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Welcome to Year 2

Mrs Roberts and Mrs Milbourne


Home Learning During School Closure 


We are still getting out learning from Oak National Academy which has some really great lessons from real teachers around the country. It has English, Maths and Foundation Subject lessons arranged into weekly learning.

This week we are on week 4

I’ve put links below for you to have a go at, but you can always explore the website by clicking on the link above and you will find lots of interesting learning opportunities. 


You can also use the Daily Activities to Dip Into document, which is a helpful timetable of links for online learning which is available for you to use in your home learning as you choose. These include cookery lessons, music lessons and dancing lessons! 


Please let me know about your learning!

I really enjoy seeing and hearing what you are up to at home and writing back to you. It is really helpful for me to keep up with your learning. You can either update me by an e-mail or in a blog - it's your choice :)


This week our theme is - All around the world 

<--- Here is a link to our weekly learning booklet


Expected weekly learning for Year 2 will consist of:

Daily Reading, a choice of reading activities, 5 Maths lessons, 5 English lessons and a choice of project learning tasks

This is our suggested expectation but we do understand that this may not fit in with the circumstances of all families so please do not worry. As long as children are taking part in small but regular learning experiences this will support a smooth transition back into school.

Additional or alternative learning resources are available for Year 2 further down this page

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.'

This document has links to daily phonics lessons starting from Monday 27th April 2020. This is a great resource to use especially if your child could do with some revision of their year 1 phonics, or you're looking for a structured reading lesson that focuses on phonics. 

Monday 1st June -Friday 5th June 

Zoom Chat Focus - Summer fun 
Tell us about what you've been up to in the sunshine over half term. Maybe you've been in the paddling pool, maybe you've been for a lovely walk in the woods, perhaps you've seen some summer bees and butterflies or you may even have been like Mrs Roberts and hid in the shade - Whatever it is, we want to know about it on our Thursday morning zoom call. 

I can't wait to see you all and hear everything you've got to tell me! 



Reading and Phonics:

Spend some time reading every day - write it in your reading record.

Because our theme this week is 'All around the World', for our class reader this week I have chosen a book called 'Here We Are' by Oliver Jeffers


Here are 5 reading activities for you to have a go at if you want. You don’t have to do them in order, you can choose a different activity for each day and you don’t have to do them all if you don’t want to, you could just choose one or two that really take your fancy.


If you want, you can take part in these daily phonics lessons to practise reading and writing all of your sounds.




On the Oak National Academy website, there is an English lesson for each day and this week we are learning all about writing a recount


Also, this week you will be focusing on these 10 common exception words:
father, class, grass, pass, plant, path, bath, hour, move, prove


Click on these links each day to find the correct lesson for that day.

Monday – a reading lesson on finding the meaning of words from ‘The Firework Maker’s Daughter’

Tuesday another reading lesson on making inferences from ‘The Firework Maker’s Daughter’

Wednesday – a grammar lesson on identifying and using different sentence types  

Thursday – A grammar lesson about identifying the key features in a recount

Friday – A writing lesson to write your own recount



This week on Oak Academy, you can learn about fractions (lessons 1-5) 


Click on these links to find the right lessons for each day. 

Monday – to relate halves and quarters to division

Tuesday – To identify parts of a fraction

Wednesday  – to identify half of a shape

Thursday – To identify halves, thirds and quarters of shapes

Friday – To identify fractions of shapes with different numerators.


Project Learning:

There are lots of exciting foundation subject lessons on the Oak Academy Website, so if you want to have a look and try some out that’s fine!


We prefer the Robin Hood Academy topics for each week so here are a few theme activities for you to have a go at:

Our theme this week is All Around the World

<---This is a link to the Robin Hood Weekly Learning Booklet

<-- This is a link to the theme activities that you can choose from. 



Just like the reading activities, you don’t have to do these in order or every day, they are there for you to have a look at and choose from as you like some of them are quick activities and some of them might take you a couple of days to complete.



I know some of you are printing out your worksheets and learning on those, so here is some lined and squared paper for you to do your Maths and English learning on if you want it. Don’t forget you also have your home learning exercise book too.

