Bumblebee Class (Year 2) 2022 - 2023

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We're going to have a very 'buzzy' year with lots of fun!


This half term in maths the children will be taught:



Identify and describe the properties of 2D shape,  including number of sides and line symmetry in a vertical line

Identify and decribe the properties of 3D shapes, including the number of edges, vertices and faces

Identify 2D shapes on the surface of 3D shapes (for example, a circle on a cylinder and a triangel on a pyramid)

Compare and sort common 2D and 3D shapes and everyday objects



Recognise and use symbols for pounds and pence and combine amounts to make a particular value

Solve simple problems in a practical context involving addition and subtraction of  money of the same unit, including giving change



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Times Tables

Year 2 is where the children begin to learn their times tables and by the end of the year the children are expected to know their 2s, 5s and 10 times tables. 

Please use Times Table Rockstars to practise your times tables -  https://ttrockstars.com/ 

The children take part in a weekly times table quiz. The first quiz is answering x10 questions within one minute. Once completed the next level is x2 and x5 questions in 2 minutes. 

The children love the weekly quiz. 

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This half term we will be reading the book 'The Dragon Machine' by Helen Ward

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We will be consolidating lots of previously taught skills and learning lots more new writing skills. For our final piece we will be writing our own story based on the text.

We will be learning this half term too:

Use punctuation correctly - full stops and capital letters

Write a range of sentences; statement, question, exclamation and command.

Practise using conjunction 'because' and begin to use 'when'.

Use present and past tenses correctly.

Read writing aloud using intonation.


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Our Sping Half Term One Topic is Materials 
As well as doing lots of research, identifying, comparing and sorting and describing physical properties, we will be conducting lots of fun experiements too.

Fun science activities for home*




These are  some great websites to explore, play games and conduct experiments learning all about materials



Time Travel

In Geography we will be:

Exploring our own locality and identifying human and physical features.

Compare our locality to a non-European location.

Studying aerial photographs and Google Earth to support in creating maps.

Beginning to learn map symbols and insert them into a map using a key. 



Spring Term - PE is on a Tuesday and Thursday afternoon.Please remember to send your children in a full Darnhall Primary School PE kit.

We will begin gymnastics; learning how to link movements together such as a roll to a balance. 

Forest Schools

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Thursday afternoon is Bumblebee Forest School Session. Don't forget to come to school in your green hoodie, joggers and with a change of footwear.


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For those children not on the Read, Write, Ink scheme we teach reading strategies using these 6 skills in our reading lessons. The book we will be using this half term is The Dragonsitter by Josh Lacey. 

Please read your child's book every night and log onto the GoRead App just as you did last year. Remember each read earns a stamp on your child's reading worm and when their reading worm is full they can get a beautiful new book from the school vending machine. 


The link above will take you to a list of the books that are recommended for Year 2 children to read. There is a good list with a wide range of fun texts. 


Log into Oxford Owl and use your school login and password.There is a whole range of books that you can read at home together or support your child reading independently. 

Our class author for the  Term is Anthony Browne


Bumblebee Reading Challenge

Mug and a Mag Monday - Read a magazine, comic or newspaper with a drink of juice, milk or hot chocolate

Choose Tuesday - Choose your favourite book and curl up to read (you can re-read a book too if you really enjoy it)

Website Wednesday - Go online and have a listen to a story on You-Tube or another app

Three-Page Thursday -  Read 3 pages of your favourite book

Flashlight Friday - make yourself a cosy, little den and a torch to read with

Every time you read send a picture to the dojo classroom and you will receive 5 dojos and your photo will be posted on our 'Making the Headlines' reading wall. 




By the end of year 2 the children are expected to be able to read and spell the above common exception words. Please practise these regularly with your child. You could use rainbow writing, write them in a pyramid, practise them in a sentence or find them in reading books. Attached is a full list that you can use to support you doing this.

The spellings will be put on the class dojo on a Monday and then the children will be tested on a Friday. Just 10 minutes practise a day will make a big difference and the children love to get 10 out of 10.



Above are a couple of good websites with online games to support learning both spelling and grammar. 

Well being websites 

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Every week we have a PHSE lesson, exploring our emotions, feelings and health. Circle Time gives children the opportunity to discuss their feelings with each other. Our 'No Outsiders' programme offers a chance to explore relationships and emotions through thoughtful discussions and practical activities.

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Any problems don't forget you can message us on the classroom dojo. 


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Sandyhill Road,
CW7 1JL,
and Darnhall School Lane CW7 1JR
Mrs Sarah Tomlinson, Headteacher
Mr Davie Kindon, SEN Contact