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Welcome to Year 2

Mrs Summers, Mrs Mellor and Mrs Corstorphine

Autumn 1 and Autumn 2 Theme: What do we know about the Victorians and the way they lived?


We will spend a lot of time this week getting to know the children and establishing the expectations and routines in Year 2. Our theme this half term is ‘What do we know about the Victorians and the way they lived?’ which will also carry through to Autumn Term 2 but with a different focus. As a ‘wow-in’ to this topic we are planning a trip to Coventry Transport Museum and Herbert Art Gallery. More details about this trip and the costs will be sent out soon. This topic has a History focus.


English- We will be reading the book ‘Major Glad and Major Dizzy’ as our main book but then may be dipping into other books such as information books on related topics such as Victorian toys, children and transport. The children will be writing a variety of types of writing such as non-chronological reports, diary entries as well as stories. We will also be focusing on our phonics, revising Phase 5 ahead of the phonics test, which will be taken at the end of Autumn term as the children were not able to take this in Year 1 as they were cancelled due to the pandemic.


Maths-In Maths, we will be focusing on place value for numbers up to 100. The children will be learning how to partition a number into tens and units. We will then move onto addition and subtraction, using manipulatives, drawing maths pictures and using number lines to add and subtract 2 digit numbers. Towards the end of the half term, we will begin to look at word problems and work on the different strategies we can use to solve them. There will be opportunities to go over any gaps in learning that have been identified by Year 1 staff through our Maths Meetings as well as in lessons to plug any gaps in learning.


Theme-In History, we will be looking at Victorian history in depth, finding out more about Queen Victoria, life as a Victorian child and what school was like during that period. As well as this we will really be focussing on Victorian transport with particular reference to the first car and bike manufacturing which took place in Coventry which will link in really nicely with our school trip. In Art the children will be looking at different styles of portraits particularly from the Victorian times.


Reading- Children will be given a reading book based on their current book band to read at home from next week onwards. Books will handed out on a Friday and will need to be brought back in,  along with their reading record on a Wednesday. The expectation is for at least 3 reads a week and these should be recorded in their reading records. Ask your child questions about the text that they are reading as comprehension is a key skill as well as the physical reading. A copy of some of the types of questions you can ask can be found on this page. Children will have the opportunity to change their books to take back home on a Friday.


P.E and Forest Schools- P.E for Year 2 will be on a Monday and children should come dressed in their P.E kit on this day like they did last year- jogging bottoms, trainers and a polo top/white t-shirt and school jumper as their P.E lessons may take place outside. As for Forest schools this will take place on a Thursday and like last year, the children will need to come dressed in their kit- This kit is black jogging bottoms (not leggings), their white school polo top or a plain white t-shirt and their school jumper. They need to wear trainers to school but bring their wellies with them to change into as well and then will take these back home at the end of the day. All children will also need a hooded, waterproof, warm coat as we will be going out in all weather.


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Useful websites to practise key skills at home:


Oxford Owl - provides access to free e-books (You have to create a free account to view them) 


This website is American, but it has some nice phonics and reading games.


This website is currently free with the username: march20 password: home


Your child has an individual log-in for this website. They can play spelling games based on lists of words. I will set 3 spelling lists to practise per week. Try using the code '#710619' to enter a hive game for common exception words! 



Use these links to find an interesting image. What do you think is happening? Can you describe what is happening in your exercise book? Can you write a story about it?


'Mr Thorne Does Phonics' has lots of grammar and phonics short episodes 


This blogger has compiled a list of children's authors with great books to read, each author has a few reading based activities on their website. 


Audible has lots of free audiobooks for children while you're learning at home.


Alphablocks games and some episodes can be found here. 



This website has LOTS of age appropriate maths resources and they have produced home learning packs for each year group with helpful videos and activities for each day of home learning. 

This website has lots of interactive maths games. 


This website groups games together well and you can search by subject.


Times Table Rock Stars - your child has an individual log in for this.


This is a story based maths game which your child can log into with their TT Rock stars log ins.



Other subjects:


This is a fantastic website with lots of videos, interactive activities and printable resources around all the subjects as well as current events. Great for exploring if you want some extra material in your home learning. 


Once clicking this link, choose 'Espresso' from the drop down log-in menu in the top right hand corner. You will receive a username and password for this website. 


This website often has child - friendly news items, and they will be uploading some free content when schools close


With this link you can take a virtual tour around the British Museum, London


This website has lots of activities you can do in the garden, as well a lots of information about animals and plants for research tasks.



Find out information and take quizzes using this link.


These games are the first steps of computer programming, they are very engaging for children. 


This is a typing game for children beginning to learn to type. 



This is the website that we use for PE at school. You should have your own log-in to get to some great at home PE activities. 


This website has fun movement videos for children



We work with a company called SEND Supported at school and they are releasing newsletters each week offering support and guidance to parents of children who many have additional needs in school. Please find below a link to these newsletters:

There are also lots of other resources and information available on their website. The 'Things to do Issue 2 - Resources' file has some lovely activities for all children regardless of whether they have additional needs or not. There are lots of great visual puzzles and games for children to play so please have a look if you can. There are also resources available now to support with developing children's memory skills in 'Thing to do Issue 3 - Resources.'

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  • Coombe Drive, Binley Woods, Coventry,
  • Warwickshire, CV3 2QU
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