Moss Valley pupils in Year 2 classroom




Year 2

Welcome to Year 2

Our teacher this year is Miss O’Neill. As a class, we love to learn new things, be creative, use our imaginations and most of all… have fun!

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In year 2, we love to read! 

In class, we take part in 5 big read lessons per week in which the children develop their prediction, retrieval, inference and vocabulary skills.  Each day, the children read their books independently for ten minutes. This is called solo read. The children enjoy reading their books quietly.  At the end of the day, Miss O’Neill reads a story and the class listen and enjoy. We will read a range of books over the year.  

Year 2 are expected to read at home at least 3 times each week. It is so important that we are reading to increase our reading speed, confidence and fluency. When children finish their book, they complete a retrieval quiz on our school chrome books. On Friday’s, we celebrate our children who are reading at home with prizes and treats!  


In Year 2, children are expected to complete independent learning tasks at home to consolidate their prior learning. Children should be reading their books at home and completing retrieval quizzes each week.  In addition to this, Year 2 take part in a weekly spelling test. Children should practise these spellings at home.  These words will also be posted on seesaw each week, alongside a separate piece of homework to complete. This homework will focus on a different subject each week.  

Finally, there are a number of websites that the children should be accessing at home to support their literacy and maths. These include, reading wise and Timetables Rockstars/ Numbots. These websites are a fun and engaging way for the children to develop their skills. 


Spelling tests will take place every Friday afternoon. A different set of words will be sent home each week and put onto seesaw. These words are to be practised at home over the week inside their spelling book. Children should bring their spelling book each Friday, so that the new set of words can be stuck in. Dojo points will be given out for children who score full marks or improve their score from the previous week. Remember, you are only competing against yourself! 


Year 2 will take part in PE on Tuesday’s. At Moss Valley we expect full PE kits to be worn every session. 

This includes: 

A white top 
Black shorts / plain black joggers/ leggings (for colder weather) 
Black pumps or trainers 
The PE kits can be left in school and taken home every half-term to be washed 

Snacks & Water Bottles

Children are able to bring a healthy snack each day in which they can eat at break time. These snacks should be left inside their school bag or packed lunch or put inside our class snack box.  Additionally, fruit is provided for children at break times. 

Children should bring a water bottle in school that can be filled up throughout the school day at the class sink. These water bottles can stay in school and should be taken home at least every half-term to be washed. 


In English, throughout the year we will write a range of fiction and non-fiction pieces. These will include different narratives, persuasive letters, diary entries, instructions, information texts and explanation texts.  Our writing will be based on a different book each half term. These books will have cross curricular links to our Geography, Science and History topics. We will take part in a range of drama activities to help us to explore the text in detail and gather our ideas before writing.   


Year 2 will take part in the Read Write Inc (RWI) phonics programme daily which will help the children learn to read fluently and at speed so they can focus on developing their skills in comprehension, vocabulary and spelling. We will be recapping the set 2 sounds and learning the set 3 sounds.


In Year 2, we will be looking at these areas in Maths: 

Autumn Term – Numbers to 100, Addition and Subtraction and Properties of Shapes. 

Spring Term – Money, Multiplication and Division, Statistics, Length and Height, and Mass, Capacity and Temperature. 

Summer Term – Fractions, Time, Problem Solving and efficient methods, Position and Direction and Statistics.  


In Year 2, we will be completing these topics Science: 

Animals including Humans: Within this unit, the children will compare the different animal groups and find similarities and differences between them. They will find out about both animal and human life cycles and what they need to survive. The children will test the effects of exercise on the body and explore the importance of healthy eating and hygiene.  


Living things in their habitats: For this topic, the children will identify items that are living, dead or have never been alive. In order to do this, they will need to have a clear understanding of the characteristics of a living thing.  They will explore habitats across the world and research how animals have adapted to survive in their habitat. Children will understand how animals depend on each other for food. They will create food chains for a range of habitats.  


Plants: Children will observe how a plant grows from a seed to a plant. They will gain an understanding of what plants need to survive and compare the growth of different size seeds. In this unit, the children will identify a range of plants that we can eat.  


Everyday Materials:  In this topic, the children will explore a range of everyday materials and their uses. They will be able to describe their properties and compare the different materials. We will look into how plastic is made and research the famous scientist, Charles Macintosh who is famous for inventing waterproof clothes. Children will use their knowledge of materials to design a box to make an egg safe.