new words.


This half term children will learn about money and multiplication and division.

Money: this unit builds upon basic money work children completed in Year 1. It also reinforces children’s counting skills, as well as addition and subtraction strategies. In this unit, children focus on coins and notes and cover the following topics: calculating total amounts, finding change and word problems

Multiplication and division: this unit focuses on multiplication in the context of skip counting, equal groups, times-tables, multiplication sentences and arrays. It is an essential basis for children understanding the times-tables and what × means. Within this unit, children will gain a solid grounding in equal groups and what this means, as well as how to recognise any groups that are not equal. This is the first big idea relating to multiplication and it is essential knowledge before moving through the rest of the lessons. Children will be introduced to arrays as a representation of multiplication, which will help highlight the commutative properties of multiplication. Throughout this unit, repeated addition sentences will appear alongside multiplication sentences so that children have a reference to help them understand what × means in context. Children will be encouraged to see multiplication in two different ways: sharing a group of a items amongst b people, and alternatively as grouping a items in groups of c. Both lead to the multiplication sentence a = b × c

How can you help at home?

  • Practise counting in 2s, 5s and 10s
  • Look at coins and banknotes together – can children recognise them?
  • Count different amounts of money
  • Play ‘shops’


This unit introduces electricity, what we use it for, how it behaves and how we must use it safely. Pupils will have two lessons dedicated to exploring circuits, asking and answering questions about how electricity behaves and what is needed to create a complete circuit. Pupils will learn about the differences between batteries and mains electricity and will understand how our electricity system is connected across the country and beyond. Pupils will understand that scientists use symbols to represent components of a circuit. This links to their understanding of using symbols on a map in geography. Pupils will work scientifically to investigate conductive and non-conductive materials. They will make predictions, plan and undertake an investigation and will explain their findings.



Romans in Britain: Pupils will encounter the significant individuals Julius Caesar and Emperor Claudius. They will also look closely at how the Roman army was organised and evaluate what made them so successful. In addition, the children will learn about the significant rebellion led against the Romans by the Celtic queen of the Iceni, Boudicca. The children will analyse continuity & change between life in Britain before, during and after the Romans, looking at what continued and stayed the same versus what changed. At the end of the unit, the children will consider the legacy of the Roman invasion on life on Britain. They will learn that the Romans left their influence on the way we speak, read and write, and how they left behind the roads and towns they had built.

Design and Technology

In DT we are looking at mechanisms and our unit is entitled Making a Moving Monster. We will look at pivots, levers and linkages before designing and then making our own moving monsters.


In this topic children learn to sing the song ‘Once a Man Fell in a Well’ and to play it using tuned percussion, adding sounds effects, experiments with timbre and dynamics and using letter notation to write a melody.

Physical Education

Invasion Games: Invasion games are games where there are two teams and two goals. Teams try to score in the opposition’s goal. Examples include football, handball, rugby, netball, basketball and hockey. In this unit, pupils develop their understanding of the principles of defending and attacking for invasion games. They use and develop skills such as sending and receiving with both feet and hands, as well as dribbling with both feet and hands. They have the opportunity to play uneven and even sided games. They learn how to score points in these types of games and learn to play to the rules.

Gymnastics: In this unit pupils learn explore and develop basic gymnastic actions on the floor and using apparatus. They develop gymnastic skills of jumping, rolling, balancing and travelling individually and in combination to create short sequences and movement phrases. Pupils develop an awareness of compositional devices when creating sequences to include the use of shapes, levels and directions. They learn to work safely with and around others and whilst using apparatus. Pupils are given opportunities to provide feedback to others and recognise elements of high quality performance.


In this unit, the children will be exploring a computing program called ‘Scratch Jr’, by doing so, the children will be; creating and debugging simple programs, using logical reasoning to predict the behaviour of simple programs, understanding what algorithms are; how they are implemented as programs on digital devices; and that programs execute by following precise and unambiguous instructions. They will also learn how to use technology purposefully to create, organise, store, manipulate and retrieve digital content.


The children are introduced to murals, what they are and how they have been painted throughout history, by looking at cave paintings, murals in churches of the Italian renaissance, and at more modern works by Rivera and Banksy. They then study famous examples of frescoes (exploring what this term means), including Michelangelo’s paintings in the Sistine Chapel and Leonardo’s The Last Supper, previously looked at in relation to symmetry in the unit on Landscapes and Symmetry.

