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Trotts Hill Primary School and Nursery

Year 2

Welcome to Year 2

Mrs Burr and Mrs Kramer are the class teachers and Mrs Paice is the classroom assistant and will be supporting in class every morning and most afternoons. 


Year 2 is the final year of Key Stage 1 and we continue to build upon the foundations developed in Year 1 whilst preparing the children for Key Stage 2.  The children will be encouraged to continue to develop their independence and further develop their creativity. 


Year 2 is a very exciting and busy year where children will be continuing to develop a range of skills and knowledge alongside discovering and learning lots of exciting new things.  The children will be encouraged to develop their 'Behaviour for Learning'.   

We will work very hard but also have lots of fun learning together.


This year we will cover a variety of skills, knowledge and understanding including the following topics:

  • Islands
  • The Plague
  • The Great Fire of London
  • Traditional tales
  • Minibeasts


The children will be participating in PE and outdoor skills on Wednesdays and Fridays in Autumn 1. They will need to bring in their PE kits on these days. 


The children will also have the opportunity to be involved with many pupil groups around the school.


We look forward to helping Year 2 develop and grow.

Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday- Mrs Burr   

Thursday and Friday- Mrs Kramer

New to Year 2 presentation Class of 2023-24

Below is the presentation Mrs Burr, Mrs Kramer and Mrs Paice delivered on Wednesday 11th July at the New to Year 2 meeting. 

Year 2 Curriculum Overviews

Year 2 Reading Spines 

Maths resources to support learning- to be printed if needed

Year 2 2023-2024

Week commencing 25th September 2023

Year 2 had great fun tasting a range of different breads and sandwich fillings as part of our Design and Technology. Next week, we will design our sandwiches based on our personal choices from the tasting. Finally, we will spend the morning making our sandwiches and having them for our lunch together. 

Week commencing - 18th September 2023

LI: To identify numbers on an empty number line. 

We got out the rulers and sticky notes for an Active Maths lesson looking at number lines. 

Week beginning 11th September 2023

Year 2 has continued to enjoy the alternative version of Rapunzel. This week we went outside; wiped our memories and pretended we had never been into a forest before. The children wrote down interesting and inspiring noun phrases about what they saw, heard, smelt and touched. The vocabulary generated was excellent. Well done! 

Week beginning 4th September 2023

This week, we started learning about traditional tales. We have looked at the Ladybird version of Rapunzel as well as more modern versions by Bethan Woollvin and Chloe Perkins. Today, we acted out the story trying to use dialogue and fairy tale language. We loved putting on voices for the characters and using our bodies in character. 

A good start in maths, looking at representing and partitioning numbers in different ways. 

In science, started our new topic of Animals, including humans and looked at offspring. We discovered that some offspring look like their parents, whilst others, like tadpoles, do not. 

In RE we looked at symbols and the children looked for examples of a Christian cross, an Islamic star and moon and Jewish Star of David in various books. 

Year 2 - 2022 - 2023

Week beginning 10th July

Year 2 had a great time starting to make their safari animal toys. They practised threading a needle, cutting from a pattern and attaching two materials together. Next week, they will be adding stuffing to their toy so that it will be lovely to cuddle when they take it home. 

Week Beginning 26th June 2023 

Year 2 have had a wonderful day at Woburn Safari Park. We have watched the bird show, saw the sea lions being fed and been on a safari tour. We were surprised when four monkeys tried to escape on our coach! Our visit linked to our English learning on Tinga Tinga Tales and our geography learning on Kenya. 

Week beginning 19th June 2023

Year 2 have been reading the story 'Lila and the Secret of Rain'. It is a story from Kenya and links to their geography topic this term. They acted out the story and used body percussion to add sound effects to each part of the story. Next week, they will retell the story and write a diary entry as Lila. 

Week Beginning Monday 5th June 2023

Year 2 boarded an airplane and took a flight to Kenya as part of their Geography learning. Once their passports were stamped and they had watched the online safety advice, the plane took off to Jomo Kenyatta Airport in Nairobi. Once they had landed, they searched the savannah for safari animals. Nerasaiah, a young girl from a Maasai tribe, took them on a tour of her village in the Maasai Mara and shared her day-to-day life. They found out about Maasai jumping contests and had a try themselves. They made Maasai necklaces and looked at the different patterns used. Finally, they learnt a Kenyan song“Jambo Bwana” The title means “Hello, sir” in Swahili. 

Week Beginning Monday 8th May 2023 - LI: To solve reasoning problems

This week, year 2 have been practising solving different maths questions in the form of a treasure hunt. They had to solve different questions to crack the code. 

Week Beginning Monday 1st May 2023 - LI: To retell 

For the past three weeks in English, year 2 have been reading the story 'How to catch a star'. Today, the children retold the story using lots of adverbs and adjectives. 

