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Regular reading at home

Please ensure that reading records are returned to school at least once every week. We keep a tally of the number of times reading records are returned to school. Please let us know if you’re child is finding the books easy - this includes the reading of the words and the understanding of the vocabulary and content. We will be sending reminders if we haven’t seen the records for a while. Children are encouraged to read their own books alongside school books and these can be added to the reading records. Thank you 😊 

Spring term homework!

This term, Year 2 will be getting home learning every Friday. This is to help the children before the May assessments. There is no need to return the activities but we are very happy to look at them if this motivates your child. 

Timetable changes

There have been some change to our timetable this term. Outdoor PE will now be taught on Thursdays (indoor PE is still on Tuesdays). We are also be doing the spelling dictation task/test on Thursdays starting next week. This means that the -al/-il words listed below will be tested on Thursday 17th January. We will add the new words every Monday so there will usually be two sets of spellings listed. It does mean the children get over a week to learn the spellings. Forest School has finished so no wellies needed on Fridays. 

Friday 25th January - Dressing Up & Y2 Presentation

Please start to get costumes ready for our dressing up day on Friday 25th January. In Victorian times it was less likely that girls would be soldiers or boys nurses.  As we are in 2019, you're child may choose what they would like to dress up as. Some children have requested to dress up in other costumes from the 1850s e.g. as a member of the Nightingale family, Sir Sidney Herbert, Queen Victoria or Alexis Soyer- all of these options are available to you. Our aim is to go back in history to the 1850s so please wear any costume that helps to do that. 

Image result for costumes Florence nightingale Image result for red military costume for child girl

Spring Topic - Fighting for Survival

Please see the attached vocabulary list for our new topic. This list is part of a new initiative called Word Aware that we are using in school. We thought it would be helpful to share this list with you so that you can use some of these words at home when discussing the topic. If your child speaks a different language at home it would be helpful to discuss and translate these words using your home language. We may need to add to this list during the topic as new words are introduced. 

Topic Vocabulary List Spring 2019

Garden Update

Y2 started off their new topic this week by making herbal remedies outdoors! Mary Seacole used the power of plants to help treat poorly/injured soldiers during The Crimean War. The children used root ginger, lemon, mint and a mixture of herbal teas (ginger, nettle, chamomile and sorrel).


Belmont's Garden Project

BHSA Class Reps


Lesley Cargill (Francesca's Mum)

Katayoun Ameri (Ayman's Mum)


Irene Guasch (Jordi's Mum)

Jenda Martin (Hugh's Mum)

Laura Izard (Annabelle's Mum)

Thank you for your support this year!


Calendar/ Key dates

School Diary

Friday 25th January - Crimean War dressing up day (soldiers and nurses)

Friday 25th January - Y2 Presentation to Parents at 9:30am & 2:30pm

Friday 8th February - Y2 Scooter Training (see letter below)



Welcome to KS1 Letter 2018

Garden Letter 2018

Scooter Permission Letter 2019


Home Learning 

Recent and extensive educational research has found that homework for primary aged children has minimal impact unless it reinforces learning and regularly allows children to rehearse and practise skills and facts e.g. times tables and spellings.



Children are expected to read at home regularly (at least 10 - 15 minutes daily) and to discuss their reading with an adult at home to develop language and comprehension. Reading Records must be brought into school every day. Children are able to change their reading book whenever they need to. Children may also borrow books from the Infant Library. We encourage the children to share their library book with an adult at home as well.

Nurturing young readers

Reading with your child in KS1

Parents often ask for age-appropriate book recommendations. The list below includes many popular books that your child may like. If your child has a particular favourite book/author/series please let us know and we will add it to the list. 

Year 2 book recommendations


Key words/Spelling

In Year 2 there are specific phonetic spelling patterns to learn. In addition to these phonetic spelling patterns there are also common exception words (words that don't follow the phonics rules).

Our weekly spelling words will cover all the Y2 spelling patterns and common exception words during the year. 

Please practise reading and writing your spellings. Make sure that you know the meaning of each word. There is a Look, Say, Cover, Write, Check sheet below that you can use to help you. Spellings will be tested through a dictation each week. Spelling words will be added below on a Monday and the dictation will take place the following Monday. 

Common exception words Y1 & Y2

Look Say Cover Write Check

Ideas to help with spelling

This week’s spellings:

Words with -al and -il at the end. 

These words will be tested on Thursday 17th January. 

Words with -ar after the letter w. 

These words will be tested on Thursday 24th January. 





















Belmont Handwriting Guidelines 
Here is a copy of our handwriting guidelines. Belmont follows an adapted version of the Nelson scheme. In Year 2, once individual letter formation is accurate, the children are encouraged to start using cursive/joined up writing during lessons. 


Number Facts and Times Tables

You can print your child's times tables challenge to practise at home. All children are starting on Level 1. Year 2 will do the times table challenge every Friday and the children will bring home their challenge sheet to share with you. 

Times table challenge

Maths Curriculum Grid Year 2

Y2 Maths Calculation Policy


Creative Home Learning

Y2 Spring 2019 Creative Home Learning


Learning this week:


Florence Nightingale information booklets week 1


Number and measures- money word problems


Learning next week: 


Florence Nightingale information booklets week 2


Number and measures - money word problems


Learning Tree 

Y2 Autumn Learning Tree 2018

Y2 Spring Learning Tree 2019