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Week beginning 22nd November 2020

Please see below for an outline of the planning, skills and activities that will be taught in Year 2 this week.


Division  - linking to doubles and halves, odd and even numbers and the x5 and x 10 tables.


Revise the division symbol - as meaning SHARED BETWEEN  and  DIVIDED INTO EQUAL GROUPS of.

Recap sharing first.

eg.  12 ÷ 3  = 

Children  should draw the correct number of sharing circles then share the first number equally between the sharing circles, first with practical objects eg. pasta/ shells, then by drawing.


Then introduce division by grouping strategy.

eg. 12 ÷ 3  = 

For this strategy, the children need to group objects or draw circles in groups of 3 until they reach the first number, counting up in 3s as they go.

They then count how many groups to get the quotient. (answer of a divison question)


(see our Maths Calculation Methods on the Year 2 class page for more detail).


Doubles and halves.

We will then be practising doubling and halving and reminding the children  this is the same as x and ÷  by 2. 


Odd Even Numbers

We will be recapping ODD EVEN numbers and seeing how they link to the x2 tables, by making the numbers out of equal sized pieces placed in pairs (eg cubes/ lego) and seeing how odd numbers look different to even numbers. eg. 


Practise counting in twos from 0, forwards and backwards.



This week we will be reading a book called 'The Firebird'.


We will be using  adjectives in expanded noun phrases to describe the bird.


Use some of these words from the the word bank below and some of your own if you'd like to write some sentences about this bird, using a comma when two adjectives are in a list. eg

This colourful bird has fiery, gleaming eyes and a curious nature.

fiery         blazing                luminous   mysterious     magnificent       

proud     elegant                delicate              strong   rare         powerful            pointed               

gleaming             crimson                colourful   scaly dazzling  piercing            splendid               

mystical                eerie    enchanting           curious              exotic     inky       

tranquil                ancient   gentle   fearsome          fearless                serene  vibrant                vivid

Write in full sentences using capital letters, commas and full stops. 

You might want to ask some questions about this bird too, using a question mark at the end.


Children will be taking their Phonics Screening Check later this month and any extra practice will be most beneficial.


In the homework section of the Year 2 class page, you will see the 'Additional Resources' tab. Here you will find a 'phonics' tab which includes a range of phonics screening practice materials for you to use with your child. 


Additionally, children can use Phonics Play  –

Username – march20

Password – home


Practise sounds from all phases in the Flashcard Race and play the Reading Robot game to practise decoding real and alien words.

Learning Theme



This week we will be looking at 'The Great Fire of London'.

Before we begin to learn about the events that happened, we will be looking at Life in 1666. A crucial area of Key Stage 1 history curriculum, is for children to be able to "identify how their own lives are different from lives in the past".

Children should research some of the jobs people did in 1666 : Blacksmith, Rat-catcher, Chimney Sweep, Gong Farmer, Scullery Maid etc and compare them to jobs typically found today. 

Skills to



Letter Formation – capital letters and lower case ensuring that the letters are starting in the correct place in relation to the line and formed in the correct direction.

Joined Handwriting - Over the last few weeks, we have been practising joining some digraphs together to help us begin to understand how to join our handwriting. Children may wish to practise some of these joins (phase 3 and 5 phonic sounds)

Number Formation – ensure that numbers are correctly orientated (particularly 2, 3, 5 and 9)

Common Exception Words – ensure quick and accurate recognition when reading and spelling the Year 1 Common Exception Words and reading the Year 2 Common Exception words. 

Spelling- use Spelling Shed to practise this week’s spelling list.

Reading - please ensure you have read two books using your ActiveLearn account including answering the comprehension questions. Children will also receive be sent home book banded books and library books from this week.