Year 2

Welcome to Year 2  with Miss Douglas and Miss Siekkeris

Muck, Mess and Mixtures


Here is a little bit about what we will be learning in the Spring Term and the ways that you can support us!

Subject Area Learning How you can help at home  Useful Websites
Writing    All writing will be related to our new topic of ‘Muck, mess and Mixtures’. We will be writing recounts of a very messy morning, character descriptions based on George’s Marvellous Medicine (our class reader) and writing our very own stories about mixture mis-haps! As well as our cross-curriculum topic writing, the children will also participate in daily spelling, grammar and handwriting lessons. At this point in the year, children are encouraged to use the following in their independent writing: adjectives, adverbs, commas in a list, conjunctions (and, but, or, because, if, when) and apostrophes for both contractions (won’t, don’t, shouldn’t, couldn’t etc) and possession.
  • Use lots of new and interesting vocabulary words with your child.
  • talk to your child about any new and unfamiliar vocabulary related to our topic that they may come across.
  • take a trip to the library and let your child pick out a topic related book.
  • Allow your child to engage in a range of phonics and spelling games
  • Make sure your child can read and spell the top 100 High Frequency Words 
  • Make opportunities to learn the weekly spellings we will send out with homework each week.
  • Make sure your child’s handwriting is using correct Monkfrith style handwriting, with lead in and lead in strokes (joining where possible, except for capital letters).
  • Ensure when your child is writing that they are consistently using full stops and capital letters for each sentence.
  • Encourage your child to read their own sentences back to themselves to make sure their own writing makes sense

Reading The children will have guided reading sessions every week. Within reading sessions we will aim to work on the children’s phonic knowledge, building upon the bank of sounds that they recognise, as well as developing their comprehension skills.They will also have additional reading sessions with a teaching assistant where possible and will also engage in a certain amount of independent reading daily. We encourage all children to interact with the reading zone within our classrooms that promote a wide range of texts.
  • Children should be engaging in at least 15 minutes of shared and/or independent reading every day.
  • Please encourage your child to read a range of texts at home and please do not limit reading experiences to only guided readers. There is a wealth of wonderful reading material out there, including; children’s magazines, electronic articles, children’s newspapers, audiobooks and of course, some fantastic fiction and non-fiction books too!
  • Ask your child questions about what they have read, discuss characters, plots, and their predictions for what might happen next.
  • Discuss new and unfamiliar vocabulary with your child – have a child friendly dictionary at home for your child to begin to find out new meanings of words independently.
Maths We will begin the Spring term by focusing on division and its relationship to multiplication. Later in the term, we will cover all statistics and geometry objectives for 2D and 3D shapes.


  • Counting! Counting! Counting! Count anywhere you can, anytime you can! Count forwards, backwards, in 2’s or 10’s!
  • Get your child to practise forming their numbers correctly – on paper, in sand, with chalk on the pavement, anyway you like!
  • Engage in cooking experiences with your child and talk about numbers, doubling recipes and the number of ingredients, weighing and measuring as your go!
  • Allow your child to help you out with the shopping, reading prices and labels on the shelves, paying for items and counting change. Talk about coins as you do.
  • Look at the clocks in your home and talk about time – hours and minutes
  • Make sure your child knows their number bonds to 10 and 20 (e.g:
  • Please familiarise yourself with the way the four operations are taught in year two by having a read through of our Year 2 Calculation Policy
Creative Curriculum Our Spring 1 topic this year will be a science-based topic called  ‘Muck, Mess and Mixtures’, which is focused on materials and their properties.
  • Take some time to ask your child questions about what they are learning in topic and encourage them to investigate more at home to improve their knowledge and assist them in being able to contribute more in class.
  • Find opportunities for your child to be creative at home – make some playdough, let them mix colours or make mixture from different things found in the kitchen.
RE        .

  • Talk to your child about their own religion and try to answer any questions they may have
  • Ask your child about the things they are learning in RE

There are lots of good books in the Religion section of your local library that are very child friendly at an age-appropriate level.

Computing Throughout the importance of online safety will be taught through computing lessons. The children learn about the importance of how to stay safe online when using a computer independently.The children will also be introduced to word processing, drawing and presentation packages such as; Word, Comic Life, Kidpix and PicCollage.
  • Ask your child about how to stay safe when online, ensure to correct any misconceptions!
  • Ask your child to teach you the Monkfrith Online Safety Rules.
  • Find opportunities at home for your child to practise their computing skills where possible
  • Ask your child to teach you! Your child will love showing you how to use a new program or helping you design your very own algorithm!
  • Where possible, let your child practise their typing skills to increase their speed and accuracy

Encourage your child to use child friendly search engines like ‘kiddle’ which filters their search request for inappropriate content

PE Year 2 will have their PE lessons on a Friday afternoon. This term, the focus will be on using the equipment in gymnastics. Please make sure your child’s PE kit is clearly labeled  (permanently), with inside all items of clothing and shoes. You child’s PE should include; PE t.shirt, PE shorts, navy tracksuit bottoms, navy tracksuit top, socks and plimsolsEncourage your child to practise their PE skills at home – throwing, catching, kicking, jumping, climbing, dancingGet moving each and every day with 10 minute shake ups! See website

Home Learning

As well as reading independently for at least 15 minutes every day, as per our homework policy, children in year 2 will also be expected to spend at least 10 – 15 minutes on a piece of maths or literacy homework and an additional 5 – 10 minutes on a handwriting and spelling based task as well. Please note at this point that the homework set is differentiated to a level that your child can complete independently to a high quality standard. It will be an additional piece of work to support what has been covered previously in the week or in preparation for learning in the upcoming week. If your child finds the task difficult, please ensure to let us know, so we can support your child with the task that has been set.

Homework will continue to be set every Friday and should be returned on Wednesday.(Please also note that guided reading books should also be returned every Wednesday along with homework.)