Welcome to unicorn class (Year 2)

Our class  teacher is Mr Hanlon; he is supported by Mrs Doyne and Mrs Hoyle. Miss Robinson will teach the class on Friday mornings.

April 2019 

Welcome back to school and the start of the Summer term. This half term, although only 4 weeks long, is already packed. Being Y2 means, of course, SAT's tests during May. We will be doing Maths early on, so that we can then look at plugging gaps in knowledge and skills or extending as the case may be. We will also look at practical ways to solve problems.

Reading will be done later in May to give us the chance to read as much as possible. Keep reading at home every day, it is so important! Reading groups in school will be used to develop information retrieval and inferential skills.

In English we will be looking at non-chronological report writing. We will begin by doing an unaided piece of writing about our favourite animal which must include certain information, such as habitat, diet, appearance and any other relevant information. We will then look at a non chronological report about a polar bear, with a view to writing our own reports on different animals.

We are very lucky to have been selected to learn a musical instrument through Calderdale's School Music Service. As such, we will have a recorder lesson every afternoon for 10 weeks. To exploit this, we will be looking at Sound in Science.

As always, my door is open for any queries or questions, so please feel free to come and see me or grab me in the playground after school. 

February 2019

Welcome back to school to glorious weather. Let's hope it lasts! Hopefully you have all had a lovely, restful holiday and are raring to go! Our topic this half term is 'Land Ahoy', and we will be learning not just about pirates, but also real life explorers such as Captain Cook. We will look at world maps to plot journeys. We will also look at different habitats in different parts of the world.  

In Maths this term we will be continuing the 2, 5 and 10 times tables in Times Table Rock Stars. Playing Hit the Button regularly is a wonderful way to reinforce these facts. We will begin with time, especially o'clock, quarter and half past, and quarter to. We will also look at 5 minute intervals. We then move on to fractions of shapes, objects and numbers, identifying and finding half, quarter, three quarters, and recognising equivalence of two quarters and one half. Lastly we will look at measuing length and height.   We will follow the White Rose  Maths Hub planning.

In English we will be continuing with our phonics, revising all sounds and applying them to spelling. Where appropriate we will continue with the Year 2 Spelling programme.  We will also be learning about writing instructions, and we will end up writing instructions on how to trap a pirate.


As always, my door is open for any queries or questions, so please feel free to come and see me or grab me in the playground after school. 


During Key Stage 1, there is a big focus on developing basic number skills. That means securing a good understanding of place value, and recognising number bonds to 20. Practising these skills frequently will help children’s mathematical thinking throughout school. Number bonds are essential to the understanding of maths. Children in Year 2 learn their number bonds to 20, that is being able to quickly recall the total of any two numbers up to 20, e.g. 5 + 9 = 14, rather than having to count on to find the answer, and to infer that if, eg, 6 + 3 = 9, then 16 + 3 = 19. At the end of Year 2, all children will sit the National Curriculum Tests for Key Stage 1. However they are also assessed on the evidence in their books.

Number and Place Value

  • Recognise place value in two-digit numbers, e.g. knowing that the 1 in 17 represents 10 and write numbers up to 100 as words
  • Partition 2 digit numbers in different ways eg; 57 can be partitioned into 50 and 7, 40 and 17, 30 and 27, 20 and 37 and 10 and 47
  • Count in 2s, 5s and 10s from zero
  • Compare and order numbers up to 100
  • Place numbers on an empty number line
  • Use the < and > symbols to represent the relative size of numbers


  • Recall number bonds up to 20 fluently
  • Add and subtract numbers mentally and using objects, including two-digit numbers
  • Show that adding two numbers can be done in any order, but subtracting cannot (commutative)
  • Recognise that addition and subtraction are inverse operations
  • Learn the multiplication and division facts for the 2x, 5x and 10x tables
  • Show that multiplying two numbers can be done in any order, but dividing cannot
  • Solve problems using the x and ÷ symbols


  • Find ¼ , 2/4, 3/4, 1/3 and 2/3 of an object/quantity or number
  • Find the answer to simple fraction problems, such as finding ½ of 6


  • Use standard units to measure length (centimetres and metres), mass (grams and kilograms), temperature (degrees Celsius) and capacity (millilitres and litres)
  • Read scales where not all the numbers are given
  • Use the £ and p symbols for money amounts
  • Combine coins in different combinations to make a given value, for example to make 45 pence
  • Read and write the time on an analogue clock to quarter past, half past and quarter to the hour, then read time in 5 minute intervals if appropriate
  • Know the number of minutes in an hour and hours in a day


  • Identify the number of sides and a line of symmetry on 2-d shapes
  • Identify the number of faces, edges and vertices on 3-d shapes
  • Use mathematical language to describe position and direction, including rotations and turns

Graphs and Data

Construct and understand simple graphs such as bar charts and pictograms



Speaking and Listening

The Spoken Language objectives are set out for the whole of primary school, and teachers will cover many of them every year as children’s spoken language skills develop. In Year 2 some focuses may include:

  • Articulate and justify answers and opinions
  • Give well-structured explanations and narratives, for example in show-and-tell activities

Reading Skills

  • Read words aloud confidently, without obvious blending or rehearsal
  • Learn letter patterns so that decoding becomes fluent and secure by the end of Year 2
  • Blend letter sounds, including alternative patterns, e.g. recognising ‘ue’ as the ‘oo’ sound
  • Read aloud words which contain more than one syllable
  • Recognise common suffixes, such as –ing and –less
  • Read words which don’t follow phonetic patterns, such as ‘one’ and ‘who’
  • Become familiar with a wide range of fairy stories and traditional tales
  • Discuss favourite words and the meaning of new words
  • Check that what has been read makes sense, and self correct reading where necessary
  • Make predictions about what might happen next in a story

Writing Skills

  • Form letters of the appropriate size, using capital letters where appropriate
  • Use appropriate spaces between words when writing
  • Begin to use joins between letters where needed
  • Spell longer words by breaking them into their sound parts
  • Learn to spell some common homophones, recognising the difference between them
  • Use the possessive apostrophe in simple phrases, such as ‘the boy’s football’.
  • Write about real events and personal experiences
  • Plan out writing in advance, including by writing down key words
  • Re-read writing to check that it makes sense and to make corrections, including punctuation
  • Use question marks, exclamation marks, apostrophes and commas in lists
  • Use the present and past tenses correctly in writing
  • Begin to write longer sentences by using conjunctions, such as ‘and’,’ but’, ‘if’ or ‘because’ Homophones are words which sound the same, such as ‘blue’ and ‘blew’, or ‘one’ and ‘won’