Dane Bank Avenue, Crewe, Cheshire CW2 8AD

01270 661526


Vine Tree Primary School

Learn, Included, Respect, Enjoy, Treated Fairly


 Summer 1 

Welcome to the summer term. Let's hope we see a big improvement in our weather so we can

do lots of outdoor learning!

Below you will see what is happening in year 2 for the next six weeks. 

If you have any questions/queries please do not hesitate to contact me by email:



Mrs Welsh & Mrs Beck

Below is our class timetable.

This will give you an idea of what your child is learning throughout a week. However some changes are made from time to time.

                                                                                                              * PE - change of day *

Children will take part in PE on a Monday morning with Premier Sports from 11am - 11:50am. Children should come to school on a Monday in their PE kit and they will wear it for the remainder of the day. Year 2 will also have PE again on a Friday afternoons with Crewe Alex, therefore should wear their PE kit to school on a Friday too.  

* Please ensure that your child is wearing the correct PE kit -  A plain white t-shirt and plain navy or black shorts .*


Dates to remember...

 Friday 28th April     Class trip to Gladstone Pottery, Stoke-on-Trent

Monday 3rd-4th July  Class residential trip to Tattenhall Outdoor Centre


General Information:

The school day


Timings:                                         Drop off/Pick up point:

Year 2 start time: 8:45am               Drop off: Main playground 

Year 2 finish time 3:05pm               Pick up: We will meet you on the playground at Year 2's gate and send children

                                                                     one by one to parents as we see them arrive.


What will my child need to bring to school?

Full school uniform - black shoes , no trainers please.

A raincoat

A water bottle (water only)

A small healthy snack

A lunch bag (if needed)

Please ensure all personal items are labelled before sending them into school.



Read Write Inc


Read Write Inc is the program we have chosen as a school to teach children the sounds needed to read. There are 44+ sounds that children need to know so they can sound out/Fred talk any unknown words. As children build their knowledge of these sounds, they will in turn develop their fluency. This means children will be able to read words, with the sounds they know, at a glance. It is vital children can read fluently in order to understand what they have read.


See below for a list of all the sounds children need to learn in Year 1 and a video on how to correctly pronounce them.


Homework in Year 2

This half term the activities on the homework grid are based on our science topic - Plants. The tasks will cover a broad range of the curriculum including English, Maths, Science, Art, French and Music activities. Children can complete as many tasks as they wish, choosing ones that interests them most. This will further their understanding/learning in our termly topics. 

Can you learn to say this poem ? Try reciting it to your family.                                             Can you learn to say this poem ? Try reciting it to your family.

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Spelling homework will be sent home every Monday/Tuesday afternoon, depending on Bank Holidays. Children will get 10 spellings per week to learn. Five words will be practicing using a phonics sound and the other five will be common exception words from the year 2 list. This is a list of words that the children are expected to be able to spell by the end of year two. This list is quite long and the words are sometimes tricky. Although we use some of these words in our English lessons there are a lot to cover. We will continue to have a spelling test every Monday or Tuesday afternoon. Here is the year 1 and year 2 word list below. Please help your child to learn to spell and write these words.



This half term the children will be working on applying their addition and subtraction skills. They will be given lots of word problems to solve by drawing their own number lines to help them with their addition and subtraction. They will also be working on their 2x,5x and 10x tables and the division facts that go with them. During this half term we will spend a lot of time revising  fractions of shapes and numbers, naming 2D and 3D shapes and talking about their properties. We will do some work on measuring in centimetres and reading different scales in 2's, 5's and 10's.

Below is a short video that shows the different stages of subtraction that I will continue to teach in class.

Below are two free apps that would be really helpful to your child to increase their fast recall of maths facts. They are called One Minute Maths by White Rose and Numbots. ( Your child has their own passwords for Numbots.)   Regular practise of their mental maths will be very beneficial. Enter text...

Encourage your child to practise their times tables with these fun games and songs...


Children have their own login details for MyMaths. The codes needed are  in the front of their homework book as well as instructions on how to navigate the MyMaths website if you are not familiar with it. Every Wednesday I will allocate a task for children to complete at home online - linked to our maths learning that week. Children will have a week to complete the task set. Please encourage this at home as it will further their understanding/consolidate maths learning.

I also recommend the games on Mymaths to improve the children's fluency with mental maths.

                                                           Colour by numbers - Year 1 adding within 10 and year 1 subtracting within 10.

                                                           Tug of War - Years 1 and 2

                                                            Add it up -  Year 2 ( 3 minute timer)



This half term the children will begin working on the traditional story of Jack and the Beanstalk. Then they will design and make their own giants before writing a description of the giant. Later on they will work on the story book Jack and the Baked Beanstalk, developing their ideas to write their own story of Jack and a Beanstalk with their own twists to the story. I think the children will love this unit of work.

Below are the books we will be reading together in class this half term.

Book Buddies

The children love taking Miss Hootie and Bobby home and they are starting to be able to talk about their favourite authors. Please encourage your child to write a short book review in full sentences and learn the authors name so they can talk about their reading at school.

Reading Books

Children will be given reading books to take home every Monday.  

Our reading focus in Year 2 begins with developing children's fluency in line with their knowledge of sounds. Children will use Book Bag Books in order to do this. It is highly recommended that you and your child work through the activities suggested to support their fluency when reading and understanding of the text. ( These activities are stapled to the inside cover of your child's reading record.)

Please use the SWAYs below to refresh your memory on how to use Book Bag Books effectively and the previously mentioned activities. 


Children should read at least 3 times per week and this should be recorded in their reading diary. Each reading activity from the Book Bag Books counts as a read alongside any other reading experiences e.g. sharing a Bingo Book. The name of the book title and a signature is all that is required when recording your child's reading. 


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Useful Information on how to use your Book Bag Book at home!

In addition to their Book Bag Book children will be bringing home a Bingo Book and a non-fiction book which they can choose from our class library. These books are sent home with a view for you to enjoy them together. It is not expected that your child will be able to read these books independently.


Bingo Books

Get Epic

We are encouraging children to continue with their use of Get Epic. To login to access your child's books , go to www.getepic.com/students. Then click on students and enter our class code _________ and read as much as you like! I will assign some new reading material on here weekly in line with the topic we are learning about. 

There are now 2 options to explore the website:


  1. During school with Epic School: From 7am to 4pm, students can log in from anywhere using their class code and read for as long as they want between 7am to 4pm. Educators can access Epic School at any time or day. Epic School is always free for our educators.
  2. After school with Epic Free: In addition to all the reading time that they get with Epic School, students can also read after-school or after 4pm  for free on Epic Free. Epic Free is also available for students to access at any time on the weekends. But unlike Epic School, there is a time duration limit! Students can read on Epic Free for up to 2 hours per week. Also, students will need their parents’ help to unlock Epic Free with a parent email. Parents only need to provide their email address once during sign-up. There is no fee for for Epic Free. After the first log in, students can freely access Epic Free using the class code.  They will transition between Epic School and Epic Free, depending on the time of day.  


Unfortunately, this change in terms means that some books are not accessible on the Epic Free version.



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