Year Two- Welcome!

Class teacher: Mrs Hancock    

Teaching Assistant: Mrs Payton





  • During the year your child will continue to learn to use a variety of approaches when working out unfamiliar words, e.g. sounding them out or looking for clues in the context.

  • He or she will be encouraged to talk and write about:Why they enjoyed a particular part of the story.

  • Humour in stories/poems.

  • What they think of charactersReasons for event in stories.

  • What they think might happen next in a story

  • Patterns in the text, e/g/ rhyme, repetition.

  • The meanings of words which are new to them

  • What they have found out from a non-fiction text Your child will study:Stories and poems with familiar settings

  • Stories and poems by significant children’s writers

  • Traditional stories

  • Humorous stories and poems

  • Extended stories Instructions

  • Explanations

  • Dictionaries, glossaries and other alphabetically ordered texts

  • Information books, mainly related to class topics.




Your child will be encouraged to:


  • Re-read her/his own writing for sense and punctuation!

  • Write in sentences, using capital letters and full stops!

  • Add interest to own writing, e.g. by including simple descriptions! Use story or poetry structures to help in their own writing.

  • Make simple notes from non-fiction books about topics which interest them! Write their own simple non-fiction texts.

  • Learn spellings and spelling patterns (spelling sent home weekly)

  • Make basic joins in handwriting and improve letter formation 


What can we do to help?


  • Help your child to learn to spell common words.

  • Use look, say, cover, write, check.Hear your child read and read to them – make reading fun

  • Help your child to practise handwriting – holding a pencil correctly, letter formation and joins.


  • Count, read, write and order whole numbers to at least 100; know what each digit represents (including 0 as a place holder).

  • Describe and extend simple number sequences (including odd/even numbers, counting on or back in ones or tens from any two digit number, and so on).

  • Understand that subtraction is the inverse of addition; state the subtraction corresponding to a given addition and vice versa.

  • Know by heart all addition and subtraction facts for each number to at least 10.

  • Use knowledge that addition can be done in any order to do mental calculations more efficiently.

  • Understand the operation of multiplication as repeated addition.

  • Know and use halving as the inverse of doubling.Say 2, 5 and 10 timetables with confidence and know by heart facts for the 2, 5 and 10 multiplication tables.

  • Estimate, measure and compare lengths, masses and capacities, using standard units; suggest suitable units and equipment for such measurements.

  • Read a simple scale to the nearest labelled division, including using a ruler to draw and measure line to the nearest centimetre.

  • Use the mathematical names for common 2-D and 3-D shapes; sort shapes and describe some of their features.Use mathematical vocabulary to describe position, direction and movement e.g. forwards, back, left, right.

  • Choose and use appropriate operations and efficient calculation strategies to solve problems, explaining how the problem was solved.


What can you do to help?


  • Counting to 100 – counting in 2s, 5s, 10s. Then beyond 100 – counting in 100s, 50s.

  • Draw your child’s attention to shapes in the environment and encourage them to learn the names of shapes.

  • Talk to your child about units of time e.g.: 60 seconds – 1 minute, 60 minutes = 1 hour, 24 hours = 1 day, 7 days = 1 week, 12 months = 1 year.

  • Practise telling the time o’clock, half past and quarter past.

  • Encourage your child to handle money, add coins and find change from 50p.Make your child aware of patterns that exist in the 2x, 5x and 10x tables

  • Practise regularly chanting the 2, 5, and 10 timetables.

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