Welcome to Dove Bank

Year 2

Our topic this half term is…

Spring 1: This term our topic is….

Would you rather meet David Attenborough or Steve Irwin?

History – Lives of significant individuals in the past and present who have contributed to national and international developments.

Science – Animals including humans


Think about:

Who would you like to meet? Why?

Why are these two people so important? What did they do/are they doing in their life that is so important?

If you could work with animals, what type of animals would you like to work with?

Can you find out any interesting facts about Steve Irwin or David Attenborough?

What do animals need to survive? Do you know any baby animals? What do they grow into? Why is exercise important? What is a healthy diet?



Extra activities to try at home

To see information about Year 2 SATs that take place in the Summer Term, please click here: Year 2 SATs Video

Information for parents document



Our class texts

The three little wolves and the big bad pig, Eugene Trivizas – The three little wolves first build a solid brick house. The big bad pig comes along and when huffing and puffing fails to work, he uses a sledgehammer to bring the house down. Next they build a home of concrete. The pig demolishes it with his drill. The three little wolves choose an even stronger design next time round. They build a house made of steel, barbed wire and armour plates with a video entry system, but the pig finds a way to demolish it too. It is only when the wolves construct a rather fragile house made of cherry blossoms, daffodils, pink roses, and marigolds that the pig has a change of heart.

What would you do if you were in the Wolves’ situation? Explain how they might feel at different parts of the story.


Wolves, Emily Gravett – Rabbit borrows a book about wolves from the library. He can’t put it down! But soon a sinister figure with sharp claws and a bushy tail starts to creep right off the pages. You won’t believe your eyes – but if you’re a rabbit, you probably should.

Author focus/study – Roald Dahl, Fantastic Mr Fox

Supporting texts: Who is afraid of the big bad book?, Mr Wolf’s Pancakes, Guess who’s coming for dinner, Greedy Fox

This term, we will be thinking about:

  • Coordinating and subordinating conjunctions – and, so, but, because, if, that, when, or
  • Expanded noun phrases, magic threes and appropriate vocabulary
  • Similie sentences – as, like
  • Commas in a list
  • Apostrophes for possession and omission
  • –less, ness, -ful, -ment, -ly words
  • Writing innovated stories based on our class texts
  • Recount writing – diary
  • Sequencing events and stories – what happens first, second, next, last or finally? What other time connectives can you think of?
  • Maths – Place Value: Partitioning, number lines, estimating where numbers should go on a number line, counting in jumps of ten from any number.
  • Maths – Addition and subtraction –
  • Maths – Geometry, properties of shape – Recognise & sort 2D & 3D shapes, properties of shapes (faces, edges, vertices), lines of symmetry, patterns using 2D & 3D shapes
  • Maths – Fractions – Make equal parts, recognise/find half, recognise/find a quarter, recognise/find a third, unit fractions, non-unit fractions, equivalent fractions, find three quarters, count in fractions
  • Science – living things and their habitats, where different animals live and why
  • Lots more fun and exciting things!

Links to important and useful websites: 

Play some great English and Maths learning games here: http://www.ictgames.com/

Times table Rockstars: http://play.ttrockstars.com/

Purple Mash: http://www.purplemash.com/sch/dove-st7

Reading Eggs: http://readingeggs.co.uk/gaw/branded?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIqLHy-u3K7AIVBbDtCh3UHAo8EAAYASAAEgIV2_D_BwE

Showbie: https://www.showbie.com/

To see a suggested reading list for Year 2 children,  click here: https://schoolreadinglist.co.uk/reading-lists-for-ks1-school-pupils/suggested-reading-list-year-2-pupils-ks1-age-6-7/

To see our Spring 1 homework menu: Spring 1 Homework menu

Key information for parents:

  • PE kits should be in school and kept on pegs. These will be sent home half termly to be washed and returned
  • Homework menus will be uploaded to Showbie. Please complete the starter section daily, and chose one task from the main or desert column.  Work should be submitted/handed in on a Thursday for marking on Showbie.
  • Weekly spelling tests will take place on a Friday, and new spellings will be uploaded to Showbie for the following week. Please practice daily (ensuring that your child understands the meaning of the word, too).
  • Reading should be happening at home daily, and this should be recorded on Showbie. Reading books will only be changed when it has been recorded that books have been read twice (unless I have told you otherwise).  Books will be changed on a Tuesday & Thursday.
  • Water bottles should be in school and will be washed  daily. They will be sent home each half term for washing.
  • Times tables should be practised at home daily – 2, 3, 5 and 10 times tables

PE & Wellbeing Links

Health for kids

Here are some apps that might be useful for your child’s mental wellbeing (please check that they are suitable and meet the needs of your child first)


If you have any questions, please email me on g.amison@dovebank.staffs.sch.uk

To see our Year 2 Topic webs and knowledge organisers, click below:

Autumn 1 – Why was the fire of London so great?

GFOL History knowledge organiser year 2

Everyday materials knowledge organiser year 2

Spring 1 – Would you rather meet David Attenborough or Steve Irwin

Steve Irwin and David Attenborough Knowledge Organiser

Animals inc humans knowledge organiser year 2

Autumn 2 – Where in the world are we

Where in the world are we Knowledge Organiser

View our Year 2 Long Term Plan here: Year 2 Long Term Plan 2021-22

Thanks for visiting our page!

Year 2, Miss Amison, Miss Smart and Mrs Mason