Laurel Fields, Potters Bar, Herts EN6 2BA

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Cranborne Primary School

Learning Together

Year 2

Welcome to the web page for classes 2C and 2SG


Staff in Year 2

2C - Mrs Caldwell, Mrs Moretti & Ms Dona

2SG - Mrs Gammon (Mon & Tue), Ms Stanton (Wed, Thu & Fri) Mrs Crawshaw & Mrs Ranaweera

Welcome back to Spring Term in Year 2!

You have many lovely new things to look forward to learning, including great women who changed the world, all about Kenya and  about living things and their habitats, both here around the school and around the world!


The children will bring home homework on a Thursday and are expected to return it completed the following Tuesday.

We mark the homework together in class.

Oxford owl:

For extra spelling resources and ebooks please follow this link: 

Username: cranborne

Password: school 1 

Homework 26.01.23


Please log into Mathletics and complete the tasks set.


This week in our English lessons we have been learning about expanded noun phrases.  Please complete the sheet in your folders.  You may find this link helpful.

What is an expanded noun phrase? - BBC Bitesize



Year 2 have worked so hard on their handwriting this week!  This week we would like you to make sure you can form the letters a and g correctly.  Please work with an adult to make sure you are starting the letters in the correct place on the line.







Common Exception words/

Red Tricky words

Below, are the list of common exception, or red tricky, words for Year 2. These are words that do not follow the usual sound patterns.

Key Dates and Reminders

Thursday 5th January 2023 - INSET

Friday 6th January 2023 - children return to school

Monday 16th - Friday 20th January - FoC Penny War Week

Friday 10th February - FoC Friendship Disco

Monday 13th - Friday 17th February - HALF TERM BREAK

Monday 20th February - INSET & Parent Consultations

Thursday 2nd March - World Book Day

Friday 3rd March - 2SG Class Assembly, 9am

Friday 17th March - 2C Class Assembly, 9am

Thursday 30th March - FoC Easter Egg Hunt

Friday 31st March - Last Day of Term (1:15pm finish)

Monday 3rd April - Friday 13th April - EASTER BREAK


Monday 17th April - INSET

Tuesday 18th April - children return to school 



 Link to the school calendar

Link to the school term dates 

Questions to ask, whilst reading with your child

Year 2 Curriculum Overview

Spelling rules 
Please find our spelling rules for this half term

Rule Tip Example words
The or sound spelt a before l and ll all, tall, always, already, altogether, walk, chalk, stalk
adding 'ed' to words

if the words ends in y - change to and i then add ed


If there are 2 consonants just add ed 


If there is a short vowel sound, double the consonant and add ed

dry -> dried



hunt -> hunted



spot-> spotted


The soft c sound when a c comes before i,y or e is usually makes the s sound. city, cell, exercise, icy, cycle, rice, mice
Adding the suffix –y

If there is a short vowel sound you double the consonant 

mud -> muddy

run -> runny 

Adding the suffix –y

if the word has an e you take it off and add a y 

shine -> shiny 

wave -> wavy

Adding the suffix –ly
(to words to make adverbs)

When a word ends in y we swap the i for a y otherwise no change to root.

happy ->happily

easy-> easily

soft -> softly

The n sound spelt kn and gn gnome. know, knife

Adding the suffix – ing
(to words ending in a short vowel and a consonant)

If the word ends in a short vowel sound and a consonant, we double the consonant. Otherwise, no change.

play -> playing

put -> putting

glow-> glowing

sip -> sipping


There are a a range of ways to present the 'j' sound.


j - before a, o u


g before e, i, y


ge at the end


dge after the short vowel sounds a,e,i,o or u 

join, adjust


gentle, giant


charge  large

badge bridge


P.E. The children will have PE on a Wednesday indoor) and Friday (outdoor).

On these days, children are to come into school dressed in their PE kit. Please ensure they are in weather appropriate clothing as they will be outside at lunch and break times in these clothes.

Please also ensure that all parts of your child(ren)'s kit is clearly labelled.  Long hair must always be tied back and it would be safer if earrings were not worn. 

Reading Books 

Please ensure that your child reads a little everyday at home, in addition to the daily reading they do at school. We can not stress how important this is in helping your child to become a confident and fluent reader. 


Homework will continue to be set on a Thursday to be handed in on the following Tuesday. It will consist of an English task and a Maths task.
Spellings will be sent home to learn also. The children will be tested on these spellings on a Wednesday. 

Show and Tell timetable

As requested, please see the document below for our 'Show and Tell' timetable for 2SG this term.  Children are invited to bring in a book to share, something they are proud of or something topic related. 

Reading at home

Using books at home

  • Read to a grown up and answer questions about your book - your grown up can use the questions in the document below
  • Read together with a grown up - taking turns to read
  • Read to sibling, pet or teddy bear!
  • Re-tell the story in your own words
  • Predict what will happen at the end of the story then read the book to see if you were right
  • Draw a cartoon of the story


The link below will take you to the free online library. A Year 2 account has been created for your use.

