The Russell School

Welcome to Year 2

Summer Term 2021

Welcome to Year 2 


  • Miss Hobbs - Teacher (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday)
  • Mrs Wright - Teacher (Thursday, Friday)
  • Miss Laxton - Teaching Assistant (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday)


  • Reading books - Each child has been allocated a day for changing books. Please ensure they bring their books in to be changed on this day.  
  • PE lessons – Wednesday and Friday 


Visits this year are very much dependent on the development of Coronavirus. We hope to organise class visits later on in the year. 

Curriculum overview


In English our learning will cover both fiction, non-fiction and poetry. We will focus on the following:

  • Instructions
  • Labels, lists and captions
  • Explanation texts
  • Reports
  • Recounts
  • Stories with predictable phrasing
  • Familiar stories reflecting children's own experiences
  • Traditional tales 
  • Poetry - reading, discussing, comparing, performing and creating poetry
  • Letters

We will continue to build on the use of punctuation. This will include capital letters, full stops, commas, question marks and exclamation marks.


Phonics will be taught 3x a week to differentiated groups. Children in Year 2 are working on phonics phases 3-6.

Guided Reading

Guided reading will be taught 3x a week to differentiated groups. Children may read books on a higher level at school than those they take home. This is because we would like children to build their confidence when reading at home whilst focusing on their fluency and comprehension.


Working mathematically

By the end of Year 2, children will solve problems with one or a small number of simple steps. Children will discuss their understanding and begin to explain their thinking using appropriate mathematical vocabulary, hands-on resources and different ways of recording. They will ask simple questions relevant to the problem and begin to suggest ways of solving them.


Counting and understanding numbers

 Children will develop their understanding of place value of numbers to at least 100 and apply this when ordering, comparing, estimating and rounding. Children begin to understand zero as a place holder as this is the foundation for manipulating larger numbers in subsequent years. Children will count fluently forwards and backwards up to and beyond 100 in multiples of 2, 3, 5 and 10 from any number. They will use hands-on resources to help them understand and apply their knowledge of place value in two digit numbers, representing the numbers in a variety of different ways.


Children learn that addition and multiplication number sentences can be re-ordered and the answer remains the same (commutativity) such as 9+5+1= 5+1+9. They learn that this is not the case with subtraction and division. They solve a variety of problems using mental and written calculations for +, -, x, / in practical contexts. These methods will include partitioning, which is where the number is broken up into more manageable parts (e.g. 64 = 60 + 4 or 50 + 14), re-ordering (e.g. moving the larger number to the beginning of the number sentence when adding several small numbers) and using a number line.

Children will know the 2, 5 and 10 times tables, as well as the matching division facts (4 x 5 = 20, 20 / 5 = 4) and can recall them quickly and accurately. They apply their knowledge of addition and subtraction facts to 20 and can use these to work out facts up to 100.

Fractions, including decimals

Throughout Year 2, children will develop their understanding of fractions and the link to division. They explore this concept using pictures, images and hands-on resources. They will solve problems involving fractions (e.g. find 1/3 of the hexagon or ¼ of the marbles) and record what they have done. They will count regularly and fluently in fractions such as ½ and ¼ forwards and backwards and, through positioning them on a number line, understand that some have the same value (equivalent) e.g. ½ = 2/4.


Children will estimate, choose, use and compare a variety of measurements for length, mass, temperature, capacity, time and money. By the end of year 2, they will use measuring apparatus such as rulers accurately. They will use their knowledge of measurement to solve problems (e.g. how many ways to make 50p). They extend their understanding of time to tell and write it on an analogue clock to 5 minute intervals, including quarter past/to the hour. They will know key time-related facts (minutes in an hour, hours in a day) and relate this to their everyday life.


Children will identify, describe, compare and sort common 2-D and 3-D shapes according to their properties (sides, vertices, edges, faces) and apply this knowledge to solve simple problems. They develop their understanding by finding examples of 3-D shapes in the real world and exploring the 2-D shapes that can be found on them (e.g. a circle is one of the faces on a cylinder). Children begin to describe position, direction and movement in a range of different situations,


Children will be learning about plants. They will be exploring the features of a plant and what the plant needs to survive. 

Outdoor learning

Outdoor learning is embedded throughout the curriculum and we visit the outdoor classroom regularly throughout the term.


A comparison study - the UK and Kampong Ayer Children will be exploring and comparing the geography of two different countries. 

Art / Design Technology (DT)

Dragon puppets - the children will be exploring puppets and designing their own creation. 


Mrs Deeley will be visiting class once a week to share her musical expertise and deliver a music session to the children

Religious Education (RE)

Children will be learning about religious leaders and the work they do within the community. 


Personal, social, health and economic education (PSHE)


Physical Education (PE)*/Games

Catching skills 


*Please send children to school wearing their full PE Kit on their allocated PE day. 


  • Spellings – Friday
  • Cracking Times Tables – Monday
  • Reading – Every day
  • My Maths – Weekly
  • SPAG - Weekly