Year 2

Weekly News

7th October 2019 - This week Paddington finally left the school.  He set off with his suitcase filled with the lovely stories the children wrote about him.  He did leave behind his brother, Paddington the Second, who will be hoping to visit all the children at their homes during the course of the year.  As the children wrote such amazing stories for him, Paddington left one of his favourite stories from another culture, Handa's Surprise.  The children loved the story so much that they decided to write their own versions of the text and they are currently getting these ready to type on to the computer and create stories with basic animations.  They are hoping to share these with Year R next week.  Keep posted for an update on how they got on!


Handa's Surprise is set in Africa and the children realised that the physical and human features in Africa where very different compared to the ones they could see on Kings Hill.  Handa let us know that she was hoping to come to Kings Hill soon, so the children set out on a walk around Kings Hill so they could find out all the human and physical features that surround the school.  Once they got back to the school, they then used these features to create a map for Handa, so she doesn't get lost when she arrives.  They also mapped out all the things they could see at the cricket pitch using compass directions to help them work out where everything was.  The children all had an amazing day exploring Kings Hill but they were very tired from all the walking when they got back! Have a look at how the walk went in the pictures below.

The Year Two team are made up of:


Edison Class: 

  • Mr Hipkiss, Class Teacher (Year 2 and Year 3 Phase Leader) Mrs Grieve Class Teacher (Thursday for Mr Hipkiss' Leadership release time)


  • Mrs Palmer, Edison Class Teaching Assistant.

Edison class is located at the front of the school.  In the morning, children can come in through the black gate by the Reception classrooms and turn immediately left.  At the end of the day, parents can collect the children from outside the classroom and gain access to the school through the same gate.


Attenborough Class: 

  • Mrs Serantes-McCormack, Class Teacher (Phonics Leader)


  • Miss Cook-Allen, Attenborough Class Teaching Assistant (Monday)
  • Mrs Corby, Attenborough Class Teaching Assistant (Tuesday - Friday)

Attenborough class is located at the back of the school near the rear entrance to the school office.  In the morning, children can come in through the main gate by the bike racks.  They will need to travel round the back of Hubble and Archimedes classrooms and then it is the fourth classroom along. At the end of the day, parents can collect the children from outside the classroom and gain access to the school through the same gate.


Bell Class: 

  • Miss Roe, Class Teacher (KS1 Science Leader)


  • Mrs Catt, Bell Class Teaching Assistant

Bell class is located at the back of the school near the rear entrance to the school office.  In the morning, children can come in through the main gate by the bike racks.  They will need to travel round the back of Hubble and Archimedes classrooms and then it is the third classroom along. At the end of the day, parents can collect the children from outside the classroom and gain access to the school through the same gate.


If you have any questions please do not hesitate to come and speak to one of us.

Our topics for the year are as follows:


Term 1 - Marvellous Me


English: key text - Paddington Bear.  We will use this to inspire the children to write their own stories and sets of instructions.

Mathematics: We will be looking at place value as well as different methods for addition and subtraction

  • History - Studying a significant local person (Kelly Holmes) as well as looking at changes during the children's lifetimes  
  • Geography - Studying the local area as well as developing map reading skills
  • Music - Exploring how we can make different sounds using our bodies  
  • Art - Looking at work the of Alberto Giacometti and creating line drawing and sculptures inspired by his work
  • Science - Looking at the needs of humans and different animals.  This will include studying how animals grow and change over time as well as how to keep humans healthy.
  • Computing - Typing and using technology of different purposes including sending secure and appropriate emails
  • PSHE - Learning about the importance of a Growth Mindset and how this can impact upon a child's learning as well as exploring the range of human emotions
  • RE - Looking at the religion of Islam and the beliefs of Muslims 
  • PE - Outdoor sport - football. Indoor activity - dance
  • D&T - Learning about the importance of a healthy diet as well as how to safely grate, peel and chop food


Term 2 & 3 - Time Travel

English: key text - Plague and The Great Fire by The National Archives.  We will use this to inspire the children to write imaginative recounts through the eyes of people from this time.  They will also write short descriptive accounts and stories based on this time in history.


Mathematics: We will be looking at money, multiplication, division and time as well as revisiting addition and subtraction.  There will be an increased focus on problem solving and reasoning this term.

