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Below will be a Tic-Tac-Toe of tasks that you can complete with your children throughout the week. We recommend to not spend longer than 45 minutes on a task at any given time as the children will need a break.


  • We are hopeful that children will spend at least 10 minutes a day reading and being given quality questioning about the text that they have read.
  • An active lifestyle is also something that we value at Little Bowden School and we highly recommend the daily PE lessons hosted by Joe Wicks on YouTube which will commence from Monday 23rd March. The Just Dance Videos are also great for having a quick 'Wake and Shake' to break the day up.
  • You will find videos on teaching arithmetic to your children and this is something that the children should keep practising on a daily basis.
  • Children should take part in extended writing tasks at least once a week and they should all be aware of their 'non-negotiables' (capital letter, full stop, finger spaces, adjectives, handwriting, check that it makes sense)
  • Spellings will be uploaded every week- we would teach children 'dots and dashes', changing words by adding suffixes, dictation (putting the words into sentences and finally a check at the end of the week. More information can be found on the spellings page.
  • All Maths work will be via MyMaths and Times Table Rockstars. Please ensure that you talk through the concepts with your children as this will be more valuable to them than learning on their own. We will be able to monitor and give feedback on these services. The children could also apply any maths work that they have learnt into a real life scenario (e.g. learning about scales and weight and applying skill in baking cakes)
  • We would encourage children to continue to be creative and produce any art whether it be a performance, a picture or a song. We would welcome any of this to be sent to us.
  • A final note to say that children should keep in touch with their friends. We are very fortunate to live in an era of FaceTime and Whatsapp. Children are currently living in an extraordinary time and their mental health is something that is important to us at Little Bowden. Even a 2 minute call to their friends and family could make all the difference to making their day.


Thank you to everybody for your understanding. We are only an email away and we are happy to answer any worries or concerns that you have.

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Mandarin is a fun and unique lesson that we teach at Little Bowden. Below is a document containing some of the words and phrases that we have learnt in Year 2. Have a go at learning some Mandarin with your children smiley

If you would like to write a thank you message or colour a picture for key workers, please print off the document below. 




Little Bowden School subscribes to Oxford Owl spelling and reading resources.

They have created a brilliant home learning zone.

This includes online spelling practise, loads of ebooks and other activities.


Here are your class logins and instructions which will allow you to access these high quality materials:- 


Google Oxford Owl

Click the Class Login button

Put in username and password

This will take you to the Home page for home learning.


2BM Parents- Username- year2bm          Password- littlebowden2

2GK Parents- Username- year2gk           Password- littlebowden2



Every week, Year 2 children learn a new spelling rule. The weeks spellings are broken into different sessions where we explore the words, find out their meanings and apply them to sentences. 

Dots and Dashes

Children may use a term called 'dots and dashes' which is a game that the children enjoy. The children have to identify whether the sounds in words are a single sound (dot) or a digraph (dash) and they draw these underneath the words and count the sounds. For example, a word like cat would have 3 dots as it is made up of 3 single sounds. The word sheep would be dash (sh), dash (ee), dot (p) and there would be 3 sounds. Sometimes words have split digraphs like 'write'. In this case the i and e digraph are split up. Children will draw a smiley face to connect the digraph in this word. So 'write' would be dash (wr), split (i-e) and dot (t) resulting in 3 sounds. 

Word Changers

This is where we add suffixes (a group of letters added to the end of a word) to change words.

A simple example is adding the suffix -er and -est

big- bigger- biggest

small- smaller- smallest

happy- happier- happiest


Children should be asking themselves the following question when spelling word changers:

Is there a letter I need to swap? Is there a letter I need to double or drop?



A dictation is where the adult says a sentence that the children have to write down using their non-negotiables

If we were looking at the spelling bigger, we would say to the class:

'Can you write the following sentence making sure that you remember your non-negotiables? My sister's dog is bigger than yours.'


Usually we dictate 4 sentences.



On Friday, we say 12 spellings to the children to check that they have understood the rule for that week. You could offer a prize if they get 12/12.


Spellings 06/07/2020

We just want to say a huge thank you to all of your hard work and support with the spelling program this year. It is a huge leap to go from phonics to spelling and all children have made huge progress this year. We couldn't do it without your support so thank you.


If you wish to, we have uploaded a final Secret Agent spelling test for you to complete. Good luck agents cool



We would encourage all parents to practise the common exception words from Year 1 and Year 2. We have uploaded 2 documents below which shows the common exception words. It is expected that by the end of the year, children are able to recognise and spell most of these words in their writing. 


Home Reading


If you are in short supply of reading books, this website is extremely useful. 


Go to the link below

Click on the Teacher Portal 


Password:  Parents20!

These are read along materials. However, if you switch the volume off on your computer or device this will encourage your child to read aloud independently. Please choose a book which matches your child's current book band colour.

Whizzy Maths Sessions

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We hope that this gives you an insight as to how maths is taught in Year 2. We do not usually work with numbers above 100. It is always best if you can apply these arithmetic skills to word problems and this is something that we will upload in the coming weeks.

Hope you enjoyed it! :)

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