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Year 2 - Bumblebee Class

Welcome to our year 2 class page!


Bumblebee Class children are taught by

Mrs Cousins with Mrs Goodger and Miss Ruhomutally.



This page will become a vital 'pit stop' for you to visit and find out what your child is learning at school. You'll find lots of important information about your child's school experiences and photographs of our classroom learning. 


Don't forget to check our Class Dojo page too.

 We share lots of photographs and videos of our learning on Class Dojo, you will get notifications when your child is awarded Dojo points and you can find helpful links for homework, phonics practice and maths games! Class Dojo also has a handy messaging window where you can ask questions about your child's work and we can send reminders and helpful messages about what your child is doing in school.


We look forward to seeing you soon!



Our school day begins at 8.45 and finishes at 3.30.

 Bumblebee children will enter school via the far gate (just by our classroom) we will be waiting outside to greet the children and welcome them into class.


Bumblebee Class will have PE on Tuesday and Friday. Children should bring a named school PE kit in a PE bag and will be encouraged to change for PE independently. Please tie long hair up and remove any jewelry before attending school.


We will visit the school library every Friday. Children will be invited to change their books on a weekly basis.



What will my child do in Year 2?


Developing literacy skills

In English, the children will continue to work on the phonics they have learned in Year 1, aiming to read words by sight without having to sound them out individually. They will learn further spelling patterns and rules, and begin to apply those in their writing. They will look at the possessive apostrophe, homophones and near homophones and suffixes.

There will be a more detailed focus on handwriting, with children encouraged to form their letters correctly, learn which letters are to be joined and make letters a consistent size. Children will learn to write for a range of purposes including stories, poetry and real events.


Grammar is a hot topic in Year 2! Children this age are expected to understand the following terms, to be able to spot them in their reading and apply them in their writing:

Noun, adjective, adverb, suffix, subordination, noun phrase, past tense, present tense, statement, question, exclamation, command, capital letter, full stop, question mark, exclamation mark, compound sentence and expanded noun phrase.


Pupils will be expected to know the number bonds to 20 and be precise in using and understanding place value. They will learn to add and subtract with numbers up to 1000. They will learn multiplication and division facts for the 2, 3, 4, 5 and 10 times-tables. In fractions, they will find 1/3, 1/4 1/2 and 3/4 of a shape or a quantity of objects. They will study measures, including weight, capacity and length, and they will learn to tell the time to five minutes. They will also study properties of 2D and 3D shapes, as well as a range of data-handling methods such as bar charts and pictograms. The new curriculum ‘mastery’ style of teaching concentrates on breadth of knowledge and children will be encouraged to use their understanding of the new concepts to solve challenges to deepen their understanding.


Science in Year 2 is engaging and fun. Expect your child to learn about living things and their habitats, plants, animals (including humans) and uses of everyday materials. They will also learn how to work scientifically, how to observe closely, and how to record their observations.

How can I help my child in Year 2?

Help them understand what they read

Hear your child read often, daily if possible, but also remember it is just as important for your child for you to model reading to them. Children learn a lot from the way we read aloud and we can encourage them to see how the author's use of punctuation changes the way we read their work. Think about pointing out statements, commands, questions or exclamations when reading with your child. You might want to use a range of voices to show how types of sentences and punctuation can be read in different ways.As reading comprehension is so important this year, checking your child's understanding of the book they are reading is an excellent way to support them. Asking questions about the plot such as: 'What might happen next? Why do you think the boy is feeling sad? What sort of mood is being created?' will help them to engage with their reading on a deeper level.

Practise spellings with them

Your child will bring home a list of spellings on Monday that we are focussing on in class for that week, it would be useful to talk through the words with them, which sounds are in them? Do they know what they mean? Can they say they them in the context of a sentence? You could display them in a space where they will look at them everyday such as on a fridge or a bedroom wall.

