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Welcome to Year 2

 Miss Howarth & Miss Shuttleworth
Mrs Baker 


Important Update:


Dear Parents/Carers,


We hope you are all well and keeping safe. As school is shut until further notice, we will be regularly updating this page with ideas/website links for you to access at home to support your child in their learning.

Try to set sensible and achievable goals for yourself and your children to complete every day. We have put quite a large amount of work on the website but this is to give you options. Please do not feel your child has to complete everything. It is important at this unsettling time that children are happy and safe rather than ploughing through endless worksheets! If your child is finding it difficult to settle down and focus on learning at home, then try to do as many practical activities with them as possible.

Keep active, keep motivated and keep positive!


If there are any problems or questions, please email us and we will try to get back to you when possible, but please understand that this may not be immediate.


Let's share some photos of what we've been up to...


We would love for everyone to stay in contact whilst we're not in school so it would be fantastic if you could post photos and comments on the following padlet page so we can all keep in touch. This might include pictures of things that you've been doing in your house, garden or when you've been out on your exercise break. Miss Shuttleworth, Miss Howarth and Mrs Baker would love to see what you are getting up to!


You can upload the photos yourself, or alternatively you could send them to our email addresses (see above) and we'll upload them to the padlet page and also add them to the photo section at the bottom of this webpage.  





This is a great book for children to help them understand what is happening around them at this time.

This is a great book for children to help them understand what is happening around them at this time. 1

Important Information about Home Learning Activities on Year 2's Class Page


We have added a wide selection of home learning resources to the website.  These have been arranged into the following topics:  English, Phonics, Maths, Science, Topic - Geography, Art/D&T, PE and Music.  It is evident from the padlet page that parents are also coming up with lots of creative learning ideas to supplement the work we have put on these class pages. Well done parents! - It looks like the children have been learning lots whilst having plenty of fun!


If you would like to add more structure to your day, then a possible suggestion is to choose a maths and English activity to complete per day, then choose an activity from one of the other subject areas.  It is also recommended that the children regularly log on to their Mangahigh, Activelearn and Times Table Rock Star accounts and work through the assigned Maths challenges.


If you have any questions or would like any additional support, please send us an e-mail and we will be only too happy to help.  Keep up the fantastic work! 





Reading Comprehension Activities



Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar Activities



Book Study - Fantastic Mr Fox 
'Fantastic Mr Fox' by Roald Dahl is one of the Year 2 Spine Texts. During the Autumn Term we read several books by Roald Dahl and the children really enjoyed them.  If you have a copy of the book at home, you could read it together. Some children will be able to read the story by themselves but all children can access the story if it is read to them. If you do not have a copy of the book at home, there is an audio version of the book available on YouTube. ("Roald Dahl Fantastic Mr Fox - Full audiobook with text (Audio Ebook)" Attached below, there are questions to ask the children for every chapter to assess understanding, as well as several suggested activities linked to the book.



The Phonicsplay website are allowing free access to their resources while schools are closed. Their Phase 5 resources are useful for practising all the sounds the children have learnt. Phase 6 resources are useful for practising the spelling and grammar rules the children have been learning in Year 2. To access these resources go to

Username: march20

Password: home 



Sir Linkalot spelling App


This is an award winning spelling app which helps children to learn the spelling of words in fun and effective way by using quick animations and quizzes.

It is currently free to join at the minute.  Just download the app and use the following codes:

Username: FREE

Password: FREE





Online Games

Don't forget to keep playing the assigned games on Mangahigh and Activelearn. (Many children still have over 30 games still to complete!) The games/challenges on these sites will practise a wide range of concepts from the Year 2 National Curriculum.  Additionally, please continue to practise your times tables through the suggestions made on recent handout and by logging on to Rock Star Times Tables.


