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Barley Hill Primary School

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

Welcome to Year Two 2021-2022

Class                       Teacher      

Hedgehogs              Miss Fraser

Mice                         Mrs Humphries

Hamsters                 Miss Hussain

The classes are supported by Mrs Stevenson, Mrs Palanca, Mrs Moody and Mr Fox.  Mrs Templeton will cover PPA on a Tuesday for Mice and Hedgehogs, and Mrs Murray will cover a Wednesday for Hamsters.

Is your child joining Year Two? Look at the powerpoint here for any information you will need!

Year Two welcome for 2021-22.pptx


Be Kind, Be Brilliant

Term 6 2022 - Australia

To celebrate our love of reading in Year Two - can you complete this reading challenge? Share-a-Story-Reading-Stars-Game-Nursery-Pull-out.pdf

This term our topic focusses on life in Australia. The children will use atlasses and maps to find Australia and the key cities within it. They will use their Geography skills to look at the key human and physical differences between Australia and the UK.  In English, we will focus on The Tunnel by Anthony Browne. The children will then get to write their own adventure story! We will also be looking at the festivals of Eid in RE, sports day skills in PE, using instruments in Music and looking at aborginal artwork in Art.

Forest School will be weekly this term. Hamsters - Tuesday, Hedgehogs - Thursday and Mice - Friday. There will only be three sessions this term. More information will come out via ParentMail.

Please see below about homework and how to support your child at home. This will updated regularly.  Purple Mash and Mathletics will be set online each week.

The children will get to meet their Year Three teacher on Friday 1st July, with an opportunity for parents to meet the teacher during this term - look out for the Key Stage Two welcome evening.  There will be lots of opportunities for your child to go into Year Three, and our timetable will also be adapted so that the children can begin to prepare for this.



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.

Reading Newsletter - Year Two Reading Newsletter.docx

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

 Each week, Homework is set as "To Dos" on Purple Mash. Please login to complete this.   As this cohort have had a considerable amount of their education disrupted due to Covid-19, we have noticed some gaps within their learning. Therefore, we have put in some links and activities below which are games you could do with your child at home to support their learning.  

  1. This crib sheet will help you to understand how we teach fractions in Year Two. This will be taking place in the first few weeks of term 4. Fractions in Year Two crib sheet.docx
  2. This crib sheet will help you understand how we teach multiplication in Year Two.  It has a series of questions for you to do at home near the bottom. Multiplication in Year Two.docx
  3. Last term we taught division.   Please find a crib sheet with questions you can work on together at home.  Teaching division in year 2.docx
  4. Practise counting in 2s and 5s. How far can you get without making a mistake?
  5. Practise forming the numbers 1-9 on a piece of paper.  Can you form them all correctly?
  6. Can you say the half of all even numbers to 20 by heart?

A normal day in Year Two:

8.50-8.55am Enter the classrooms  Please drop your child off at their classroom door, and maintain a 2m distance where possible.  The children will come in and immediately wash their hands and will settle down to some early morning learning..

9.05am Phonics

9.30 - 10.30 English input followed by a group working with the teacher while the other children access provision around the classroom.

10.45-11am Break - the children will use the KS1 playground.  They should bring a piece of fruit or some vegetables for this time.  School fruit will also be available.

10.45-11.55 Maths  input followed by a group working with the teacher while the other children access provision around the classroom.

11.55-1pm Lunch - the children will eat in the hall and then go out onto the KS1 playground to play. The children will need a water bottle for this time.

1-1.15 Storytime

1.15- 1.45 Reading

1.45-3pm Topic led learning - History, Geography, PHSE, RE, PE, Music, Art or DT

3pm Home time. Please collect your child promptly from their classroom door.

In Year Two our PE day is on Monday. The children should come into school dressed in their PE kit.  Trainers need to be left in school for when we run the daily mile and go on the adventure playground.

See Forest School letter for Forest School starting. Children should bring in their Forest School kit in a named bag to change into at school.  Days for Forest School will be confirmed within the first few weeks of the term.

Other equipment needed includes: a pencil case (colouring pencils, felt tips, pencils, scissors, 2x glue sticks, ruler, pencil sharpener), a water bottle, a pack of tissues and a book bag.  We ask for no rucksacks as we are trying to minimise movement outside of the classroom.  Please make sure all items (including PE kit) is well named.  The children will not be sharing resources at this time.


HOME LEARNING (Covid 19 absence learning) If your child is off ill or self isolating but well enough to complete learning, please see our separate Y2 Covid learning page.

At home:


It is really important to read with your child as often as possible.  Your child should have the opportunity to change their school reading books twice a week - please encourage your child to do this - which allows them to read the book a few times in order to gain confidence and fluency. As you are reading it is useful to stop and ask questions about what the book is about, what the characters are doing and what might happen next.   At the end of the book get your child to think about what they like or did not like about the book and reasons why. Please fill in your child's Reading Diary once you have read with them - if they have their reading diary signed three times in a week then they will help their class to earn a class reward!

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


Year 2 English Objectives

Maths                                                                                                                      Throughout the year we will cover; number and place value, addition and subtraction, multiplication and division, fractions, measurement, properties of shapes, position and direction and data handling (now called statistics). 

Our first topic in Maths is place value where we will look at how numbers to 100 are made up of different amounts of tens and ones, e.g 42 is 4 tens and 2 ones.  The children will count fluently in 10s to and from 100 and use different equipment to partition numbers.


 The children will be set homework (mostly Maths and spellings) on a Friday. This is due in the following Thursday.  This will be a mixture of either sheets to complete or an activity online.  This will always be based on what we have been learning in school that week and should help your child to revise that subject.   Please speak to us if you have any concerns about homework, but reading is the most crucial element of this.