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Year 2

Home Learning Week 12 Shape

Home Learning Week 11 The Rainforest 

Home Learning Week 10 - Space

Home Learning Week 9 - Sports

Home Learning Week 8 - Under The Sea


Home Learning Week 7 - Celebrations

Home Learning Week 6 - The Environment


Welcome back after half term. I hope you all had a lovely week off and enjoyed the sunshine. This weeks home learning is all about 'The Environment'. On Friday 5th June it is World Environment Day, have a look at what activities you could do to join in with this day. I hope you enjoy this weeks home learning and can't wait to see all your work.


Mrs Vailionis

Home Learning Week 5 - Animals


Please find below this weeks learning all about animals. I hope you enjoy it and can't wait to see your work.


Don't forget you can still log on to Spelling Shed.

Home Learning Week 4 - Plants


This weeks Home Learning is all about 'Plants'. Hope you enjoy!  

Home Learning Week 3 - VE Day


This week our home learning is all about VE day.

Home Learning - Week 2 'Where I Live'


I hope you all enjoyed taking part in week one of the whole school themed home learning. I was extremely impressed with all the hard work you have been putting into your home learning. This week we want you to find out all about where you live and the wider community. Please keep me updated with your hard work via Class Dojo.


Home Learning - Week Beginning 20th April 


Week 1 - Theme My Family 


So this week we are starting a different whole school approach to your home learning. Each week you will be getting a home learning project- this week's project is all about your family and your place in it. The activities are across Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 meaning that you can work together in your family with your siblings. There are some really good activities for you to get involved in and I can't wait to see your finished products. Please continue to share your work with me via Dojo. Keep up the good work and I hope you enjoy these activities.  


What we expect you to be doing - 


  • Continue to watch Ruth Miskin Read Write Inc sounds on YouTube - Set 2 and Set 3
  • Reading - everyday books, magazines, comics
  • Spelling Shed - log in details will follow via Dojo



Below are still some useful links and ideas of activities you still might like to continue - that is absolutely fine. However please don't try and do to much.


Enjoy and I can't wait to see your work.


Mrs Vailionis 



I hope you all have had a lovely Easter, although a little different to usual. Here are some ideas and useful links to help support your child's learning over the Summer term. 


Phonics -

On You Tube Monday to Friday RWI are teaching a new speed sound lesson each day. Your child is currently learning Set 3 sounds. Set 3 sounds are taught at 10.30am and again at 1.30pm. Please encourage your child to participate.


Another useful website for phonics is Phonics Play -


PE -

Joe Wicks is doing a fun and very active PE lesson daily at 9am. It's a fantastic way to start the day and also very good for you.



Below is a link to a 'Talk for Writing' unit I would like the children to complete. The children have completed a few talk for writing units in year 1 and year 2 so most the concepts and the structure will be familiar.



For maths I would like the children to follow Hamilton Trust home learning planning. There are five weeks, please start at week 1. Remember maths is all around us - shape, number, addition and subtraction. Please support this by asking your child questions and challenging them.


Home Learning Project - 

Our geography unit this term was 'My World and Me'. Within this unit the children look at the UK and compare it with Ecuador.  

  • I would like the children to research the UK, looking at which four countries make up the UK.
  • I would like the children to research Capital city of the Uk. What is it like there? Are there any famous landmarks?
  • I would like the children to research famous landmarks across the Country.  
  • I would like children to research our climate and animals.

Once children have completed this research children could then bring all their facts together and produce a power point, a booklet, a leaflet, and information text,  or something different.


Art -

Linked to our geography unit I would like your child to choose a famous landmark in the UK and draw it. Moving on from this your child could make a 3D version of this, draw it outside in chalk or make a painting of the landmark. 


Useful Links -

Lots of websites are still offering free resources -

Twinkl resource website are also offering free access to parents during this time with the code UKTWINKLHELPS via







Home Support For Parents During Covid-19 Outbreak


As the Coronavirus spreads, we’re aware that more schools are closing and pupils’ learning is being disrupted. Parents, carers and teachers are looking for ways to ensure the continuity of education during school closures so that no children miss out on valuable learning time.

