Primary School

Achieving Together

Year 2

Marriott Reading Challenge 2020

While you are at home it is essential to keep up with you reading.  Here are some fun activities you can do over the period. 

How many can you tick off?

  • Draw a picture of a character from the book you have.  Write some noun phrases to tell me all about them.
  • Write a blurb for a book you have just finished.  You will find examples of this on the back of your book.
  • Do a review of the book you have just read.  Rate it out of five and say why.
  • Write a description of one of the characters in your book.  Make sure it is very descriptive so we can guess who it is!
  • Find five new words in your book that you haven’t seen before and then find out what they mean. 
  • Write a sequel to the story you have just read.  What happens to the characters?  What is their next adventure?
  • Write a prequel to the story you have just finished.  What was happening before that story was told?
  • Make part of your story into a comic strip.
  • Write a quiz for your book (or one of the chapters for longer books) and see if anyone can find the correct answers…
  • Learn and write five facts about the author. You can often find these at the start or end of the book!


Don’t forget you also have your activities to do on your brilliant book, the Enormous Crocodile and your activities to do on your poem.


Writing Competition

Are you a budding author?  Can you tell a ripping yarn?  Now is your chance to prove you’re you’ve got what it takes.

Marriott are having a story writing competition.  All you need to do is choose any topic and write a short story, or part of a story.  Your entry should be no longer than two sides of paper.  You can write on plain paper or on some of the writing frames we have given you.

When all stories have been handed in they will be judged and the winners from each phase will receive a prize.

Good luck!

Topic work

Our current topics in Year 2 are:

Science: Living things and habitats

History: Great Fire of London

Art: Shading

French: Body parts

During this time why not try some of these activities.


  • Draw pictures of some of the things that happened in the Great Fire of London.  Can you draw them in the correct order?
  • Write some of the good and bad things that happened because of the Great Fire of London.
  • Write a diary entry as Toby in the Great Fire of London.
  • Make a poster to tell people about what London was like in the 17th Century.


  • Make a poster to show things that are alive, not alive or have been alive.
  • Make a list of all the things you would need to buy to keep a plant alive or an animal alive.
  • Try to make a list of all the things that living things need to stay alive.


  • Find some objects in your house and sketch them.  Remember you can use your pencil in different ways to create different shades of black, white and grey.
  • Can you write your name in bubble writing and shade in each letter in a different shade of grey?


  • Make a poster with a picture of someone.  Can you label it with French names?
  • Practise saying the French body parts at home – you could test your family.  How many will they know?


  • You could also make a quiz for any of the topics above.


Great websites for Year 2

Why not try out some of these fabulous websites to keep your skills in tip top condition…


Hit the button: a great game where you can practise times tables, number bonds and much more.

Daily 10 Mental Maths Challenge: choose the level and test your skills against the clock

Connect 4 factors: a fun two-player game to secure your knowledge of factors

Super maths bowling: choose from a variety of activities and aim for a strike…

Funky Mummy: solve these multiplication problems to make the mummy dance.



Spelling frame: how good is your spelling?  Test yourself against your year group here:

Spooky spellings: a fun game to test your knowledge of the common exception (tricky) words.


Word frog: test your knowledge of word types.


Super stories: can you select the write language to make these stories into best-sellers?


Myths and legends: make your own myth or legend comic strip.



Science Kids: there are links to games here for every topic we have covered so far in science.  Why not try them to refresh your memory and have some fun…



We have been learning about the Great Fire of London. Check out this website to learn more and play some of the games.


Current affairs

Newsround: don’t forget to keep up with the latest news here every day.

Maths to do at home

Here are some activities that you can do at home to keep your skills sharp.

Fluent in Five:

There are two weeks’ worth of questions here to complete.  These questions test the children’s calculations skills.  Can they get them all right in five minutes? Do one a day.

Times tables packs:

We sent these packs home for homework in the past but times tables always need practising.  These present them in different ways and are a great way to retain this critical skill.

Other ideas:

Rapid recall of multiplication facts: test your child with quick-fire questions

Counting: count in different numbers e.g. fives, threes, fours and eights

Board games: many of these involve practising your counting and are great fun too!