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Welcome to Emerald City!

Our Year 2 teacher is Mrs Lawson and our teaching assistant is Miss Horsfield.


Emerald City Class Information:

Our doors open at 8.35, entering through the KS1 cloakroom, and ready to start work at 8.45. We finish at 3.05 leaving from the hall doors next to the main office entrance. 

Please be prompt for pick up and drop off slots.

All children need a water bottle and a book bag in school every day.

P.E kits need to be in school at all times. P.E is taking place outdoors so please make sure your child is wearing suitable shoes or bring a pair of plimsoles to school for your child to change in to.

It is very important that all jumpers, book bags and P.E kits are clearly named so they can be easily returned if lost.

If you have any concerns or questions please phone school and we will get back to you as soon as we can.


Thank you.


Year 2 Curriculum Overview

Year 2 Expectations. A support document for parents.

Knowledge Organisers


What are knowledge organisers?

A knowledge organiser is a set of key facts or information that pupils need to know and be able to recall in order to master a unit or topic. Typically, an organiser fits onto one page of A4, which helps children to visualise the layout of the page, which in turn helps them to memorise the information better.

How will a knowledge organiser help my child?

Knowledge organisers will be made available at the start of each unit to help them remember what they are learning and to help them to see the bigger learning journey in their subjects. Instead of forgetting previous learning, children will continually revisit and retrieve prior learning from their memories.

How will a knowledge organiser help me to help my child?

Many parents/carers ask us how they can help to support their children at home. 

The knowledge organisers have all the key information and subject vocabulary you will need to will help you do this easily.

Below are  the knowledge organisers for each term.

If you have any questions about the content of the knowledge organisers we will be happy to help.

Our YEAR 2 SPORTS DAY! WE had an amazing time! We had egg and spoon race, sprint race, relay, javelin, basketball shooting and ball and net aiming!

In music, we listened and appraised songs about friendship before learning our own friendship song. When we were confident with the song, we all took turns to play the glockenspiel with the song. We all had to play the same notes at the same time!

In Science and Maths, we investigated the answer to the question 'does the tallest person have the longest arms?' We recorded our results and compared our data. Most groups found that the tallest person in their group DID have the longest arms, but not every group!

In our Science/Maths lesson, we investigated how humans grow. He investigated the answer to 'Does the tallest person have the longest feet?' We found out the answer was yes BUT out shortest person did NOT have the shortest feet!

In Science, we investigated what plants need by carrying out a fair test. We had 5 pots with cress seeds which we took away one thing that they needed (water, light, temperature, air) and kept one with everything it needed. Can you see which one was the healthiest and the least healthy? We had a few surprises too and realised our box needed to be air tight as it let air in and actually made the plant grow taller because of the condensation keeping it moist.

In D&T, we designed, sewed (with a running stitch) and decorated our own bunting flags for Sports Day!

Art- We printed patterns into clay. It was great fun and rather messy! We then painted them in bright colours!

Art-Plates in the style of Clarice Cliff

Science and D&T Week

In science and D&T week, we investigated what type of bird feeder and bird food, birds would be most attracted to.

The history of bird feeding dates back to 1845, when Henry David Thoreau fed birds at Walden Pond in America. 

We researched different styles of milk carton bird feeders and designed and made our own. 

Between the two Year 2 classes, we made two extra natural looking bird feeders, and two brightly coloured ones to use in our investigation. 

We thought about how to make the investigation fair, and agreed we needed to add the same amount of food to each bird feeder and hang them in the same place. We put 40gms of raisins into one of each type of bird feeder and 40gms of bird seed into the other two. 

We will observe what happens over time and record observations and data.

Geography-Mapping skills. We took photos of the outdoor area and then sorted them ready to map them out. We drew maps, designed symbols and made a key for our maps. Then we measured the distance between the landmarks using cm and m in our maths lessons.

In D&T, we are asking ourselves, how can we build a strong and secure bridge? We tested the span of a bridge using blocks and cardboard to what happens to the bridge, the longer and shorter the span is! They then independently started building their secure bridges inspired by a bridge of their choice using simple materials. Stay tuned to see the results!

In Literacy, we have been reading the Lonely Beast by Chris Judge. The beast goes on a journey and, in one part, goes through a forest of pink jellyfish! We read a poem about jellyfish by Michael Rosen and wrote our own jellyfish poems and performed them in front of the class. Listen to Tilly's:


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Science investigation! In groups, the children took their own pictures, made their own recordings and observations of the microhabitats in our playground. We looked at what kind of microhabitats they were, what they were like and what living organisms we found there,

Look at some of the pictures from our live Phunky Food cooking session at home and in school to make delicious and nutritious tuna couscous!

Chinese New Year Lanterns and Writing

French Day Activities! We made our own Eiffel Towers, French bakes, acrostic poems and facts about France!

Great Fire of London Tudor Houses

Great Fire of London-Baking Bread

Great Fire of London Acrostic Poems and Diary Writing

Look at the brilliant enquiry Geography work we did about Mugurameno in Zambia, and how it compares to our lives!

Design and Technology Project: To make a Christmas card with a movable, slider mechanism

A visit from Santa!

Parent Help Packs are available to order from the office. They are £5 for the yellow early sounds and blending and £8 for the green and orange ones. These are very helpful packs that come with flashcards, books, activity booklets etc...(see pictures) to help your child practice their phonics and reading skills at home.