Username: square20

Password: school

The Oxford Owl website is a great, free resource that enables you to access online texts for your child. These are the same schemes of books we have in school. The books are all grouped by age range, but you may wish to look at other ages also.

Herts Library Service

The Herts. Library Services are offering free online books also. Please follow the link below to access it.



Our learning this term...


This term we will be consolidating  the children's understanding of addition and subtraction and moving onto the expanded written methods for these operations.

We will also be reasoning and solving problems, involving addition and subtraction as well as doubling and halving.

We will then use our knowledge of addition to look at repeated addition and how this links to multiplication. The children will learn about grouping and sharing, hen multiplying.

We will also be learning to tell the time, with a focus on o'clock, half past, quarter past and quarter to.


In addition to this, we will be studying statistics, including reading and using the information presented in tally charts, block graphs, pictograms and tables.



Our Science topic this term is Living Things and Their Habitats

We will be exploring and comparing the differences between things that are living, dead, and things that have never been alive

We will identify that most living things live in habitats to which they are suited and describe how different habitats provide for the basic needs of different kinds of animals and plants, and how they depend on each other

We will also identify and name a variety of plants and animals in their habitats, including microhabitats.

We will describe how animals obtain their food from plants and other animals, using the idea of a simple food chain, and identify and name different sources of food.

You may like the explore the following website:

Living things and their habitats - KS1 Science - BBC Bitesize

Foundation Subjects

History - We will learn about the lives of significant individuals in the past who have contributed to national and international achievements, including Florence Nightingale, Mary Seacole and Mary Anning.

Geography - We will learn about the geographical similarities and differences between the UK and Kenya. We will study the human and physical geography of these locations.

PE    Outdoor - Invasion Games
        Indoor - Gymnastics

Computing The children will learn how to design and create their own pictures.

R.E - In RE we will be learning different ways of giving thanks to God.

PSHE - Our jigsaw topic this half term is 'Dreams and Goals'.

DT- This term the children will be making puppets. They will learn to cut, mark out and measure textiles, as well as join textiles using a running stitch.

Music - We will explore percussion instruments, this term. The children will listen to a variety of music and explore how the music makes them feel.


This term, we will focus on writing a narrative based on the story of 'Lila And The Rain' by David Conway & Jude Daly. This story is set in Kenya and links to our Geography topic.

Following our work on narrative writing, the children will be reading and writing poetry.

Later in the term, we will be using the non-fiction text 'Fantastically Great Women Who Changed The World' by Kate Pankhurst, to write our own reports on Mary Anning. We will also read 'Stone Girl, Bone Girl' by Laurence Anholt to further support the children's learning.

We will continue to  focus on correct sentence structure this term, as well as adding detail and conjunctions to our writing.

  • capital letters at the start of sentences and for proper nouns
  • full stops (or exclamation or question marks) at the end of sentences
  • Sentences to contain a verb and a subject
  • Correct use of tense throughout 
  • Use of conjunctions such as, and, but, not, so, or, yet, because, when to extend sentences.
  • Use of adjectives and powerful verbs

The children will also be learning how to join their letters when writing and we will be focusing on consistent letter size, correct formation and presentation.

Year 2 e-mails 

Please use the personal email addresses below if you need to message your child's class teacher directly.

Mrs Caldwell :



Mrs Stanton:



Ms Dona:

Mrs Ranaweera:



If you were unable to attend the Parent Information Evening, please find the slides used, below.

Home Learning

In the case of bad weather and school closure or if your child is isolating but well enough to work,  please see the list of activities below, that they can complete at home so they can continue to learn.

The work below will support your child in they key areas of arithmetic, reasoning, and SPAG ( spelling, punctuation and grammar). 

As well as these acitivities, you can make use of Mathletics ( for Maths ) and Purple Mash (for reading and other curriculum games).

You can use ' PE with Joe Wicks' you keep you moving. His YouTube Channel is: 


 Mat 3 MA.pdfDownload
 Mat 4 MA.pdfDownload
 Mat 5 MA.pdfDownload
 Mat 6 MA.pdfDownload
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Home Learning Support
Please find below some resources which may be helpful in supporting your child with their learning at home. 

 100 square.pdfDownload
 Parent Info Evening Yr 2 Sep 2021.pptDownload
 Questions for Reading Comprehension.pdfDownload
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The website 'DoorwayOnline' is  a great resource for helping your child develop their letter formation.

Using the link below, you can select the letters you would like your child focus on.

There are two modes:

  • Press and Follow - your child places their finger (if using an iPad/tablet) or the computer mouse (if using a computer or laptop) on the ball and maintains pressure as they follow the formation of the letter, lead by the program.
  • Free Draw - your child uses their finger or the mouse to copy over the letter, starting in the correct place, as indicated on the screen.

Using an iPad/tablet is best, with this program, as your child can use their finger directly on the screen.