Year 2

Welcome to Year 2!
The Meerkats


Spring 2, 2020

Welcome back! We hope that you all enjoyed the Christmas half term break and are ready to continue your learning with our topic in year 2.

Our continuing theme for our topic is ‘What brings us together?’

What core values bring us closer together?

How can we show each other what is important this season?

The theme for our next topic is ‘How can we feed the world?’ Our new topic learning will begin Monday 27th January.


General Information 

Information from the Reading Workshop in the first Autumn term can be found here – KS1 Reading Workshop Presentation

Information from the Maths Workshop in the first Autumn term can be found here – KS1 Maths Workshop Presentation

Infromation from the Writing Workshop in the first Autumn term can be found here – KS1 Writing Workshop Presentation

Information from the Spring 1 KS1 SATs Parent meeting can be found here – Y2 SATS Presentation (please note this links to an external site).

  • Thursday 23rd January 2020 – Year 1 and Year 2 Pride in Our Learning – 3pmThursday 13th February 2020 – Last day of half termFriday 14th February 2020– Training day

Children need to bring their P.E. kits on Monday to be kept in school until Friday. Year 2 will have their P.E. session on Thursdays.

On this days can you please ensure that long hair is tied back and that earrings are not worn.

It would also be helpful to label your child’s PE kit with their name.

Reading books will be changed on Thursdays.

Please make a record of every time your child reads because if they read 20 times within a month, they will receive a golden ticket.

Key Stage 1 parents who help their child to read 20 times a month will be entered into a monthly prize draw.

Oxford Owl Library (The library is a fantastic e-book resource, you just need to register your e-mail on the site to access a range of books for free)

Weekly spellings will be given out on Mondays. Your child will be tested on a selection of these on Fridays.

Also during the week, your child will complete a short dictation exercise containing the weekly spellings.

Please support your child at home by helping your child learn their weekly spellings.

Below are some games to help your child develop their phonic skills.

Deep Sea Phonics Dragons Den Buried Treasure Obb & Bob
Learn to Read Spelling BBC Words and Pictures

The Canon Popham Times Table Challenge

We are continuing with the school ‘Times Tables Challenge’ award system to encourage the children to learn their times tables. In Year 2, the children need to learn their tables (multiplication and division facts and missing digit questions) to achieve awards for the 2, 5 and 10 times tables.

Try it!!! Can you do it? You can practise as many times as you like by following the links


Year 2 will take part in daily whole class reading along with a focus upon spelling, punctuation and grammar activities. Also, the children shall be taking part in lots of writing, reading and spoken word activities which will include studying the Horrid Henry collection of stories by Francesca Simon.

Hand Writing

We use a cursive style handwriting in our school, please try to encourage your child to use this when they are writing at home. A good resource for this is on YouTube to see how we do this. This can be found here.


This half term we will be learning to tell and write the time to five minutes; compare and sequence intervals of time. We will be using money and will be able to recognise units symbols (£, p); explore combinations of money and solve simple problems, including giving change.

We will also be revisiting addition and subtraction of 2 digit numbers, using the methods of adjusting and regrouping in order to solve problems involving numbers, quantities and measures.

If you have any questions about these areas of Maths please come and speak to a member of the year 2 team.

Hit the button maths games

Maths with Parents

Thank you for engaging with our online Maths homework programme. It’s lovely to see all of your photographs and read all of your comments about the fun you’ve had playing the games which are suggested.

When you complete the video and activities you get to change your Mathscot.

I have loved looking at all your extremely stylish Mathscots, If you haven’t signed up yet, you’re missing out on the fun! Go to and add your child’s class code to register. Year 2 – 944660



We will be finishing our topic ‘What brings us together?

The second half of our half term will move onto our new topic ‘How can we feed the world?’ More information about this topic will be on the webpage in Spring 2.


Topic Homework

We are continuing with our topic approach to homework this year and in addition to their reading book, weekly spellings and maths homework, children must also complete at least 1 homework project based upon our topic.

Topic homework will be shared during our Pride In Our Learning session on Thursday 23rd January @ 3pm.

Each of the projects have been designed to allow children to develop their creative and critical thinking skills.  Remember that you can work with your child on homework and it’s a fun activity to do with your child.  We hope you enjoy completing some of these homework projects with your children.

A copy of the homework sheet can be downloaded here – Y2 What brings us together homework grid.

Other information

Our curriculum page for Year 2 can be found here.

Please provide your child with a labelled water bottle to take outside during playtimes.

We also advise that you ensure all your child’s school clothing is clearly labelled too as well as making sure that your child does not bring toys from home into school. This would be greatly appreciated.

As always thank you for your continued support. It really makes a difference to your child’s learning and if you have any questions or comments please feel free to speak to us at any time.

Mrs Milnes (Class Teacher)
Mrs Margetts (Learning Support Assistant)