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Year 2

Within Year Two, children are given homework on a weekly basis. This will include weekly spellings to learn, practising the 2, 5 and 10 times tables and maths work related to the week’s learning. Parents are also asked to read with their children each night, if possible.

Below are some additional activities and online games that will help support your child’s learning at home.


We have been learning the Year 2 Common Exception Words. These are words that can be tricky to spell because they are difficult to sound out.

By the end of Year 2 we aim to know how to spell all of these words.

Here are some fun ways to practise your spellings at home:

  1. Silly Sentences - Can you put your spelling words into a sentence that makes someone laugh out loud?
  2. Alphabetical - Can you write your spellings in alphabetical order?
  3. Rainbow Spellings - Can you write your spellings out in multi-colours?
  4. Backwards and Forwards - Write your spelling words forwards and then write them out backwards starting with the last letter first! Write them out forwards one more time.
  5. Vowels and Consonants - Write out your spellings and then count how many vowels and consonants are in each word. Remember a e i o u are vowels. All the other letters are consonants!
  6. Handwriting – Can you write your spellings in your most beautiful joined handwriting?

Maths and English online games to help knowledge and understanding

Please use the web links below to play online games which will reinforce and develop knowledge and understanding.

Reading Comprehensions

Click on the links below for some short stories you may want to read with your child followed by questions you can ask to help develop their higher reading skills.  

See below example but they will be a download on the website.

A safe place to research online

All of the homework activities can be supported at home through the Espresso at Home website. The address is

Username – student29337                            Password – bersted


The Greedy Boy

 Timothy went to school everyday with many other children, but nobody liked him very much because he was greedy. Sometimes he would say things to try to make the other children laugh but he didn’t know how to make friends and spent lots of time by himself.

If ever the children had a party, Timothy almost always ate most of the food and cakes. Once he even put some sandwiches into his pockets when he thought no one was looking at him. He wanted to eat them all by himself in the night.

When the children were at play, they did not ask him to play with them because he was not co-operative and always wanted to do things his way. The teacher often had to explain to Timothy the importance of living, playing and caring among friends.

One day a boy called Leon started at school in Timothy’s class. At playtime Timothy was playing with a ball when he told Leon a joke and made him laugh. Timothy was glad to have someone to talk to and so he decided to share the ball with Leon and together they played catch. That is how Timothy made his first friend.




Below are some questions you may want to ask your child about what they have just read. Encourage them to answer in full sentences rather than giving one word answers.

1.     Where did Timothy go every day?

2.    Why didn’t the children like Timothy?

3.    Why did Timothy put sandwiches into his pockets?

4.    What is the meaning of the word ‘co-operative’?

5.    Who is Leon?

6.    How did Timothy make friends with Leon?

7.    If you met Timothy what tip would you give him for making friends?