To support us during this period, Twinkl are offering every parent and carer free access to high-quality learning resources during this period of disruption.

Setting this up is really easy to do - go to and enter the code: UKTWINKLHELPS


Once logged in, you can access the KS1 resource option, which is located underneath the search bar of the website. This will then display a range of subjects taught within school. You can then select activities based on the topics outlined in our class description below, to link with the work that we have been doing in class. If you have a printer or access to one (e.g local library) these can be downloaded and printed free of charge.


Children can also access Spelling Frame free off charge. You will see there is a year 2 section. For each spelling rule there is a practice session and a spelling test. Please work through these spelling rules with your child.

Children also have access to purple mash. Children’s log in details are stuck in the front of their reading records.


In DT children have been working hard designing a moving vehicle, thinking about the different elements of a vehicle. Your child will come home with their design. Please could you work alongside your child supporting them to make this moving vehicle.


To support your child in maths you can count with your child daily in 2s, 5s and 10s. We have also been looking at mass, you can further embed this learning by baking with you child at home. You can discuss the different measurements you are using.

Open Ended Unit -


Our history unit this half term is Florence Nightingale. If your child would like they could do some research linked to this unit and create a final piece. This could be an information leaflet, a painting or a model.



Other useful websites -


Thank You


Mrs Vailionis 



Welcome to Year 2 2019-2020


Welcome to Year 2! Working in Year 2 this year is Mrs Vailionis, Mrs Jameson and Miss Blake. 


Year 2 is a very busy year and we will be working really hard towards SATs in May.


Literacy - We will be looking at journey stories, starting with Little Red Riding Hood. The children will be learning the story using a story map and then adapting it to re tell their own journey story.

Maths - We will be looking at place value and counting in 2s, 5s and 10s.

Geography - In topic we will be focusing on Geography for the first half term. Our unit is called 'At the Farm' we will investigate the different types of farms and we farms are so important. We also have a visit planned to Beeches Farm. 

Art - We will be looking at self portraits.

Science - We will be identifying living things, things that are dead and things that have never been alive. We will then move on to looking at habitats and which habitats suits which animal.

ICT - We will be continuing with our Coding skills. 



Geography - Let’s go on Safari in Kenya


In Geography we have looked at Kenya and where it is in the world. We identified the seven continents and the five oceans of the world. We then went on to look at Kenya in more depth. The children looked at the climate in Kenya and identified what they would need to pack if they were going on safari. Following on from this the children looked at different animals they would find in Kenya and where they would find them. The children have really enjoyed this unit and to bring everything together the children created this wonderful display. 

On Safari in Kenya

PSHE Dreams and Goals


In PSHE Year 2 have been looking at dreams and goals. To finish off our unit the children were given the challenge to work in groups to make an imaginary bird for ‘ A Garden of Dreams and Goals’ . The children worked cooperatively to create imaginary dream birds. Each group produced a fantastic dream bird. Well done Year 2

Dream birds

History - Guy Fawkes and The Gunpowder Plot


In history, children have been learning all about Guy Fawkes and the gunpowder plot. They discovered what he aimed to do, what he didn’t succeed doing and how we continue to celebrate the failed plot today by having Bonfire night.  This was a lovely display children produced with portraits of Guy Fawkes and acrostic poems they wrote. 

Guy Fawkes Display


n design and technology, children have been looking at lots of different types of puppets. They learnt about how puppets can be used. Children had to design their own finger puppet and evaluate it based on what worked and what didn’t and what they would change if they made another one.  This lead to children then making hand puppets where they had to sew to produce their design.

Roald Dahl Day

Supporting Macmillan


In class, we baked and we baked and we Baked, making delicious cakes for school to serve and sell at our annual Macmillan coffee morning raising money for a fantastic cause.



