Dahl Class Year 2

Welcome to Dahl Class!


You can use this page of the website to find out about Year 2's weekly timetable, what topics we will be studying during the current term and throughout the year, and find out what each week's homework is.


Homework is due in on a Friday. Reading books will be changed on a Wednesday and a Friday when possible, but please ensure that your child brings their reading book in to school every day. Friday will also be PE days so please ensure that your child's trainers or plimsolls are in school, their hair is tied up and if possible earrings are removed. 


We will also add details of the fun activities we have been taking part in.


We hope the children will have a fantastic year with us in Year 2. 

If you have any questions please do come and see us.

Miss Orpin and Ms Leadbeater.


Home Learning for School Closures

Hi all, 


I have uploaded a few different resources below for you to use with the children if you wish. Don't forget sharing stories, measuring things in the house, counting money, shape hunting and practising spellings or times tables. 

Don't forget to keep checking back as I will carry on adding fun activities and links to any exciting games or videos for you. Watch out for any sneaky Secret Agent Training Challenges that may have hidden themselves in all the resources I have left for you!


Thinking of you all and we hope you all stay safe in this troubling time. We hope to see you very soon!

Miss Orpin and Ms Leadbeater

Phonics resources

Phonics resources 1

Ten a Day Maths Challenge

Story time!
Get fit and have fun!

Year 2 Maths Club

All of the children in Year 2 are invited to Maths Club at 8:20am everyday before school. In Maths Club the children recap previous things we have learnt in class, play games and practise SATs questions. In previous years we have found that the children who came to Maths Club regularly became more confident in their own Maths ability and therefore performed better in their Year 2 SATs. 

We hope to see as many of you as possible there!

SATs Information

At the end of Key Stage 1 children are required to sit their SATs tests. At St Mary's we aim to make this as stress free and relaxed for the children as possible. The SATs period for KS1 is the month of May.


Our SATs will take place on the week beginning 18th May 2020. Please make sure the children are in school and on time for this week. I have attached a few helpful websites and videos to provide more information about the tests and what the children will be completing. Please note that we have been practicing these tests in the classroom so the children are aware of the layout and how the tests work.


If you have any questions at all please come and speak to me!

Miss Orpin

This term in English we are reading:


  • "Jim and the Beanstalk" by Raymond Briggs.
  • "Rapunzel" by Bethan Woollvin.


Please DO NOT read these books with your children as it will ruin the slow build up and surprise we use in our English lessons. 


If you would like to read a similar book to your child then this term I would recommend:

  •  "Little Red" by Bethan Woollvin
  • "Jack and the Baked Beanstalk" by Colin Stimpson
  • "Trust Me, Jack's Beanstalk  Stinks!" by Eric Braun
  • "Jack and the Jelly Bean Stalk" by Rachael Mortimer
  • "Hansel & Gretel" by Bethan Woollvin
  • "Little Red and the Very Hungry Lion" by Alex T . Smith
  • "Little Red Hood" by Marjolaine Leray
  • "How to Wash a Woolly Mammoth" by Michelle Robinson and Kate Hindley
  • "How to Babysit a Grandad" by Jean Reagan and Lee Wildish
Resources to help your children in their home learning.

Check out some of our favourite Maths games to play!


Funky Mummy

Shark Numbers

Hickory Dickory

Coin Calculator

Post a letter 

Hit the button


Term 1

We worked in groups to match the baby animals to their adults. We then talked about what they were all called.

In Computing we played a Scratch fishing game and tried to figure out how it worked.

This week in Geography we had an atlas scavenger hunt to try and find different places in the UK.

This week in Maths we have been using cubes and counters to help us check calculations.

In Art we have been designing a postage stamp for the Wicked Witch from the fairytale Hansel and Gretel. We also used cubes and lego to make the Wicked Witch and her Gingerbread cottage.

In Science we sorted different items of food and drink into "I should eat this lots", "I should eat this sometimes" and "I should only eat this as a treat".

We were set a challenge to make a carriage for Cinderella using Lego. We then had to try to make her horses out of Lego to pull the carriage.

We worked in pairs to explore a Scratch tennis game. We then thought about the rules behind the game that made it work.