Personal, Social and Health Education

This half-term we are introducing the children to our new PSHE scheme of work, Jigsaw. Our first unit is called Dreams and Goals and will look at setting realistic goals, breaking them down into smaller steps and how to keep going when things are challenging. We will work in groups and with partners and we will discuss positive attitudes and how we celebrate successes with the help of our new Jigsaw friend Jo.


Our class text is Fantastic Mr Fox by Roald Dahl

Knowledge Organisers:

At the Isle of Ely Primary School, we use knowledge organisers as a tool to enhance our students learning and to allow parents and carers to support their child's learning. In our knowledge organisers you will find essential knowledge, key dates, vocabulary and key figures where relevant. These can be used as a fun assessment tool which will ensure that students remember more and learn more in the upcoming unit of work.




Week Commencing 12th February

During the final week of the half term the children enjoyed planning and building a moving monster toy which built on their knowledge of mechanisms from a prior unit in Year 2, as well as Year 1. In Maths, we spent lots of time linking our multiplication knowledge division. The children have started  to recognise patterns and make the connection with multiplication and division. In Writing, we have written a class innovation of our model text, as well as start to think about a character they will write about after half term. Have a great week off! See you on Monday 26th March. 

Week Commencing 5th February

This week we have been shining a light on Children's Mental Health week. The whole school have taken part in two special assemblies which have explored children's mental health, what it means and strategies to take care of it. The children have learnt about possessive apostrophes, subordinate clauses and the suffixes '-ful', '-less' and '-ment'. We highlighted examples of all of these in our model text. Next week, we will innovate the text as a class, putting into practice the new tools we have learnt this week. In maths, the children focused on the 2 times tables, doubling and halving and odd and even numbers. 

Week Commencing 29th January 

Happy Friday everyone! 
We have finally made it through January. I think the children are looking forward to brighter, lighter weather just as much as us adults. Thank you to all the parents and carers who were able to make the Maths parent share on Wednesday. It was lovely to see so many of you. Hopefully, it gave you a good idea about what our reasoning and problem solving lessons typically look like. We are going to continue with multiplication and division for a few more weeks. In Writing, we have started a new unit based on Cinderella, a rags to riches tale. The children appear to be very familiar with the story already, so we are hoping to really explore how we can innovate the model text for different purposes. Have a great weekend and see you next week! 

Week Commencing 22nd January

This week the children have spent time working together towards completing another challenge as part of the Jigsaw unit 'Dreams and Goals'. They have also enjoyed learning about the importance of Boudica in Roman History. In Maths, the children have worked on making equal groups and they have been introduced to the X symbol. In Writing, the children have written their own diary as a character of their choosing. This gave them the chance to apply the tools taught as part of this writing unit. Both Mrs Harrison and Miss Russell are really impressed and very proud of the writing the children have produced! Well done everyone. Have a great weekend! 

Week Commencing 15th January

It is the end of another busy week in Year 2. This week the children have enjoyed working together to complete a challenge as part of the Jigsaw lesson as well as learning about Roman Soldiers. The children have finished the Money unit of learning in Maths and have begun multiplication and Division. In Writing, the children have innovated Jacks Diary by writing about the day that Mr Fox outsmarted the three farmers! Take care and have a great weekend.

Week Commencing 8th January 2024

Happy Friday! This week we have got our teeth stuck into more new units of learning. In Art, we discovered what a mural is and some examples of famous murals across the world. The children had lots of real life experiences which they were keen to share. In History, we learned about where the Romans came from and the countries they invaded. Have a great weekend and see you Monday!


Week Commencing 1st January 2024

Happy New Year and welcome back! We hope you've had a lovely break and are ready to kick off 2024 with lots of new learning. This week we have introduced new units of learning across the curriculum, including Maths.  We have started to learn about money, specifically recognising and counting coins and notes. In Writing, we have planned and written a ‘cold task’ ahead of our new writing unit which will commence on Monday. From Monday the 8th, the children will be attending their new phonics groups. Take care and have a lovely weekend.