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), Mrs Holt (Wed-Fri), Mrs Crawshaw & Mrs Ranaweera

Autumn Term 2022!

Welcome to Year 2! We are so excited to start the year with you!

You have many lovely new things to look forward to learning, including The Great Fire of London, all about Potters Bar and you will also be researching and exploring different materials in the world around us - both inside and outside of the classroom!

We hope you have a wonderful summer break and look forward to welcoming you into Year 2 in September!

Take a look at the photos above to see your new Year 2 classrooms and some of the learning you will be doing next year!



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.

Spelling  English Maths 



Oxford owl:

For extra spelling resources and ebooks please follow this link: 

Username: cranborne

Password: school 1 

Key Dates and Reminders

Thursday 1st September - INSET

Friday 2nd September - First day back for children

Monday 26th &Wednesday 28th September - Parent Information Evening (Year 2 date & time TBC)

Monday 3rd October - Friday 7th October - Book Fayre in school

Tuesday 4th October - Harvest Festival Celebrations

Wednesday 5th October - Individual and sibling photographs

Saturday 8th October - FoC Quiz Night

Tuesday 11th October - Open Morning

Sunday 16th October - FoC Family Photo Day

Friday 21st October - FoC Spooky Disco (from 3:30pm, exact times TBC)

Monday 24th - Friday 28th October - HALF TERM

Friday 4th November - Firework Display

 Link to the school calendar

Link to the school term dates 

Questions to ask, whilst reading with your child


We will begin our English learning with a focus on fairytales. These are familair texts that enable children to use a similar structure for their own narrative writing and experiment with new and exciting vocabulary.

Our core text is Rapunzel by Bethan Woollvin. This is a modern interpretation of the story of Rapunzel and we will be comparing it to the more traditional tale, looking at similarities and differences.

We will be focusing on correct sentence structure during this term i.e.:

  • capital letters at the strat 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 

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 Monday indoor) and Thursday (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. 

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 and deepening  the children's understanding of number before they move onto more complex calculations. 


We will be working on place value and developing fluency with numbers to 20 initially before moving on. We will be consolidating the children's understaning of regrouping and using tens and ones as well counting on and back in ones and tens.

The children will be ordering and comparing numbers and honing their skills of estimation. In the second half of the autumn term, the children will be working on addition and subtraction strategies, both mental and written. They will be using different contexts such as, measure and money to practise their new learning.



Our Science topics this term is Materials.

We will be exploring the different materials in the world around us, learning about why they are fit for purpose. We will identify and compare the suitability of a variety of everyday materials, including wood, metal, We will investigate how the shapes of solid objects made from some materials can be changed by squashing, bending, twisting and stretching.


Foundation Subjects

History - We will develop our understanding and awareness of the past by studying The great Fire of London. We will explore how the fire started, how and why it spread and examine the ways in which people dealt with the fire. 

Geography - We will name, locate and identify characteristics of the four countries and capital cities of the United Kingdom and its surrounding seas. We will then move on to study our local area, Potters Bar, exploring key physical and human features.

PE     - Outdoor -Net and Ball skills
        -Indoor - Gymnastics

Computing - This half term, the children will complete their work on questioning and binary trees and later move onto coding

R.E - In RE we will be learning about the different signs and symbols of religions. We will examine why these are used and how they are important.

PSHE - Our jigsaw topic this half term is 'Being Me In My World

DT- This half term we will be learning about the mechanisms wheels and axles and will be using these when we design and make our own vehicles.


Music - Our topic this term is called, 'Exploring Simple Patterns'

Year 2 e-mails 

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

Mrs Caldwell :



Mrs Holt:



Ms Dona:

Mrs Ranaweera:



Home Learning

If your child is isolating at home and is well enough to work, please see a list of activities they can complete at home so they can continue to learn. Once an activity has been completed, please e-mail it to your class teacher and they can give feedback and send over some additional tasks for your child to complete.  

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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Parents Information Evening
Please find below the PowerPoint for our Information Evening along with 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.