Welcome to Spider Class

Welcome to Spider Class! Spider 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 on Tuesday and Friday and will need to arrive in their PE kits on this day. We will also provide a "Weekly Newsflash" to see what we have been learning in the past week. 

Our Class Teacher:

Miss Lewis 

Our Teaching Assistants:

Mrs Fowler and Miss Huntington

This half term we will be learning:

Subject Content

In English this half term we will be focusing on creating brilliant setting descriptions within our writing. We will be 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 ‘The Snow Queen’ which will provide us with a high-quality example. We will be working on consistently using on our non-negotiables of full stops and capital letters. Furthermore, to improve the content of our writing, we will be using tools such as using adjectives, adding detail and using similes.


Our first maths units of the year have a strong focus on our knowledge and understanding of number. We begin the year looking at our numbers to 100 and how we can represent these numbers in a variety of different ways. Once we have secured this knowledge we will the move on to addition and subtraction. This will allow us to build upon our prior knowledge to learn how to add and subtract with efficiency.


In science we will be learning about the human body and the different systems which make it up. This will provide us with an opportunity to explore the skeletal, muscular and digestive system just to name a few. This will all feed into a wider conversation about how we can look after and take care of our bodies.

Geography In geography we will be learning out our school site. We will be looking at maps and aerial photographs. We will be interpreting map symbols and planning routes.

The first religion we will learning about in year 2 is Judaism. This unit will explore the beliefs which underpin the religion including their holy book the Torah, their place of worship a synagogue and important symbols to them such as the Star of David.


In music, the children will learn about rhythm, dynamics and composition. Our unit in music will allow the children to learn an African call and response song.

PE Our two units of work in PE this half term are ‘ball skills’ and ‘fundamentals of movement’. Both of these units will allow us to develop our students core skills which will be applied in a range of games and sports.
Computing In computing we will be investigating ‘what is a computer?’.  This will allow us to explore both hardware and how inputs can improve the functionality of them and also software and how they can help us to innovate the world around us.
Art This half term we will recap our knowledge of colour from Year 1. We will revise the primary colours. We will build on this by learning about the secondary colours and presenting these using the colour wheel. The children will also revise their knowledge of tints and shades. The children will build on their understanding by looking at the use of colour in “The Beach at Trouville” by Claude Monet.
PSHE In PSHE, we will be covering rights, rules and responsibilities. We will revise our school rules and discuss why they are important. We will also think about the responsibilities of the people in our school. 


Knowledge Organisers:


At the Isle of Ely Primary School, we use knowledge organisers as a tool to enhance our students learning and to allow parents and carers to support their child's learning. In our knowledge organisers you will find essential knowledge, key dates, vocabulary and key figures where relevant. These can be used as a fun assessment tool which will ensure that students remember more and learn more in the upcoming unit of work.


Religious Education


Our class text is: Meerkat Mail by Emily Gravett

Weekly Newsflashes: 

Weekly Newsflash W/C: 18.10.21

What a fantastic end to the half term it has been! This week, we wrote our own information texts using the tools we have learned. The children did an amazing job! In our foundation subjects, we have been very busy recapping our knowledge learned this half term and completing end of unit checks. To end our week, the children made their own wraps. It was a very delicious way to end to our unit of work! Well done for all your hard work this half term and we hope you have a relaxing break.

Weekly Newsflash W/C: 11.10.21

In Year 2 this week, we have continued to focus on our new model text: The Abominable Snowman. We have learned the story and have started to innovate using the idea of a forest fairy. As part of this process, we have learned three new non-fiction writing tools: structure, generalisers and sentence signposts. In maths, we have continued to use the column method and have learned how to add a 2-digit number to a 1-digit number including exchanging 1 ten for 10 ones if required. In geography, we have further explored how the use of satellite pictures can be a useful tool for navigation and locating ourselves in the world. This involved using Google Earth to explore both our local and international surroundings. Well done for another great week!

Weekly Newsflash W/C: 04.10.21

This week, Year 2 were introduced to our new model text: The Abominable Snowman. In this non-fiction unit of writing, the children will be working on information text writing and will write a non-chronological report. This week, we created a text map and actions to help us remember our model text. We then built on this knowledge by learning how to use a comma between two adjectives. In maths, we started to use the column method to add a one-digit number to a two-digit number. In geography, we discussed the differences between maps and aerial photographs. The children have really enjoyed exploring these. Well done for another great week!

Weekly Newsflash W/C: 27.09.21

Another great week in Year 2 has come to an end! In writing, we have been planning and writing our own narratives using the writing tools we have learned in this unit of work. In maths, we have started a new unit of work on addition and subtraction; this has included learning about number bonds and applying this to learn number bonds to 100. In science, we have been learning about our circulation system including learning about arteries and veins. In R.E. we have continued our unit of work on Judaism and have learned about Hanukah. Well done once again Year 2.

Weekly Newsflash W/C: 20.09.21

Year 2 have worked very hard this week! They have innovated our class story to create their own versions. It has been lovely to see the children using the tools learned last week to improve their own writing. In maths, the children have recalled their understanding of counting in 2s, 5s and 10s as well as moving on to counting in 3s. In geography, we have been looking at different maps of our school and the surrounding area in Ely. It has been another brilliant week. Well done Year 2!

Weekly Newsflash W/C: 13.09.21

Our second week back has proven to be just as good as the first! We have continued to be amazed at the work being produced by the wonderful year 2s. In English, we have continued to learn our story, The Snow Queen, and using this as our starting point, we have learned about adjectives, similes and how to use exciting verbs in our own writing. In maths, we have continued out work on place value, including representing numbers on a place value chart and comparing numbers. In science, we have been learning about the skeletal and muscular systems and the important role they play. In art we have been applying our knowledge of colour to Vincent Van Gogh’s painting, Fishing Boats on the Beach at Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer. Thanks for another wonderful week!


Weekly Newsflash W/C: 06.09.21

What a great start to the year we have had! It has been wonderful getting to know our new students and seeing the amazing work they have produced. Alongside our 'getting to know you' activities, we have been busy across the curriculum. In English we have started to learn our new model text, The Snow Queen, we have been hooked by watching a video of her ice palace. We finished our story map and have started to learn the story. In maths we have learned how to represent numbers using a range of maths resources including base ten, bead strings and  part whole models. The highlight of our foundation subjects this week has been learning about our school site in geography and also learning about the basic need animals including humans need to both survive and thrive. Thank you for a great first week (and a bit)!

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