Welcome to Year 2

Where learning is fuelled by creativity

What to expect in Year 2

Being the eldest year group in Key Stage One (Infants), this is the year where children take on new responsibilities and complete their SATS. We use all of the wonderful learning from our Key Stage One journey, as well as the brilliant new learning we will be doing in Year Two, to really show everyone how fantastic and unique we all are. We still love to play and get really creative!

Sleeping with the Sharks! CANCELLED

19th – 20th March

Sleeping with Sharks is a fantastic adventure where the children can experience a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to spend the night in an aquarium.

The children spend two days and one night on this trip. As well as educational activities and sleeping at Plymouth Aquarium, we visit another place to support our STAR learning, Pizza Hut, a movie and then ice skating on the way home.

We had a brilliant time last year, with every child coming along!

Year 2 Sleeping with sharks expression of interest letter

Year 2 camp 2020 letter

Parent/Carer Information Meeting – Monday 2nd March 2020 – 3.20pm Main Hall.

Residential trip form – yr 2 sleeping with sharks

Year 2 Sleeping with sharks Info Book 2020 (1)

Support your child’s learning at home

Summer Term 2020 ideas!

Year 2 Homelearning Summer 1


Reading regularly is crucial to your child’s development and it’s really beneficial if they read aloud to you every night. Your child will bring home a reading book and a library book, and of course they can also read something else at home  whatever they choose, don’t forget to update their reading record!


Spellings are assessed on a daily basis through games and in the children’s writing. It’s really helpful for children to practice spelling their common exception words with you at home. We will also be reinforcing the Year 1 Common Exception Words as well (found on the Year 1 area)
Download and print the year 2 list of common exception words.


Learning and rehearsing basic maths at home is time very well spent. Good things to practise include:

  • Number bonds to 10 and 20
  • Doubling and halving
  • Times tables – we hope that children are able to recall the multiplication and division facts for the 2, 5, and 10 times tables by the time they leave Year 2.

Home Learning

The children will also have a weekly home learning task to complete to help strengthen the learning they have done at school.

School closure - general learning activities

It is really important that all children remain learning in the time when we are not at school. Retention of learning is crucial: if we don’t use it, we loose it!

We would recommend that where possible, children have structure throughout the day and choose as many activities from the list below as it possible. If you would like to complete other learning activities, please do!



  • Year 1/2 common exception words (in reading diaries)
  • Lots and lots of reading of your favourite books! Use the VIPERS prompts in your reading diaries to discuss your reading at home
  • Spelling Shed – logins are in the back your reading diary
  • Research an animal of your choice and create a detailed fact file
  • Choose one of these images to inspire writing a story https://www.literacyshed.com/the-images-shed.html
  • Keep reminding yourself of all the grammar we have covered, especially nouns, adjectives, verbs, adverbs and conjunctions https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zkxxsbk
  • Handwriting is really important! Have a go at copying your favourite poem or fact sheet in your best, joined handwriting!


  • My Maths: Log in details were sent out on a previous letter but the children have also got their passwords in the back of their reading records.  https://www.mymaths.co.uk/primary.html
  • Numbots and Times Table Rockstars. Logins have been given out previously, but are also in the back of reading diaries https://play.numbots.comhttps://ttrockstars.com/
  • Keep going over your number bonds to 10 and 20, counting backwards and forwards in jumps of 2, 5 and 10, and keep reminding yourself of your 2, 5, 10 and 3 times tables!
  • Maths Shed can be accessed using the Spelling Shed login information in the back of the reading diary https://www.mathshed.com
  • Create a table using data you have collected yourself (e.g. What is your favourite food?)
  • Use a numberline to add and subtract two two-digit numbers (remember to jump to the nearest 10 first!)

Obviously all children are different, having a variety of strengths and areas to develop. You may need to break these tasks down and offer them more support, or challenge them further.

If you have a garden, get outside as much as possible. Look at the different leaves and flowers – try some sketching or write a poem. Use our wonderful natural environment to develop curiosity.