  • History - Studying the events of The Plague as well as The Great Fire of London
  • Geography - Looking at how London has changed over time and the influence that The Great Fire had on the rebuilding of London
  • Music - Exploring how we can write notes in different ways and then record compositions using a range of technology
  • Art - Using a range of skills for different purposes, including exploring tones, using colour on a large scale, cut & shape fabric using scissors and manipulating malleable materials
  • Science - Exploring materials and their properties
  • Computing - Recording video and sound for a purpose, developing research and searching skills as well as creating and exploring presentations in PowerPoint
  • PSHE - Looking at how we can keep ourselves safe at home, school and in the local environment as well as learning the importance of safe searching online
  • RE - Looking Christian and Jewish beliefs and traditions as well as the Christian Christmas story
    • Topic question - What can we learn from sacred books?
  • PE - Outdoor sport term 2 - tennis. Indoor activity term 2 - dance
    • Outdoor sport term 3 - tag rugby. Indoor activity term 3 - infant agility
  • D&T - Exploring different types of stitch and how to join materials as well as designing a bag to suit a purpose


Terms 4 and 5 - Intrepid Explorers

English: key text - 'Where the Forest Meets the Sea' by Jeannie Baker.  This is a wonderful picture book based on a boy's adventure on an island.  It makes him consider the past of and possible future for the island. The text is used to inspire the children to write in the present and past tense as well as use noun phrases for description. We will also be using 'The Tunnel' by Anthony Browne to start off our journey into 'Intrepid Explorers'.


Mathematics: We will be looking at fractions, 2D and 3D shapes, reading scales as well as revisiting the four operations.

  • History - Comparing the lives of modern explorers with those from many years ago
  • Geography - Looking at how the local area compares to a country outside of Europe as well as learning the continents and oceans of the world
  • Music - Children will be devising their own musical sequences, taking into account elements, such as speed, volume and beat
  • Art - Investigating how colour tones can be used on a large scale.  Creating multi-media images as well as exploring different ways of creating texture
  • Science - Looking at the needs and development of different plants & how animals adapt to different environments
  • Computing - Developing effective questions for internet searches as well as further developing the children's use of control technology through the use of algorithms.
  • PSHE - Looking at how we can look after our home and the wider environment
  • RE - Comparing places of worship and identifying the special objects and symbols within them as well as studying the Easter story
    • Topic question - What makes some places sacred?
  • PE - Outdoor sport term 4 - Kwik cricket. Indoor activity term 4 - multi-skills
    • Outdoor sport term 5 - Kwik cricket. Indoor activity term 5 - athletics


Term 6 - Mini-beasts


English: During English this term, Year 2 will be using a text called 'Mad about mini-beats' to inspire riddle writing.  The classes will also be reading the text 'Superworm' to inspire discussion about measuring.  This will link nicely to our maths topic of measuring.  The children will also be studying the text 'The Very Busy Spider' which will also inspire writing, discussion and a D&T project.  They will continue to look at writing short narratives as well as writing about personal experiences.


Mathematics: The children will be looking at measuring different real life amounts and distances.  The children will be creating catapults in D&T and use the distances travelled to measure accurately in centimetres.  They will also go on mini-beast hunts around the school and use this to create tables and bar graphs.  The children will also look at how to give accurate change when spending money.


  • Computing - Creating and amending bar graphs.  Creating branching databases and identifying things by using specific questions.
  • D&T - Investigating, designing and evaluating catapults powered by levers.
  • Music - Exploring patterns and repetition in music.
  • Art - Drawing lines from observations and investigate tone by shading different objects.  Experimenting with joining recycled, man-made and natural materials.  Experiment with arranging, folding, repeating, overlapping and patterns.  Explore the work of different artists and designers.
  • Science - Living things and their habitats
  • PSHE - Discussing how children change over time and what we can learn about from the past as we move forward.  Looking at disabilities and how people completing in the Paralympics have overcome challenges.  To know that other families might be similar or different to mine.
  • RE - Comparing places of worship and identifying the special objects and symbols within them as well as studying the Easter story
    • Topic question - How should we care for others and the world and why does it matter?
  • PE - Outdoor sport - Tri-Golf
    • Outdoor sport - Rounders


If you would like to find out any more about the curriculum for any year group, please contact Miss Baker (Curriculum Leader and Deputy Headteacher) on

Key Dates

9th October 2019 - Kings Hill Map Making Walk

16th December 2019 - Christingle Service

17th December 2019 - Class Christmas Parties

18th December 2019 - Carols on the Playground

3rd February 2020 - Trip to Kent Life

4th June 2020 - Zoolab Visit

7th July 2020 - Bell Class Assembly

14th July 2020 - Edison Class Assembly

21st July 2020 - Attenborough Class Assembly

Reading and Phonics

Throughout Key Stage 1, the children will be asked to read every night for their homework.  The school has a book scheme that is grouped into different stages.  These books are from a number of different publishers and school book schemes to enable the children to develop a love of reading a wide range of texts.  The children are encouraged to read every night for their homework.  Once they complete the book scheme, they will become a 'Free Reader' and will be able to select books from the classroom to read at home, under the guidance of the class teacher or teaching assistant.