Week Beginning Monday 24th April 2023 - LI: To create a micro-habitat 

In Science, year 2 made their own bug hotels. The children investigated what materials they would need for their bug hotel and have taken them home to observe which mini-beasts they attract.

Week Beginning Monday 17th April 2023 - LI: To roll a ball to hit a target 

This term in PE, year 2 are learning and improving their ball skills. Today, the children began with a warm up game before practising using their fingertips to move a ball around a cone. The children then moved on to rolling their ball to hit the cone as a target. They kept score of how many cones they hit and were very successful. 

Week Beginning Monday 20th March 2023- LI: To locate the North and South Poles and the Equator. 

This week in Geography, year 2 learnt about the North Pole, the South Pole and the equator. The children learnt that the countries closer to the equator are hot and the countries closer to the poles are cold. The children then looked at the animals that live in different climates and match animals to their descriptions. 

Week Beginning Monday 13th March - LI: To input data in a pictogram 

This week in computing, year 2 used the data they collected in Science about mini-beasts, to create a pictogram on 2count on Purple Mash. The children then used their pictogram to help them answer some questions about the number of mini-beasts found. We also linked our learning to statistics in maths and answered mathematical questions. 

Week Beginning Monday 6th March 2023 - LI: To find 3/4 of a number

This week year 2 have been finding fractions of different numbers. The children have practiced making and drawing groups to find 1/2, 1/4, 1/3 and 3/4. They also recognised that 2/4 and 1/2 are equivalent fractions. Today the children used counters and cubes to make 4 groups for each number and count three groups to find 3/4. 

Week Beginning Monday 27th February 2023 - World Book Day 

Year 2 are currently reading 'Billy and the mini monsters' so we themed today's learning around the book. The children came in dressed up as characters from the book or from a book of their choice. First, year 2 created their own monsters using lots of different materials and thinking about the different features. They then wrote a character description of their monster and scored it out of 10 on scare factor. These were then put on display on our classroom door. 

Week Beginning Monday 20th February 2023 - Superhero Day!

Year 2 came into school on Tuesday dressed as superheroes. We are reading the book 'Traction Man' in English so linked our day to the story. We carried out a science experiment to find which material would be best to make a waterproof coat for Traction Man. We used Purple Mash to design our own superhero. We also had our own mission to save the pots and pans from the evil scissors by completing an obstacle course. 

Week Beginning Monday 6th February 2023 - LI: To investigate artefacts 

Today year 2 spent the morning exploring different artefacts from Stevenage museum linked to the Great Fire of London. The children were able to compare houses, lighting and the fire service from 1666 to today. They also thought about what people may have saved from the fire and why they did this as well as learning what an eyewitness may have experienced during the fire. The children then went outside and recreated the fire of London by burning our model houses that we have made. The wind moved the fire from house to house just like it would have done in 1666.

Week Beginning Monday 23rd January 2023 - LI: To gather information 

For the next three weeks in English, year 2 have linked their writing to their current history topic - The Great Fire of London. The children are aiming to write a report about the Great Fire of London by the end of the three weeks. This week, the children looked at the features of reports and gathered as much information as they could about the Great Fire. They sorted the information into different subheadings. 

Week Beginning Monday 16th January 2023 - LI: To divide by grouping and sharing

This week year 2 have been learning to divide. In this lesson, the children used counters and cubes to share into equal groups. 

Week Beginning Monday 9th January 2023 - LI: To perform physical theatre in dance 

This term year 2 are beginning their dance unit. They have linked their dance lessons to their current history topic - The Great Fire of London. The children are learning about physical theatre and how they can use their bodies to represent the fire and the burning buildings. 

Week Beginning Monday 12th December 2022 - LI: To count to 20 in French

In French, the children have been learning to count up to 20. They learnt a song to help remember the numbers then matched the digits to the words. Some children then came up with their own tune to remember the numbers. 

Week Beginning Monday 5th December 2022 - LI: To learn about the Christian Christmas story 

On Friday, year 2 visited St Hugh and St John's Church to learn about the Christmas journey. Volunteers led the session and ran four stations to help the children learn about the Christian Christmas story. The stations included meeting the shepherds, meeting Anna and Simeon, meeting the wise men and making crowns. Year 2 then watched Mary and Joseph perform on stage explaining their part in the Christmas story. We ended the morning by learning and singing a new song with actions. The children had a fantastic morning. 

Week Beginning Monday 21st November 2022 - LI: To add two 2-digit numbers

This week in maths, year 2 have been learning to add two 2-digit numbers. On Monday and Tuesday they practiced adding numbers which didn't need to regroup such as 23 + 45. Then on Wednesday and Thursday, the children moved on to adding numbers which need regrouping such as 47 + 36. The children used base 10 to make the calculations and drew representations to support them with their calculations. 

