Welcome back Caterpillar Class!

Welcome to Caterpillar Class! Caterpillar class is one of the Year 2 classes at the Isle of Ely Primary School. From this page you will be able to read about our curriculum and learning activities. Children have PE and gymnastics on Friday afternoon and will need to arrive in their PE kits on this day. We will also provide a weekly newsflash to show what we have been learning in the past week.

Who works in our classroom?










         Mr Sinfield

Assistant Head Teacher

Teaching Assistants:


                   Mrs Victoria Fowler                     Mrs Joanna Golding                  Mrs Samantha Lambert


In Caterpillar Class we will be learning:




In English this half term we are going to be changing our focus to non-fiction texts with an emphasis on instructional writing. We will once again we using the Talk4Writing approach, beginning with our cold write and hook, before moving through the imitation, innovation and independent stages. Our model text this half term is ‘How to look after a pet dragon’ and will provide us with a high quality example of this text type and will allow us to develop our knowledge of imperative verbs, adverbs, commas in lists and sentence openers, just to name a few.


In Maths this half term we are finishing off our unit of work on division. We are then moving on to our Statistics unit. We will be creating and interpreting tally charts, pictograms and block diagrams. We will then move on or next unit of measurement. We will be learning about length and height. We will be reading measurements in cm and m, as well as comparing and ordering lengths.


 In science will be bringing our unit of work on electricity to a close and will be moving onto a unit with a biology focus. Specifically, our new unit of work will be on plants. This will provide us with an opportunity to explore what living things are and the conditions that plants need to grow, reproduce and thrive.


In history this half term, we are moving on to our unit “Roman Britain: The Rise and Fall”. We will be learning about when the Romans invaded Britain, the rebellion of Boudicca, Roman towns in Britain and then Britain after the Romans.  


 In religious education this half term we will be learning about Sikhism, and will be recapping our learning in year 1 before moving onto the Khalsa. We will explore what the Khalsa is, it’s history and their links to the 5Ks.


 Our music lessons this half term will allow us to explore a number of significant bands from the history of music. In particular, we will look at individuals who have been a part of band. This will include examples from Queen, The Beatles and Status Quo.


 In PE this half term we will be using our new PE scheme of work from Get Set 4 P.E. During these units of work we will be learning about Yoga and a variety of invasion games and the skills which underpin them.


 Computing this half term provides us with an opportunity to use databases and spreadsheets to collect, manage and analyse data.


Having learned about Ancient Egypt in history last half term, we will be learning about the art of ancient Egypt this half term. We will be learning about the bust of Nefertiti, the meaning of colour in ancient Egyptian art and how gods and goddesses were depicted in ancient Egyptian artwork.


Knowledge Organisers 

At the Isle of Ely Primary School, we use knowledge organisers as a tool to help our children learn more and remember more and to allow parents and carers to support their children's learning. In our knowledge organisers, you will find essential knowledge, key dates, important vocabulary and key figures. The knowledge organisers can also be used as a fun assessment tool which will help children to see what progress they have made.

Religious Education


Our class texts are: 'Traction man' by Emily Mini Grey and 'The Day the Crayons Quit' by Drew Daywalt 

Traction man, comics, labels, speech and thought bubbles | Teaching  ResourcesThe Day The Crayons Quit: Amazon.co.uk: Daywalt, Drew, Jeffers, Oliver:  Books 

Weekly Newsflash w/c: 22.02.21

What an excellent week to start the new half term! In maths, we have continued our work on division. The children have been working very hard using bar models to help their understanding of grouping and sharing. We have started a new unit of work in history: we learned about the invasion of Britain by the Romans and the rebellion of Boudicca. The children have really enjoyed starting our new writing unit based on instructions. We are currently learning our model text, 'How to look after a dragon'. Excellent work this week Year 2!


