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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 

Happy New Year and welcome back to the spring term in Year 2! We are looking forward to another exciting term of learning!

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.

If you would like to try some paper-based learning, CGP ( offer a wide range of Year 2 specific workbooks with explanations and answers.

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:  12.02.24

Spellings:  what, where, who, whole, why

Maths Focus: Next week, we will finish learning about pictograms and then we will be looking at different ways to add two-digit numbers e.g. 42 + 9, 35 + 23,    47 + 16.

If you would like to have a go at some quizzes, we have set some work on Purple Mash linked to our science topic.

Oxford Owl:

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

Username: cranborne

Password: school 1 


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.  You could try these fun ways to practise spelling the words:

  • write the words in different colours
  • How many times can you write one of the words in a minute?
  • How many of the same word can you fit on a Post-it?
  • write the word using your non-dominant hand
  • write the word in the air
  • write the word with your eyes closed
  • rainbow write a word (go over the word in different colours)
  • chalk the words on a chalkboard

Key Dates and Reminders


Thursday 4th January -  INSET (no children in school)

Friday 5th January - First day back at school

Monday 22nd January - Penny War week

Friday 16th January - Friends of Cranborne Friendship discos


Monday 19th to Friday 23rd February 2024- Half term 

Thursday 7th March -  World Book Day

Wednesday 13th March - Parent Teacher Consultations 5pm to 8pm
Thursday 14th March - Parent Teacher Consultations 3:30pm to 6:30pm

Friday 15th March - Cranborne 90th Birthday Celebrations

Thursday 28th March - Easter Egg Hunt

Thursday 28th March - Last day of term (finish at 1:15pm)

Monday 1st April to Friday 12th April 2024- Easter Break

Monday 15th April -  INSET (no children in school)

Tuesday 16th April - First day back at school

 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


P.E. (from January 2024)

Outdoor PE lesson - Tuesdays (both classes)

Indoor PE lesson -  2GJ on Thursdays and 2C on Fridays

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 continue to consolidate our learning about place value, and use this to work on written addition methods.

In Spring 1, we will be learning to:

  • use combinations of coins to make amounts and find change
  • compare and order numbers, including measures e.g. mass, length, capacity.
  • estimate and compare on number lines and different scales
  • understand statistics, including tally charts, block graphs and pictograms
  • use written methods for addition of one to two digit and two to two digit numbers



Our Science topic this half term is 'Living Things and Their Habitats'.

We will be learning to...

  • Explore and compare the differences between things that are living, dead, and things that have never been alive
  • Identify and name a variety of plants and animals in their habitats, including micro- habitats

  • To 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


Year 2 BBC Bitesize - Living Things and Their Habitats

Foundation Subjects

History - We will be learning about famous people in history, including Mary Anning, Mary Seacole, Florence Nightingale and Rosa Parks.

Geography - We will be jetting off on an African adventure! We will focusing on how life here is different to life in Kenya. We will learn about schools and different homes in Kenyan, amongst other areas,

PE   Outdoor - Invasion Games
        Indoor - Gymnastics and Spinning

Computing - We will be learning about about effective internet searching and also making music!

R.E -  We will be learning how Muslims show that Allah is compassionate and merciful.

PSHE - Our jigsaw topic this half term is ‘Dreams and Goals’

DT- We will be making our own puppets. This will involve measuring and cutting materials and joining these using a range of techniques

Music - We will be inventing a musical story and exploring how music can make the world a better place.


This term we will be reading the book 'Lila and the Secret of Rain by David Conway & Jude Daly.  We will be making predictions, making inferences about how characters feel and writing our own story endings. During our learning we will be focusing on:

  • revising sentence structure, including capital letters at the start of sentences and for proper noun and full stops, exclamation and 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
  • correct sequencing of events

We will also be continuing to learn how to join 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.