On return to school, all teachers would love to see what you have got up to at home, but also, feel free to mark anything at home – children love instant feedback!

In the ‘Discovery’ section of the website, you will find additional websites to support your child’s learning.


Year 2 Practical Ideas

Year 2 Home Learning Pack

Year 2 Home Learning Pack Guidance and Answers


TV History

The invitation – teacher notes TV History – answers

TV History – Let’s Get Writing

TV History – questions

TV History – whole text

TV History – word mat

TV History

Moon, make you up mind

697 Teacher Slides Moon make up your mind

moon make up your mind – teacher notes

Moon make up your mind Let’s Get Writing Activity

Moon make up your mind questions and answers

Moon make up your mind whole text

Baking Bread

671 Teacher Slides Bread recipe

Baking Bread – answers

Baking Bread – Comic Strip

Baking Bread – Questions

Baking Bread – Teacher Notes

Baking Bread – whole text

Baking Bread – word mat


Spelling Workouts, Y2 ‘r’ sound spelt ‘wr’

Spelling Workouts, Y2 ‘s’ sound spelt ‘c’

Y2 SPaG Challenge Mat – Questions



School closure - weekly learning suggestions

In addition to the general learning activities, here is a more structured timetable week by week. Please keep in contact with us by email: year2homelearning@threemilestone.cornwall.sch.uk

We will be missing you and we are looking forward to you contacting us with you amazing learning.

Week beginning 6.7.20 Week 6

As we approach the end of the summer term, it is important that the children spend some time consolidating the learning they have done over the year. This set of investigations and questions allows them to apply their knowledge of everything from times tables (2, 3, 5 and 10) and number bonds (to 10 and 20), to shape and capacity to solve problems. It is crucial that the children are regularly putting these skills and their understanding into practice, so that they can keep their maths skills sharp and be as ready as possible for Year 3!
Problem Solving – Day One: https://BEYIAYF.exampro.net
Problem Solving – Day Two: https://GYCOFUM.exampro.net
Problem Solving – Day Three: https://QIBIPOI.exampro.net
Problem Solving – Day Four: https://WOKYRIN.exampro.net
Problem Solving – Day Five: https://PAQIQYW.exampro.net

Week beginning 29.6.20 week 5

As the children move on to learning all about volume and capacity, there are still plenty of opportunities for them to learn through physically measuring and comparing amounts in millilitres and litres.

If you have a measuring jug (or something similar) at home, allow the children to explore filling and emptying the container to different amounts. Asking them to estimate amounts before they try and measure will also help to build their accuracy in understanding volume.

Year 2 – Capacity

6 – Millilitres Challenge Cards

5 – Draw millilitres

4 – Millilitres

3 – Compare capacity

1 Order Volume

2 -More and less

Week beginning 22.6.20 – STAR learningWeek 4

Using last week’s learning to build on, this week the children are going to be investigating other units of measurement (kg). Once they have explored this area of mass, they will move onto investigating temperatures and using thermometers – if you have one at home, brilliant! But if not, there are virtual ones available in app form. Have lots of fun exploring this learning and feel free to get as creative as you like!

Year 2 – Mass and Temperature

4 – Temperature

2 – Measure Mass


3 – Temperature Game

1 – Grams or Kilograms

TESTBASE LINK: https://gubooaw.exampro.net/


Week beginning 15.6.20 – STAR Learning – Week 3

Maths – This week we are moving onto exploring mass and capacity. This is a great unit of learning that allows the children to get really ‘hands on’ with investigating the weight of objects around the home, as well as getting to grips with using scales (if available) and estimating and predicting before they begin. Have lots of fun with the practical side of this learning, and don’t forget to send us lots of pictures!