We tried to apply our logical reasoning skills that we have been developing in Computing this term to try and work out the rules behind Angry Birds.

Term 2

We had great fun creating freeze frames of Bob and the moon tourists from our new English book 'Man on the Moon'.

We are loving listening to stories read to us by real astronauts up in space!

We are loving listening to stories read to us by real astronauts up in space! 1
We are loving listening to stories read to us by real astronauts up in space! 2

We headed out to the playground to become Playground Astronauts. We had to write an algorithm to get us from 'Earth' to the 'Moon'.

We have been using different manipulatives in Maths to help us with our number bonds to 10, 20 and 100.

For Science this week we went on a materials hunt around the school playground. We were looking for different materials and what they were used for.

This week in Computing we worked together to create an algorithm to move the Beebot to different places around the Space Map. If our algorithms didn't work we then had to work together to debug the algorithm.

We used our fingers to make poppy flowers before cutting them out and sticking them together to make wreaths.

We made our own boats like Christopher Columbus. We then predicted whether it would float or not.

We love practicing our reading in Reading Buddies!

We have started using our purple pens to edit and improve our English work, just like real Authors do.

We acted out the Christmas story of Jesus' birth. Can you guess what scene we are showing?

In Science we sorted out how we could recycle each everyday object.

The school elves have been up to lots of mischief today!

The school elves have been up to lots of mischief today! 1
The school elves have been up to lots of mischief today! 2
The school elves have been up to lots of mischief today! 3
Term 3

We have enjoyed playing Follow the Leader during our Daily Mile this week.

We had Miss Grace from Wright Dance come and teach us some Street Dance. We loved it!

We practiced using different lines and pressures to sketch African animals. We focused on small parts of each animal before we then picked one animal to draw in more detail.

We used the iPads to help us come up with a checklist for what makes a good photograph.

We have begun to make Sunset Safari pictures. This week we used watercolour paintings to create our sunset backdrops.

We had a visit from George's pet tortoise Pickles. George and his mum told us all about Pickles' habitat and what he needs to survive. Thank you to George's mum for bringing Pickles in for us to meet!

We enjoyed practicing our Mindful Stretching. We have really been practicing our tree poses. We love how stretching makes us feel healthy and strong!

In Science this week we learnt about living, dead and never been alive. We went on a hunt for different things and used the 7 life processes to sort them into living, dead or never been alive.

This week we cut out silhouette pictures of the big 5 Kenyan animals. We are going to add them to our watercolour sunset pictures.

Look at our fantastic sunset safari paintings!

This week we have finished our learning about 'Lila and the Secret of Rain' by writing a call and response poem called Thank You For the Rain.

We studied the work of Kenyan artist William Mutua, before recreating our own. Can you spot what African animals we included in our paintings?

We worked in groups to collect facts about Lions using websites, non-fiction books and our story book from English. We are going to use our facts to create a factfile about lions.

Growth Day Term 3- We had a great time learning about ways to make our bodies and minds stronger, healthier and calmer.

Safer Internet Day 2020- We spent the afternoon learning how to express our identities online without sharing our personal information

Term 4

Happy Pancake Day!

We acted out our new story for the term: Jim and the Beanstalk

In Science this term we are learning about plants. We began our new topic by sketching plants and labelling the different parts of them.

Snow!! We loved trying to catch the snowflakes on our tounges!

Funky Finger Friday! We have been practising our fine motor skills by using our froggy fingers. We are building the muscles in our hands to help us with our pencil control and make it easier to complete life skills.

In Science this week we planted sunflower seeds and lily bulbs. We have placed them in different conditions and are going to compare them to see what conditions are best to help plants to grow.

We had a visit from Rosie and Sprinkles the ducklings from Reception. They are very cute and fluffy.

Look at how much our plants have grown in one week!!

Shhhhhh.... Secret Agent Training in progress!

We are very excited to have been chosen to take part in Secret Agent Training. We have to complete different activities and challenges to be able to collect stickers. At the end of May we will find out if we have passed our training. BUT REMEMBER: IT IS A SECRET!!

Secret Mission Number 1: Ostacle course. We had to practise stealthy walking, sneaky rolls and careful balancing.

Term 5