Welcome to Year 2 2018 - 19
YEAR 2 NEWSLETTER
Welcome back to our second half term.
It has been truly overwhelming to see all the fantastic RE topic
challenges that have been created. We have wreaths, advent calendars, memories and nativity scenes.
They are spectacular and have really set the scene for this half terms learning.
This half term we are continuing with the topic ‘Muck, Mess and Mixtures’. We will continue to investigate the
scientific elements of mixtures with activities such as ice cream making and exploding rockets. The children
will continue to explore, investigate and create in preparation for the express event in December.
In RE we will be exploring the overarching religion of Christianity through the Christmas story. This will lead up to our exciting Christmas show ‘Lights, Camel, Action!’ As part of the RE topic we will be exploring traditions and the meaning and beliefs involved. We will be making advent wreaths and Christingles (Christ’s light, a symbol of Christian faith). As always we are very grateful of any adult volunteers and are especially interested in any
volunteers with floristry expertise who could help the children to learn how to make traditional advent wreaths.
Throughout the year we will be focusing on the basic skills across the curriculum. We will be encouraging the children to continue developing skills such as handwriting, reading, spelling and mathematics. In English this half term the children will be investigating the book ‘The Story Machine’. In maths the focus will be on multiplication and division. Reading will see children build on the phonics skills they worked so hard on last year, as well as developing the ability to predict, infer, retrieve and discuss.
In order to develop the children’s reading skills we are encouraging the children to develop a love of reading. To ensure this is the case we allow the children to choose what they would like to read. This may be a short book, longer novel, magazine or e-book for example. The children are encouraged to read what ever captures their fancy, as we believe this will inspire them to pick up a book more regularly and to talk about these texts with
passion! Reading just 10 minutes a day has a real impact!
As a school, the expectation is for children to read 3 times a week at home with an adult. This should be
recorded on the home learning sheets each week. As a class we are running a reading challenge each half term. Every time your child reads at least three times a week, they will move across the clouds. Children who read three times a week across 5 weeks of the half term will earn house points for their house, as well as having the chance to enter the reward raffle.
Homework - Issued on a Friday. Should be returned on Thursday in the clear homework bag.
- Spelling shed
- Times Table Rockstars
PE - PE kits should be in school from Monday. Normal PE days are Thursdays.
We look forward to working with you and your child this year. Thank you for your support.
Mr Longley, Mrs Vockins and Mrs Kilby
Year 2 Homework
Homework will be issued on a Friday.
Children will be expected to complete:
- Spelling Shed activity
- Times Tables Rockstar activity
- Continue to learn this terms Key Instant Recall Facts
- Read to an adult at least three times a week.
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Year 2 Key Instant Recall Facts Homework
Year 2 Curriculum Expectations
Common Exception Words - Children are expected to be able to read and spell these words by the end of KS1.
READING IN YEAR 2
School is an important part of your child’s life.In Year 2 we will encourage your child to retell a story they have heard. This will help your child to put ideas in the right order. Children will also be encouraged to read things around them – cereal packets, notices and signs.We will discuss words. Children will have the opportunity to read each morning and will also have guided reading sessions each day.
Read with your child – 10 minutes a day can help. We will send home levelled books once a week, but we also strongly encourage children to read books they have chosen. This is really important to help develop their love of reading
10 MINUTES A DAY
“Reading aloud is much more than just telling a child a story and if you can spare 10 minutes a day you can make a huge difference to their development,” said Inez Bailey, CEO, National Adult Literacy Agency (NALA).
“Storytelling is not all about teaching your child to read. You learn to talk a long time before you learn to read, and sharing stories and giving your child time to respond is a wonderful way to help your child’s language development”, she said.
“Reading aloud combines the benefits of talking, listening and storytelling within a single activity and helps to build the foundation for language development. From stories your child learns many things such as how to listen and concentrate, new words and understand why things happen. They also learn to put ideas in order, develop their memory skills, notice how spoken words relate to words on the page and learn how to predict,” she said.
“The most important thing is that reading is fun and enjoyable for both of you – just turn off the TV and find a quiet place so there are no distractions. And remember stories are not just found in books, it’s just as good to tell your child short, simple stories you know. The most important thing is that you enjoy it, that way your child will too.
RECOMMENDED READING BOOKS IN YEAR 2
In Year 2, it is important to start to move from sharing picture books into sharing chapter books. These will not only provide a meaty read, but also demand that the children use their imagination. Of course, there are also many Reception and Year 1 children who will sit and enjoy a chapter book and this should form part of their reading experience. Many of the chosen books operate on different levels - from the satisfaction of good stories to the exploration of deeper themes.
Here are a few suggestions:
Traction Man is Here
Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Book?
Dr Xargle's Book of Earthlets
Not Now Bernard
Emily Brown and the Thing
Frog and Toad Together
The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark
The Giraffe, the Pelly and Me
Fantastic Mr Fox
Willa and old Miss Annie