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Dear Parents

This term our topic is called ‘Journeys’. We will be finding out about different types of transport ranging from trains, planes and cars to bikes, scooters and animals

Times Tables

By the end of year 2 the expectation is that all children should know their 2, 5 and 10 times tables. Times tables Rockstars is a very useful website for this as it tests the children on their tables at their own pace. The children also need to be secure on the inverse calculations – e.g. 100 ÷ 10 = 10.

Helping to Enrich our Topic

It is always great to have items or visitors that support our topic, so if anyone has any experience or items that may help us with any of the work above that we could hear about or borrow, we would love to see and hear about them.


Please make sure your child brings in a water bottle each day with fresh water; ensure all jumpers are labelled and bring a coat for any wet weather. Our PE days are Monday and Wednesday; please ensure that your child comes to school wearing their PE kit on these days.



Please read with your child regularly. You may like to add a positive or helpful comment in their reading diary, but please acknowledge the fact that the book has been read by signing and dating in the comments space. A member of staff will be checking reading records during the week and children are expected to have read at least 3 times a week with an adult. Adults at school will not write in the books as we have our own records.

Spellings and Handwriting

We do not have specific spelling tests, but we do expect the children to work on the Year 2 words set in the National Curriculum. If you need a copy of these please come and see me.

Handwriting is a huge focus in Year 2. We encourage the children to use a cursive style of writing with lead ins in preparation for writing in a joined up style. the website we use to support this can be found using the following link Any work at home on hand strengthening and letter formation would be greatly appreciated. If you would like any further support with this please come and see me.


We will also be continuing with Times Table Rock-stars to help support your child’s recall of the tables. . If you do not have access to the internet at home, please let me know and we can arrange a time for your child to complete it at school. If your child has misplaced their login details, let a member of staff know and we can give you a copy


Tips when reading with your child;

  1. Discuss the illustrations. What do they think is going on? Why?
  2. Predict what may happen? What would be good/bad etc.
  3. Make up alternative endings.
  4. Discuss what your child’s likes/dislikes are about the text.
  5. What did we learn from the story? Was there a moral, did it give them any information? Was it factual or a fiction story?
  6. Can you change your voice for all the characters?
  7. Be guided by your child’s interests- Read your own stories as well as school books.
  8. Become an explorer- Read fact, fiction, rhymes, poems, picture books.
  9. Ask questions about the story.
  10. Discuss the sequence of events. Can you recall the events?
  11. Most important keep it short, enjoyable and fun

Many thanks for your continued support,

Mrs Ralston


Useful Websites:



Questions you could ask your child about their learning this term:

  • Is Horsham a town or village?
  • Why is Horsham called Horsham?
  • How do you know the difference between something that is alive, once alive and never been alive?
  • Why are books special?
  • How do you answer addition questions using 2 digit numbers?

Please visit the following website to a collection of short animations to help with correct letter formation.