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 2GJ


Staff in Year 2

2C - Mrs Caldwell, Mrs Moretti

2GJ - Mrs Gammon (Mon, Tues & Wed), Mrs Jackson (Thu & Fri) and Mrs Crawshaw 

Welcome to Autumn Term in Year 2!

We are so excited to welcome you into Year 2!  We hope you had a lovely summer.  

Year 2 Overview

Please see the overview below for all the exciting things that you will be learning this year!


The focus for all homework at Cranborne will now be centred around daily reading and sharing of books and the learning of core maths skills.

Each week, we will add a note in this space to inform parents/carers which spellings and maths skills we are focusing on in class. Parents/carers can then support their child(ren) to practise and consolidate this knowledge at home.

We recommend using your child's Mathletics account (username and password can be found inside the cover of their reading record) to practise key skills. There are activities available for all areas and topics across the Maths curriculum and you can adapt the level of challenge to suit your child. Times Tables Rockstars (TTRS) is also invaluable to help your child learn their times tables. The focus in Year 2 is 2, 5 and 10 times tables but feel free to encourage your child to move onto the 3, 4 and 8 times tables if they already have a good grasp of these. Again, their username and password for TTRS can be found inside the cover of their reading record.  The Topmarks website and BBC Bitesize also have many online maths games.

 Please do continue to read with your child everyday. This is one of the most impactful things you can do. Share the book together, reading a few pages and discussing the story and characters. You can use the questions on the bookmark we sent home to support this discussion.


Week Commencing:  2.10.23

Spellings:  some, said, here, what, you

Maths Focus: We are partitioning (splitting) two-digit numbers in different ways e.g. 49 = 40 + 9, 49 = 30 + 19, 20 + 29 = 49.  We have been using 10p and 1p coins, cherry diagrams and number sentences to record our work.

Oxford Owl:

For extra spelling resources and ebooks, please follow this link: 

Username: cranborne

Password: school 1 

If you wish to complete book-based resources, the CGP Year 2 revision books are very useful : cgp year 2.


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


Monday 4th September -  Back to school

Wednesday 20th September - Year 2 class information evening 4.15pm

Sunday 24th September - Friends of Cranborne Family Photo Day

Monday 25th September - Flu Vaccination Service in school

Friday 29th September - INSET day (no children please)

Tuesday 10th October- Years 1 to 6 Open Morning – Come and see your child’s class in action – 9am

Monday 16th & Tuesday 17th October- 
School Photographs: Individuals & Siblings and Class Groups

Friday 20th October Friends of Cranborne Spooky Discos from 3:30pm onwards

Monday 23rd to Friday 27th October 2023 - Half term 

Friday 3rd November -  Friends of Cranborne Fireworks Event

Wednesday 15th November - Parent Teacher Consultations 5pm to 8pm
Thursday 16thNovember - Parent Teacher Consultations 3:30pm to 6:30pm
Friday 17th November - Children In Need

Friday 1st December 2023 - Occasional Day (School closed) 

Wednesday 20th December 2023 - Last day of term (finish at 1:15pm)


 Link to the school calendar

Link to the school term dates 

Questions to ask, whilst reading with your child

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



Outdoor PE lesson - Tuesdays

Indoor PE lesson - 2c on Wednesdays and 2GJ on Thursdays

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 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.  Please send reading books and reading records into school each day.


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 focusing on place value, and ordering and comparing numbers. 

In Autumn 1, we will be learning to:

  • count in steps of 2, 3, and 5 from 0, and in tens from any number, forward and backward
  • recognise the place value of each digit in a two-digit number (tens, ones)
  • identify, represent and estimate numbers using different representations, including the number line
  • compare and order numbers from 0 up to 100; use <, > and = signs
  • read and write numbers to at least 100 in numerals and in words
  • use place value and number facts to solve problems



Our Science topic this half term is 'Uses of Everyday Materials'.

We will be learning to...

  • distinguish between an object and the material from which it is made
  • identify and name a variety of everyday materials, including wood, plastic, glass, metal, water, and rock
  • describe the simple physical properties of a variety of everyday materials
  • compare and group together a variety of everyday materials on the basis of their simple physical properties
Uses of everyday materials - Year 2 Science - BBC Bitesize

Foundation Subjects

History - We will be learning about The Great Fire of London!  We will investigate significant historical events during this period.  We will also go on a visit to the Museum of London.

Geography - Our topic is 'Potters Bar - local study'.  This will involve naming, locating and identifying characteristics of the four countries and capital cities of the UK, and finding out more about our local area.  We will also go on a local area walk.

PE   Outdoor - Net and Wall Skills
        Indoor - Gym 

Computing - We will be learning about Online Safety and Spreadsheets.

R.E - In RE we will be learning about 'Signs and Symbols'.  We will visit a local church.

PSHE - Our jigsaw topic this half term is 'Being me in my world'

DT- We will be making vehicles.  This will involve cutting materials using a range of techniques, joining these materials together and designing and making a product.

Music - We will exploring simple patterns in music.


This term we will be reading the book 'Rapunzel' by Bethan Woolvin.  We will be writing our own diary entries in role, focusing on:

  • using capital letters at the start of sentences and for proper nouns
  • full stops (or exclamation or question marks) at the end of sentences
  • ensuring our sentences contain a verb and a subject
  • consistent use of tense throughout 
  • Use of adjectives and powerful verbs

We 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 Jackson:



If you were unable to attend the Year 2 Information Session, please see the slides that were shown, 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.