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Barley Hill Primary School

Barley Hill Primary School
  1. Year Groups
  2. Year 2

Welcome to Year Two 2023 - 2024

Class  Teacher   


Miss Fraser (Team Leader) 

Mrs Metcalf (Monday - Wednesday)


 Miss Walker (Mon -Weds) and Mrs Mayling (Thurs - Fri)


  Miss Munro 

Miss Walker (Thursday)

Our wonderful TA team consists of Mrs P-W, Miss Raja, Mrs Stevenson, Mrs Talbot and Miss Stanley.

Joining Year Two in 2023-24? Please see our powerpoint with information:

Welcome to Year Two 2023-24.pptx

Phonics presentation from January 2024 Presentation to parents.pptx


Be Kind, Be Brilliant

Term Five - 2024 - Roald Dahl Author Study

Please see further below with how to help your child at home.

This term we focus on the work of Roald Dahl.  Our English focus will be on his book of The Twits where the children will write their own chapter including a disgusting trick! We will also look at the illustrations of Quentin Blake and their work together.  In Art we will link our learning of plants in Science to the paintings of Monet and use different printing techniques to create our own compositions.  As well as plants in Science, we will also look at the differences in human and other mammal life cycles.

How to help at home

Below are links to crib sheets which we have created to help with how we teach maths, reading and writing at school and ways you can help at home. If you need any further information, please speak to your class teacher. There are also Maths videos below which support with addition and subtraction.

In term five our focus in Maths is on fractions.  The children will learn that to find a fraction they must divide the whole number into an equal amount. They will use practical objects and bar models to help them to find half, a quarter, two quarters, three quarters, one third and two thirds of a shape and an amount. 

 Maths crib sheet multiplication and division.docx

In Year 2 we learn the 2, 3, 5 and 10 times tables.  You can find these here: Year 2 times tables 2, 3, 5 and 10.pdf

Videos for fractions in the order they will be taught:

Finding a half - Y2 Summer Block 1 TS3 Recognise a half on Vimeo

Finding a quarter - Y2 Summer Block 1 TS6 Find a quarter on Vimeo

Finding a third - Y2 Summer Block 1 TS8 Find a third on Vimeo

Unit fractions - Y2 Summer Block 1 TS10 Unit fractions on Vimeo

Non unit fractions - Y2 Summer Block 1 TS11 Non unit fractions on Vimeo

Equivalent fractions - Y2 Summer Block 1 TS12 Recognise the equivalence of a half and two quarters on Vimeo

Three quarters - Y2 Summer Block 1 TS14 Find three quarters on Vimeo

Counting in fractions - Y2 Summer Block 1 TS15 Count in fractions up to a whole on Vimeo

Writing and Reading:

For spelling and reading, the children need to know how to read and spell the Year One and Year Two common exception words. They can be found here: Year 1 common exception words.pdf      Year 2 common exception words.pdf

Every child will be taught how to form their letters using cursive handwriting.  They start with a lead in and end with a flick out.  This is great to practise at home and you can use the sheet here: Handwriting practise.pdf

How to teach Writing in Year 2.docx

How to teach Reading in Year 2 ii.docx - this document includes questions to ask your child when reading at home to improve understanding.

Sounds Write intial code mat.docx

Please see quality books to read at home: https://images.scholastic.co.uk/assets/a/e9/cb/pie-corbett-yr2-1393273.pdf

Recommended reads for Year Two children - Recommended Books to Read for year two.docx

Please take a look at the Sounds Write section on our website, which includes links to a series of videos about how to help with reading at home.


Reading is the most important activity you can do at home with your child. Please try to read for 10 minutes each day, but at least three times a week. This will help your child to learn new vocabulary, read fluently and hopefully develop a love for books.

PurpleMash  and Numbots homework is set weekly.  5 minutes of Numbots a day is a great way to help your child learn number facts by heart.

 Our school day

Day starts at 8.45-8.55am with early morning learning

8.55am Register

9am Phonics

9.30 English

10.20 Snack

10.30 Break

10.45 Maths

11.45 Lunch

12.45 Story

1pm Topic/Science

2pm Topic/Science/handwriting/reading

3pm Singing/games/story

3.15pm Home time

Topic may include History, Geography, Art, D and T, Music, RE

On a Wednesday the children will take part in a Jigsaw PHSE lesson linked to Zones of Regulation.

On a Monday the children will have indoor PE and on a Thursday outdoor PE.

On a Monday the children will visit the school library.

Once a fortnight, the children will spend one afternoon a week at Forest School.