Welcome to Dove Bank

Year 2

Our topic this half term is…

 Would a meerkat like  to live in London?

Geography: differences between a place in England and place in a Non-European c0untry, identify physical features

Knowledge organiser: Meerkat & London

Science – Living things and their habitats

Knowledge organiser: Living things and their habitats knowledge organiser year 2


 Think about:

Where would you prefer to live? Why?

What makes a good habitat for a penguin? Think carefully about what they need to survive.

If you could work with animals, what type of animals would you like to work with? If you could have any animal living at home with you, what would it be? What would you need to help the animal survive?

Can you find out any interesting facts about Penguins, the South Pole or London?

What habitats do different animals live in? Why? What makes a habitat a good place for different types of animals to live?

Our class texts

Lost and found, Oliver Jeffers – There once was a boy and one day a penguin arrives on his doorstep. The boy decides the penguin must be lost and tries to return him. But no one seems to be missing a penguin. So the boy decides to take the penguin home himself, and they set out in his row boat on a journey to the South Pole. But when they get there, the boy discovers that maybe home wasn’t what the penguin was looking for after all.

Meerkat Mail, Emily Gravett – Sunny the meerkat lives with his enormous family in the Kalahari desert. They are all very close . . . so close, in fact, that one day Sunny decides it’s just too crowded and packs his bags. He’s off to visit his mongoose cousins. But from the watery world of the Marsh Mongoose to the nocturnal lifestyle of the Malagasy Mongoose, Sunny just doesn’t fit in. And who’s that shadowy figure who seems to be following him around?

Author focus/study – Roald Dahl (Esiotrot & The giraffe, the pelly and me)

Links to important and useful websites: 

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 2 homework menu, click here: Spring 2 Homework menu

There are no Year 2 SATs officially taking place this year, however we will use the usual Year 2 end of year expectations to make judgements on your child’s progress. It is essential that we all do our best to prepare your child for their move to Key Stage 2 in September 2021.

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 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. Reading books should be in school every day. 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 v.hibberd@dovebank.staffs.sch.uk

To see our Year 2 Topic webs, click below:

Autumn 1 – Why was the fire of London so great? Autumn 2 – Where in the world are we? Spring 1 – Would you rather meet David Attenborough or Steve Irwin?
Spring 2 – Would a meerkat like to live in London? Summer 1 Summer 2

View our Year 2 Long Term Plan here: 2020 & 21 New LTP – website

Thanks for visiting our page!

Year 2, Miss Hibberd, Mrs Mason & Miss Emma