Activelearn school code: hqx9

Mangahigh school code: 67594

Rock Star Times Tables school postcode: B17 0BE


General Arithmetic Practise

The arithmetic practise documents attached below are a good way to practise questions involving the four operations. They consist of 15 questions and should take no longer than about 30 minutes to complete. Children should be encouraged to work some of the questions out mentally but use the written methods taught in class for the harder questions.  (Remember to refer to the Calculations Document given out at Parents Evening if the children can't remember which method to use.)

There are quite a lot of Maths and English activities on this page for you to be getting on with for the moment so we thought it would be nice to add some Science and Topic activities to choose from as well.



One of our Science topics this year has been 'Materials.' The children have identified and classified different materials, as well as carrying out various investigations into their properties. The work below recaps on some of that learning and then extends it further by looking in more detail at recycling and finding out about discovering new materials. 



CBeebies has a great series called 'Maddie's Do You Know?'  Maddie explores how lots of different things work. The programmes are engaging and only last 15 minutes! 


Maddie also has her own YouTube channel.  Why don't you take a look at it?  She goes on lots of exciting adventures around the world and delivers programmes about many different type of animals.


Our last topic when we were at school was 'Street Detectives,' in which the children were finding out about their local area. The activities below are all linked to the local area. 




The children have been learning about the four main points of a compass and have had a go at giving directions using these compass points. However, most children found it a bit tricky so there is an activity below where the children can practise giving directions using north, south, east and west.



More activities on map work:

TOPIC - Art/D&T/Geography


Practical activity


The children can design and make their own town or city. They need to think about which buildings and facilities they would like in their town or city, as well as which buildings and facilities are necessary (hospital, police station etc.)


The children can make their town or city out of any construction toys they may have (Lego, sticklebricks, duplo etc.) or out of paper/card or out of any junk modelling materials you may have in the house (cardboard boxes, empty milk cartons etc.). There are some printable paper models of different types of houses included below if you want to use them.


Once the children have created their new town or city, they can make a map of it to demonstrate all their learning about maps - use of symbols, a key etc.


They can also create leaflets/posters to advertise their new town/city - why is it a good place to live?

Perhaps write directions for a toy to get from place to place around your town/city.


We would love to see photographs of the finished towns and cities so please share your photographs on our padlet page or email them to us.

Have fun!



Learn how to draw with Rob Biddulph


Rob Biddulph is an author and illustrator of children's books such as Blown Away.  He is delivering live sessions at 10am on Tuesday and Thursday teaching children how to draw creations from his stories.  You can access these sessions through his Twitter, YouTube and website.


Remember to send us a photo of any of the pictures that you draw.






A good way to start every day might be with a little exercise.

Join Joe Wicks every day for a home workout aimed at kids 😀


Starting Monday 23rd March Joe Wicks is hosting a free workout aimed at kids LIVE on his YouTube channel. With the schools closed and with us all spending more time at home, it's more important than ever that we keep moving and stay healthy and positive. Exercise is an amazing tool to help us feel happier, more energised, and more optimistic. The workouts will be fun and suitable for all ages and even adults can get involved. You don't need any equipment, just tune in to his YouTube channel at 9am each morning for a 30-minute, fun workout.



Myleene's Music Klass


Classically trained pianist and former pop star Myleene class is delivering live music sessions on her YouTube channel on Mondays and Fridays at 10am.  (If you can't watch them at that time, you should be able to stream them at a time convenient to you.)


Why not check them out!  Maybe you could send us a picture of you taking part in one.





 Autumn 1- Muck, Mess and Mixtures
• Autumn 2- Turrets and Tiaras
• Spring 1- Australia
• Spring 2- Street Detectives
 Summer 1 - Scented Garden
Summer 2 - Land Ahoy!

This term our topic is:
Street Detectives

What will Year 2 be doing this term?



We will start this term by looking at poetry. The children will read and discuss a range of poems based on the theme of family. They will be identifying rhyming words and reading poems with rhythm and pace, before having the opportunity to write their own poem. Our literature spine text this half term is 'The Tear Thief' by Carol Ann Duffy. The children will respond to the story in various ways before retelling the story in their own words.




