Park Mead Primary

Welcome to Year 2!How to Be Truly Happy - Mad Fish Digital

Mrs Collins
Mrs Gilbertson Mrs Booth

Mrs Collins




Mrs Gilbertson 





Mrs  Browne




 Mrs Puttock



Mrs Booth




         Summer Term 2

Welcome back! We hope that everyone had a brilliant and relaxing half-term. This half term we have our trip to Marwell Zoo, our Year 2  production 'The Bee Musical' and of course, lots of other fun events such as Artists Day, Move Up Morning, and of course Sports Day!

We will be learning about the Stone Age in history, looking at beautiful Islamic art, and growing our own plants to take home in science!

The children have worked so hard this school year, and we are looking forward to the last half-term of fun and learning together. What a long way we have come!



Summer 2 Term Dates:


3/6 - Return to school

13/6Cross Curricular Orienteering Day, whole school

14/6PTFA Family Bingo, 3:30pm – 4:30pm, main hall

17/6Class  photographs

21/6  - Artists day

26/6 - The Bee Music production to parents and carers (2:15 pm)

27/6 - The Bee Music production to parents and carers (2:15 pm)

2/7 - Move Up morning

10/7 - Trip to Marwell Zoo

13/7PTFA ParkFest

27-31/5 - Break up for the summer holidays!



 As a school, we use Talk4Writing as a framework- all units are based on this. 

This half term we will be looking at persuasive writing. 

Persuasive writing is any written work that tries to convince the reader of the writer's opinion. Aside from standard writing skills,  persuasive writing can also draw on personal experience, logical arguments, an appeal to emotion, and compelling speech to influence readers.

We will continue to develop using varied sentence starters, and time connectives, thinking about using correct tenses, descriptive noun phrases including exciting adjectives, and similies, and using speech. Of course, it still includes our non-negotiables such as capital letters, full stops, and finger spaces. We will also edit our work to give children the skills to edit and improve their writing.                                                      

  • Non-negotiables: Every time the children write, we ask them to make sure that they have put a full stop at the end of every sentence, that they have used capital letters to begin sentences and for names, that they have finger spaces between their words, and that they have used a question mark at the end of a question.  

Cursive Handwriting 

This term we will continue to work hard with the children to practice their cursive handwriting

We have attached the 'a Guide to cursive handwriting' PPT document.



      Reading, Phonics and Spelling :

Phonics/spelling lessons happen every day. We will do this as a class and provide extra support for children who need it.

Large Group Guided Reading sessions

Fluent Readers - Once the children become ‘fluent readers’ we will be reading whole class texts with the children. They will read more challenging texts, such as chapter books, using a range of skills to discuss and answer questions about the books. These sessions are not recorded in their Reading Records, but they have a Guided Reading book, where they record work relating to the text that is being studied.

 We will endeavor to hear individual readers as often as possible. Children are assessed with their phonics and reading regularly throughout the year.

Practice Reading sessions 

Phonic-based readers -In these small group lessons, the focus is largely on decoding, fluency, and comprehension. The children will read independently and to an adult, within their group. It will be marked in their reading records that they have had a practice reading session with adult support on that day. They will read with adult support  several times a week depending on the week

Once the children have read a book with their reading group at school, they will bring it home for further practice, along with an additional decodable book which will be changed weekly. Please help us to make sure that we can send home decodable books for all the children by returning both your child's reading books every Friday.

Once the children are fluent readers, they will be reading longer books in school and will be able to independently change their home readers whenever they need to. Please continue to send their reading record book to school every day.


English Homework:


We would like the children to read at home at least 4- 5 times a week with an adult. More able readers will then start to read more independently but it is still important for children to read out loud and have the opportunity to ask and answer questions about the vocabulary and text. Alongside reading school books we actively encourage children to read a wide range of books at home.



spellingshed   (link)   (logins in reading records)


This term there will be some changes to the way spelling homework will be set. 