Week Beginning Monday 14th November 2022 - LI: To interpret a text

This week, year 2 received some letters from different coloured crayons complaining about the way that they have been used. The children then found out that the letters were written to Duncan and shared in 'The day the crayons quit'. Year 2 spent lots of time reading the letters and understanding what each crayon wanted from Duncan. They created their own crayon with it's own sign explaining why it is going on strike. 

Week Beginning Monday 7th November 2022 - LI: To investigate 

As part of Science and Maths day, year 2 made their own balloon buggies. They were asked the question 'Does the size of the bottle affect the distance the balloon buggy travels?' The children made their own predictions. Daniel - I think the size of the bottle won't make a difference because the same amount of air has to come out of the balloon. Harry - I think the bigger bottles will go further because more air can get behind it. Gabby - I think the smaller bottles will go further because they are lighter. The children then went to the hall to test their buggies by blowing up their balloon and comparing how far they travelled. We concluded that the larger bottles tended to travel further than the smaller bottles. 

Week Beginning Monday 31st October 2022 - LI: To develop co-ordination and timing when skipping 

In PE, the children were learning co-ordination skills through skipping. The children began with 2-footed jumps and moved onto galloping, hopping and turning while skipping. Year 2 showed excellent perseverance this lesson. 

Week Beginning Monday 17th October 2022 - LI: To make healthy sandwiches 

This week in DT, year 2 have been learning about eating healthily. They designed and made their own sandwiches using cutting, grating and peeling skills. We then enjoyed eating our lunches together and were very full afterwards! 

Week Beginning Monday 10th October 2022 - LI: To understand growth 

In Science, year 2 were investigating the question 'Do taller people have larger feet?' They made predictions about the question and discussed different ways that they could investigate this. As a class, year 2 decided to use cubes to measure their feet and cubes to measure their height. They then looked at their results to spot any patterns. The children noticed that usually the taller children had the bigger feet, however this was not always the case as some smaller children had the same size feet as the taller children. 

Week Beginning Monday 3rd October 2022 - LI: To develop rolling skills

In PE, year 2 were learning new rolls in gymnastics. They learnt the barrel roll and the straight roll and were practicing their techniques. 

Week Beginning Monday 26th September 2022 - LI: To role play good and bad characters

In English, year 2 have started learning about 'Traditional Stories'. We began reading 'Rapunzel' and discussed who the characters are in the story so far. The children role played the witch and the man and used their body language and facial expressions to express how their character was feeling. They then can up with a list of adjectives to describe both characters. 

Week Beginning Monday 19th September 2022 - LI: To name Christian signs and symbols

In RE, year 2 looked at the different signs and symbols of Christianity. We discussed what each sign and symbol represented and thought of some actions to help us remember them. We have also looked at different crosses and talked about how they were similar and different and which one we liked. 

Week Beginning Monday 12th September 2022 - LI: To represent numbers to 20

This week in year 2, we have been learning about number and place value. We used lots of manipulatives to represent numbers in different ways. 

Year 2 - 2021-2022

Week commencing 18th July    LI: To complete different sewing techniques.

The children completed their Dt sewing and created some wonderful African animals.

Week commencing 11th July   LI: To sew a toy

Year 2 have been making their African toys. The children cut out their shapes for their animals and followed their design. The children focused on a running stitch and a back stitch.

Week commencing 4th July 2022.   LI: To measure

Year 2 continued their investigations linked to measure but focused on larger lengths. The children investigated meters this week.

Week Commencing 27th June     LI: To measure

Year 2 have been investigating measure. This week they have been looking at height and length. The children have been measuring using non-unit measures.

Week commencing 20th June 2022       LI: To investigate capacity

Year 2 linked their maths learning to their class book and completed a lesson linked to George's Marvellous Medicine. The children had to measure different amounts to create a special medicine for George.

Week Commencing 13th June 2022   LI: To investigate a different locality.

Year 2 took a virtual trip to Kenya via Trotts Hill Travels! The children experienced flying in an aeroplane, going on safari and learning about the different weather and climate in Kenya. The children looked at compass points and investigated different people living in Kenya.

Week commencing 6th June 2022  LI: To investigate microhabitats

Year 2 investigated different habitats in our school grounds. They then classified the different animals found.

Week commencing 23rd  May 2022   LI: To role play

As part of history the children focused on the Jubilee. The children got into role and act out a significant part in Queen Elizabeth's life.

Week commencing 16th May 2022      LI: To investigate movement and direction.

Week Commencing 9th May 2022   LI: to understand our feelings.

Year 2 have been investigating different feelings and learning what to do if they feel sad or worried. Year 2 made some worry monsters.