Weekly Newsflash W/C: 01.02.21

Well done to Year 2 for all their brilliant work this week. In maths, we have been learning our 2, 5 and 10 times tables. Keep practising these as we move on to our next unit! In English, we have been writing our innovated stories. The children came up with some excellent and creative ideas. We will be finishing these off next week! We have continued our work on electricity in science this week. The children enjoyed testing which materials are conductors and which are insulators by putting them into an electrical circuit. On Wednesday, we had a music day! The children expressed their feelings about the lockdown by writing amazing song lyrics. Great work this week, Year 2!

Weekly Newsflash W/C: 25.01.21

Another great week has passed in our spring term! The fantastic engagement and participation has continued this week. It is so great to see so many students both at school and at home volunteering answers and completing great work. In history, we have continued to develop our knowledge about Ancient Egypt. Building upon our work on archaeologists last week, we have been learning about hieroglyphics and the Rosetta Stone. We have continued our work on circuits and electricity in science including drawing scientific drawings to represent our circuits. In English, this week we have moved away from imitation and into innovation! We have been looking at our model text and asking what was the purpose of each section of the story. We have then swapped our own ideas in to create our own version. In maths, we have continued our unit of work on multiplication and division, this week has involved looking at arrays as a way of solving multiplication problems.

* This Wednesday (3rd February) we will be taking a day out from our normal timetable to have a music day! Please attend lessons at the same time and we will explain all on Wednesday*


Weekly Newsflash W/C: 18.01.21

Another fantastic week in Year 2! Students at home and at school have shown fantastic participation, enthusiasm and hard work. In history, we have continued to develop our knowledge about Ancient Egypt. Building upon our work on the River Nile last week, we have been learning about archaeologists - in particular, Howard Carter. We have learned about circuits in science and have even built our own virtual circuits. In English, this week we have swapped from reading as a reader to reading as a writer: we have been analysing our model text and have been looking at the tools the author has used so that we could add them to our own writers toolkit. This has included adjectives, verbs, adverbs and similes. Well done for all your hard work this week!


Weekly Newsflash (W/B: 11.01.21)

Well done for another brilliant week! The participation and enthusiasm from the children at home has been particularly amazing. Well done! We have enjoyed learning more about the River Nile in our history unit of Ancient Egypt. We have also covered how to be safe with electrical appliances in science. In English, we have been working on our reading skills with an emphasis on retrieval. The children have also revised what nouns, adjectives, verbs and adverbs are. Well done for all your hard work this week!

Weekly Newsflash (W/C: 06.01.21)

 This week has been amazing! Miss Lewis and I are so proud of the Year 2 children. Well done to all the children at home and at school who have tried their best to learn at this tricky time. We hope you have enjoyed our live lessons this week. Thank you also to all the parents who have helped and supported the children’s learning at home. This week we have started our first Talk for Writing unit, focussing on setting the scene. The children did their best to write a setting description using a picture prompt. We then started to gather adjectives and descriptive ideas. We then started learning our story of “The Snow Queen”! In Maths, we have continued our work on addition and subtraction. We have worked on taking away a two-digit number from another two digit number and we have practised adding three one-digit numbers. We have also started our history unit covering Ancient Egypt! We hope you had an enjoyable week and we can’t wait to see you (in person or virtually!) next week.


Christmas in Year 2

Nativity Performance 2020

Year 2 Christmas Performance - Jingle Bells

Year 2 Christmas Performance - Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

Year 2 Christmas Performance - Santa Clause is Coming to Town

Year 2 Christmas Performance - We Wish you a Merry Christmas

Reading in Year 2

Over the past month or two we have been sending our speed sound videos home to practise with your child at home. This covers the first 10 to 15 minutes of our daily phonics lessons. However, we wanted to give you a taste of what the next 45 minutes of a reading lesson looks like. Therefore, we have taken some videos of some of our year 2 children practising their reading. In the first video two students are taking it in turns reading a page from a Read, Write Inc story book, helping each other as they go. Following on from this children complete activities to reinforce their decoding, fluency and/or expression. In the second video two students are taking part in a comprehension activity. In the video you can see these children taking it in turns to ask and answer questions, revisiting the story when needed. We hope this gives you an additional insight into what reading looks like in Year 2 at the Isle of Ely Primary School. 

Reading Storybook Video

Reading Comprehension Video



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