Dunholme St Chad's Church Of England Primary School

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Welcome to Year 2


Mrs Thompson (Class Teacher) and Miss Burnett (Teaching Assistant) and Mrs Firth (Teaching Assistant) look forward to working with you.  

Please see see any of the Year 2 team with any questions you may have. We are always happy to help.

Teaching about safeguarding

As a school we are committed to safeguarding children from harm.  We want to ensure children are aware of behaviour towards them that is not acceptable and how they can keep themselves safe. 

Specific examples of this in the Year 2 curriculum are:

  • Young Leaders Award.
  • Themes:
    • Castles - when we look at democracy and rights;
    • Victorians and Trouble on the Titanic – when we discuss equality
  • Novel study – The Shopping Basket by John Burningham which tackles bullying.
  • Important role models – Florence Nightingale
  • PSHE and RSE curriculum
  • RE – teaching about other religions and cultures, learning about acceptance and understanding
  • Anti-bullying week
  • Collective Worship and class reflection
  • Class worry box
  • Paralympian inclusive workshops
  • Computing and e-safety
As part of the broader curriculum in Y2 we routinely; 
  • Ensure each child knows they must talk to an adult If they are worried about themselves or another person
  • Encourage each child to  identify a named adult/s to talk to if they are worried or somebody is  causing them to be upset or harm them.
  • Remind the class Mrs Appleby, Miss Bradshaw and Mrs Tipping have a special job in school to make sure everyone is safe. 

Year 2  - Useful information


Weekly homework will consist of:

  •  spellings
  • a grammar or punctuation activity
  • maths practice on sumdog.
  • reading

We use google classroom as our platform for homework. 

If you need any assistance accessing google classroom, please see the documents below.

 Guide to using a split screen for remote learning tasks.pdfDownload
 How to complete assignments - parent guide.pdfDownload
 How to connect to us for a Live Google Meet session - a Parent Guide.pdfDownload
 Making the most of teacher feedback in Google Classroom.pdfDownload
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Children are taught a new spelling rule each week and are tested the following Monday.  The children can access the weekly spellings via Google Classroom and can practise these through the Spelling Frame website: https://spellingframe.co.uk/
All children will be given their own login at the start of the year.
Please click on the link to find a list of the Year 2 Common exception words.
 Help your child with spelling.pdfDownload
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PE kits (including suitable footwear) need to be worn on the day that your child has PE. During term 5 2024, children will have PE on a Monday and Friday. This term we will be practising for sports day and our athletics morning.

We always encourage the children to drink plenty of water throughout the day, please can you make sure your child has a named water bottle in school. 




In Year 2, children will bring home a Read Write Inc. phonics books until they are secure with their phonics.  Then they will move onto Big Cat books. 


Read Write Inc. phonics books

These books give your child extra practice in reading a story that includes sounds they have learnt at school.  First, ask your children to read the Story Green Words and Red Words at the front on the book.  Please Do Not read the story to your child first.  Point to the words as they read.  If your child hesitates, help them to sound-blend the word.

Re-read each sentence or page to keep the plot moving.  Children's attention is focused on reading the words and they may find it hard to focus on the story at the same time.

Don't make them struggle too much and praise them when they succeed.

Do it all with patience and love!

Please listen to your child read their phonics book several times until they are fluent and can read it without hesitation.  Reading books will be changed at school, only when they are able to read their book fluently.

Some of the books have a vocabulary check for you to check your child understands the meaning of some of the words in the story.

Big Cat Books

If your child has completed the phonics reading scheme, they will know all of their phonics sounds and will be able to use them to segment and blend unknown words independently. They will be working on their fluency, expression and pace of reading so will be given a Big Cat book to read at home.  This should be read twice to ensure fluency before this is changed in school.

Free Reader Books

In addition to a Big Cat book, your child will have a "free reader" book.  They can read this for pleasure in addition to their Big Cat book.  You might like to take it in turns to read pages so that you can model how to use your voice when reading, e.g. if it states that the character shouted - you would read in a loud voice etc.  Use the Vipers bookmark to ask your child questions about their chosen book to build on their comprehension skills.

Reading to your child at home

Even if your child is a free reader, continue to read them stories every evening.  They'll only want to be to become readers if they experience the joy of listening to a range of stories, non-fiction and poetry.


Please send your child's bookbag into school everyday.   The adults in class will endeavor to listen to your child read at least once a week.

Click here for the recommended reading list for Year 1.

Click here for the recommended reading list for Year 2.

Please find below a list of websites that can help you support your child's reading:

https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/      This is a fantastic website for online levelled e-books. You need to subscribe but this is a free website. For example, if your child is on ‘green’ level books, you will find a number of books appropriate for your child’s reading level.

https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/  Games and activities to support phonics teaching and learning .


By the end of Year 2, children should be able recall and use multiplication and division facts for the 2, 5 and 10 multiplication tables.  We ask that you practise these weekly with your child.

Here is a guide to help support your child learning about time and money.

There are some fantastic websites that can help you support your child's learning listed below.

https://mathsbot.com/    This is a fantastic website for activities and resources to support Maths. In the manipulatives section, children are able to move around images on the screen to support Maths. For example, they have moveable numicon pieces, base 10 equipment and coins.

https://www.mathplayground.com/     This is perfect for Maths online games.

https://pages.sumdog.com/     This site provides fun games to help your child to become fluent in Maths.



www.twinkl.co.uk   You will find lots of arithmetic and reasoning activities to support with the Year 2 Maths curriculum.


Please find below details of other useful websites  that you can access for other areas of the Year 2 curriculum.  We hope these will keep your children entertained and be familiar to them. 


www.twinkl.co.uk  This is a subscription based website but they are allowing everyone free access for a month due to the corona virus. There are hundreds of printable and online resources to support all aspects of teaching and learning.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/supermovers/ks1-collection/zbr4scw  These are easy too follow active learning videos covering a range of topics.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround.  Keep up to date with what is going on around the world.


Pride of the week 

Pride of the week is an important award that we give out each week when we are proud of a pupils achievements.

We know everyone is working hard to win this prestigious award!

Well done everyone!

Year 2 Residential to Rand Farm Park

Our Year 2 residential to Rand Farm Park is scheduled for 10th and 11th March 2022.  This will be a 2 day experience with an overnight stay.  The children will be learning about animals as part of their Science curriculum and this adventure will give them lots of practical learning and hands on experience of this. 

Programme of events from the 2024 trip

Kit List

March 2023

Lincoln Castle Visit 2022

 As part of our enrichment activities, year visited Lincoln Castle.  This supported our themed learning about our local history.

Young Leaders Award

We’re excited to be involved in this programme which has been designed and written by the Archbishop of York Youth Trust. 

The Young Leaders Award at Key Stage 1 explores four key characteristics; kindness, perseverance, teamwork and action.  It also gives pupils opportunities to take part in practical activities and challenges to help those around them and their local community.