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Year 2 - Mrs Shah

Welcome to Mrs Shah's Year 2 class



Please explore the page to find out information about what your children will be learning each half-term, along with letters and other useful documents.

Please do not hesitate to come and see a member of the class team if you have further questions or queries. 

General Information no


We will continue to make the children's experience with reading and books very exciting and we will draw their attention towards the many places and different times books can make us travel to! 

Your child will have new reading books every week and they will be getting a library book which will be changed every fortnight.

They will also have other opportunities to read different genres and levels of books at school daily.

Please ensure that the reading books and the reading diary is sent in your child's book bags everyday . It would be really appreciated if you could leave a comment when you have read with your child and  let us know how they got on. If you wish to just sign in the diary that will also support us with monitoring how many times the children are reading at home.

If you need any support please do not hesitate to ask any of the year 2 team.


How to support 

  • Children love to share books with each other and with you.
  • Retell using drama/role play.
  • Take trips to the library to choose books.
  • Plays are great ways of interacting through a book as each person can play a different character.
  • Share comics/magazines and so on – it doesn’t always have to be a book!
  • Look for and share books on topics that you know your child is interested in – e.g. insects, cookery or sport.
  • Revisit familiar books
  • Share the reading!
  • Take turns to read a sentence or a page each
  • Agree with your child that you will read each sentence and they will read the final word.
  • Get your child to read the parts for certain characters, or speech bubbles/labels etc and you read the rest of the text
  • Be explicit about how you work out unfamiliar words
  • Lots of praise – try not to overcorrect
  • Questioning and talking about words in the environment
  • Pointing out print in the environment such as Morrison’s, Tesco’s etc
  • Help with the shopping – e.g. I need a tin of beans, can you find them for me?
  • Make your own books about topics your child is interested in


Top Ten Strategies for Independent Reading

  1. Using the pictures for clues
  2. Sounding out words and blending them back together ensuring you understand the meaning of words.
  3. Looking for smaller words inside bigger words - breaking words down into smaller ‘chunks'
  4. Reading for meaning/sense – drawing on previous experiences and  using own words to explain
  5. Predict what the text might be about prior to reading it, using the front cover for instance.
  6. Make good guesses where appropriate and ensure you understand what helped you make the predictions.
  7. Read forwards/backwards
  8. Look at the first/last letters, try to find different sounds you learnt
  9. Look at clusters of letters
  10. Make use of punctuation cues



The list below shows the ten key points about how we approach writing for year 2 children at school, many of which you can support with at home too!


Make writing relevant for children – write about real experiences or link to a topic they are interested in. Bookmaking is super!



Read lots of high quality texts in a range of genre e.g. fiction, instructions, explanations, information, diary, poetry, letters, reports and recounts. They will replicate some of the super features in their own writing.



Speaking and listening is key, at school we use many drama techniques and talk partners to support the development of ideas.


 VCOP – enhance writing by focusing on these elements:

  1. Vocabulary (WOW words/phrases)
  2. Punctuation (A . , ! ? “  ”…
  3. Openers (Exciting ways to start sentences)
  4. Connectives (Words to join sentences/ideas e.g. first, next, then, and, but, so, because etc)



Spellings – using phonics knowledge and patterns as well as high frequency words, only pick up on a few at a time (we use a maximum of 3) and start with words children will use more regularly. Games and investigating spelling patterns, as well as lots of exposure to key words will help embed spellings, rather than learning lists by rote.



Practise in many exciting ways e.g. outside in chalk or sand, using paint

In Key Stage 1, children should be forming letters correctly, sizing them appropriately and placing letters correctly on lines (decenders e.g. g, y have tails below the line). We use the cursive letter formation, starting in Year 1, to aid with the joining process in Year 2 – an objective on the new National Curriculum


  •    TARGETS.

It is important that children know what their targets are and how they can improve their writing. Next step responses from the children are usually very important to ensure that they have no misconceptions and to ensure that they undersand why they made mistakes.



Children need to be able to check, edit and improve their own writing. We always encourage children to take ownership of self assessmennt and learn from young age how to evaluate their work and peers work.


  • Adult modelling 

We support children with writing by building up to longer writing through many smaller activities. We model each activity to children and do shared writing that gives them ideas and confidence before writing on their own. We scaffold children in many ways, using sentence starters, picture cues, word banks, drama and so on, so that they do not feel worried when writing on their own.

It is important children see adults undertaking the writing process too!



Encourage them to be as independent as possible – not to be afraid of making mistakes.

Praise, Praise, Praise! Encourage and praise children as much as possible for any writing they do. Encourage them to share their writing with others to give them a greater sense of purpose. Display their writing to celebrate their successes.