Exciting CODE MATHS – Y2 CODE Fluency Week 8 – Understanding Number 15

0 – DO THIS FIRST – Year 2 – Mass and Capacity

6 – More Comparisons

8 – Problems to Solve

5 – Estimate Mass

4 – Heavier and Lighter

2 – Compare Mass

1 – Collecting Data and Comparing Mass

3 – Comparing Mass

7 – Scales

Week beginning 8.6.20 – STAR LEARNING – week 2

Year 2 – Fractions Part 2

Thirds 3

Unit fractions 1

Unit fractions 2

Thirds 4

Thirds 1


Find a Third

Thirds 2

Make your own fractions – BONUS! –

Online learning: thinkuknow-8-10s-home-activity-sheet-5



Week beginning 1.6.20 – STAR LEARNING – week 1

This week, we are moving on to exploring fractions. The children should explore making and recognising equal and unequal parts. They should do this using both real life objects and pictorial representations of a variety of shapes and quantities, and the Powerpoint for this week should help them do so.

They will also move onto learning more about halves and quarters, but it is important that they first grasp the concept of a fraction being part of a whole.

There are also numbered worksheets to work through in order.

2 – Equal parts with images


3 – Half

4 – Quarter

1 – Make equal parts on grids


Week beginning 25.5.20

This week would have been half term so we scaled back the amount of learning so you can spend some time relaxing as a family. You may find we cannot answer emails as promptly but we will do our best to get back to you when possible. 

This has been a unique time in everyone’s lives and will be remembered for years to come. A way in which we can preserve some artefacts and memories is through creating a time capsule. It can contain information about you, something special which would remind you of this time and other information so that when people open it in the future they can find out more about you and your experiences of when school was closed!

You can use these as a template or you can create some of your own to add into the time capsule. 


This week could be a great time to get outdoors, even if it is raining! Remember there is no such thing as bad weather, just inappropriate clothing!!

Here are lots of different ideas and activities you could do outside and getting in touch with nature. 


Don’t forget you can always revise some of our learning through physical activity using BBC supermovers! https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/supermovers

Have a listen to some authors read you their stories! https://www.booksfortopics.com/storytime-online-5-7Don’t forget to email year2homelearning@threemilestone.cornwall.sch.uk for your section of the year 2 picture!

Year 2 – A Mixture of Things to Revise

Half term actvities

Week beginning 18.5.20

STAR Learning week 8

Whether it’s sharing or grouping, dividing fairly is a really important skill, and one that goes hand in hand with multiplying. Have a go at practically dividing, as well as moving onto some more abstract examples. Don’t forget to use the inverse of your times tables to help!

Year 2 – Equal groups and dividing

Equal groups – Grouping

Divide by 2 part 2

Equal groups – Sharing

Week beginning 11.5.20

This week is all about those amazing times tables! We need to know what they mean and what they look like before then learning the facts! they are so important so have fun learning them 🙂

5x tables

2x tables

10x tables

x2, x5, x10 Arrays

Year 2 Multiplying and Dividing – Arrays, 2x, 5x, 10x

Testbase questions https://kefegyb.exampro.net/


Week beginning 4.5.20

STAR learning – Week 6

Maths – TestBase: https://NAVUJIE.exampro.net

Week beginning 27.4. 20

Maths – we are determined to crack – HOW TO TELL THE TIME!! Please keep practicing – whatever the time!

Year 2 – WORKSHEETS – Quarter past and quarter to

Year 2 – WORKSHEETS – O’clock and half past



On Spelling Shed this week you will find words with the suffixes ‘-ment’ and ‘-ness’ to form nouns. 

Task 1 – Narrative – have a look at the story excerpt.

The sirens began to wail. The boy’s green eyes widened and he squeezed his mother’s hand tighter. They could hear a tell-tale hum getting louder as they filled the air like a swarm of wasps buzzing in the sky. The boy’s mother pulled him roughly along the road. He wore scuffed brown shoes, darned socks pulled up to his knobbly knees and a well-worn school uniform. Around him other people were hurrying along the road, heading towards an underground entrance.  

What could they hear? What do you think might happen next? Why? How do you think the characters are feeling at the moment? What in the text makes you think that? Can you begin to write your own story about an evacuee, a soldier or a land girl in WW2? Plan out what will happen at the beginning and your introduction of the characters and setting. How will you describe them? (Remember our expanded noun phrases!) 

