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Blog posts for: Year 2

Reading: Age 6–7 (Year 2)

Reading: Age 6–7 (Year 2)

Children age 6–7 will continue to build up a range of reading skills. Find out what you can do at home to support your child’s reading development.

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Reading: Age 9–10 (Year 5)

Reading: Age 9–10 (Year 5)

In Year 5, your child will be encouraged to read widely. Find out how to encourage them at home as they discover different types of language and writing.

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Key Stage 1 SATs

Key Stage 1 SATs

The National Curriculum tests or SATs can seem like a daunting part of your child’s education but, if you know what to expect, they don’t need to be scary for you or your child!

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Comprehension

Comprehension

Find out how reading comprehension is taught throughout primary school, and take a look at our books, advice, and free activities to help at home.

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Geometry & shapes in Year 2 (age 6–7)

Geometry & shapes in Year 2 (age 6–7)

In Year 2, your child will learn to describe 2D and 3D shapes using accurate mathematical vocabulary. They will also learn to find 2D shapes in 3D shapes, to arrange shapes into patterns, and to talk about rotation.

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Help with times tables

Help with times tables

Learning times tables can be fun! Help your child learn their times tables with our free top tips, videos, quizzes and worksheets.

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Statistics in Year 2 (age 6–7)

Statistics in Year 2 (age 6–7)

In Year 2, your child will learn to draw simple charts and graphs. They will be able to sort categories by their quantities and will be able to compare sets of data.

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Money, money, money

Money, money, money

Money isn’t everything, but being ‘good with money’ is undoubtedly a useful life skill. Read Fiona Lazenby’s top tips for practising using money with your child.

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Working with school (in strange times)

Working with school (in strange times)

James Clements shares his advice on how we can work together with teachers to help our children be happy and confident at school, and gives his tips on getting the most out of parents’ evening.

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Time flies: helping your child learn to tell the time

Time flies: helping your child learn to tell the time

Learning to tell the time using both analogue and digital clocks is still an important skill, but it’s something that children can find tricky to master. Louise Pennington shares ideas to support your child’s growing understanding of time.

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Writing a thank you letter

Writing a thank you letter

Practise handwriting by writing a thank you letter to someone who has helped you during lockdown – like a teacher, a family member, or a healthcare worker.

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Maths is everywhere!

Maths is everywhere!

Maths expert Louise Pennington shares her advice for developing your child’s maths skills during school closures by exploring maths in the real world.

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Common reading issues

Common reading issues

Tackle common reading problems with our expert advice on supporting struggling readers, engaging reluctant readers, and encouraging boys to pick up a book.

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Teaching maths at home

Teaching maths at home

Mathemagician Andrew Jeffrey suggests ways you can support your child’s maths development at home without needing to be an expert.

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Biff, Chip and Kipper: Dolphin Rescue and Other Stories

Biff, Chip and Kipper: Dolphin Rescue and Other Stories

Find out what happens when the children discover a dolphin on the beach, go on a snowy adventure with Floppy and meet the Queen with Gran! This collection contains two phonics books, two stories, and fun activities – ideal for children who are growing in reading confidence.

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Winnie and Wilbur: Winnie Makes Trouble

Winnie and Wilbur: Winnie Makes Trouble

Two mischievous stories about Winnie, the world’s wackiest witch, and her cat Wilbur, getting into all sorts of trouble! A spell lands Winnie in double trouble, and Winnie tries out babysitting.

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Winnie and Wilbur: Chilly Winnie

Winnie and Wilbur: Chilly Winnie

Brave the cold with Winnie, the world’s wackiest witch, and her cat Wilbur, in two wintry stories. Join Winnie as she meets the abominable snowman and does her best to find some hot chocolate!

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Winnie and Wilbur: Winnie at Work

Winnie and Wilbur: Winnie at Work

Two hilarious stories about Winnie, the world’s wackiest witch, and her cat Wilbur, taking on two special jobs at school. Winnie runs the after-school club and gets a job as the school cook.

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Winnie and Wilbur: Winnie in the Sun

Winnie and Wilbur: Winnie in the Sun

Have fun in the sun with Winnie, the world’s wackiest witch, and her cat Wilbur. Join Winnie as she digs for treasure, and find out what happens when Wilbur goes missing.

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Punctuation marks

Punctuation marks

Practise using the correct punctuation marks in sentences (full stops, question marks, and exclamation marks).

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Numicon: Bag of Numicon Shapes 1–10

Numicon: Bag of Numicon Shapes 1–10

A set of 10 Numicon shapes to practise maths at home. The tactile, multi-sensory approach helps your child build their mathematical fluency, reasoning, and problem-solving.

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Biff, Chip and Kipper: Stories and Activities Stage 3, Book A

Biff, Chip and Kipper: Stories and Activities Stage 3, Book A

This Stories and Activities book contains two Biff, Chip and Kipper stories in an appealing comic-strip format, along with fun activities that will help your child to practise sounds, letters and early reading skills at home. Go on a sandy adventure to Gran’s beach hut and find out what happens when the children go on a march to save Pudding Wood!

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Biff, Chip and Kipper: Stories and Activities Stage 3, Book B

Biff, Chip and Kipper: Stories and Activities Stage 3, Book B

This Stories and Activities book contains two Biff, Chip and Kipper stories in an appealing comic-strip format, along with fun activities that will help your child to practise reading skills at home. Read an old-fashioned story with Chip and find out what happens when Gran takes her rare teddy bears to the toy fair!

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Shapes and measures

Shapes and measures

Some shapes can be flat and some solid. Look at these shapes and sort them into the correct boxes.

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Numicon: Homework Activities Intervention Resource

Numicon: Homework Activities Intervention Resource

Especially created for use at home, Homework Activities Intervention Resource kit supports children’s mathematical development and learning outside of school. The kit includes dice, 60 coloured counters, 21 numeral cards, 30 shapes, a large table-top number line, and more.

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