Laurel Fields, Potters Bar, Herts EN6 2BA

01707 652714

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!

Please see above, for the slides used at the Year 2 SATs parent information session. If you have any further questions, please don't hesitate to ask a member of the Year 2 team.


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 



There will be no homework this week as it is half term.  Have a lovely, restful break and we look forward to seeing you all back after the holiday.


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 17th April 2023 - INSET

Tuesday 18th April - children return to school

Monday May 1st - Bank Holiday

Monday May 8th - extra Bank Holiday

Wednesday 17th May - Class photographs

Monday 15th May - Year 2 SATs week

Monday 29th May - Friday 2nd June- HALF TERM BREAK

Thursday 8th June - Sports Day

Friday 9th June - FoC Careers Day

Tuesday 20th June - Southend visit

Tuesday 27th June - Exhibition Evening

Monday 26th June - INSET

Thursday 13th July - Transition Day

Friday 21st July - End of term (1:15pm finish)



 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. After half term, our PE days are Monday and Tuesday.

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 focusing on multiplication, division and fractions.  The children will be looking at links between repeated addition and multiplication.  They will also be looking at number of groups, group size and solving problems involving multiplication. 

In division, children will be looking at both sharing and grouping.  We will also be looking at groupings where there are remainders and solving problems in this context.

In Year 2, the focus of fractions is halves, quarters and thirds of amounts and shapes.  As we move in the second half of the Summer term, children will be looking at equivalent fractions.  We will revisit telling the time to the nearest 5 minutes, and properties of 2D and 3D shapes in geometry.  The children will be classifying and sorting shapes according to their properties (including right angles).



Our Science topic this term is Plants.

We will be learning to...

- observe and describe how seeds and bulbs grow into mature plants
- find out and describe how plants need water, light and a suitable temperature to grow
and stay healthy

You may like the explore the following website:

Plants - KS1 Science - BBC Bitesize

Foundation Subjects

History - We will be learning about Seasides in the past.  We will investigate changes that have happened within living memory as well as how the seaside has changed since the Victorian period. 

Geography - Our topic is called 'Little Blue Planet'.  We will learn to name and located the world's seven continents and five oceans, and locate the North and South Poles.

PE   Outdoor - Games
        Indoor - Dance

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 improvisation through our topic 'Music that makes you dance'.


This term we will be reading the book 'On the Way Home' by Jill Murphy.  We have been acting out parts of the story, experimenting with powerful adjectives and verbs, and planning our own versions of the story.  In our writing we will aim to include:

  • 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.


After half term, we will be reading ' The Lighthouse Keeper's Lunch' by Ronda and David Armitage, and 'The Twits' by Roald Dahl.

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.