Year 2

“You’re off to great places! Today is you day! Your mountain is waiting! So… get on your way!”

Parents’ Evenings

Parent meetings will be held on 20th and 21st March. If you wish to make an appointment to discuss your child’s progress please use the form below. Please make one booking per pupil only. Parents who require two appointments should contact the school secretary. Duplicate appointments will be deleted.



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Dear Parents / Annwyl Rhieni,

Welcome to Year 2!  I hope your child is excited about everything that this year has to offer. I am thrilled to have your child in my class, and I believe that by working together we will make this a very happy, productive and successful school year.  This is an important year in your child’s school career, as we will be reviewing a lot, learning even more, and of course having lots of fun along the way!  It is very important that you play an active role in your child’s education. I invite you speak to me any time that you have a question regarding your child’s progress in school. I will keep you informed by sending home class letters and homework regularly.  Spare copies of homework activities and letters will be posted on the noticeboard found outside my classroom.  Also, I would appreciate it if you would keep me informed any time your child has a concern/ difficulty whether it be it academic, social, or emotional.

Please find below some useful information that you will need:

Outdoor Learning

The children will be working outdoors regularly, whatever the weather!  Therefore please ensure that your child comes to school dressed appropriately for the weather e.g. coat, sun hat etc.  You will be informed in advance of any outdoor days which will require special clothing e.g. wellies.


This year our P.E. days are Wednesday and Friday.  N.B.  Pupils will need to come to school dressed in their P.E. kits.  Suggested clothing for P.E. is navy jogging bottoms, white polo shirt and trainers.  All jewellery must be removed and long hair must be tied back for P.E.

P.P.A. (Planning, Preparation and Assessment)/ SLT (Senior Leadership) Time

My P.P.A. session is on a Wednesday afternoon and Mrs. Stonham will be teaching the class.  Mrs. Stonham will also teach the class every Friday afternoon when I take my Senior Leadership Time.

Class Topics

The topics for this year are as follows:

Autumn Term:           Glitter and Glow

This term will be investigating the amazing and beautiful changes that the season brings.  Pupils will use all of their senses to explore Autumn leaves, hedgehogs, woodland animals, owls and other nocturnal animals, scarecrows, Harvest and pumpkins!  The children will be provided with planned focus activities which cater for all styles of learner, whilst developing literacy, numeracy, thinking and ICT skills across the curriculum.  The children’s natural curiosity will be encouraged, and engaging ‘free choice’ activities will help them to lead their own learning, whilst becoming confident explorers of their environment.  We aim to work outside as often as possible, to experience the season first hand.  It’s also time to celebrate!  We will be using a wide range of skills and approaches to learning to investigate various multi-cultural celebrations, ranging from Bonfire Night, Diwali, Birthdays, Harvest, and finally a big focus on Christmas.  The children will learn about the importance of light in many celebrations, and will compare celebrations and religious stories from various faiths.  Once again, the planned focus activities will ensure that each child feels supported yet challenged in his/ her learning.  Pupils will continue to have access to a wide range of activities which motivate, enthuse and encourage them to become independent thinkers and learners.

Spring Term:             Take a Trip in a Time Machine
Summer term:           Journey with Us over Land, Sea, Air & Space

I’m sure that the children will thoroughly enjoy the practical experiences and focus activities offered to them in an environment which supports a range of learning styles.  If your child has any books, artefacts, DVDs etc linked to the current learning theme, they are more than welcome to bring them in to school.  Please ensure that all items are clearly labelled with your child’s name.

Reading Books

Please ensure that your child brings his/ her reading book to school every day.  Your support with your child’s reading development is crucial and I greatly appreciate your comments in his/ her reading diary.


Homework will be distributed as follows:

Spelling Words:  Sent home every Tuesday and completed activities can be returned at any time during the week after it is sent home.  Please feel free to take photographs of any practical activities undertaken at home.

Maths: Allocated online every Friday.  Activities will review key concepts covered in school throughout the week.

Comprehension:  In the Spring term, pupils will bring home comprehension tasks to complete.


