Hotspur Primary School

Mowbray Street, Heaton, Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne And Wear, NE6 5PA

0191 276 2762

Year 2 Closure Resources

During the time that the school is closed we will be using this page to offer ideas for home learning and other ways of keeping in touch with school staff.



 Listen to your child read as often as possible.

 We have been looking at the book Titchy Witch and the Stray Dragon. The author is Rose Impey and she has written a series of these books. Your child could write a story to match one of her other story titles such as Titchy Witch and the Frog Fiasco or Titchy Witch and the Magic Party.

 Things we would encourage you to practice are:

 ensuring your child is writing in correctly punctuated sentences

  • use a variety of connectives (i.e. or, and, but, when, if, that etc.)
  • letters are correctly sized in relation to one another

 We also go over spellings 4 x a week. The Year 2 spellings children are expected to know are:


 Things we would encourage you to practice:

  • adding and subtracting 2-digit numbers
  • number bonds to and within 10 and 20
  • division and multiplications facts for 2, 5 and 10 

We were about to start to learn how to read the time on a clock to the nearest 15 minutes and reading scales in divisions of ones, twos, fives and tens. We would encourage you to practice this.

Top Marks is a really useful website, full of great games. Here are some useful websites too:

White Rose have added a home learning page which is worth a look too. 


Over the next few weeks we were going to explore everyday materials and plants. Some questions and things to discuss:

 Choose a material and discuss what would happen if it were missing from your home. For example, what if there were no glass? How would your home be different? Which materials are your rubbish made out of? Which of these can be recycled and which can’t?

 What if there were no plants? Which things in your home would be missing if there were no plants? Don’t forget to check the fridge! Whereabouts in your home would be a good place for a plant to grow? Why? Where would be a bad place for a plant to grow? If you have any left-over carrot tops or apple pips, you could try growing them in different places and find out!


  •  Find a place in the world that you are interested in and research about it.
  • Exercise regularly and try and beat your own personal score.
  • Create a comic book.
  • Research about plants and grow some (if you can).

Good Websites

Phonics Play, Phonics Bloom, Teach Your Monster to Read --- Phonics Activities

ICTgames, MathsZone --- Interactive maths games

Pobble365 KS1, LiteracyShed --- Mini stories and story starters

Twinkl --- Resources and activities for all areas of Y2 curriculum

GoNoodle, Cosmic Yoga --- Movement breaks


Additionally there are some lovely KS1 projects here:


Weekly Updates

Hi Everyone,

We both hope that you, your children and loved ones are safe and happy.  It is so strange not seeing our classes and we miss those everyday interactions that make our job so special and enjoyable. 

We thought we would add in some science ideas that you may wish to try this week.

We were going to be exploring Everyday Materials.    Why don’t you go for a material hunt around your home?  How many different kinds of materials can you discover?  Can you use some adjectives to describe these materials?

We found Whiskers the rat!

Whiskers is made from fabric.  When we held Whiskers we used these adjectives to describe the feel of the material - soft, squishy, lightweight and slightly fuzzy.

How many adjectives can you come up with for your material? We would love you to share your learning with us.  Please send to

Challenge - 

How did I sort the materials above?  Look closely...

Could you sort  the materials you find? 

 Maths Update

White Rose website follows the National Curriculum for Maths and is a brilliant resource. To help parents and carers they have made their resources free for children to complete at home. Prior breaking up from school we were looking at fractions, this link continues the learning we were doing in class:

Also, if you would like to keep refreshing your addition and subtraction skills you could have a go at the Big Maths sheets below:

Big Maths One

Big Maths Two

Keep Fit!

With less opportunities to play outside it's important that we keep fit by exercising at home. Here are some good short exercise videos to help break up your day. You may recognise some from school.:


Oh No George!

Mr Gardner reads from one of his favourite books and shows you how to make your own Oh No George! puppet. Send pictures of your puppets to: Thanks to Mr Johnston for making the music.

The Time We Spring Cleaned The World by Louise Gribbons

Mr Gardner reads a poem with music from Mr Johnston.

Why don't you write your own poem about something that's important to you? Send it to and we could read it out in another video!