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Homelinks Year 2

Our Topic this term is…

Building Britain

Week beginning: 24th September 2018

Here are some areas we shall be looking at in class this week that you could try at home...


This week in English we are continuing to explore the story of ‘The Queen’s Knickers’ by Nicholas Allan. We are going to be planning and writing a re-telling of the story. To help,, the children have heard the story lots and love to join in when their teacher reads it. The children have fully embraced Book Talk and the children are thoroughly enjoying reading independently and answering questions about their texts each day. Year 2 is a crucial year for your child’s reading fluency to develop and the sooner that pupils can read well and do so frequently, the sooner they will be able to increase their vocabulary, comprehension and their knowledge across the wider curriculum. The Department for Education have on their YouTube channel, examples of how a child at the end of Year 2 should be reading in order to be deemed ‘Working At Age Related Expectations’. Here is an example: If would like to discuss reading with your child’s teacher at all, then please don’t hesitate to ask.


Our Theme topic is ‘Building Britain’. You should have received a letter regarding our extra-curricular experiences. The deadline to pay for this trip is Friday 12th October, so please don’t forget! This week, we are going to start learning about Queen Victoria. If you refer to our homework grid on the website, we have suggested researching a famous monarch from our history and presenting their findings in any way they wish. We look forward to seeing these for our classroom dispays!


Your children are getting on with their multiplication marathon miles very well. We have been very impressed by your children’s dedication to learning their times tables. Each Friday, the children will have three minutes to answer all of the questions in the ‘mile’. They will need to get full marks in order to be able to move on to the next mile the following week. The questions are also tested out of order from the set that we will send home for them to learn. These papers do not need to be returned to school, but just used at home to quiz the children throughout the week. Please take any and every opportunity to quiz them verbally! At school we promote the use of fingers to help them. For example, if the question is 6X2, the children will hold up six fingers and count along them in 2s until they find their answer. BBC Sport’s Super Movers have some great times table songs to learn and dance along to -


A big THANK YOU for how well equipped your children were for PE last week. They all looked so smart and I know that Mrs Westcott was delighted. As mentioned, our PE days are Thursday and Friday but the kits really need to be kept in school at all times. If for any reason their kits get dirty in any way, then of course we will send them home. We have limited spare kits, so need the children to be fully kitted out each week.


Your child will receive their first set of spellings to learn at home this week. We will be learning a new rule in class each week and then applying this to our spellings. This week we are focussing on words that feature the same sound (phoneme) but have a different spelling i.e. /ee/ and /ea/. We are also going to be touching on homophones as the English language is full of them!

Dates for your diary

Year 2/3 Harvest Assembly Tuesday 9th October (Time tbc)

Parents Evening Monday 15th and Tuesday 16th October

Break up for half term Friday 19th October

Windsor Castle trip Monday 29th October

Individual school photos Tuesday 6th November

Great Fire of London workshop Monday 12th November

PTA Mufti Day Friday 30th November and Friday 7th December

PTA Christmas Fair Friday 14th December

Break up for Christmas break Wednesday 19th December