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Home Learning Resources for Year 2


We know that your priority at the moment is the health and safety of your family.

There is no expectation that you do formal learning at home.

This page has lots of great resources you can use as little or often as you like.


Government advice on helping children learn at home




BBC Bitesize

BBC Bitesize has super daily lessons.

There is a 20 minute daily show and a variety of activities, games and videos for each lesson.

It is perfect for learning at home.

Click the fish to find out more!






Join us on a home learning adventure that starts with a Polar bear.






Times tables

In Year 2, children should be working on their 2, 5 and 10 times tables


Also Recommended


More Maths games and resources to explore:


In Year 2, we learn about telling the time - o'clock, half past, quarter past and quarter to. 







Phonics Play are giving free access with the username march20 and the password home

Click on the links on this page to find words to practise and games to try

Reading Eggs are offering a free 30 day trial


More Literacy






We have been exploring why different materials are used. For example: Some are transparent (see through), some are waterproof and some are rigid. We have thought about materials that are used for many different purposes. Metal can be used to make coins, spoons and screws. We have thought about objects that can be made from many different materials. Spoons can be made from wood, plastic and metal.

Have a think: Would you make trousers out of glass? Or a toaster out of paper? Or an umbrella out of rock? Why do you think that? What other things would be silly to make? Why?



Crest (yes, the toothpaste people!) have some detailed science activities aimed at primary aged children. There is a guidance booklet and a booklet of activities, as well as a certificate you can print on completion. Star level is aimed at children from 5-7 years old. 






We have been finding out about life in Amman and Petra in Jordan. They are in Asia. Petra is in the desert. What can you find out about deserts? Are deserts always hot? Which plants live in a desert? Which living creatures live in a desert? Where are different deserts found in the world? The DK Find Out website has lots of information about deserts (and plenty more to explore on that site, too!)






Make your own flip book!

Olaf Falafel is making some super fun art videos.

You might find some inspiration for some art projects here 

Crayola have lots of colouring pages and activities to try at home 

Award winning author / illustrator Rob Biddulph is making videos to draw along to 

Learn how to draw from observation with this free programme of online lessons from an artist


In Art we have been learning to sew so that we can join fabric together. Perhaps you can find someone in your house to help you practise running stitch and cross stitch.






GoNoodle has lots of videos and activities to keep your fit and healthy (scroll down, you don't need to register)

Join in with the nation doing your daily Joe Wicks workout on You Tube!

Cosmic Kids Yoga on You Tube

The Yorkshire Sport Foundation have made a range of videos demonstrating different PE skills.

The Sports Partnership has provided some fantastic ideas for staying active at home for all the family


We have signed up to this website for lots of free videos and dance routines for ages 4 and up:

Log in Details 


Password: B987UZ






Make your own animations online for free.

Tynker are offering free access to their premium coding activities during the school closures.

CodeMonkey is also free, though you do have to register for this one.

Scratch is a great resource for coding.






Everyone has an instrument you can use - your voice! Learn to beatbox!


Harvard University in the USA has developed a series of musical games and activities which also help them with their research!


Singing Medicine is providing videos of songs to join in with - you might just recognise some of them that Miss Capron-Tee uses! 


SingUp are working on providing a range of music videos and resources for free 


Young Voices have lots of singing and dancing videos to keep everyone busy


The Sing King You Tube channel has absolutely LOADS of karaoke backing tracks for all your favourite songs. Why don't you have a karaoke night once a week? You could even make your own fake microphone from a rolled up paper tube with a ball of scrunched up paper taped on top! 


Here is an excellent video teaching you all about pulse with activities you can join in with. You don't need an instrument!






BBC's Supermovers have a great range of active learning ideas.


Classroom Secrets have made some awesome home learning packs for each year group.


Hamilton have free Maths and English learning at home packs for each year group which they are adding to regularly.


Twinkl have made loads of resources accessible. Just click on the parents hub.


The Scholastic website has two weeks worth of activities available for free, including reading and educational videos. It is from the USA, but is still a great resource.


Starfall is another site from the USA but with loads of great resources including Maths and Literacy games and books to read. You have to subscribe for full access, but a number of them are free.


Free Key Stage 1 Maths and English study books from Collins:

Here is a list of links to lots of Maths and English activities also from Collins:


The BBC Bitesize website has lots of good resources:


This website has a range of great projects:


Brain Pop has extensive educational resources and are offering free access. Just follow the link for the instructions about getting free access.


Free activity books to download from tts


Online books, games and other fun resources


Don't forget we have more resources for everyone to enjoy.

Click the tick!






  • Keep a diary (this would be fascinating to keep and share with people in the future!)
  • Test your family (make a times tables or spelling test for them - who can get 10 out of 10? Test everyone in your family and see who gets the top score!)
  • Write a letter to someone in your family who doesn't live with you. Maybe they will even write back!
  • Make a postbox in your house and everyone can write letters to each other - take it in turns to be the post person and deliver the mail!
  • Play any board games you have. You could start a league table to keep a record of who wins the most and least.
  • Cook or bake together (even if it is as simple as making a sandwich together)
  • Write a book (will you be the next JK Rowling? You could even write a series of books about the same characters!)
  • Do some research about your family and make bar charts with the data (favourite colours, favourite foods and so on)
  • Interview someone in your family and find out things you didn't know about them.
  • Set up a points chart for things like keeping your bedroom tidy and doing household chores - at the end of each week, whoever has the most points is crowned "House Mega-Star".
  • Make play-doh (flour, a little salt and enough water to make a dough). What will make the best dough? More flour? More salt? Less water? Experiment to find the best play-doh recipe.
  • Household Olympics - every day run a different event (how about who can run up the stairs fastest? Or balance on one leg for the longest? Or do the most star jumps during the Eastenders opening music?)
  • Put on a concert (plan who will sing or perform what, find backing tracks on You Tube with adult help, rehearse, work out what you will wear, make a leaflet about it, make a poster to tell people in the house when it will happen)
  • Teach someone in your house some of the French you have learned. You could even teach the dog or cat, or even a teddy!







