Primary 2 – Helpful Hints for Homework

Project/Finding Out Tasks

This may involve bringing in an item of interest from home, asking questions of family members, make and record simple observations or find the answer to a simple question. If required, please help your child to:

  1. Find a suitable item to bring to school.
  2. Find the answer to a question / problem.
  3. Answer any question set in their own words.

A task like this will link directly to work that is happening in class. Please try to make sure your child understands why they have selected a particular item or what they have written as an answer to a particular question.


At this stage, parents should hear their child read aloud and talk with them about the text. Encourage your child to read with some expression (you may read the story to them first to model this). If your child is stuck on a word, do not get angry. Instead, help them to sound it out or ask them to look for clues in the story or pictures to help. If they are still unsure, give them the word without criticising. Ask them simple questions about the contents of the story, the characters and what they like/ dislike about the book.


Spelling work will involve learning and practising words from the Jolly Phonics Scheme. These will be sent home in groups of 10. You can help your child to LOOK at each word, SAY it, COVER it, WRITE it from memory and then CHECK it. This should be repeated 2times. These words should be practised regularly and correct spelling encouraged whenever they are used.

Lanuage Work

There will be opportunities throughout the year for children to bring in items to share and discuss with their class e.g. photographs, favourite cuddly toy, achievements they have experienced, etc.


Most maths homework will be oral and does not always have to be written down. Activities may include:

  • Begin to know the addition facts for numbers up to 10, e.g. 7 + 2, 4 + 4, 9 + 1, 5 + 3.
  • Begin to know the subtraction facts for number up to 10, e.g. 5-1, 7-3, 8-3, 10- 2.
  • Begin to become familiar with number bonds to 10, e.g. 6 + 4 and 4 + 6 both add up to 10.
  • Learn the days of the week and say which day is after or before any other day.
  • Recognise all coins to £1 and use them in simple addition and subtraction contexts.
  • Count verbally up to and back from 20.
  • Begin to verbalise a number which is between any two given numbers, e.g. ‘what number is between 12 and 14?’
  • Begin to recognise and recite numbers up to 100.
  • Begin to read whole hour times on a clock face, and pre- dict the time an hour or two hours later.

Throughout the year other short activities may be given. Please try to relate these to real life experiences and practise the skills when opportunities arise at home. Other mathematical resources can be found at

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