Week Commencing 2nd May 2022  LI: To investigate patterns

In art Year 2 investigated patterns in our school environment. The children looked for patterns in nature and linked to insects.

Week Commencing 25th April 2022     LI: To draw patterns

Year 2 have started their new topic in art focusing on insects. The children started creating their first page of their sketch book looking, in detail, at different insects and their patterns.

Week Commencing 18th April 2022   LI: To create a vehicle.

The children had a wonderful time following their designs to make their vehicles. The children focused on making and measuring their axels and chassis base.

Week Commencing 28th March     LI: To investigate 2D and 3D shapes

In Maths Year 2 investigated 3D and 2D shapes. The children went on a shape hunt around the school.

Week Commencing 21st March 2022   LI: To understand compass points.

Year 2 were learning about compass points in Geography. They created their own compass points.

Week Commencing 14th March 2022   LI: To follow a dance routine

Year 2 have been practising their dance each week ready for their performance in a fortnight.

Week Commencing 7th March 2022    LI: To understand religious celebration

Year 2 were investigating the Jewish festival Purim. The children made Hamantaschen biscuits and enjoyed them at home.

Week Commencing 28th February 2022.  LI: To explore settings.

Year 2 used the Forest school area to create their own settings for Traction Man. The children had to think about keeping Traction camouflaged, protected from the rain and the sun.

Week Commencing 21st February 2022     LI: To role play.

Year 2 had a wonderful day dressed up as superheroes. The children learned about their new book Traction Man and completed different activities linked to the book.

Week commencing 7th February 2022     LI: to stay safe online

As part of E Safety day Year 2 looked at the importance of keeping logins private. They discussed how they would react if people online asked for their personal details and acted out their responses.

Week commencing 31st January 2022   LI: To focus on wellbeing.

Year 2 had a wonderful few weeks learning different yoga poses and routines.

Week Commencing 24th January 2022   LI: To infer

Year 2 read a new book- Vlad the flea. The children then thought about the main characters: Vlad and Boxton. The children got into role and interviewed each other. Each time the children had to role play either Vlad or Boxton.

Week Commencing 17th January 2022     LI: To add money.

Year 2 went on a virtual shopping trip and bought different items. The children took turns being both the customer and the shopkeeper.  The children had to focus on their accuracy when counting money.

Week Commencing 10th January 2022      LI: To investigate different artefacts.

Stevenage museum visited Year 2 today. The class investigated different artefacts linked to the Great Fire of London. The children learned about old buildings, structures and new and old lighting. They asked interesting questions about the different artefacts.

Week commencing 3rd January 2022     LI: To investigate

As part of our Maths and Science themed week, the children observed a real fish and looked at all the features closely.

Week commencing13th December 2021      LI: To subtract.

The children have been using number line to support their understanding of subtraction across the 10s.

Week commencing 6th December 2021      LI: To roleplay

Year 2 had a surprise this week. All of the white board pens had left the classroom but had left a message! The children got into role and imagined how it would have felt being the whiteboard pen. They thought of ways to persuade them to return.

Week Commencing 29th November 2021    LI: To  understand different festivals.

Year 2 had a special visitor today who shared their great knowledge about Chanukah. The children learned about it and investigated different traditions.

Week commencing 22nd November 2021.         LI: To research

Year 2 worked very hard with their home learning. They investigated The Plague and looked at plague doctors.

Week commencing 15th November 2021   LI: To infer

Year 2 have been learning about a new book; The Day The Crayons Quit. This week the children have been investigating the book and learning about the characters.

Week commencing 1st November. History: LI To use historical sources as evidence. 

Year 2 have started a new History topic on The Plague. As an introduction to this, they looked at evidence and wrote about what they could see. This begins their learning and they are looking forward to learning more and more. 

Week Commencing 18th October. LI: To make sandwiches

Year 2 made sandwiches and had an indoor picnic. As part of DT week the children investigated where their food came from and then designed, created and ate their own sandwiches.

Week Commencing 11th October 2021    LI: To investigate different islands.

Year 2 investigated an island. The children created islands and investigated how they flooded.

Week Commencing 4th October 2021   LI: To use number lines.

This week Year 2 were learning about number lines. The children had blank number lines today and had to place different numbers.

Week Commencing 27th September   LI: To investigate a setting.

Year 2 pretended to be Rapunzel, escaping the tower. The children thought about what they would see, hear and feel alone in the woods.

Week commencing 20th September 2021    LI: To investigate bread

The children investigated different types of bread. They described the smell, taste and appearance of a variety of breads.

Week commencing 13th September 2021   LI: To create bar charts

In Science this week the children investigated that different food groups. they then discussed what fruit they had eaten, and created interactive bar charts to show this.