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 and gymnastics on 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 Golding                     Mrs Kiss                     Mrs Lambert     

This half term we will be learning:

Subject Content

We will continue to use Read, Write Inc. to consolidate our phonics knowledge this half term. We will be using decodable books to improve our reading fluency and reading comprehension skills. We will also have grammar and vocabulary tasks based on what we have read. We will also practice our sentence composition, building up to longer pieces of writing.


In maths, this half term we will learn about addition and subtraction. We will learn a range of strategies including how we can use our number bonds to help us add and subtract two digit and one digit numbers from one another. We will also learn how to use the column method to help with adding and subtracting. We will then finish the term with a unit of work on money. In this unit we will count money and notes, find different combinations of coins that equal the same amounts of money and we will embed the use of the pound and pence symbols.


In science, we will be learning about the suitability and properties of different materials. We will investigate different materials, for example metal, wood or glass, including where they have come from and appropriate used for them. We will also use adjectives to describe their properties, for example describing glass as being transparent and waterproof.


In geography, we will be learning about UK geography, weather and climate. This will include looking at the different countries of the UK, including their flags and national symbols. We will then investigate the difference between weather and climate and how our climate has changed over time.


We will be learning about the importance of Christmas to Christians. We will learn the nativity story and how different people around the world celebrate Christmas.


We will be using Charanga to help us with our Music unit this half term. We will use a Christmas song to help our understanding of pulse and pitch. We will dance, clap and be playing the glockenspiels.


In PE, we will be learning about dance and will use the historical topic of The Great Fire of London as inspiration. We will make a variety of dance moves to go along with music portraying the event. 


In computing, we will be learning about coding. This will be linked to their knowledge of the importance of following basic instructions in a careful step by step manner. We will be learning about key vocabulary such as coding, algorithm and debugging.


We will be learning about some other the elements of art this half term. We will be revising our knowledge of line. We will then learn about texture and how line is used to create visual texture by artists. We will also learn about the geometric shapes found in natural items and in artwork.


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 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

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

Weekly Newsflash (W/B: 16.11.20)

Year 2 have worked hard this week! We have been focusing on our phonics; revising sounds, reading real words and reading alien words! In maths, we have continued our work on addition and subtraction. We have used tens frames to help us understand what happens when we cross over the tens. For example, when working out 25 + 7, you can work out 25 + 5 + 2 using your number bonds to ten to help you. In Geography, we have discussed the difference between the weather and the climate. We have been recording the weather every day. We used the glockenspiels in music this week. We worked on our understanding of pulse and playing in time to a beat. Amazing work this week Year 2!

Weekly Newsflash (W/B: 09.11.20)

This week we have started our new units of learning. In science, we are looking at the properties of different materials. Ask us what "opaque" and "transparent" mean! We have revised our previous knowledge of line in Art. We recalled what straight, zig-zag and curved lines are. We also looked at line in a number of different pieces of artwork including that of Paul Klee. We were inspired by his use of line and drew ourselves in his style. In maths we have been working on our column addition and subtraction. I am so proud of all the children's efforts and perseverance this week! It has really paid off. Well done Spider Class! 

Weekly Newsflash (W/B: 02.11.20)

We have been very busy this week! In maths, we have been practising our number bonds to 100. We used hundred squares to help us fill in missing number sentences (e.g. 62 + _ = 100). We used our number bonds to 10 to help us. We quickly recapped all our amazing knowledge we gained last half term and completed quizzes to show what we could remember. It was lovely to see all the knowledge that the children remembered! We will be starting our new units of knowledge next week. Another brilliant week Year 2! Well done!

Weekly Newsflash (W/B: 19.10.20)

This half term has been capped off with another week of hard work! Year 2 have continued their work using our chosen story ‘Meerkat’ mail. We have watched a video about real meerkats in the Kalahari Desert and have used our senses to help us write sentences. This has allowed us to continue to focus on our capital letters, full stops and on adjectives. In R.E. this week, we learned the story of the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah. We created a class story map and used it to learn the story. In maths, we learned about related facts and how we can use them to solve maths problems, for example if we know that 8+12=20 then we also know that 12+8=20. We have continued to work on our Set 3 sounds, including air, ure and ir. Another great week to finish off the half term!

Weekly Newsflash (W/B: 12.10.20)

Spiders have worked very hard this week! Year 2 have been busy making a story map based on Meerkat Mail by Emily Gravett. We included the amazing adjectives that we generated last week and highlighted the words that needed a capital letter. We wrote our stories, focusing on these aspects in our writing. In art this week, we made shades by adding black to a colour. We added these shades to our images inspired by Vincent van Gogh. We continued to work on our counting this week and started to count in 3s up to 30! We have continued to work on our Set 3 sounds, including ai, oa and ew. Another great week! 

Weekly Newsflash (W/B: 05.10.20)

In art this week, we made tints and used them to recreate an image by Vincent van Gogh. We are excellent artists in Caterpillar Class! We also read Meerkat Mail by Emily Gravett. We worked on using capital letters for the names of places. We also generated some brilliant adjectives to describe the places that Sunny the meerkat visited. In maths, we have been working on counting in 2s, 5s and 10s. Please keep practising these at home! We have also carried on revising the Set 3 sounds as a class. These include aw, are, ur, and er. Excellent work this week Spiders!


Weekly Newsflash (W/B: 28.09.20)

Another brilliant week in Year 2! In geography, the children compared maps to aerial photographs and identified the similarities and differences. The children looked at a map of our school and compared it to an aerial photograph of our school. We had some brilliant discussions. In art, the children built on our knowledge of the primary and secondary colours and identified the warm and cool colours using the colour wheel. As a class, we are also revising the Set 3 sounds. We have focussed on the split-digraph sounds this week. We have really enjoyed challenging ourselves by spelling unusual and tricky words containing the a_e, i_e, o_e and u_e sounds. Fantastic work Spiders!


Weekly Newsflash (WB: 21.09.20)

Year 2 have had a wonderful week. We have started following our usual timetable and the children have really enjoyed their learning of the foundation subjects this week. In Science, we discussed what we need to do to keep our bodies and minds healthy. The children had some fantastic ideas including eating a balanced diet, getting plenty of sleep, staying active, keeping clean and taking part in activities that make us happy. In Geography, we have started to look at maps. We looked at some key symbols and learnt some key vocabulary such as vegetation and boundaries. Spider class have finished looking at their Set 2 Sounds in Phonics this week. These included air, ir, ou and oy. Well done Spider Class for another brilliant week!


Weekly Newsflash (WB: 14.09.20)

This week, Year 2 have continued their work on the Set 2 phonics sounds. We have learned the igh, oo (moon), oo (look), ar, or sounds. We have also been completing a few quizzes to see where our learning needs to go next. We have written a lovely story following the prompt, "If a I climbed a ladder up into the clouds, what would I see?". We were very impressed with all the amazing and creative ideas that we generated. Well done! Another brilliant week, Year 2!

Weekly Newsflash (WB: 11.9.20)

It has been such a lovely first week back. We have focused on our school routines and spending time settling into our new class. We have covered our three school rules "Ready", "Respect" and "Safe" so that we understand what they mean. We have also read some really lovely class stories based on kindness, perseverance and how special each of us is. This week we have also started to recap the Set 2 Phonics sounds. This week we have recovered ay, ee, and ow. We have also spent time doing lots of art including some amazing dot paintings. What a wonderful first week back!

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