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Year 2

Our topic this half term is…

Spring 2: This term our topic is….

 Would a meerkat like  to live in London?

Geography: differences between a place in England and place in a Non-European Country, 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)


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

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

Spring 2 – Would a meerkat like to live in London?

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