Kingfisher Class


Year Group: 2

Phase: 2

Taught by: Mr O Bayly

Supported by: Mrs E Marshall

Welcome to Kingfisher class!

A very big welcome to all in Year 2.

Year 2 will have a very exciting year... with topics ranging from prehistoric exploration to futuristic travel.

Autumn Term

The children will:

*be reading and writing stories with recurring literary language

*be creating character and setting descriptions

*be learning and performing a story map

*be writing explanation reports

*be creating 'spine' poems

*be finding information about how dinosaurs became extinct to use within a recount unit


*be describing settings using adjectives and similes

*be creating calligram poems

*be creating non-chronological reports about woodland animals

*look at the use of language used in the text  'No Place Like Home'

*use a thesaurus to up-level our vocabulary

*read 'The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark' and use inference skills to discuss feelings and emotive language.

The children will:

*estimate and count a number of objects up to 100

*locate numbers on a landmarked number line

*compare numbers and find a number in between

*order 3 numbers

*order 2-digit numbers

*revisit number bonds to 10 and 20 and use them

to aid calculations (+ and - )

*double numbers (to 20)

*sort 2D shapes using a venn and carroll diragram

*mark numbers on a landmarked number line

*compare and order numbers using < and > signs

*find 1 or 10 more or less than any number

*find 10 more or less than any 2-digit number

* partition 2 digit numbers

* use money

* add and subtract multiples of 10

* use mental skills to add and subtract 9 and 11

 * add and subtract 2 digit numbers mentally

* look at multiples of 2,5 and 10

* look at position, direction and movement

* measure in cm and m

* use ICT to create algorithms



Where have all the dinosaurs gone?

The children will:

*be sorting and classifying the different groups of dinosaurs

*be looking at dinosaur teeth and armour

*be researching just how big the dinosaurs were

*research 'Mary Anning'

*find out how the dinosaurs became extinct

*find out what living things need to survive

Where do all the animals go?

The children will:

*be finding out why animals hibernate during the winter months

*be finding out which animals hibernate

*be looking at the different habitats animals choose to live in

*be finding out about the living conditions hibernating animals experience and how they survive

*be looking at and creating food chains

*be researching the different needs of animals and their offspring


Spring Term


We will:

*be reading and writing stories with familiar settings

*be creating explanation reports about Neil Armstrong and Christopher Columbus

*be studying and writing spine poems

*be using our retrieval and inference skills to look at 'The Naughty Bus' and 'Me and You' in Guided Reading

*be studying poetry and looking at Kennings poems in particular


*be writing our own Kennings poems



*be encouraging the children’s retrieval and inference skills through comprehension tasks


We will:

*be looking at place value

*be ordering 2-digit numbers

*revise number bonds

*find the difference between two numbers by counting on (using a number line)

*find change from 10p, 20p, £10 and £20 using number bonds to count on

*be looking at the properties of 3D shapes

*be telling the time to the nearest quarter on an analogue and digital clock

*revise less than and more than signs   <  >

*be rounding to the nearest 10

*be finding fractions (1/2, 1/4, 2/4, 3/4 and 1/3) of a number and a shape

*be learning to tell the time to the nearest quarter on an analogue and digital clock

*be multiplying using arrays

*be dividing using a blank number line

*adding and subtracting values of money

*recording data using pictograms

*be practising our KIRFs (Key Instant Recall Facts)

Who were the first to soar, sail or spacewalk?

We will:

*be finding out about Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin

*be investigating NASA and how it has helped our discovery of space

*be researching Christopher Columbus and the history of boats and ships

*be exploring forces looking at floating/sinking and pushing/pulling

*be finding out about Amelia Earhart and the Wright brothers and the history of aircraft

*be exploring methods of flight (hot air balloons/helicopters/fighter jets/passenger planes)

*be looking at Robert Louis Stephenson and steam trains

*be finding out about modern locomotives

What happened in a baker's shop long ago?

We will:

*be ordering the events from the Great Fire of London on a timeline

*be researching Samuel Pepys and his work

*be planning and carrying out an investigation on forces, thinking about friction and air resistance

Summer Term

We will:

*be focusing on stories with repeated literary language with a particular focus on 'Stick Man' and using this stimulus will create our own myths

*look at how to create effective endings in our stories, attracting the reader form start to finish

*use reading skills such as inference to debate with others and answer puzzling questions

*write our own traditional tales with adapted elements

*create riddles in poetry

*produce explanations using cyclical diagrams and flowcharts (linked to our work famous journeys)

*be looking at the features of instructional writing (linking this with DT - making rocky road)

*be revisiting explanation texts to produce cyclical diagrams linked to how bread is made

*be writing a myth based on our text 'Dragons Love Tacos'

We will:

 *be focusing on place value of 3 digit numbers. These will be plotted on number lines and blank hundred squares.

*add and subtract 3 numbers in a calculations.

*find fractions of numbers using doubling and halving trees.

*be using a variety of equipment to measure the length, height and weight of an object.

*learning how to multiply any two digit number by 3.

*be investigating measure (length) using metres and feet

*be problem solving using division and multiplication methods

*be telling the time through problem solving (bus timetables)

*be subtracting on a blank number line using the counting back and finding the difference method

*be making structures using 2D and 3D shapes

*be looking at position and direction using beebots

Where Will Our Journey Take Us?

We will:

*be looking at the 7 continents in our World

*be finding out which countries make up each continent

*research the main oceans and seas in our World

*compare a main city in Europe with a non-European city

*look at aerial photographs and use them for comparison

*use globes and maps to help us with our geography learning

Where in the World Does Our Food Come From?

We will:

*be matching types of food with their countries/part of the world

*be researching the history of food from around the world

*be exploring the story of chocolate and bread

*using our work produced in literacy (instructions) to

make rocky road


SATS information

In May, pupils from Year 2 will take part in the Key Stage 1 SATs.  These assessments will help to support the judgements that we make about children throughout the year.  Below you will find so additional information that you may find useful. 


Kingfisher Class Learning Showcase

Our day with Dinostar

Useful Websites


Hit the button 

Times Table Rockstars


Oxford Owl


Hour of Code