Year 2

Welcome to Year 2

Welcome to Year 2 where you will find Oak Class and Willow Class. The staff team are Miss Peart and Miss Buddin (class teachers) and Mrs Hartley and Miss McQuillan (teaching assistants). You can contact the team at

Miss Buddin

Oak Class Teacher

Miss McQuillan

Teaching Assistant

Miss Peart

Willow Class Teacher

Mrs Hartley

Teaching Assistant

Overview of Learning

Year 2 is an opportunity for the children to learn, grow, explore and have lots of fun. Our topics include The Great Fire of London, Brilliant Brazil, Frozen Planet and many more. Our learning is hands-on with a range of activities and experiences including exploring the history of the seaside, visiting Kingston Upon Thames and even trapping monsters! We provide a range of memorable experiences to engage and inspire the children. You can learn more about our curriculum by looking at our long term plan for the year below.

Year 2 is a chance for the children to gain independence and confidence before leaving Key Stage One. As well as new learning, they consolidate prior knowledge as they reach the end of the key stage. 

The PE days in Year 2 are Monday and Thursday. On these days your child will need to be wearing their PE kit and they can stay in this all day.

Year 2 curriculum meeting 2023

Learn All About Year 2

We loved meeting so many families at our Curriculum Event on Wednesday 27th September 2023. If you were unable to attend, here are the presentation slides with lots of information about the year ahead. 

Statutory Assessment Information

When the Department for Education responded to the 2017 primary assessment consultation, it stated that the end of KS1 assessments would become non-statutory once the first cohort to take the statutory Reception Baseline Assessment (RBA) had reached the end of KS1. This was so that the end of KS1 assessments could continue to be used as the starting point for primary progress measures in the meantime. The anticipated timelines changed due to the pandemic. End of KS1 assessments have now become non-statutory for the 2023/24 academic year onwards. At Ellingham, we will continue to use end of year assessments to help inform teacher judgements, as we do in all year groups. 


Homework will be sent home each Monday and is due back the following week.

It is important that your child practises their key skills in reading, writing and maths regularly and recalls learning with you at home. 

The children in Year 2 are asked to:

Year 2 homework details 2023.docx

Helping Your Child At Home 


Our Year 2 children take home a range of reading books weekly and are expected to read daily at home. This should be recorded in their reading records, providing an insight into their progress and allowing for home school communication. Reading regularly is important for vocabulary development as well as speaking and listening skills. Through being exposed to a range of text styles and genres, children are also more equipped for writing independently at school. This year we are promoting Reading for Pleasure. Please do see the supporting documents below for top tips to encourage and promote Reading for Pleasure at home. 

To encourage Reading for Pleasure, you can use Oxford Owl to read and listen to a variety of books on the computer or I-pad! Each class will have a log in for the children to access more books and audiobooks at home. and go to ‘my class login’. 


We follow the Sounds Write Phonics Programme at Ellingham. More information can be found out about this during our parent workshop and on our curriculum pages . If you would like to understand more about the way we teach Phonics in order to support your child at home, Sounds Write offers a free parent course. Use the link below to find out more and enrol:   

Regular exposure to the Year 2 common exception words will help your child to read and write them independently.


Supporting your child’s mathematical fluency is key for instant recall. Each child will have a unique login for NumBots where they can play games to practise and apply skills such as subitising, number bonds and addition and subtraction.  


Talking about reading sheet for parents.docx
Ideas for encouraging your child to read for pleasure 2.docx
How to read a story to your child.docx
Common Exception Words - Y1 and Y2.pdf

Year 2 Long Term Plan

Year 2 2023-2024.docx