Once again, please feel free to pop in to see me with any questions/ concerns that you may have.  May I take this opportunity to thank you in anticipation for your support throughout the coming year.  Let’s work together to make this year a success and a happy, memorable time in your child’s school career!

Mrs. Cusack

What's been happening in Year 2?
  • Magic Squares

    This week the Year 2s have been learning about the Plague, finding out how hygiene and homes have changed over time. They used their Numeracy skills to create magic squares, as people believed that magic would keep the plague away from their homes. They worked well to find the missing numbers needed to complete their […]

  • …And Then There Were Ten!

    Today the Year 2 children were very excited because all of the class chicks have finally hatched! The children have worked in groups to decide on names for them all. They have been moved out of the incubator and are now in the brooding box. The children will be taking turns to feed and clean […]

  • Rocking Odd Socks for Down Syndrome Day

    Today we are very excited to be wearing our odd socks celebrate World Down Syndrome Day. We are very proud of all of our children , they make our world a better place. Thank you to Mrs Appleyard who sent in cakes for every child to help us celebrate this wonderful day. 21/3/18

  • Dividing with Remainders in Year 2

    Today the Year 2 children have shown fantastic maths skills. We have been investigating halving numbers, using dividing by 2. The children were set a challenge: Which numbers divide equally, and which have remainders? They worked in an organised way, showing their workings clearly. Gwaith bendigedig, blwyddyn dau!

  • We have chicks!!!

    The Year 2 children are extremely excited, as our eggs have started to hatch! Our first chick hatched this morning and the children have decided to name it Charles! The children have enjoyed adding to their daily chick diaries, carefully noting down their observations. We are eagerly waiting for the other chicks to hatch. We […]

  • Chick Watch: Day 1!

    Today the Year 2 children finally received the eggs that they have waited for! As part of our topic ‘Take a Trip in a Time Machine, we have been learning all about chicks and eggs. The children have been eagerly waiting for the eggs to arrive, and finally Farmer Nigel arrived with 10 chicken eggs […]

  • Sports Relief Fun

    Year 2 have had lots of fun today taking part in our Sports Relief activities. They began by participating in Yoga sessions in class. Ozzy Osprey visited the children at playtime to show his support. The children then moved outside to complete independent timed challenges, where they used the skills that they have been working […]

  • Year 2 Visit St. Fagans

    Today the Year 2 children visited St. Fagan’s as part of our learning about the topic ‘Take a Trip in a Time Machine’. We began by visiting Y Maestr school, where we learned about how school used to be over a hundred years ago. The children were very shocked by the punishments used, and how […]

  • Who has ATTITUDE?

    This is the second week of our year 6 entrepreneurs club ‘Attitude’. The group runs a variety of activities, this week the pupils got a chance to show off the dance moves with just dance… warming up for Sports Relief tomorrow.

  • Egg Experts in Year 2!

    Today the Year 2 children thoroughly enjoyed investigating eggs. They learned how eggs provide food, air and protection for the chick growing inside. They enjoyed finding out about the air sac, yolk, albumen and shell…and got very messy along the way! The children worked on recording their results carefully in different ways. They are now […]

  • Exploring Explanation Texts in Year 2

    This week the children have continued learning about the features of explanation texts. They worked collaboratively to sequence contents pages, and discussed the purpose of contents pages in non-fiction texts. Glossaries were also explored. The children sequenced technical words in alphabetical order, and then worked in groups to match definitions to the words. The children […]

  • Reading Temperature in Year 2

    This week the Year 2 children have been working hard learning about temperature. We have learned how to read various scales, and have compared temperatures, using counting on to find the difference. We enjoyed reading and matching temperatures. We also used the iPads to look at weather forecasts online, and compared the temperatures in various […]

  • 🌟 of the week

    Llongyfarchiadau to our Stars this week.

  • Year 2 Celebrate World Book Day

    The Year 2 children have had a fantastic day celebrating World Book Day. We have been focusing on the author Dr. Seuss. We enjoyed looking at rhyming words in his stories, exploring the Seussville website, and completing a problem solving activity based on the book ‘One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish’. The children […]

  • Awesome Animation in Year 2!

