Monksmead School

Respect, Reflect, Believe, Succeed

Welcome to Year Two


Teacher : Ms Georgieva
TA: Mrs Smith and Mrs Altayar


Summer Term in Year 2


Welcome back!

 I hope you enjoyed the Easter break and are ready for the summer term ahead.


Please have a read of the information below; this should give you a brief overview of the topics that we cover. The new class timetable is also on the website.  



Homework will continue to be given out on a Thursday and collected in on Monday. It will be related to work covered in class and it’s meant as a chance for the children to consolidate their learning.  This work is in addition to regular reading at home. Please try to read with your child every day to improve their accuracy and fluency.



Our PE days have changed and they are now on a Thursday afternoon and Friday morning. Please make sure that your child has their PE kit (named) in school as well as trainers or plimsolls.  There may be occasions when the children take part in PE outside so you may wish to send in a tracksuit. 



Our science topic for this term is ‘Everyday materials’. The children will be investigating the properties of different materials. In computing, the children will be learning how to make music. After half term we will be looking at the features of power point presentations and learn how to collect, organize and present data.



Our first topic is ‘What a wonderful World?’ In this unit, the children will continue learning about wonderful places around the world mapping and describing them. After half term we will then look at coastal, rainforest, dry (desert) and world city locations.



Our RE topics this term is special books and stories from special books. In PSHE we will be focussing on wellbeing and ways to feel good, calm down and improve mood. After half term, we will be looking at how to be safe in different environments and how to use the internet safely.



Please make sure that your child has a named water bottle in school so that they can keep hydrated during the day.  For hygiene reasons, we do not provide cups for the children, and water fountains across school are out of use so it is very important that they have their own water bottle. 


If you have any questions please do not hesitate to pop in to school to see me,


Thank you Galina Georgieva

Year 2 Timetable Summer 2022

Phonics and Reading

At Monksmead, we have been following '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.  Recently the Government produced a new list of validated schemes and 'Letters and Sounds' is not on this list.  For this reason, we are now in the process of changing to a new scheme called Essential Letters and Sounds (ELS).  We will be sending out more details about the new scheme to our families soon.

For reading, we have been using 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.  However, as we are now in the processing of changing to ELS, we are also updating our reading books so that they are fully aligned with our new scheme.