Year 2

Teacher – Miss Cavanagh

Teaching Assistant – Miss O’Brien

A Warm Welcome to Year 2 from Miss Cavanagh

I would like to wish you and your child a warm welcome into Year 2. I hope the children all have a lovely year and learn lots of new and exciting things.

There are a few little pieces of information that I think will be useful for you to know as we go through the school year. This information will also be available on the school website. If you would like to speak to me about any issue you are more than welcome to come to Y2’s door before the bell goes at 8.50am, or, if you prefer, at home time. If this isn’t possible please give me a call and we can arrange a mutually beneficial time. Alternatively, you can always send me a little note.

P.E. and Dance
The children need their PE kit to be in school on Wednesdays and Thursdays. We will being doing dance on Wednesdays in Autumn 1, Spring 1 and Summer 1, and PE with Terri every Thursday. PE kits can be taken home at the end of each half term.

Reading Books
We hear the children read daily during our Guided Reading sessions. Alongside this, we hear them read their reading books at least once a week. Please could the children bring in their reading books everyday so that we can use every available opportunity to hear them read.

Increasing Responsibility
As the children are now the oldest in KS1, we have allocated everybody a special job or role to carry out. This helps them to become more independent and reflects their growing maturity. They should all be able to tell you what their special job is. These little jobs will change each half term.

I hope the children really enjoy their time in Year 2. As stated above, any problems or queries please let me know.

Thank you,
Miss Cavanagh

Year 2 Prayers

Please find a copy of the prayers that we use in school. You can also use this at home. Year 2 Prayer Booklet

Knowledge Organisers

Please note we are unable to display some knowledge organisers due to copyright. If you would like access to missing knowledge organisers for art, D&T or computing, please contact school and we’ll be happy to provide these.

Autumn 1 Autumn 2 Spring 1 Spring 2 Summer 1 Summer 2
Art     Art  
Computing Contact us     Contact us Contact us
  D&T Contact us   Contact us   Contact us
Geography    Geography   Geography  
Music Music Music
Music Music
Science Science Science Science Science Science

Children’s mental health week

This year the theme for Children’s mental health week was ‘My voice Matters’ The children were able to create a poster all about their likes and dislikes. The children spoke about what makes them and how important their opinions are.


This half term the children have been able to create their very own animation! The children were able to work together collaboratively to create a team animation and then they went off and created their very own pirate animation that links with our topic Pirates!



This half term we have been learning all about Florence Nightingale. We were very lucky to have one of the Year 2 parents come into our class and talk about what it is like to be a modern-day doctor/nurse. The children were then able to dress up in some of the clothes doctors and nurses wear today!

Internet safety

Year 2 worked extremely well for internet safety week! We spoke about the importance of staying safe online. The children were then able to create their own poster teaching other how to stay safe online!



We had a lovely trip to Holy Trinty! We listened to the re-tell of the Christmas story.  Year 2 then walked back through Stalybridge and stopped for a photo next to the Christmas tree. 
In art we looked at a famous artist called John Kimpton and work from Rembrandt. We have been experimenting with charcoal and chalk techniques for drawing tonal areas to create our own self-portraits. The children have been using a smudging technique to create a shadow effect.
This term we have been using a programme called Scrathjr. The children have been able to explore what ‘blocks’ do, using the app. The children have then been able to programme a familiar story and an animation of an animal. The children have also made their own musical instrument by creating buttons and recording sounds as well as following an algorithm to record a joke.
In DT we have been able to create our own pouch. The children have been able to learn how to sew a running stitch ready to design, make and decorate their pouch using a template. The children worked extremely hard to run a stich!
Our safari trip! 
This week the children have been on their very own safari trip! We were able to see lots of animals on our trip. We have been extremely lucky to look at some artifacts that have been brought all the way back from Kenya! The children then travelled back home and were able to do some amazing writing about their trip!


Wow! Haven’t we been busy this week! Year 2 have been learning all about word processing. The children have been able to explore Microsoft word and begin to write and edit their own stories. Early this week we learnt some shortcuts on the keyboard to help us when we are typing. The children have also loved becoming much quicker at typing this week! Please ask your child all about the fun we have been having😊

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This week we have been learning all about multiplication and division. We have been using arrays to help us. The children have been able to draw their own arrays and use counters to enhance their learning.

Bonfire night

We created our very own firework poem. We created a word bank using different words to describe what bonfire night looks, smell, taste, hear and feel like. The children were then able to create these amazing pieces of art.

English – Winnie the Witch

Wow! Year 2 had a very special visit from Winnie the Witch. Winnie came to show us some potions and used lots of things to make special potions in her cauldron. Winnie added different items to the cauldron like spiders, eyeballs, frog, flies and even trolls blood. The children were very excited to meet Winnie and loved watching her make her magic potions.

Maths – Diwali

This week in maths we have been learning all about 2D and 3D shapes. We looked at the different Rangoli patterns and used chalk and fresh flowers to create these outside. The children were challenged to make sure that their pattern was symmetrical.

The Great Fire of London

This half term out topic is The Great Fire of London. We have been able to create houses from 1666. The children used black card for the timbres and used different types of materials to make their houses. The children have been very interested in the history of London!


This week we have been on a seasonal observational walk around our school.
The children were able to investigate which plants and birds can be observed in our school at this time of year. They were then able to make observational drawings of these.


This week in maths we have been learning all about fractions. The children were able to work collaboratively on a fraction board game. The children were able to show a good understanding of the fractions ½ and 1/4.


This week Paddington had left us some ingredients to make a marmalade sandwich. The children were able to follow a set of instruction that Paddington had left for them. The children then were able to decide if they liked marmalade as much as Paddington or not!


This week we have been working on our times tables. The children enjoyed using the apparatus to support their learning. We have also been working as a team. We love teamwork in Year 2.


This week in music we have been using our body to find the pulse. We have also been able to use the glockenspiels to follow simple music.


This week we have been super scientist. We have been learning about seeds and bulbs. We were able to learn about different types of seeds and bulbs and understand that they grow into different plants. The children were able to plant their own broad bean seeds and crocus blubs. We will be observing these over the next few weeks.


This term we have been learning all about inputs and outputs on a computer. Today we have been able to use sketchpad to draw our own computer with a range of different inputs such as buttons and wires and outputs such as lights and sound.


We have been learning all about London this term. In Art we have looked at an artist called Monet. Monet used colours to capture changing light. We were able to create a picture of the Houses of parliament using oil pastels and cutting and sticking silhouettes of the Houses of Parliament. The children created their picture at sunrise.


This week we were able to see what it feels like to trust somebody like Abraham trusted God to guide him. We worked together in pairs. One child was blindfolded, and the other child lead their partner around some obstacles. Once the children had finished, we spoke about who they felt being guided by someone they could not see. The children explain that this is also a little bit like this with God, we can’t see him but we have to trust him.


This week in Art we have been looking at rubbings and frottage. The children were able to take rubbings using a range of different materials and then we used a new technique called frottage were the children very carefully tearing their rubbings to create different shapes. The children were able to create a beautiful picture of Paddington for our topic London.