The children will look at multiplication and division this half term. They will cover the following National Curriculum objectives:

  •  recall and use multiplication and division facts for the 2, 5 and 10 multiplication tables, including recognising odd and even numbers.
  •  calculate mathematical statements for multiplication and division within the multiplication tables and write them using the mulitplication, division and equals signs.
  • show that multiplication of two numbers can be done in any order and division of one number by another cannot.
  • solve problems involving multiplication and division, using materials, arrays, repeated addition, mental methods, and multiplication and division facts, including problems in contexts.                                                                                                                                                       The chiildren will also be looking at fractions and will be taught to:
  • recognise, find, name and write fractions 1/3, 1/4, 2/4 and 3/4 of a length, shape, set of objects or quantity.
  • write simple fractions, for example, 1/2 of 6=3 and recognise the equivalence of 2/4 and 1/2.                                                                



To start our Street Detectives topic the children will be looking at where our school is located and the geography of our local area. They will have the opportunity to participate in some local area walks to look at the different types of houses and how the land is used. They will plot their routes on local area maps and describe their journeys. The children will also look at how certain buildings in the local area have changed over time. Later in the term, the children will carry out a DT project to design, make and evaluate structures for a new play area for a local park.



In Science, the children will be completing a unit of work on animals, including humans. They will be looking at how humans grow and change; matching adult animals to their offspring; sorting animals depending on how they have offspring (laying eggs or giving birth to live young); describing animal life cycles; and understanding what animals and humans need to survive. They will also have the opportunity to carry out science investigations. 


Religious Education

In RE lessons this half term the children will be learning all about the Christian celebration of Easter. They will be discovering whyEaster matters to Christians and the true meaning of Easter.



In PE this half term the children will be developing their dance skills and learning how to combine movements to create a dance.

2S will be going swimming every Thursday.

Important reminders

Please make sure that your child brings their water bottle, reading book and book bag into school every day. Your child may not necessarily read on the same day each week so it is really important that they come prepared every day. We cannot issue the next book until the previous book has been returned. Thank you for your support with this matter.

Homework is given out every Friday and should be returned by the following Wednesday.

Spelling tests take place every Friday.

Please ensure your child's PE kit is in school at all times. They will be sent home at the end of each term to be washed.

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Parent Workshop - Transition Powerpoint

Try reading online with EPIC.  You will be able to choose from fiction, non fiction, audio books and videos.  This is free until at least 30.06.2020


On a laptop/desktop/Chromebook 

Log in to 

Log in with the class code: sjv1325
Select your name from the list and start reading. 


On iOS/Android

Download the EPIC app

Select "Have an account? Log in"

Students & Educators

Log in with class code sjv1325

select your name from the list


If you have any problems logging in, or you cannot see your child's name on the list, email Mrs Rigby


Update!  It seems that some people are having difficulties logging in depending on the device being used.  If in doubt, click on my name to send an email and put 'Invite me'  as the subject.  I will then send you an email that can be used for access.


To find books suitable for your child's age, click in the search bar and search for a subject/title, then use the first tab on the left, 'AGE' underneath 'ALL' to filter results for the age you are looking for.


I hope this helps,

Mrs R x








Have a look at the photos of what the children have been up to in Year 2


Keeping in touch during the coronavirus - What Year 2 has been up to

Materials Science Experiment - Can a few sheets of newspaper be made into a strong paper bridge?

End of Autumn Term Awards

English (Non-Fiction) - Lion Factsheets

English and D&T - Making and Writing Instructions For 'How to Make A Fruit Smoothie'

History - Treasure hunt to find out facts about Florence Nightingale

Following instructions to make a magician's hat

Inventions inspired by 'Rosie Revere Engineer' Growth Mindset Book

Links - Please click to open. 

Schoolhouse Rock: Grammar - Conjunction Junction Music Video

"Conjunction Junction, what's your function?" The classic Jack Sheldon favorite from Schoolhouse Rock. For more information, go to