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St John's CEP School

Growing towards the future through love, care and respect

REMINDER: School open for children on Tuesday 4th September 2018. We would like to wish everyone a fabulous summer holiday. Please stay safe and enjoy we look forward to seeing you all on the 4th September 2018.

Finding fractions of amounts


Subtraction using a Magic Number Line

Addition using a Magic Number Line

Please refer to the video below to see how we will administer the times tables test each week.

Maths homework

  • Maths homework will be given out on a Friday and should be returned by Thursday of the following week. We will always try to differentiate the maths homework so that children of all abilities can attempt it. If you feel that a particular piece of homework is too easy or too hard, please just adapt it to make it suitable.
  • Times tables tests – we will test the children on times tables every week. This will happen on a Thursday straight after their spelling test. This will be done in the same book as the spellings so that you can see how your child is getting on. Over the course of the year, we will learn and test the children on their 2, 3, 5 and 10 times tables. For now, we will focus on the 2 and 10 times tables and will test one of these each week. We will let you know when we start to move on to the 5 and 3 times tables.

Spelling tests

  • The weekly spelling words will be given out on a Friday and the test will take place on the following Thursday. They will complete the tests in their spelling books, which they will take home every Friday for you to see how they have got on. We will have two or three different ability spelling groups running each week. These groups are fluid and the class teachers may move your child up or down a group. If this happens, it is usually as a result of how the child is using the spellings in their everyday written work, rather than their actual test results. The spelling words may seem easy to begin with but they will soon increase in difficulty. Please be patient and don’t worry if your child says the words are too easy!
  • We understand that some parents worry about their child’s weekly spelling test results. We would like to emphasise that the weekly spelling tests only provide a very small amount of insight into how your child is getting on at school. It is not unusual for children to make excellent progress in literacy over the course of a year but struggle on a weekly basis with their spelling test.


As the emphasis when reading in Year Two shifts towards comprehension, we would like the children to answer questions about a book they have read that week. You will write out your own questions and they will write their answers. Four or five questions is sufficient for each week’s homework. Please feel free to scribe your child’s answers if they are still struggling with their writing. Please read the following examples of questions that you could ask your child.


  • Why was the main character happy at the end of the story?
  • What happened in the middle of the story that made the main character feel sad?
  • Why did the author use the word _____________?
  • Can you think of a better ending for the story?
  • Why are some words in bold or italics?
  • Which word in the text means the same fast?


Finding fractions of an amount/number using circle and crosses method

Division using circle and crosses method

Subtraction using a Magic Number Line

Addition using a Magic Number Line