Copmanthorpe Primary School

Copmanthorpe Primary School

Welcome to Year 2

Please find below some information about Year 

Welcome to Year 2!

We look forward to seeing you at Parents Evening this week, you should have received your appointment time, please let us know if you haven’t. 

Please remember that spelling homework is due in by Friday.  

wc 16th October

In English we will use the plans we made last week to write a letter to Duncan from a new crayon (based on 'The Day the Crayons Quit').  This will include checking and editing our writing using a purple polishing pen.  We will also plan a reply letter from Duncan.  In spelling and phonics we are looking at the homophones ‘to, two and too’.

On Friday we will ask the children to write dictated sentences containing the spelling words that they have been practising at home and school.  

In Maths in our unit on addition and subtraction, we will use base 10 jottings to help add tens to two-digit numbers (34 + 10 = , 56 + 20 = ).  Then we will try adding 2 digit numbers to 2 digit numbers ( 24 + 32 = ).  We focus on using base 10 apparatus and jottings rather than any formal methods such as vertical addition.  The Youtube videos help to demonstrate the approach we will use:

Using base 10 :

Using 'jottings' (adding tens):

 'jottings' (adding 2-digit nos.):

In Topic work we will look at the work of the artist Wassily Kandinsky and create concentric circle paintings using our colour mixing skills.  Jess from Jazzy J Dance will be coming in again for our Dance lesson this Thursday, the children are working on a dance telling a story linked to colour.  They enjoyed using ribbons and scarves for their colour dance last week.

 There are a few web sites with maths games you could look at:


Letters and Forms



Mrs. Balding teaches in 2B and Mrs. Flatters in 2F, with teaching assistants Mrs. Wallace and Mrs. Smith.  On Tuesday afternoons Mrs. Cartwright and Mr. Simms teach the Year 2 classes.  Mrs. Nicholson teaches in 2F on Wednesdays (and every other Friday).


Children will take part in guided reading activities every day in school, with at least two adult-led sessions a week.  Each week your child will bring home a guided reading book and a choice book (these are levelled books which the children choose themselves).  Please use the reading diary to let us know how your child is getting on at home.

Home-Learning Tasks

In addition to reading we will send home tasks which support our work in English and Maths or Topic.  We will send home spelling homework each week.

Please use the link to access the word mat the children use in school to support spelling:

Y1 and 2 common exception words.doc

 PE and Forest Schools

Our PE days are Tuesday and Thursday.  We plan to get outside as much as possible for PE so please could you send in a pair of outside PE shoes/trainers  if you haven’t already.  As the weather gets colder you may also wish to send in jogging bottoms and an extra jumper.

Forest Schools will take place on Friday afternoons, once a fortnight.

Everyday Items

Please bring in bookbags, a water bottle and coat every day.  We will send home book bags each evening.  Children do not need to bring a pencil case, however they may be brought in and can be used for some afternoon activities (and need to be small enough to fit in drawers!).

Medicines and Illness

Please ask at the office if you have any queries regarding medicines or need to update your child’s healthcare plan.  Please remember to leave 48 hours clear of sickness/diarrhoea before returning to school.


As we don't check bookbags, please let your child know if there is a letter or slip that they need to hand to their teacher in the morning.  Thank you.

As always, if you have any queries or concerns please come and talk to us, or send in a note or email to the office.  

                                   Many thanks,

                                             The Year Two Team