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Year 2 - Autumn Term

Y2 Home Learning 

Approximate Directed Daily Activity Time - 1 hour - 2 hours

Ideally, every day we would like children to do the following: 

English work - about 30-35 mins

  • Read to an adult or an older sibling for 10-15 minutes 
  • Spend around 20 minutes writing, practising their handwriting, spelling or grammar

Maths work - about 30-35mins

  • Practice counting in 2s, 5s and 10s (forwards and backwards)
  • Spend around 15-20 minutes completing a maths task 

Topic work - about 30-45 mins

  • Complete one of our themed activities (Science, Art, etc.,)

Helping your child with home learning - what to do:  

Reading (10-15 minutes).

  • Ask an adult or an older sibling to hear your child read their school reading book.
    If you do not have a school reading book, you can use a book from home or an online book
  • Encourage them to use ‘robot arms’ to sound out any unknown words and also discuss tricky words where we can’t use our sounds (words such as put, because, could etc)
  • Please talk to them about what they have read, perhaps ask them questions such as; What does this word mean on this page? Can you think of another word that means the same? Which bit made you feel…….? How does the character feel on this page - why? 


Writing (15-20 minutes) 

  • There is an English activity booklet which can be downloaded below. This contains a variety of English activities including comprehension, spelling work and writing prompts. You should aim to complete one activity a day.
  • If your child would prefer, we have also shared some story setting pictures below that can be used to write about. Encourage your child to use the vocabulary to create a really interesting piece of writing.
  • Visit Phonics Play, which is a great site to continue reading words and applying sounds. You can access many games for free.

Maths (30 minutes)

  • You could practising counting to 20 and back, starting at any number and also counting in 10s, 2’s and 5’s to 100. (Please be aware of adverts on the following links as they are on youtube.)

Count to 100:

Counting in 2s:

Counting in 5s:

Number bonds to 10

Number bonds to 20 


  • Activity Books (10-15 minutes) Encourage your child to spend 10-15 minutes per day working through the activities in the maths practice book below. We have also shared some maths mats which can be used as an alternative to the maths booklet. There are 3 levels of mat for each day so that you can choose the best for your child. 

    Topic Learning (30 minutes) Choose one per day: 

    Science - Outdoor learning activities, go outdoors if you have a garden and do one of the following: (if you do not have a garden, there is an activity sheet below) 

  • Learning the names of different flowering plants and trees.
  • Identifying the different parts of a plant.
  • Recognising the change in seasons – How do we know it is Autumn? (hours of daylight, seasonal changes)
  • Bug hunting and recording.


   Design Technology - Make a cake and practise measuring all the ingredients. Practise       measuring in different ways (length, weight, volume etc)


      Computing - Uses of technology survey (download below) 

Art - Portraits, using any art materials you have at home, pencils, crayons, paint, etc., paint either a self-portrait or a portrait of someone in your family. 

Alternative ideas (Please feel free to use as needed):

Discovery Education.

  • Children can freely explore the resources in the KS1 section. There are activities for all areas of the curriculum with videos to watch and activities to play including Phonics and Maths resources. It is a closed site and safe for children to use independently.


Mini Project:  What is your child interested in? It could be linked to our topic – Into the Dark - or to another area of interest. Share it with your teachers in a mini project. You could:

  • Start a scrapbook, write and draw about their favourite character, person, animal etc.
  • Write letters or make cards for family and friends
  • Make a model
  • Create a PowerPoint presentation,
  • Make a fact file,
  • Create an information poster,
  • Create a piece of art
  • Write a story
  • Make your own quiz or puzzle
  • Write a song or rap,
  • Bake something
  • Make up a drama script,
  • Create your own word treasure hunt,
  • Make fact file flash cards

You can produce anything you like based on what you know and have found out – be as creative as you like.