Monksmead School

Respect, Reflect, Believe, Succeed

Welcome to Year Two


Teacher : Miss Adler
TA: Mrs Smith, Mrs Kevin, Miss Woods


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 Tuesday and Wednesday afternoon. 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 code as well as spending time on creating and editing short animations and images.



Our first topic is ‘What will we see on our journey around the World?’ In this unit, the children take four different world journeys. Starting with the local area, we will then look at coastal, rainforest, dry (desert) and world city locations. After half term, we will move on to learn about transport through time.



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 use the internet safely and the many ways in which it can be useful.



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,


Miss Adler

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.