Beeches Farm Visit 


To start our Geography unit 'At the Farm' we visited Beeches Farm, suitiated on the outskirts of Carlisle. Beeches Farm is a dairy farm which supplies it's milk to Nestle. Whilst at the Farm the children saw a range of different animals including cows, bulls, hens, calves and a donkey. The children fed the hens and sheep. They also went into the milking parlour and learnt about the process the milk goes on and what milk can be used to make. The children thoroughly enjoyed the visit. 



In PE we have been focusing on our throwing and catching skills.

How to find Gold 


In literacy we used the book 'How to find Gold' and we acted out different parts of the story. The children worked really hard and their freeze frames were fantastic.

Arctic Adventures 


Our Topic this half term is Arctic Adventures. In history we will be looking at Inuit life, as well as different Arctic explorers. In Art we will be looking at Arctic landscapes. In DT we will be designing, testing and evaluating Inuit boats. In PE we will be looking at Inuit dance and dance sequences. 

We look forward to uploading lots of pictures and keeping you up to date with what we get up to in Year 2.


Mrs Vailionis 

WW1 Day


We had a brilliant day in Year 2 marking 100 years since the end of the war. The children came dressed up to school as evacuees and soldiers. The children decorated poppies and made persuasive posters to recruit soldiers.



Halloween Fun in Year 2


Year 2 had lots of fun celebrating Halloween. We played the flour game, where children had to use only their mouths to find the sweets. Then we did apple bobbing and made chocolate apples. The children really enjoyed their day. 



 The Story of Charlie


Year 2 were very lucky to have a visit from Sue Cove in September, who taught the children 'The Story of Charlie' through images and talking. The children have then practised these stories and performed them. We then used this as our model and the children adapted them and wrote their own version of the story. Here is our display showing the children's story maps. 

Welcome to Year 2 2018 - 2019!


We have lots of exciting things going on in Year 2 this year. We are starting with the topic 'Arctic Adventures'. We will be exploring what life is like in the Arctic now compared to life years ago. As a class we will also be exploring Inuits and their way of life. In science we will be exploring animals including humans. As a whole school we will also be looking at WW1 to mark 100 years since the end of the war. 

Earth Art


Earth Art has been a huge sucess in year 2. The children have collected lots of resources from home and made a range of products with them in school. The final product was a dreamcatcher. Here they are 


Our Target Tree 


In year 2 we like to aim high and we have set ourselves some targets for this half term. We are all working really hard towards meeting these targets. 



The Princess and The White Bear King 


Our book we have been focusing on this half term has been 'The Princess and White Bear King'. The children thoroughly enjoyed this book and producded some fantastic pieces of work including, diary entries, character descriptions, imaginative stories and made some super crowns. Here is our display.  

Sea Monsters


Our new power of reading book 'How to find Gold' is linked to our new topic 'Castles'. This week the children have been busy making sea monsters, using a range of different materials. Following on from this the children worked collaboratively in pairs to write instructions about how they made their sea monsters. 


Snow Day January 2018


The children had a fantastic morning playing out in the snow. They built snowmen and had snowball fights. 


Science - Living in Habitats


We are moving onto our new science topic, living in habitats. We started this unit by exploring what we already know. 


Freddie Fit 


The year 2 children were lucky to have a visit from 'Freddie Fit'. The children loved the activities and competing against each other. We look forward to bringing some of these activities into our weekly PE lessons. 


Our Christmas nativity - Baubles 


The year 1 and 2 children took part in the Christmas performance of Baubles. The children worked really hard learning their lines and the songs. The children were fantastic.




This half term we have been looking at what life was like as a Victorian and comparing it to life now. We have looked at hospitals and the differene in facilities and resources nowadays. Also we have looked at Florence Nightingale and the impact she had. 

We then went on a school trip to Beamish to find out what a Victorian school was like. We also looked at the homes and shops along a Victorian street as well as experiencing a Victorian style fun fair. 

