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 (www.cgpbooks.co.uk) 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.
For extra spelling resources and ebooks, please follow this link:
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
Please find our spelling rules for this half term
|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
|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
When a word ends in y we swap the i for a y otherwise no change to root.
soft -> softly
|The n sound spelt kn and gn
|gnome. know, knife
Adding the suffix – ing
If the word ends in a short vowel sound and a consonant, we double the consonant. Otherwise, no change.
play -> playing
put -> putting
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
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.
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
Using OXFORD OWLS
The link below will take you to the free online library. A Year 2 account has been created for your use.
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...
Year 2 BBC Bitesize - Living Things and Their Habitats
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 : firstname.lastname@example.org
Mrs Jackson: email@example.com
Mrs Crawshaw: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you were unable to attend the Year 2 Information Session, please see the slides that were shown, below.
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: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLyCLoPd4VxBuS4UeyHMccVAjpWaNbGomt
|Mat 3 MA.pdf
|Mat 4 MA.pdf
|Mat 5 MA.pdf
|Mat 6 MA.pdf
What a wonderful world - research
We will be using these links to research the continents in school.
Some useful websites:
BBC Bitesize Maths
White Rose Maths
BBC Bitesize English
National Geographic Kids
Draw with Rob Art
Home Learning Support
Please find below some resources which may be helpful in supporting your child with their learning at home.
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.