Real-life maths

Any opportunity to use maths in a real-life context is really useful. For example, ask them to help you pay for goods or calculate change when shopping. This will help to develop their reasoning and problem solving skills. Learning to tell the time, especially to five minutes, is another great way to support your child's learning at home; this also links neatly to their counting in 5s in the 5 times-table.

Perhaps most importantly for maths, you can help your child at home by practising their times tables (2,3,4 5 and 10) regularly. There are many different ways you can do this, but it is beneficial if your child can use and apply this knowledge — for example, not just knowing that 10 x 2 is 20, but also realising that 20 divided by 2 is 10. You could use journey time to school to give your child fun times table challenges. You can also make up word problems relating times-tables facts to real life

Encouraging independence

Finally, you can develop their independence at home by encouraging your child to get ready for school on their own, giving them some responsibilities such as feeding/taking care of pets, tidying up or organising their belongings more independently. This will help enormously as they move up through the school!

Our class learning over the school year...

In Autumn 1 we learn about minibeasts through our topic called 'Who would live in a house like this?' Children investigate a range of minibeasts, we learn about habitats, food chains and camouflage in science. We go out on 'bug hunts' and notice the differences in the changing season. Perhaps you could look for insects in their microhabitats at home and in the garden!

Look out for lots of updates and photographs of our learning on our Class Dojo page!


During Autumn 2 the children will ask 'How do Great Yarmouth and Tanji in The Gambia compare? 

Children will reflect on life in their home town and compare this with the experiences the people of Tanji have. We look at the geographical similarities and differences between the two locations and learn about foods, traditions and history. 

The children will share lots of stories based on the countries in which the towns are found and will develop their story writing in literacy.  

Children will also spend time focusing on their phonics awareness in preparation for the Phonics Screening checks this half term.

We will also be practicing our Christmas singing! 

Check our Class Dojo page for lots more information, updates and photographs!

Spring term 1


Who should be most famous?


In our spring term topic we will be learning about some significant people in history. We will compare these people and the reasons as to why they are famous with current famous people that the children will be very familiar with. Children will decide who should be the most famous and why!


Perhaps you could start researching some key historical figures? 

Admiral Horatio Nelson

Rosa Parks

Emily Davison

Perhaps you would like to find out more about other key figures in history! Share your ideas, facts and drawings with us in January! 

Our big question for Spring Term 2 is.... Where would you rather live, Greenland or Sri Lanka?

The children will be learning about two very different countries. We will focus on developing our geography skills as we learn about the countries, we will find out about the human and physical features, the similarities and differences and what we like or don't like about the contrasting places. 

We will explore what life is like for the people who live there, learn about the weather and seasonal changes and consider where we might choose to live!

Our Art and Design work will reflect that of the countries we are studying, we will look at the history of the countries and consider the main religious beliefs followed by the people who live there. 

The focus for Summer 1 was very special this year...we celebrated the Platinum Jubilee! 

Children learned about Queen Elizabeth II and how she became Queen. We learned about her life and the Royal family, looked at timelines and changes over time. The children focused on historical vocabulary when discussing their learning. We had a super Jubilee Celebration and dressed up in our best red, white and blue clothes at the end of term. We know so many things about the Queen's life including when she got her first house, how tall her wedding cake was and how many children she has. We enjoyed creating portraits and moving vehicles in art and DT lessons and had lots of fun learning the National Anthem and dancing a Scottish Reel!  

Learning for this half term...

Don't forget to look at our class story on Class Dojo, there will be regular updates, photographs and messages shared on our class page. 

This is the final half term of the school year...

We are learning about animals in science this term. Our new curriculum focus asks us 'Are we animals?'

Children will investigate humans and animals, make comparisons and learn about body structures and senses. We will create animal pattern collages, find out where different species live in the wild and write about being a zoo keeper! 

The children are looking forward to a trip to Africa Alive!

September newsletter

Half term newsletter

Half term homework project

Spring term newsletter 1

Newsletter and homework project information for spring 2

Summer newsletter

Summer homework

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