Some children even got to meet Santa and his reindeers.

Here is an overview of all the objectives we will be covering in Year 2. 


Football Tournament


Some children from Year 2 took part in a football tournament at Netherhall School. The children played exceptionally well and won every match they played. They celebrated each goal scored in their own unique style, sitting on the floor and doing a celebration wave. 

A huge well done to the team. 


World Book Day


This year we celebrated World Book Day by coming to school dressed as our favourite book characters. We brought in our favourite books and took part in a whole school book swap. 

We took part in various competitons throughout the day. 

Valentine's Day


We enjoyed coming to school dressed in red and pink for Valentine's Day. We made Valentine's cards and buns. 


Postcards from Antarctica


We have been imagining that we have visitied Antarctica and writing postcards to family and friends about our experiences. We have created a display of our work.


Author week - Roald Dahl


As part of our author week on Roald Dahl the children became engrossed in Charlie and the Chocolate factory. We did lots of writing, with a focus on language choices to create effect. To finalise our work we invented our own chocolate creations. 

Spring term


Welcome to the Spring term. We hope you have had a lovely Christmas break. 

This term our new topic is Fire and Ice. 

During the first half term we will be focusing on Ice as this fits nicely with the winter season. 

During our literacy work we are going to be focusing on information texts. We will be mainly researching the Emperor penguin whose habitat is on the coldest and windiest continent on Earth, Antarctica! 

During topic work we will be reseaching the Polar regions. We will compare the Polar regions and discuss weather, landscapes, people and animals. We will also be looking at some people who have braved the harshest weather conditions of the Polar regions and their challenging expeditions to reach the poles!

During Science we will learning about animals including humans. 

Our maths this half term will focus on shape, sorting, number and place value and addition. 

As part of our design and technology we will be making hand puppets using sewing techniques. 

Our PE this half term is learning tag rugby skills.

In RE the children will be looking at bible stories and the morales of them. 


Beamish - Victorians (DEC 2016)


A part of our topic 'A long time ago' we studied the Victorian period. We looked at who Queen Victoria was, what life was like for some Victorian children and the Victorian Christmas. Queen Victoria's husband, Albert brought some Christmas traditions to our Country, in particular, the Christmas tree. 

We then went on a school trip to Beamish to find out what a Victorian school was like. We also looked at the homes and shops along a Victorian street as well as experiencing a Victorian style fun fair. 

Some children even got to meet Santa and his reindeers. 


Children in Need 2016


To help raise money for Children in Need this year we came to school dressed in this years theme of...Spots! 

We were even lucky enough to win a visit from Pudsey Bear. We sang for him and he judged our competition for the spottiest child in each class. 

We did lots of activities in class throughout the day. We even decorated spotty cakes.


Local History Week


As part of our local history week we have been to visit St Kentigern's church,which has been around for many years. The original church was built in the 6th or7th century and was awooden structure of Saxon origin. It was later replaced bya Norman church which was then taken down due to the growing population ofAspatria. In the late 1840's the church that sits there today was built.
We then decided to look at the work of artist Sheila Fell (1931-1979) who grew upin Aspatria and even went to Richmond Hill School.She did lots of paintings ofAspatria and worked with quite dark colours. She often painted oil on canvas orcharcoal on paper. We created drawings of the church and came back to schoolto use charcoal to create work in the style of Sheila Fell. The children used lightand dark to create effect. They have produced amazing work that we will bedisplaying in class.


Science Week


During science week we have been learning all about light and dark, includingidentifying natural and man-made sources of light, learning how shadows arecreated,looking at materials which do/do not allow light to passthrough and categorising these into materials which are opaque, transparent and translucent.

We have investigated the difference between light sources and reflections of light and carried out an experiment to test what kind of light we need to see reflective things more clearly. We found out that reflective materials are seen best in the dark with a light source is shining on them. 

We have also made shadow puppets for well known stories and performed theseto the class.