Monksmead School

Respect, Reflect, Believe, Succeed

Welcome to Year Two


Teacher : Mrs Feldman
TA: Mrs Smith and Mrs McGinley


Autumn Term in Year 2


I hope you all had a lovely summer and are ready to begin your first term in Year 2.  I am really looking forward to teaching you and getting to know you all.  Please have a read of the information below; this should give you a brief overview of the topics that we cover.  Our class timetable has also been uploaded onto the website as has our long term plan for the year.



I will teach reading within our guided reading sessions, where children are in groups and I will work with a different group each day.  I will also teach reading through our daily English lessons and phonic sessions.  In addition, an adult will hear each child in the class read at least once a week.  Each child will be given a reading record and these will be checked when they have their individual reading time. 


Please try your best to read with your child every day, this will help to improve fluency and accuracy and hopefully be a lot of fun to do together.  When the children have read their books and it has been noted in their reading record, they will choose two new books to go home on their reading day.


Children also benefit hugely from listening to books read aloud to them. This introduces them to new language and vocabulary they might not otherwise hear. This also encourages a love of reading as they can access books they might not be able to read independently yet.



Homework will be given out on a Thursday and is due back in on a Monday.  It will be related to work covered in class and is meant as a chance for the children to consolidate their learning.  Most weeks the work will be English and Maths based, but on some occasions I may set work from other curriculum areas, such as Topic or Science. Sometimes there might be a selection of sheets for your child to choose from, whereas other times there might just be one worksheet depending on the task. 



For the autumn term, swimming is on a Thursday and PE is on a Friday. Please make sure that your child has their PE kit (named) in school.  Each child will need a pair of plimsolls or trainers for PE.

For swimming on a Thursday, your child will need to bring their kit with a towel and either a swimming costume or swimming trunks. Your child can choose to wear a swimming hat and goggles if they’d prefer to.



Please make sure that your child has a named water bottle in school so that they can keep hydrated during the day.  Due to hygiene reasons we do not provide cups for the children, so it is very important that they have their own water bottle.


Thank you for your support. If you require any further information, please do not hesitate to speak to me.


Many thanks,


Mrs Feldman

Year 2 Timetable Summer 2021

Phonics and Reading

At Monksmead, we follow 'Letters and Sounds'.  This is a phonics resource published by the Department for Education and Skills in 2007. It aims to build children's speaking and listening skills in their own right as well as to prepare children for learning to read by developing their phonic knowledge and skills.

For reading, we use a scheme called Bug Club Phonics.  This scheme is aligned with the Letters and Sounds SSP (systematic synthetic phonics) programme and meets Department for Education guidance on choosing decodable books for systematic, synthetic phonics.

In Year 2 we learn to:





  • Secure the year group phonic expectations.
  • Recognise simple recurring literary language.
  • Read ahead to help with fluency and expression.
  • Comment on plot, setting & characters in familiar & unfamiliar stories.
  • Recount main themes and events.
  • Comment on structure of the text.
  • Use commas, question marks and exclamation marks to vary expression.
  • Read aloud with expression and intonation.
  • Recognise:

o   commas in lists

o   apostrophe of omission and possession (singular noun)

  • Identify past/present tense and why the writer has used a tense.
  • Use content and index to locate information 

Our phonic scheme is Letters and Sounds

Our reading scheme is Phonics Bug and Bug club from Pearson




  • Write different kinds of sentence: statement, question, exclamation, command.
  • Use expanded noun phrases to add description and specification.
  • Write using subordination (when, if, that, because) and co-ordination (or, and, but).
  • Correct and consistent use of present tense & past tense.
  • Correct use of verb tenses.
  • Write with correct and consistent use of:

o capital letters

o full stops

o question marks

o exclamation marks

  • Use commas in a list.
  • Use apostrophe to mark omission and singular possession in nouns.
  • Write under headings.
  • Write lower case letters correct size relative to one another.
  • Show evidence of diagonal and horizontal strokes to join handwriting.




  • Compare and order numbers up to 100 and use < > =.
  • Read and write all numbers to 100 in digits & words.
  • Say 10 more/less than any number to 100.
  • Count in steps of 2, 3 & 5 from zero and in 10s from any number (forwards and backwards).
  • Recall and use multiplication & division facts for 2, 5 & 10 tables.
  • Recall and use +/- facts to 20.
  • Derive and use related facts to 100.
  • Recognise place value of any 2-digit number.
  • Add & subtract:

o   2-digit nos & ones

o   2-digit nos & tens

o   Two 2-digit nos

o   Three 1-digit nos

  • Recognise and use inverse (+/-).
  • Calculate and write multiplication & division calculations using multiplication tables.
  • Recognise, find, name and write 1/3; 1/4; 2/4; 3/4.
  • Write and recognise equivalence of simple fractions.
  • Tell time to five minutes, incluing quarter past/to.