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Year 2

Our topic this half term is…

Welcome to our Year 2 class page.

Autumn 1: This term our topic is….

Why was the fire of London so great?

History – The Great Fire of London

Science – Everyday materials

Think about:

When did the fire start? Why did the fire start? Who started the fire? Did someone do it on purpose?

Why did a lot of the buildings burn? What were they made from? What would be the most effective material to build a house out of? Can you explain why?

If you were in the fire of London, what would you have done? Can you explain how the people who experienced the fire felt? Can you create a thought or speech bubble for someone who was in the fire?

Can you find out 10 interesting facts about The Great Fire of London? Have you ever visited London? What is it like today?

Can you create a collage of the great fire of London? What different materials can you find? Think carefully about the colours that you choose.

Our class texts

The baker’s boy and the Great Fire of London – When Will Farriner wakes to the sound of cracking flames and the smell of smoke, he knows something is terribly wrong! As his family escape the flames engulfing their bakery, Will realises he must stop the fire from spreading. But what can be done before all of London goes up in smoke?

What would you do if you were in Will Farriner’s situation? Explain how Will could feel at different parts of the story.

Author focus/study – Pail Fleischman, The Matchbox Diary

Supporting texts: London’s burning, Charlie and the great fire of London, Toby and the great fire of London, You wouldn’t want to be in the Great Fire of London!

This term, we will be thinking about:

  • Remembering, using and securing all of the Year 1 writing expectations – capital letters, finger spaces, adjective for description, full stops, exclamation marks, question marks and the careful use of phonics.
  • Coordinating and subordinating conjunctions – and, so, but, because, if, that, when, or
  • Expanded noun phrases and using appropriate vocabulary
  • Similie sentences – as, like
  • Commas in a list
  • Writing innovated stories based on our class texts
  • Non-Chronological report writing about The Great Fire of London
  • Sequencing events and stories – what happens first, second, next, last or finally? What other time connectives can you think of?
  • Maths – Number and place value: counting to 100, writing numbers in numerals and words, tens and ones, value of digits, comparing and ordering objects/numbers, counting in 2s, 5s and 10s, counting in 3s
  • Maths – Addition and subtraction: fact families, compare number sentences, bonds to 10 & 100, 10 more and 10 less, crossing and not crossing 10, adding 3 numbers
  • Maths – Money: notes and coins, comparing, counting the total, finding the difference, change, 2 step problems
  • Science – everyday materials – Setting up and conducting experiments on materials and investigating properties of materials.
  • Lots more fun and exciting things!

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 is also helpful to explain the End of Key stage One Statutory Assessments.


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


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/


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 sent every half term in a homework book. Please complete the starter section daily, and chose one task from the main or desert column.  Work should be handed in on a Thursday for marking.
  • Weekly spelling tests will take place on a Friday, and new spellings will be glued into home school links book 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 in their home school links book. Reading books will only be changed when it has been recorded that books have been read three times (unless I have told you otherwise).  Books will be changed on a Tuesday & Friday.
  • 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


View our Year 2 Long Term Plan here: Year 2 Long Term Plan 2022-23

Thanks for visiting our page!

Year 2, Miss Amison and Mrs Mason