Monksmead School

Respect, Reflect, Believe, Succeed

Welcome to Year Two


Teacher : Mr O'Keeffe and Mrs Feldman
TA: Mrs Pasarica, Mrs Cahill and Ms Herrero


Autumn Term in Year 2


Welcome back!  


I hope you had good summer and enjoyed the break. 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 be given out on a Thursday and collected in on Monday. It will be related to work covered in class which should consolidate their lessons at school.  The reading books will be given out on a Friday and changed during the week. Please try to read with your child every day to improve their accuracy and fluency. 



I will teach reading through our daily English lessons and ELS phonic sessions. Each child will be given a reading record and they will read with an adult for support and extension of their phonics work.  Children’s reading books will be changed on a Friday.  They will have one fully decodable book from the ELS scheme and one ‘shared reading’ book for you to share with your child.  It is expected that the ELS reading book is read at least four times, to achieve this year's reading and phonics targets. 



Our PE days are Wednesday afternoons and Thursday 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 ‘ Living Things and their Habitats’. The children will be investigating differences between things that alive, never been alive and those that are dead. In computing, the children will be learning to about coding and online safety.  



Our first topic is History and we will be looking at ‘The Great Fire of London’’ In this unit, the children will continue learning about how the fire affected London, its causes, evidence for the fire and how people had to respond.  



Our RE topics this term is kindness and learn examples from Christianity . In PSHE we will be focussing on 'Belonging to a Wider Community’ which will be about caring for others and learning the polite behaviours. We will learning be about respectful of people and the environment. 



Please make sure that your child has a named water bottle in school so that they can keep hydrated during the day.  Please ensure they have raincoats with their name labelled on it.  



As you are aware I am new to the school and I look forward to teaching this class. I will be supported by Mrs. Pasarica.  If you have any questions please do not hesitate to pop in to school to see me. 


Daniel O'Keeffe


Year 2 Timetable Autumn 2022

Phonics and Reading

In Year 2, the children continue to build on the skills they have learnt whilst using the Essential Letters and Sounds (ELS) phonics programme in Reception and Year 1.

Children will read individually each week and will be given a phonetically decodable book to read and practise.   

To support their love of reading, children will also be encouraged to choose a 'sharing book' - this is a book that may or may not be fully decodable but can be enjoyed with parents and family members as a book to read together.