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Penguins - Year 2

Spring term 2024

Welcome Penguins to Year Two. I hope that you had an enjoyable half term break with your families. 

The theme for this half term is 'The Great Fire of London' The information below will let you and your parents know all about the learning that will take place.


English: The children will be learning through the wonderful story of Toby and the Great Fire of London. They will have opportunities to write character descriptions of pirates including questions to the pirates, write descriptions of imaginary treasure islands using noun phrases and expanded noun phrases, write a mini recount (diary write) about a day in the life of a pirate and write the complaints from the residents write messages to go in bottles to the pirates from the residents/Matilda to say thank-you/sorry.  By the end of the unit the children will have begun to master the use of 

  • writing subordinate sentences using because, when, if, that
  • writing statements, questions, exclamations and commands appropriately. 
  • past and present tense consistently in longer pieces of writing


Read, Write, Inc: Phonics will take place daily, following the Read, Write, Inc. scheme. These lessons will incorporate learning phonics sounds, reading, comprehension and spelling.


Maths: The unit yjis half term will be Properties of Shape and Fractions . By the end of the unit the children will have learned to

  • name and describe the properties of 2D and 3D shapes using mathematical vocabulary
  • Create and continue repeating patterns
  • Sort 2d and 3d shapes using their own criteria
  • Make equal shapes
  • Find and recognise half, quarter, a third and three quarters 
  • Recognise unit and non-unit fractions
  • Count in fractions
  • Understand equivalence in fractions


Science: The children will be finding out about the Living things and their habitats.


History: The children will be finding out about the events, causes and consequences of the Great Fore of London


DT: The children will be developing their skills in designing and building homes


Religion and Worldviews: The focus will be on Easter as a Christian celebration


Computing: This half term the children will be looking at Multimedia: Taking and editing photos, videos and sound recordings.

Music: The children will learn to sing and play tuned and untuned musical instruments linked to 'Space'


PE will take place on Monday and Friday

Rugby Tots and Invasion Games


Homework will continue to be set every Friday. It will be set on Google Classroom and should be returned by the following Friday. MyMaths is an online site that is used for some maths based activities from Year 2 to 6.


Reading books will be changed every Friday. There will be one RWI book or a linked book at their level. Please encourage your child to re-read books to develop speed and fluency. You should also ask them lots of questions to develop their comprehension as this is very important at Year 2. 


Any questions please let me know either at the door, make an appointment or via email at


Mr Simon


Reading questions to ask at home