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Giraffes (Y2)

Welcome to the Giraffe Class









Welcome to Giraffe class with Miss Hughes and Mrs Pilcher. This page is for our parents and children to use together. It includes information about what Y2 are learning, key dates, homework and helpful websites.

Please click here to download the Y2 Topic Long Term Plan

Please click here to download the Y2 Maths Long Term Plan 

Please click here to download the Y2 Writing Standards 

Spring Term

Spring 1

We can’t wait for our new topic which is called ‘Healthy Living’ which will be focussed all around the topic of being healthy and the different elements to being healthy from food to your teeth. We have lots of exciting things planned as we continue our journey through the Year 2 curriculum.

Some of the books we will be looking at during this topic.

In English we will learning to write a character description based around the book The Selfish Crocodile, which will focus on why it is important to look after your teeth. Then we will write a riddle describing different sports and activities. Then finishing with a recount of the multi-sport day. We will also be focussing on developing our knowledge of the Year 2 SPaG objectives such as word classes, sentence types and suffixes.

In maths we will learning about 2D and 3D shapes and the properties of different shapes in the afternoons and will be starting to look at multiplication and division in the main maths lessons. Then we will finish the half term focusing on money and how to apply our existing knowledge to this topic.

During the foundation subjects that we will focus on this half term include science, R.E, computing, design and technology, and RSHE. In science we will be learning all about living things and their habitats, whilst also focussing on food preparation in Design and technology. During our R.E sessions we will focus our learning around what makes a place sacred and develop our knowledge of robot algorithms in computing lessons. RSHE lessons will develop the children’s knowledge about different families and how to stay safe and how to protect ourselves from illness.

Key Vocabulary that we will study during our topic ‘healthy living’.

Healthy     balanced diet    shelter      hygiene    health    nutrition   safe

Germ    illness    microscopic    active    food group  

Spring 2

Our topic for Spring 2 is called ‘A Bug’s life’ which will be based on the Pixar film with the same name. We will be focussing our learning around the topic of different mini-beasts from the film and other bug related books as shown below.

Below are some of the books we will be looking at during this topic.

Key Vocabulary that we will study during our topic ‘A bug’s life.’

Evolve      consent      life cycle      community      faith     technology

Growth       offspring     family tree     generation      seed    adult

Learning what these words mean will help you during this topic.


This half term’s learning will be full of lots of exciting events including ‘A Bug’s life movie premier’ and a to a farm that has a range of animals including reptiles and minibeasts where we will be able to have a meet and greet with some of the animals included in the film. In literacy we will be writing recounts about personal experiences, invitations, and character descriptions. We will also be participating in practise SATS to get the children prepared for the upcoming tests in the next term.

In maths we will learning to find fractions of a shape or quantity and then looking at time and being able to tell the time in 5-minute intervals. The children will then recap addition and subtraction.

In our foundation subjects we will look at RSHE and we will be learning how bodies change and how to look after our bodies. In our science learning we will also be focussing on life cycles and learning about how animals evolve. We will be covering RE and what it means to belong to a faith community and in Computing the children will learn about the technology around them.

Important Information

  • Our P.E days will be Monday morning and Wednesday afternoon. Please make sure your P.E kit is in school on these days and labelled with your name and class.
  • Please make sure your planner is in school every day so we are able to tell your grownups about your school learning and what you can be working on at home. Remember to ask your grown up to write in your planner so that the class teacher can change your book after reading it three times. If you read 3 times throughout the week you will be rewarded with 5 dojos!
  • Spellings will be tested every Friday and new ones are put into planners.

Home Learning

Each half term we will send out a home learning bingo grid with tasks for you to complete at home. Here are the Spring challenges for you to try. 

Other home learning activities for Summer 1 are -

  • Counting in 2’s, 3’s, 5’s and 10’s.
  • Practising your Year 2 spellings.
  • Spelling shed
  • Practise naming the 2D and 3D shapes


Useful Websites

  • White Rose Maths
  • Top marks
  • BBC bitesize
  • Phonics play
  • Oxford reading tree