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Our English learning will link closely to our topics for the term which are ‘Once upon a time’ and ‘Sparkle and Shine’.

  • During our topic of Once Upon a Time children will be exploring and retelling fairytales. We will also be writing our own versions as well as giving explanations as to how Goldilocks could make her porridge. 
  • Sparkle and Shine will see us exploring different types of poetry before creating some of our own. We will also then be exploring recounts linking to the events of the 5th of November and why we celebrate Bonfire Night.


Home reading: Children will each have a home reading book and a home school contact book. We expect children to read a minimum of 3 times a week and this to be recorded in their purple book.  We also encourage parents/carers to ask their children questions about what they have read to ensure they are understanding their text. 


Guided reading: Children will take part in guided reading sessions daily. In these sessions they will work as a group to explore challenging texts as well as completing independent activities to improve their fluency, comprehension, retrieval skills and vocabulary. 

The Year 2 reading spine is a set of books which we hope will challenge and inspire our children with a love of reading. Some of the books we will be reading in class and some the children are welcome to take home. We hope that by the end of the year every child in Year 2 would have been exposed to these 

fantastic reads.


Year 2 Reading Spine


Esio Trot- Factory Roald Dahl

George’s Marvellous medicine Roald Dahl

The Queen’s Nose Dick King Smith

The Hodgeheg Dick King Smith

Worst Witch collection-Jill Murphy

Horrid Henry- Francesca Simon and Tony Ross

Charlotte’s Webb- E B White

The Snake who came to stay- Julia Donaldson

The Dragon Machine-  Helen Ward

My Oh My a butterfly- Dr Seuss

Children take part in daily Guided Reading sessions which focus on developing their reading and comprehension skills. 

Please make sure you are listening to your child read, at home, at least three times a week in order to support them with their reading. 

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