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Poplar Class

Poplar Class

Mrs Jones and Mrs Warner



We follow the Maths No Problem! programme. For an outline of the topics in Year 2, please see the overview below: 

The key focus of mathematics in Key Stage 1 is to build confidence and a love of number. We learn together to develop mental fluency with whole numbers, counting and place value, working with numerals, words and the four operations. The children use a range of practical resources and visual representations to solve calculations and mathematical problems. We learn to recognise, describe, draw, compare and sort using the related vocabulary. By the end of year 2, we aim to be secure in our number bonds to 20 and be precise in using and understanding place value.


Take a look at our knowledge organisers below, designed for each of the key mathematical areas: 



In year 2, we seek to nurture a love of reading, by exposing the children to a wide range of high quality texts and genres including stories, poems and non-fiction books. Our focus is on developing pupils' competence in word reading and comprehension. We will share story time each day, in addition to our daily phonics lessons and reading carousel. 



1. Encourage your child to read with expression

At this age, it is likely that your child will bring home books to read aloud to you. Try to listen to them read every day.


As you listen to your child read, help them to decode any unfamiliar words if they get stuck and encourage them to keep going. The best advice is: be patient and be impressed!

Your child’s expression might sometimes sound stilted on the first read of a sentence or a page. This is because they are focusing on linking the letters to sound and then joining the sounds into words. To keep your child hooked into the story, read it again with expression – after lots of praise, of course!


2. Read to your child

Your child will learn a lot about how language works from speaking and listening. However, the type of language we use in writing is often different from that in speech. Reading regularly to your child, especially books that they cannot yet read on their own yet, is therefore a great way of improving their vocabulary and their understanding of language.


3. Choose a wide range of books

Try to read your child a mix of fiction and non-fiction, real stories and magical stories, familiar characters and new experiences. Sometimes you might choose the book, sometimes they might choose the book and sometimes you might read both!


.4. Talk about books, stories, words, and pictures

Talking about books is a really useful habit to get into. Talk about the characters and what happens in a story, or what specific bit of information was most useful, and ask your child for their opinions too. Let them tell you if (and why) they don’t like a book. Part of growing as a reader is learning that it’s okay not to like books sometimes!


Asking your child open questions can help them to think about what they’re reading. Try to ask questions that begin with ‘how’ and ‘why’. See if your child can go back to the text and pictures to tell you how they know the answer.

Talking about what is happening in a picture, what the characters might be thinking, or what might happen next all help to develop reading skills too.


5. Don’t be afraid to re-read

It’s tempting to think that your child should always be reading new books and changing their books as regularly as possible. While your child will benefit from reading widely, reading the same book more than once is important too.


As well as giving your child the opportunity to encounter the same words and phrases enough times to remember them, re-reading helps children to the think again about the ideas in the book. Maybe they will notice something they missed the first time? Having old favourites that you go back to again and again helps develop a love of reading.


6. Keep practising phonics

By now, your child will have had lots of practice with reading. This will mean that they will probably not need to sound out and blend the sounds in most words. However, there will still be some unfamiliar words that need to be decoded carefully. It’s still important for your child to try sounding out and blending a word if they get stuck.








We follow the Smart Kids Letters and Sounds programme in Key Stage 1, which teaches the skills of blending and segmenting for spelling. The programme progresses through all sounds, working from the simple to more complex, and by following the progression, the children build on their growing phonic knowledge.


In year 2 the children are beginning to read longer and less familiar texts and begin to make the shift from learning to read to reading to learn.  



We use the Talk for Writing approach which enables children to read and write independently for a variety of audiences and purposes within different subjects. A key feature of this approach is that, through the use of story maps and oral rehearsal,  the children internalise the language structures needed to write through ‘talking the text’, as well as close reading. The approach moves from dependence towards independence, with the teacher using shared and guided teaching to develop the ability in children to write creatively and powerfully.