Write the first part to your story, focusing on the description and begin to plan out the build up, problem and solution. You will be continuing this next week as well.  

Task 2 – Cornish ‘war’ history

Finding out family history. Research your family tree and find out which of your family were alive in WW2. Can you find out anything else about them? Did any of them serve in the army?

Task 3 – Propaganda posters


Have a look at the examples. What do you notice about them? What is important about propaganda? 

We have propaganda going on at the moment – can you think of an example? (Think about the NHS!) Choose an area and create your own propaganda poster for WW2 or today to persuade everyone to save and be safe.

Task 4 – As always, we want everyone to stay fit and healthy. Soldiers in the army have to complete tricky obstacle courses as part of their training so we would like you to have a go at creating your own obstacle course! You could get someone to film you doing it, or time yourself – can you beat it the next time around?- or you could be the drill sergeant making someone else complete the course?! 

Task 5 – Draw or make your own mini model of a spitfire or hurricane

The RAF was one of Britain’s most important defences during WW2. Research the ‘Battle of Britain’ to find out more about how they protected our island. 

Did you know… everyone was encouraged to collect, save and donate metal to build new planes, ships and weapons during the war? 

Task 6 – Time to use your comparative testing skills again this week with the aeroplane experiment!

What shape of plane will travel the furthest?

Have a look at different types of paper aeroplanes. 

Once you have made some and made a prediction, test them out and find out which one flies the farthest! 

Other than the shape of the plane is there anything else you could adapt or change to make it go further?

Week beginning 20.4.20

Maths – TestBase: https://YYGOLEF.exampro.net

Bonds to 100

Subtracting and Exchanging Using Partitioning and Number Lines

STAR Learning – Task 1 – Poetry – This is a poem written by Dorothy Allen who was in the Women’s Land Army.

Can you write your own poem like this but about the NHS workers or other key workers? Think about the differences in language and how times have changed. This poem uses rhyming couplets but you don’t have to! Look at some other examples of poetry to help with your ideas. https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems/browse#page=1&sort_by=recently_added&filter_poetry_children=1

Task 2 – We have looked at the W.L.A but what other roles and jobs did men and women have in ww2? On the home front? On the front lines? Have look and let us know what you found out. 

Task 3 – Create a piece of music to march to – what could you make instruments from? How can you make different sounds? 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/clips/zndhyrd – check out Weapons of Sound who make all of their instruments out of rubbish!

Task 4 – In WW1, we know the soldiers played a game of football between the trenches on Christmas Eve. The battlefield moved too quickly and the fighting was too fierce for anything similar to happen in WW2. Can you design a new game, using a ball, with 2 opposing teams? What are the rules? How do you score? What happens if you break the rules? Don’t forget to let us know how many players you need! Keep a note of your game because it would be wonderful to try them when we get back to school.

Task 5 – In World War 2, German bombers would fly over the UK and drop bombs. This meant everyone needed somewhere safe to hide when they heard the warning siren. Can you build an air raid shelter? What would you keep in there? Listen to the siren and get into your shelter – what do you think it would have felt like? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=erMO3m0oLvs

Task 6 – Of course, the brave men and women fighting in the Airforce would have needed parachutes. Your task is to use your comparative testing skills to find what the best material for a parachute would be. 

  1. Choose different materials and make some parachutes (remember to keep them all the same size and shape!).
  2. Attach them one at a time to your ‘airman’ (this could be an action toy or just a piece of plasticine but must be the same each time!). 
  3. Make your prediction – which one will drop the slowest (and the most safely)?
  4. Drop each one from the same height and time the descent. 
  5. Record the results and compare them to see which one comes out as the best!

There are 2 new spelling patterns to practise on Spelling Shed this week – ‘a’ before ‘l’ and ‘ll’ and ‘ar’ after ‘w’. For example, wall and warm. As always check into My Maths to see the new learning on there as well.