Lined paper    Squared paper


Covid-19 at home - Here are some helpful resources that you could use when talking to your little ones about Corona virus or any anxieties they might have.

Useful Links to Practise Key Skills:


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. 


Joe Wicks 'The Body Coach' has a series of 5 minute videos aimed at children. He is also running a 30 minute PE session every morning at 9:00 on his youtube channel, which you should get to by clocking this link. Mrs Roberts will be moving along too..


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

This half term


Our theme this term is " Which are the best wheels for Mrs Armitage?"

This is a design and technology based theme and we will be basing our learning on the Mrs Armitage books by Quentin Blake


Building on children’s previous knowledge of junk modelling we will first discuss the different skills of design and technology, particularly different ways of cutting, shaping and joining and practice these skills in practical activities. Moving on from this, the children will discuss different objects that move and liken this to the roly poly’s that they made in Year 1. The children will learn that the way we shape, cut and join and object will affect how it moves. Children will then look at different things in our world that move, in particular types of vehicle, cars, boats and bicycles. They will discuss the moving parts of these vehicles and the force that makes them move. The children will then look in more depth at wheels and chassis to make a moving vehicle, cog mechanisms to make a moving picture and finally, sails to make a moving windmill. At each stage the children will be following the ‘design make evaluate’ sequence of lessons which they will be familiar with from year 1 and will be able to build on with greater detail. Also at each stage children will consider vehicles from the past and evaluate how the vehicles have changed through time and have the mechanisms changed?




Our English will be based around ‘Mrs Armitage on Wheels’. We will begin the half term with a grammar focus, recapping over the grammar we have previously learned and adding to our learning by finding out about and using subordinating and coordinating conjunctions. Moving on after that the children will focus on Quentin Blake as an author and compare this series of books to other series of books by famous authors. The children will finally write recounts and non-chronological reports, exploring the differences in the two pieces of writing.



In Maths, we will begin the half term with a unit on shape, the children add to their shape vocabulary by discussing the properties of 2D and 3D shapes, taking part in classifying and sorting activities. Moving on we will then explore some more addition and subtraction which bridge tens. We will use blank number lines and dienes to understand what happens when you need to exchange and readjust when adding and subtracting, finally learning the written column method for addition and subtraction, applying this method to word and visual problems.



As our class book this half term the children have chosen the BFG by Roald Dahl - such a brilliant choice! As part of our Theme we will be using the books ‘Mrs Armitage on Wheels’, ‘Mrs Armitage: Queen of the road’ and ‘Mrs Armitage and the big surf’, but building on that we will be comparing Quentin Blake’s style of writing with books by John Burningham, Julia Donaldson, Eric Carle, and Oliver Jeffers.




Your child will have a reading book and a guided reading book from the Key Stage 1 library which must be in school every day. There are many opportunities for reading with teachers during the school day so it is important that children do have a book and their reading record in school.


You should read with your child as often as possible during the week at home, we expect that you will write in your child’s reading record at least 3 times a week, this is especially important in Year 2.

Home Learning

For spellings, children should practise the words and rules which we are learning in class, you can find these on our weekly letter. The 6 speed spell words are from the Year 2 common exception words which we will be practising as much as we can all year.


For maths, children will have their Schofield and Sims books, which will be collected in and marked weekly.



 PE is currently timetabled for Wednesday mornings, children should have a white T shirt, shorts/trousers and trainers/plimsolls in school every week.


The children will also be taking part in Forest Schools on Thursday afternoons. They should have trainers/wellies, trousers and a jumper/coat that you don’t mind getting muddy in school every week. 


Please be aware that our cloakroom does not have space for large bags and keeping these bags as small as possible helps your children to keep track of their things.




Resources are all provided for Year 2 children, they should not be bringing pencil cases to school. 


Thank you for your continued support.

If you have any questions regarding any of the information above or regarding your child’s learning and progress, please do not hesitate to pop in and see me at the end of the day or alternatively make an appointment with the office.

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