Maths: Mastery Maths


                   Children are learning the new approach to Maths by attempting to explain their answers, prove them correct and use them in different ways. The new approach to Maths allows all the children to try the same problems and learn in the ways that suit them and their learning styles better.


                 Collaborative learning is key to our children and we continue to allow them to use their own creative thinking to solve problems and share different ideas regardless of the outcomes. Children grow in confidence to feel that they are able to achieve no matter how hard the learning is.


               There are three main parts to our Maths lessons: In focus, Let's Learn and independent or guided practice.

Children attempt all three aspects of solving problems beginning with CONCRETE objects and moving on to using PICTORIAL representations and ending with ABSTRACT recording and working out!!




General Reminders

  • The children will be doing PE on Mondays and Wednesdays. Please ensure your child has their PE kit in school and that all items are clearly labelled. We encourage children to practise getting dressed at home to help them get changed quickly in school!
  • Any letters or reply slips, which need to be returned, can be put in an envelope in your child’s book bag or handed to a member of staff in the morning on the playground.
  • Please send in a water bottle to school and make sure your child’s name is written clearly on their water bottle. The children have access to their water bottle throughout the school day. This helps keep them hydrated and supports learning and concentration levels.






English and Maths Information - please read

It would be great if you could encourage your child to practice these key non-negotiables. If you would like advice on how help your child achiee in numeracy please speak to a member of the Year 2 team on the playground each morning!

Year 2 – English Non Negotiables

Expectations for pupils by the end of Year 2

  • Write different kinds of sentence: statement, question, exclamation, command.
  • Use expanded noun phrases to add description & specification (use adjectives and similes to describe a person or object).
  • Write using subordination (when, if, that, because).
  • Correct & consistent use of present tense & past tense.
  • Correct use of verb tenses..
  • Correct & consistent use of: 

     Capital letters.

     Full stops.

     Question marks.

     Exclamation marks.

     Commas in a list.

     Apostrophe (omission)

     Introduction of speech marks.

  • Write under headings.

Year 2 – Maths Non Negotiables

Expectations for pupils by the end of Year 2

  • Compare and order numbers up to 100 and use <, > and =
  • Read and write all numbers to 100 in digits and words
  • Say 10 more/less than any number to 100
  • Count in steps of 2, 3 & 5 from zero and in 10s from any number (forwards and backwards)
  • Recall and use multiplication & division facts for 2, 5 & 10 tables
  • Recall and use +/- facts to 20
  • Derive and use related facts to 100
  • Recognise place value of any 2 digit number
  • Add and subtract: 2 digit numbers and ones

2 digit numbers and tens

Two 2 digit numbers

Three 1 digit numbers

  • Recognise and use inverse (+/-)
  • Calculate and write multiplication and division calculations using multiplication tables
  • Recognise, find, name and write 1/3, ¼, 2/4, ¾
  • Write and recognise equivalence of simple fractions
  • Tell the time to 5 minutes including quarter past and quarter to


Autumn 1



This half term our learning challenge is: "when is mud good?"

So let's get messy and explore different types of mud and attempt to answer our question!

so when do YOU think mud is good?


1)  Wild!

"Because you cannot tame something happily wild....."

We explored the book 'Wild' by Emily Hughes and we discussed the importance of illustrations.

Although the book was not 'text rich' it was full of inference opportunities for the children to discover different hidden meanings and add their own opinions about a sequence of a given story.

The rich illustrations were the perfect resource for the children to use their imagination and build on their own experience and prior knowledge about different familiar stories and settings.


2)   Into the Forest.

From exploring the wild, we then embarked on another journey to discover more about being lost in the forest. The main character, The Boy meets different characters....who are they? How familiar are we with their own stories? 

 Anthony Brown used short sentences good enough to take our little minds on a different level. we made predictions, read for meaning and used our skills to explore the language and the punctuation used.

Who else could the Boy possibly meet? why?



Literacy: Word Aware and fun with words!

How did Wild feel before and after her visit to the house?

Take a look at our learning!

Mastery Maths is Fun     laughno




Premier League Primary Stars Ad

The Premier League has chosen to showcase their community programme Premier League Primary Stars in their first ever ad campaign. The free curriculum-linked teaching resource for parents, teachers and pupils aged 5-11 features top footballers and managers.

Anti Bullying Week:

Through DRAMA and real life experiences, we have had the opportunity to explore the effects of bullying on children and the possible ways to prevent it.

The children made posters and drew pictures to express their understanding of bullying. They have used adjectives (feelings words) to describe how the victims of bullying feel and the consequences the latter will have if the bullies aren't stopped!



Here are some website links to some of the stories we are sharing this half term.

How to blend and produce 'pure' sounds

Still image for this video

Check out these fun but educational websites:


Some useful links for Phonic games