Welcome to Year 2!

The class teachers in Year 2 are Mrs Marshall and Miss Dodds. Mrs O' Mahoney works with both Year 2 classes over the week. Mrs Tolley teaches Mrs Marshall's class Wednesday afternoons and all day Thursday.  Miss Cole teaches Miss Dodds' class on Thursday mornings.

Year 2 are supported all day by Mrs Chase and Mrs Griffiths.

Some of the Year 2 children still access support from our Nurture Group, Smarties.



This term the children will all need  a PE kit in school for one session each week.

Mrs Marshall's class will have PE on Wednesday afternoon and a Thursday morning

Miss Dodds'class will have PE on Monday afternoon and a Thursday morning. 

Thursday sessions will be indoor and so the children will need a suitable indoor PE Kit, including black or blue shorts and a white t-shirt. 


Monday and Wednesday afternoon sessions will be outdoors. Children will need to bring trainers, wear jogging bottoms or leggings, a white t-shirt and a warm jumper. 

Our Day

Phonics and Spelling

Our children take part in daily Phonics and Spelling sessions. A small number of children still access Phase 2,3 and 4 of Letters and Sounds with our Year 1 children. Some children review and consolidate Phase 5 of Letters and Sounds. The others will work with the No Nonsense Spelling Programme. This looks at spelling patterns, prefixes, suffixes, plurals and so on.


We have subscribed to an online Spelling Programme called 'Spelling Shed'. The children will all have their own login details and will be able to access this from home as well as school. These log in details will be passed on to our families in the Autumn Term. 


The children will bring home a list of spellings to practise on Mondays. These relate to the Spelling Programme.




During the Spring Term there will be a focus on individual and guided reading. During these sessions the children will work on different skills. These include:

  • retrieving information from a picture, video clip or text
  • making inferences about how a character feels and what is happening
  • thinking about why an author made certain choices
  • looking a interesting and new vocabulary
  • decoding unfamiliar words


We read a selection of fiction and non-fiction texts. The children can access the school library  weekly with their class and during some lunchtimes or after school on Wednesday with their grown ups.


All the children will have a home reader book. This is their choice and they have the responsibility for changing it when they need to. It really helps children to read at home as frequently as possible - it does make a difference!


Some children may take part in our Reading Champions programme. This works on the children's pace and fluency. They have three 20 minute sessions per week.



We follow planning from the 'White Rose Hub' and the 'National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics' (NCETM). 


In year 2 we focus on using concrete strategies such as Numicom and Base 10. The children will learn to use pictorial representations of problems. Both the concrete and pictorial strategies build towards the children using more abstract approaches.


We will be focussing on counting on in 2s, 5s and 10s from 0 and then from any given number. This will lead into learning the multiplication facts for x2, x5, x10. Some children will progress to x3 and x4. Children can also use their 'Spelling Shed' logins to access 'Maths Shed'. 





In year 2 we focus on writing to entertain and writing to inform others. This includes narratives, descriptions, letters and instructions.


The children will be using the 4 sentence types defined in the Year 2 Writing Assessment Framework.

  • statements - The people stared across the rickety bridge.
  • commands - Mix the ingredients together in the bowl.
  • questions - Who had been there already?
  • exclamatory sentences - What a surprising day it had been!


We also begin to introduce more of the Alan Peat Sentence types. 


Much of our writing develops from our Mantle work. We also use texts as inspiration for writing.



During the Spring Term we will be having a geography focus to our class Mantle.

A responsible team of map makers who work for a variety of clients all around the world and beyond. There are four divisions: ‘Land and Sea’, ‘Long Ago’, ‘Mythical and Magical’ and ‘The ones we do not speak of’. Ongoing work behind door one includes creating town maps for town planners, transport routes for logistic and shipping companies and maps for travel companies including bus and tube operators. Behind door two are maps that require restoring on behalf of historians, researchers and museums. Behind door three these maps are created for publishers, authors and directors of films. The clients for door four often remain anonymous, or the commissions are top secret. A responsible team of map makers who work for a variety of clients all around the world and beyond. There are four divisions: ‘Land and Sea’, ‘Long Ago’, ‘Mythical and Magical’ and ‘The ones we do not speak of’. Ongoing work behind door one includes creating town maps for town planners, transport routes for logistic and shipping companies and maps for travel companies including bus and tube operators. Behind door two are maps that require restoring on behalf of historians, researchers and museums. Behind door three these maps are created for publishers, authors and directors of films. The clients for door four often remain anonymous, or the commissions are top secret.

As part of thus Mantle, the team may need to travel around the world. 


As part of the ICT curriculum we will be word processing text and learning how to bold, underline and highlight words to ensure our evidence is clearly labelled. In Art we will be using view finders to focus on specific pieces of evidence when recording and collecting evidence for our team.


PPA teachers will be teaching part of the DT and RE curriculum too. They will be looking at Jewish people and their celebrations alongside finding out how to make the best toast. 



Most children will have weekly spellings to learn. These are given out on a Monday and there will be a quiz on a Friday. There is usually a short weekly homework challenge for either spelling, Maths or Mantle. 


Extra Curricular Activities

Throughout the year there are opportunities to take part in a variety of after-school clubs. Information about these is sent out when necessary. 

Supporting your child at home

Reading: The children have the opportunity to change their reading book every day. We encourage their independence in selecting a book to share at home. 



Projects: We will often send out a project for children to do at home over holidays linked with our Mantle work. 

Year 2 Curriculum 2018-19