Monksmead School

Respect, Reflect, Believe, Succeed

Welcome to Year Two


Teacher : Mrs Moynihan
TA: Mrs Fleetwood


Welcome to a new term in Year 2.  Please have a read of the information below; this should give you a brief overview of the topics that we will be covering this term. 



Guided reading will continue in the same way as it did last term where I read with a group each day.  This term we will introduce ‘Buddy Reading’ where children in Year 2 will be paired with an older member of the school to share a book together.  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.  Please continue to read with your child and note this down in their reading record. 



Homework will be given out on a Wednesday this term, and will still be 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.  If homework is not completed those children will be given support to complete it during their golden time on a Friday. 



PE sessions will be on a Tuesday and Thursday this term.  Please make sure that your child has their PE kit (named) in school.  There may be occasions when the children take part in PE outside so please make sure that your child has trainers, jogging bottoms and a sweatshirt in school for when it is cold outside. 



Our science topic for this term is living things and their habitats.



This term we will be learning all about Borehamwood and comparing life here to the life of a child living in Kenya.  In our art/DT we will be learning about the work of a number of British Artists as well as learning about Kenyan art.



Our RE topics this term are special places and Easter, and in PSHE we will start the term with a focus on Nelson Mandela and Rosa Parks and their impact on equality across the world.



The children will be learning how to code using our coding programme and also how to create images on screen and how to research safely.


If you have any questions please do not hesitate to pop in to school to see me, it is ever so important that we work together to provide your child with the very best experience at school.


Thank you


Natasha Moynihan

Show and Tell

Show and Tell

Once again this term I would like to give all of the children the opportunity to share something from home with their class.  They could bring in their favourite toy, photograph, talk about a day out that they have had or a club that they belong to – the choice is theirs.  This gives the children the opportunity to speak in front of others and raise confidence.


The children generally love to talk to their class and this is the perfect opportunity, with each child being allocated a maximum of five minutes of talk time.   Show and Tell will be on a Friday afternoon this term.  Please check your child’s slot, due to this being a shorter term, there will not be time to put in another one if they forget. This is optional for the children; they do not have to do show and tell.


Mrs Moynihan


Year 2 Timetable Spring 2020

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.


Year 2 Medium Term Overview Spring

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.