    This week the Year 2 children are learning how to animate. They came up with some very creative ideas, and are looking forward to adding sound to their animations later in the week.

  • Waterproof Materials Investigation

    The Year 2 children have been busy investigating which material would be the most suitable for making an umbrella. They decided that the best material would be flexible, waterproof and strong. They made some super predictions and had great ideas for testing the materials. They enjoyed writing a clear method and drawing labelled diagrams. Results […]

  • Happy St David’s Day from Year 2!

    Happy St. David’s Day from Year 2! The children look fantastic in their Welsh costumes and rugby tops. We are having a fun filled morning making Welsh flag shape collages whilst listening to music by Tom Jones. We will then participate in our whole school Eisteddfod.

  • Feeling the Love in Year 2!

    Today the Year 2 children have been further developing their language, maths and personal & social and creative skills whilst learning about Valentine’s Day. We began the day by discussing what valentine’s Day means to us, and then did some data collection about our favourite Valentine’s Day symbols. We then moved on to using Hwb […]

  • Crempogau Gwych yn Blwyddyn 2!

    Today the Year 2 children have been applying their Literacy, Maths, Welsh, ICT and creative skills whilst learning about pancakes. We began the day by undertaking some data collection in Welsh, talking about our favourite flavour pancakes. We then watched our Welsh friends Fflic a Fflac make delicious pancakes, before designing our own healthy, happy […]

  • Virtual Reality in Year 2

    The children have enjoyed using Virtual Reality equipment to extend their learning about dinosaurs. The children have been fascinated by this technology, and are keen to try our other VR activities linked to our topic.

  • Marvellous Magnets in Year 2!

    The children have been busy investigating magnetic materials this week. They enjoyed further developing their prediction skills, recording results and then worked on comparing their results with their initial predictions. Some of the children also decided to go on to Hwb and research Iron, and they then recorded their most interesting facts. Super investigative skills, […]

  • Year 2 Had Halfpenny’s Hat!

    A very big ‘Diolch’ to Mr. Stonham for being kind and letting Year 2 try on a very special item this week. The boys and girls were extremely excited when they had the opportunity to try on Leigh Halfpenny’s scrum hat from the 2013 Welsh team’s game against England, when Wales won 30-13!

  • Year 2 Are Safer Internet Day Superstars!

    Today Year 2 have been extremely busy completing lots of activities linked to Safer Internet Day. The children began the day by listening to a story about how to deal with unkind comments online. We then did a circle time activity using wool, which showed the children how we are all connected to each other, […]

  • Ser Yr Wythnos

    Congratulations to our stars 🤩 this week

  • Y2 Hunt for Building Materials

    The Year 2s have been busy investigating materials and their properties over the last few weeks. We have been looking at the use of materials for different purposes, and the children enjoyed exploring the school grounds to see which materials have been used in the construction of the school. They have shown a super level […]



Useful Websites:   Literacy and Numeracy Games  Interactive Literacy, Maths and subject-related Games and Activities – Phonics, spelling  and other literacy worksheets and resources for Foundation Stage, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 – Spelling activities   Educational games across all subjects and topics – Fun educational games  Free online educational resources and games    Oxford Reading Tree free online books – the official Jolly Phonics website. Includes videos showing the teaching of Jolly Phonics and information related to Jolly Phonics/Jolly Grammar. – enjoy some games that Roy the Zebra provides to enhance your reading skills – a site offering a number of quality literacy games, including games to enhance reading – Dinosaur Words – choose the correct tricky word to match what the dinosaur reads to you! – Word Reader – another nice game to help you recognise and read tricky words – CVC Machine – read the cvc word and match with the picture shown – read a book from Sebastian the Swan’s bookshelf – enjoy interactive big books on the NGFL Cymru site – A popular site already, but did you know that CBeebies also has stories you can listen to? – use the story plant to make your own story and watch it grow! – use the speech bubbles to make your own version of a traditional story – take a look at some links to some excellent literacy activities – create your own  scary monster poem!