English in Year 2

At Mossley the children experience a rich, varied, fun and exciting curriculum. We aim to equip them with the essential knowledge and skills in order for them to become keen and talented little readers, writers, speakers and listeners.


What do they ‘get up to’?

During the week the children participate in:

  • Daily English lessons.

  • Daily phonics sessions.

  • Handwriting practise.

  • A weekly guided read with the teacher and an individual read.

  • Comprehension activities.

  • Opportunities to practise high frequency words and spellings.



So, what exactly is phonics? 


Words are made up from small units of sound called phonemes. Phonics teaches children to be able to listen carefully and identify the phonemes that make up each word. This helps children to learn to read words and to spell words.

The children in Year 2 are in different groups for their phonics according the phase that they are in/progress through the phase. Some children are recapping on elements of phase 5 and others are working through Phase 6.

Phonics is still an essential element of your child’s learning and to the bottom of this webpage we have provided you with a variety of resources to support your child’s phonic knowledge and awareness.

It is so important then when you are helping your child with their phonics that the sounds are pronounced correctly. Please see below for a link that can support you with this. This website also has a variety of other resources available to you.



What can I do to support my child?

To the bottom of this page is a variety of resources that you can use, please print these out and use as and when you wish.

We have provided a set of ‘flashcards’ with the phase 3 and 5 sounds on-if you are unsure of how to pronounce these please look at the link above. We have also provided a variety of words that your child can practise reading using their phonic knowledge. You can use these flashcards to continue to remind the children of their sounds.

You will notice that the flashcards feature the split vowel digraphs that you child will need to be able to spot when reading words and apply their understanding of them. Your child will use the correct terminology.

a-e      (pronounced A - same, game, flame)

e-e      (pronounced E- even, extreme, Steve)

i-e       (pronounced I – time, chime, fine)

       o-e      (pronounced O- home, dome,  bone)

       u-e      (pronounded U- dune, June, prune)


You will see that in the resources some of these words are ‘real’ words and some are ‘nonsense/alien’ words, the children enjoy playing games that involve sorting the words out into nonsense/alien words. Your child will need to look at the sounds that make up the words and then blend those sounds together.

It may help them to put a sound button (dot) underneath each sound that makes up the word

e.g  rain- this word would have a dot underneath the r and then a line and a dot under the sound ai as this is one sound and then a dot underneath the n.

It is vital then when you read with your child that they can see their split vowel digraphs in different words.

In addition the internet has a wealth of resources/activities that your child can use to help them with their phonics.

We have also attached some roll and read games that can be printed and played at home.

When children are writing words made of different sounds they may find the monkey phoneme frames useful each box should contain a different sound. If these are laminated they can then be re-used for them to practise writing the words.


Spelling Whizz

The children now focus more on spelling patterns and rules therefore please keep your eyes peeled for the spelling patterns of the week and practise the spelling of these. They may want to think of their own. More resources to support this phase will be added soon.


Websites such as phonics play, letters and sounds, spelling play, twinkl are super!

Please come and see us if you require any support with this.


  Pie Corbett

In Year 2 we love using 'Talk for Writing' to help us to write stories, reports, instructions, recounts and a variety of other forms of writing. This is an approach to writing that focuses on lots of oral rehearsal/storytelling/creating text maps to help us with our writing.

The first stage is called IMITATION which is where the children use an existing story/report/recount etc and learn the words/actions for this piece of writing. For example recently we have written non-chronological report about lions from the Lion King and this was based on an exisiting report written by the Year 2 team. This helps the children to understand/know the language patterns/connectives/sentence openers used in a piece of writing. The children then go on to apply what they have learnt in the first stage to then INNOVATE and INVENT their own piece of writing.

In Year 2 we use the 'story mountain' to plan our own stories. Please see below for some resources that you could use at home if you want to think about writing a story. You may also use the resources to think about existing stories and where each part of those stories would go on the story mountain. In the back of their English books the children have a copy of the story mountain sentence openers document, this helps them to improve the way they open sentences for different parts of stories.



Please follow this useful link to help with handwriting https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cVf-LnFmt-U

We use Penpals to support the children with their handwriting and we do have high expectations of their handwriting. Some of the children are now joining their letters when writing however it is so important that they are ready for this. If your child is still have difficulty forming letters correctly then this must be addressed first with lots and lots of practise!

At the bottom of this webpage their is some information about how letters should be joined and the language that is used to describe the joins. We have also put some handwriting practice sheets, one of them looks at letters that cannot be joined e.g b, x etc (break letters). It is important that the children don't try to join every letter.

Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar Videos

The children enjoy watching the videos below.




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