Spelling challenges are set every Friday and we will now provide weekly paper homework with the spellings as a lot of children are not using the Spelling Shed app. The spellings will be set out as the 'Look, Say, Cover, and Write format. They will also be on the site but we are going to use paper homework this term to see if this improves children's learning.

The words will comprise spellings linked to the spelling taught that week alongside some Common Exception Words that Year 2 needs to be able to read and write by the end of Year 2.

We would like children to practice their spelling at least 3 x a week.


Extra English support:

Please take a look at these helpful questions to discuss with your child. They can be used when your child reads to you, when you read to your child or to prompt discussion about books your child is reading independently. 

Reading question stems Picture - Free eBook library when you create a username and password.


We will be following the  White Rose maths curriculum.           

This half term we will look at two main units:

Children will be taught to:

Time -

  • compare and sequence intervals of time
  • tell and write the time to five minutes, including quarter past/to the hour and draw the hands on a clock face to show these times
  • know the number of minutes in an hour and the number of hours in a day.
  • use standard units of measurement with increasing accuracy, using their knowledge of the number system, and become fluent in telling the time on analogue clocks and recording it.

Statistics and Data Handling -

  • interpret and construct simple pictograms, tally charts, block diagrams and simple tables
  • ask and answer simple questions by counting the number of objects in each category and sorting the categories by quantity
  • ask and answer questions about totalling and comparing categorical data.
  •  record, interpret, collate, organise and compare information (e.g. using many-to-one correspondence with simple ratios 2, 5, 10).

Maths homework:

Homework activity 1 - play  Numbots for at least 10 minutes, 3 times per week which will help to build fluency with number facts
Log-ins for Numbots will be in the front of your child's reading record.

Homework activity 2 - Arithmetic activity sheet - to go out every Friday and be returned on the following Wednesday. A letter will be sent out during the first week giving more information. The will now be double-sided. If your child completes just A ( easier) just do As both sides, A & B do both sides A & B, and so on. 


Home Learning | Ashford Church of England Primary School          (link) 

Numbots is an ongoing maths challenge program, that supports children's mathematical knowledge and understanding. We would like children to extend their learning by using Numbots at least 3 times a week. (link)

This term we will be introducing the children to TTRockstars - This is an engaging and fun app that the whole school uses to embed and develop times tables. 

Please watch the video below for more information.

Video for parents and carers

We now set the children optional homework on My Maths . Children have been introduced to this and have the logins in the front of their reading records. Activities will be set in blocks to continue previous learning in maths that we have been doing at school.  

What are we doing in other subjects this half term?


In this topic, children will learn more about plants and what they need to grow, thrive, and survive. The children will complete a 'Bean Diary' and grow their own bean plan t to take home.

Topic:  Stone Age Britain- History   


In this topic, we will introduce children to Stone Age Britain. This is an introductory unit to our new fantastic Opening Worlds Curriculum which is used for History, Geography, and RE in KS2.

ART:  Islamic art  

We will be looking at the work of SH Raza and looking at the geometric patterns and art centering around Islamic art.

RE: Our world and the comminuity

ICT: research and present


MUSIC: The Bee Musical production!

(The children have a weekly music lesson with our music specialist teacher, Mrs Bell, in the music room) Music


The Bee Musical songs to practice!

 1) Buzzin'  2) I Want to Feel Important  3) The Nectar Team  4) Bee- Bop  5) Bee Mine  6)Thinking Caps

7) The Bee's Knees  8) To Be a Bee

Useful Information

PE Days

Our PE days are Tuesdays and Thursdays. Please ensure children come to school in their PE kit on these days.  

Library Days

We will be visiting the library to change books every Monday

Books are issued for two weeks at a time but can be returned earlier. If your child wishes to keep a book for longer than two weeks, please send it in to school on a Wednesday so that it can be renewed.

You can check which books your child currently has on loan along with the return dates on Reading Cloud. Log-in details are in the front of your child's reading record. If a book has got lost, we ask for a £5 contribution towards replacing the book. Please speak to your child's class teacher.

Link to Reading Cloud:   

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Park Mead Primary School, Park Drive, Cranleigh, Surrey, GU6 7HB

01483 274315