Week beginning 13.4.20

Maths – TESTBASE link: https://SIHUNEB.exampro.net

Subtracting and Using the Inverse Subtraction and Using the Inverse to Check

STAR LEARNING – WW2 :https://youtu.be/EkAd6sLyoPI – Meet one of the women from the Women’s Land Army!

Task 1  – Find out about the Women’s Land Army and how women became an important part of the war effort.



https://www.womenslandarmy.co.uk/education-resources/ – you can listen to a real woman who served in the Women’s Land Army called Jean Davis!

Task 2 – Read this non-chronological report on evacuees and write your own non-chronological report on something to do with WW2 – evacuees, the land army etc. Think back to our reports on animals (bats!) and on Sir Francis Drake to help you. 


Task 3 – Write a song for the ‘Land Girls’.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TyQ0hzq4hYE – Here is the Horrible Histories WW2 girls song to give you some ideas! It could be a rap or a marching song to encourage them at work or a song to get others to join in the war effort – it is up to you!

Task 4 – Design some stretches to help the women get ready for the hard work in the fields! It was back-breaking work and everyone needs to stay fit and healthy. Joe Wicks is still doing #PEwithJoe live every morning at 9am if you need some ideas! 


Task 5 – Ration books – Create your own ration book either for WW2 or for today and create a wartime recipe – let us know what they taste like! Could you survive on rations for days, months or years? How do you think you would feel? What ways could you make sure the food lasted longer?


Task 6 – Using your scientific observation and research skills, try to find answers to these questions. 

How much food and drink do I have over a week?

What food do you need in a healthy diet and why?

As always, My Maths and Spelling Shed have new learning for you to access as well. This week the focus is on adding ‘-ed’, ‘-er’, ‘-ing’ and ‘-est’ to words ending in ‘y’ for your spellings. For example, happy becomes happiest! If you feel confident with these, then there are also common exception words to practise as well as days of the week and months of the year (remember capital letters!!). You can also have a look at ‘Teagle’s Tips’ for different ways of remember some more challenging words! 

If you haven’t already watched the entire series, this is the link for episode 3 of the CBBC programme about evacuees  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lF2FyWW2W1s

Week beginning 6.4.20

STAR: Task 1 –  Letters from evacuees – Have a look at these letters written home by evacuees and write a letter or email to your teacher in the same style. Writing a letter – Evacuees

Task 2 –  Research the countries involved in WW2. – Which countries were named the Allies? Who were the Axis? What other countries were involved? Did any of them change sides? https://www.ducksters.com/history/world_war_ii/ww2_allied_powers.php


Task 3 –  Mapping the countries involved in WW2.  Now you know which countries were involved can you find them on a world map? Find the Allies and Axis on the world map and as many of the other countries affected as you can.  Create a ‘passport’ with a different country on each page with the flag and some information about the country. Did they change after WW2? Was the war fought on all 7 continents? Blank World Map

Task 4 –  Stamp forgeries – Forgers had to work hard to try to help prisoners escape from the camps and not get caught – your task is to create stamps for their passports and other documentation. You could use potatoes or other vegetables (which ones work best?!) or stick string to card or even carve into a piece of polystyrene or card. There are lots of different ways to make stamps so get creative! stamps

Task 5 –  Plants and growing your own food! As we will find out next week when we look at rationing, the whole nation was encouraged to grow their own vegetables. What do plants need to grow successfully? Can you find a creative way to present this knowledge?

If you are able to, you could begin a science experiment – do bigger seeds grow into bigger plants? You will need to make a prediction and use your pattern seeking and observation skills to find out the answer!

Science Experiment

Science Experiment Example

Part of our computing learning this term would have been around emails, how to compose, send and delete them as well as how to stay safe and knowing which ones are safe to open. With this in mind, we thought this would be the perfect opportunity for the children to have a go and to experience sending and receiving emails. Over the next few weeks, it would be great if the children could write an email to us themselves (if they aren’t already). We look forward to hearing from them! year2homelearning@threemilestone.cornwall.sch.uk

If you wanted to continue watching the CBBC programme about evacuees this is the link for episode 2 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0_VIKNDECOA

Continuing from last week, we now move onto reminding ourselves how to add 2 two-digit numbers (crossing a new 10), by adding tens and ones. This is a really important skill and vital that the children are constantly revisiting this (as we would be in school!).