In Year 2, the children continue to develop their use of phonics into spelling and we follow the spelling program 'No Nonsense Spelling'.  The children will look at a variety of spelling rules for different phonemes as well as working on spelling the common exception words for Year 2. This year we are introducing a reading challenge which will encourage the children to read for at least 10 minutes every night.

Information for Parents

Provision Map

A whole school provision map outlining all the interventions taking place in the school will be uploaded to the school website.  If you have questions about any of the provision that is taking place for your child, please ask a member of the Year 2 team.

A friendly reminder

In Year Two, please remember to bring in the following items labelled with your child's name:


  • PE Kit, navy shorts, Discovery School T-Shirt, plimsolls/trainers, tracksuit (especially as it gets cooler), spare pair of socks and a hair band. These are really important for girls who come to school wearing tights or with their hair down.
  • Wellington boots, if the weather is really bad.
  • A spare set of clothes in a separate bag (for toilet accidents and falls in the playground).
  • In the colder weather hats, gloves and a scarf are needed and in the warmer weather sun hats and sun cream will be required.  The school does provide sun hats, if you do not wish to send one in for your child.


In Year Two, we will endeavour to look at the children's school reading books every day, therefore, please ensure your child brings in their reading book and record. As far as possible, books will be changed every day but please be aware that there will be times when this is not possible.  We are aware that sometimes only a page or chapter is read.  This is absolutely fine but please still bring in the reading record as we like to look at what reading has taken place.


We will continue to give maths homework in the form of Big Maths. We will hand out practise sheets as and when the children request them, we do not need the practise sheets to be handed back to us. Each week the children will be timed to see how many questions they can complete, their achievements will be celebrated and their sheet sent home so you can see their progress.


On this page there is a list of the Year 2 Common Exception Words. These are the words the children are expected to be able to read and spell correctly by the end of Year 2. Please spend time practising these words, reading and spelling them. We won't be testing the children on them but we will expect to see them being spelt correctly in their learning.

Parent Helpers

If you have any spare time (half an hour or an hour) and you would like to help in class by listening to children read, filing work or preparing displays, please speak to your child's class teacher as we would really LOVE to have as many helpers as possible.  If you are interested in being a parent helper, please can speak to the office to arrange a DBS check.



Thank you

What Year 2 have been up to this term

30th September 2019 - This week the children are writing stories for Paddington to take with him on his next adventure.  They are changing parts of the original Paddington story and thinking about different problems he can face at the train station and when he arrives at Mr and Mrs Brown's house.  We hope that he enjoys reading them when he leaves the school!


In topic, the children are preparing to go for their walk around Kings Hill next week.  So, we are building up the skills they will need.  On Monday, the children learnt about what physical and human features are in geography.  They went on an exciting journey around the school to find all the different human and physical features that they could find.  They realised that there was many more human features around our school as it was all built by humans!  Later in the week, we will be starting to learn map reading and drawing skills.


In maths, the children have been exploring different numbers bonds and made posters out of what they found out using i-pads.  Have a look at how they got on below.

23rd September 2019 - This week finally saw the arrival of Paddington Bear at The Discovery School.  He announced his arrival in Edison class by leaving a trail of marmalade covered breadcrumbs across the classroom.  The children followed the trail and found him hiding in the suitcase he dropped off for them last week.  In the suit case he had a Paddington story book and he left a note asking the children to learn the story.  The children were all extremely exciting by his arrival.  


After a few days, Paddington started to complain that he was getting hungry and asked if the children could make him some marmalade.  The children learnt how to peel and grate safely and hygienically.  They then used these skills to make some delicious marmalade for him.  However, Paddington is a very fussy bear and he won't eat boring looking marmalade.  So, he asked them to create him an exciting label to make him want to eat it.  He was very grateful for the children's hard work and is no longer hungry.  The children had a fantastic time making the marmalade too.  Below are some pictures of children's finished products.

16th September 2019 - The children were extremely excited this week to receive a suitcase and a letter from Paddington Bear.  Paddington's letter sent them off on an exciting fact finding hunt.  The children then sent him e-mails to find out more about him.  Paddington then requested that the children write fact files about him before his arrival in the school.  The children can't wait to meet him when he arrives!