If you have any concerns about a child, please do not hesitate to report your concern to one of our Designated Safeguarding leads- Mrs Skillern or Mrs Deacon by emailing head@isleham.cambs.sch.uk or ddeacon@isleham.cambs.sch.uk or telephoning 01638 780336. If you think you or the child is in immediate danger and need urgent help, please call the police on 999. Alternatively, you can contact the local authority safeguarding team directly- if you are not a professional involved with the child or family, you do not have to give your name and your conversation will be treated confidentially. Telephone: 0345 045 5203 (8-6pm Monday to Friday) 01733 234 724 (out of hours) Email: referralcentre.children@cambridgeshire.gov.uk

2022-23 Year 2

We wanted to welcome you all to a new school year. We hope you enjoyed a well deserved summer holiday! We are looking forward to hearing all about your summer breaks and we are so excited about starting the new academic year in Year 2. 


Ms Sassoli (Monday and Tuesday) and Ms Barnes-Weston (Wednesday-Friday) will be your teachers this year and Mrs Wright will be your teaching assistant within the classroom. We will be using Class Dojo to share weekly learning and celebrating your achievements. 


Please find below the yearly overview for Year 2 and an example of a weekly timetable.  Please note that on occasions lesson will be blocked or swapped around but every Monday will be a PE session and every Thursday until October Half term will be a swimming lesson.  After Half Term the swimming will become a second weekly PE lesson on a Thursday.



We will be starting our traditional tales unit at the start of this term. We will explore the story of Little Red Riding Hood, finding the traditional tale features and learning about proper nouns (a noun that names a particular person, place, or thing). We will be collecting adjectives to use in our own retelling of the story.



At Isleham we follow the Power Maths scheme of work and across the Autumn term we will be covering four units of work, which include numbers to 100, addition and subtraction (two units) and properties of shapes. The overview of the units are shown below and we will be sharing learning weekly on Class Dojo as the units progress.

In our Science lessons we are going to be learning about materials. We will identify and name materials and consider their properties. We will then use this knowledge to think about why materials may be suitable for their purpose.
Why are windows made from glass and not fabric? 
Children will sort materials into criteria and take part in some investigations to answer scientific questions. 

 Foundation Subjects

 We offer a broad and balanced curriculum at Isleham C of E school.  The yearly overview highlights the subjects taught and there will be opportunities of trips and events tied into our areas of learning throughout the year.  We will be holding a  Year 2 Curriculum information session on  Monday 12th September 3.30 - 3.45 where we will talk through the areas taught this term.    If you can't make this please see the PowerPoint below which will be uploaded after the event with all the information you need.

How to help your child in Year 2:


Support your child with daily reading and encourage them by ticking that you have heard/seen them read in their reading record book. Don’t forget to add a comment yourself.

Reading record books  to come into school every day, please.

Spellings can be practised using the Spelling Shed website without the app.

It is also very helpful if you can practice timestbales at home x2. x5. x10 Your child we bring home a password for Times table Rockstars.

Keep an eye out for posts on this website and also on Class Dojo.


Spring Term Year 2  2023
Our new topic this term will be Amazing Africa!


In Maths this half term we are going to be starting the term on money and then continuing onto multiplication and division. You will be able to see the overview of each of these units and the vocabulary we will be using during these units. In the multiplication and division unit we will decide if groups are equal, add equal groups, form multiplication sentences, use arrays and make equal groups by grouping and sharing. 


This half term we are going to be learning about living things and their habitats. We will be focusing on living animals and plants and where they are best suited for the living conditions they need to survive. The knowledge organiser above will give you the vocabulary the children will be exposed to and for you to use whilst talking about animals and their habitats at home. These are some of the questions we will be exploring over the next few weeks:

  • Can they explain the differences between living and non-living things?
  • Can they decide whether something is living, dead or non-living?
  • Can they match certain living things to the habitats they are found in?
  • Can they describe how a habitat provides for the basic needs of things living there?
  • Can they describe a range of different habitats?

Physical Education

In PE we will be following the new PE scheme ‘Real PE’ and focusing on the fundamental movement skills for footwork and static balance for standing on one leg. We are going to be spending time on the personal skill to persevere and ask for help to develop themselves further.


We will also be learning typical African dance moves and techniques to tie in with our Spring topic 'Africa'


To kick start out ICT for this half term we are going to talking a lot about online safety and what it means to be safe online. This will include how to be safe when using search bars, emailing other people and what their digital footprint is and how to control this.


Art will be linked to our topic ‘Africa for this half term and we will be focusing on looking at African designs to learn how to weave on a paper loom. We will then also look at adding wax designs to materials and to see what happens in the process of batik.  

Our Geography lessons will be focusing on the country of Kenya in Africa. 
We will learn  to locate Africa and Kenya on a map. We will also compare the similarities between Kenya and the UK, explore what a  National Park is, how tourism is important and the animals which live in Kenya. 
We will start the second half of the Spring term by learning how to write our own Kenning poems about animals found in Kenya.  
The next unit of work will be a recount, and a narrative text based on a story from another culture - 'Handa's Surprise. 
This half term we will explore African rythmns with djembe drums  learning to call and respond and to improvise. We will learn  to sing a traditional African song  focusing and understand the traditions associated with story telling, music and dance in African culture.