Week beginning 30.2.30

Maths – download this week’s learning -click on the image

This link will also help you – CLICK HERE

Day 1 – Fact Families

Day 2 – Fact Families and Number Bonds to 100

Day 3 – Adding a Two-Digit Number and a Single Digit Number

4 and 5 Adding 2 Two-digit Numbers

Try these on TESTBASE



STAR LEARNING This week, we would have been beginning our STAR learning based around World War 2, particularly looking at evacuees.

If you like, you can watch this programme from CBBC where children go back in to 1940 and become evacuees! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kRt5Mk6V8Gg

TASK 1 – What would a child being evacuated have in their suitcase? Look at the images and decide what would be essential items, chosen items and unsuitable items for packing to be evacuated. Can you come up with a creative way to show what they took when they were evacuated?

TASK 2 – Design and make a gas mask with box to carry with you at all times like an evacuee! We would like you to add labels to the design and create instructions for someone else to be able to make it as well!

TASK 3 – Write a diary entry about what it would have been like as an evacuee. How is life for children different now compared to during ww2?

TASK 4 – Reading comprehension (it is a bit tricky so you may need an adult to read it with you!). There are questions to complete using the text to help you. We have focused on retrieval this week!

Remember VIPERS to help you know what sort of question you are answering. V- vocabulary, I – inference (use clues from the text!), P – predict (what might happen next?), E – Explain, R – retrieval (find the information in the text) and S – Sequence (put it in the correct order).

We are missing you all but it is wonderful getting your emails with your learning – keep it all coming in!

Mrs Vale and Mr Lara

Week beginning 23.3.20

This week is place value week!
Do it and Secure it:
Get stuck into understanding and consolidating place value with these activities:
As well as the place value activities set on MyMaths, complete these!
YOUTUBE: PLACE VALUE – for reference
Deepen It:
If you cannot print the questions, you can take a screenshot and send us your answers alongside it. Or, just make a note of which number the question was and email us with your answer!

STAR Learning:

To round off our STAR learning all about Cornwall, we would like the children to use all of their Cornish knowledge to create a brand new Cornish place. This can be a town or village, a mine, or even a brand new beach! It is up to them! We would like them to name the place and send us the design of what it will look like and what could be found there. They can do drawings, maps (including N, S, E and W as well as a key!), and even do a tally chart of what people at home think should be included in this place (a bakery, school, park etc.). When they have a good idea of what their new Cornish area will be like, we would like them to use their knowledge of conjunctions (‘and’, ‘but’, ‘because’ and ‘so’ – you can remind yourself here https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zkxxsbk ) to write a letter to the Queen to convince her of why she should come and visit this special Cornish place. Try and aim for about a page of lovely joined up writing (don’t forget to include some common exception words!) to really impress Her Majesty. Remember, the more detail you have in the design of your Cornish place, the more you’ll have to write about!

Letters sent home and anything you need to know?

Y2and6 Learn Together Session Jan 2020


During the Spring term we will be taking the children swimming every Friday morning. They will need to bring a swimming costume/trunks, towel, swimming hat and goggles (if they would like to) in a separate bag.

Letter to Parents – Year 2&4 – Re-swimming 2020


PE will be on Mondays, Thursdays and sometimes Wednesdays, but it is easier to have your PE kit on you at all times!


Any adults to hear readers will be welcomed until 9.10 everyday or if you feel you would like to volunteer in class for a longer period of time that would be great. Please let us know if you are interested in supporting the year group.

Art shirts

if you have any old shirts you could donate to the art shirt box we would be very grateful.


If you have any concerns about your child at all, please do not hesitate to come in and speak to us. It is always best to talk to us as soon as possible if you or your child are unhappy about anything as it will enable us to resolve any issues quickly. We have more time available after school than before school to speak to parents, but in an emergency of course pop in anytime.