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Church Lane, Doncaster, South Yorkshire, DN5 7EZ


Barnburgh Primary School

Learning to shine together


Welcome to Year 2



Dear Parents/Carers,

 I cannot believe that the children have already completed a half term. I would like to take this opportunity to say well done to every child for putting in such a fantastic effort so far in year 2. This term our topic is Muck, Mess and Mixtures. The children have loved this topic so far and will continue to work on it for the second half of the Autumn term.

This half term the children well be basing a lot of their work in English on the book ‘The Story Machine’. The children will be producing descriptive, explanatory and narrative pieces of writing based on the story. During their English sessions we will continue to embed our basic skills and look to develop our vocabulary.  The children have really responded well to the extra demands of the curriculum as they have all transitioned into Year 2. 

In Maths, the children will start to learn about money and use these skills to solve reasoning and problem solving questions centred around money. Later in the half term the children will be learning about multiplication and division. The expectation in Year 2 is that by the end of year the children can recall their 2,5,10 and 3 times tables, parental help and support of this is massively appreciated.

As you are all aware this year your child will be given the opportunity to act in our school nativity, we will be holding auditions for parts and sending home lines within the next few weeks. I would be very grateful if you could assist your child with learning their lines and practicing saying them loudly.

Reminders: PE - Y2 will now have PE on a Thursday (Please remember correct PE kit including outdoor trainers for all PE sessions.)

Home Learning Tasks – Your child will continue to receive a variety of home learning tasks throughout the half term to consolidate and develop their learning. They should also be encouraged to read at home independently or with an adult. As the children become more confident readers we would like to encourage them to read a variety of different genres.

We recognise children love to read a wide variety of texts and in order to really promote a love of reading the children can once again choose their own main reading book. We will continue to send home a phonics book. Once the children have completed this book they can place their book bag in the ‘change my book’ box and staff will endeavour to change this book. Reading, just 10 minutes a day, has a real impact on children’s learning. To encourage the children to read as much as possible we will be running a reading challenge in class. In order to complete the challenge children will need to read at home at least 3 times a week. This should be recorded on their home learning sheet.

Please remember to check the school website and app for constant updates and pictures of what the children have been learning and important dates for your diary.


We look forward to working with you and your child this half term.


Thank you for your support. Mr Taylor and the KS1 team.


Year 2 Homework 

Homework will be issued on a Friday.

Children will be expected to complete:

  • Spelling Shed activity                                    
  • Times Tables Rockstar activity                     
  • Continue to learn this terms Key Instant Recall Facts
  • Read to an adult at least three times a week.  


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Year 2 Key Instant Recall Facts Homework

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Year 2 Curriculum Expectations

Common Exception Words - Children are expected to be able to read and spell these words by the end of KS1.


School is an important part of your child’s life.In Year 2 we will encourage your child to retell a story they have heard. This will help your child to put ideas in the right order. Children will also be encouraged to read things around them – cereal packets, notices and signs.We will discuss words. Children will have the opportunity to read each morning and will also have guided reading sessions each day. 

Read with your child – 10 minutes a day can help. We will send home levelled books once a week, but we also strongly encourage children to read books they have chosen. This is really important to help develop their love of reading



“Reading aloud is much more than just telling a child a story and if you can spare 10 minutes a day you can make a huge difference to their development,” said Inez Bailey, CEO, National Adult Literacy Agency (NALA).

“Storytelling is not all about teaching your child to read. You learn to talk a long time before you learn to read, and sharing stories and giving your child time to respond is a wonderful way to help your child’s language development”, she said.

“Reading aloud combines the benefits of talking, listening and storytelling within a single activity and helps to build the foundation for language development. From stories your child learns many things such as how to listen and concentrate, new words and understand why things happen. They also learn to put ideas in order, develop their memory skills, notice how spoken words relate to words on the page and learn how to predict,” she said.

“The most important thing is that reading is fun and enjoyable for both of you – just turn off the TV and find a quiet place so there are no distractions. And remember stories are not just found in books, it’s just as good to tell your child short, simple stories you know. The most important thing is that you enjoy it, that way your child will too.


In Year 2, it is important to start to move from sharing picture books into sharing chapter books. These will not only provide a meaty read, but also demand that the children use their imagination. Of course, there are also many Reception and Year 1 children who will sit and enjoy a chapter book and this should form part of their reading experience. Many of the chosen books operate on different levels - from the satisfaction of good stories to the exploration of deeper themes.

Here are a few suggestions:


Traction Man is Here

Meerkat Mail

Amazing Grace

Pumpkin Soup

Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Book?

Dr Xargle's Book of Earthlets

Not Now Bernard


The Flower


Emily Brown and the Thing

Frog and Toad Together

The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark

The Giraffe, the Pelly and Me

Fantastic Mr Fox

Flat Stanley

Willa and old Miss Annie

As part of the children's work in RE(focusing on Christmas and advent) they have been making wreaths with the PTA.

The children worked in pairs and small groups to make one of George's Marvellous Medicines. They used their measuring, reading and teamwork skills to help them complete their learning.

Topic - the children looked at how blowing bubbles out of paint can create patterns when printed onto paper.

For World Mental Health Day the children took part in some amazing activities - they mediated, had a yoga lesson and completed some mindful pieces of art.

To celebrate Harvest Festival we wrote group acrostic poems and read them out in church. All the children worked really well as part of a team.

As part of our topic lesson we looked at estimating and measuring using a set of weighing scales.

As part of our topic lessons the children looked at food colouring and milk swirling to make patterns. They also looked at how washing up liquid can clean it all up!

RE - as part of our engaging experience for our RE topic of Judaism, the children looked at the importance of candles during Hanukkah.

05.09.19 As part of our topic 'Muck Mess and Mixtures' the children took part in a messy play afternoon. They looked at what happened when powder paint mixed with shaving gel.

Year 2 Long Term Plan

Weekly Timetable