Welcome to Year 2
Spring 2 Newsletter
Dear parents and carers,
It is hard to believe we are over half way through the year. The children are really working hard and continue to impress us daily.
I would once again like to take the opportunity to thank you for the amazing home learning projects. We have really been blown away by the engagement in our ‘Towers, Tunnels and Turrets’ topic. The children have really enjoyed the focus on design and technology and have developed some lovely team working skills. We have seen a variety of projects such as visits to castles, models, posters and fact files. Please watch out for some of your children’s learning on the class web page.
We have been lucky enough to have local author Gail Jones come in and visit the children this week. The children had a great time about learning what it takes to become an author and illustrator.
This half term the children will continue to learn about Islam in RE and understand the differences in
religions and cultures.
We will be continuing to focus on the basic skills across the curriculum. In this respect there will continue to be a strong focus on developing skills such as handwriting, reading, spelling and mathematics. In English this half term our writing opportunities will focus on the book ’We’re All Wonders’. In maths the focus will be on shape and fractions, focusing on halves, quarters and thirds. We will also continue to develop the children’s arithmetic skills, in preparation for the end of key stage assessments.
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. Although the children are sent home with phonics books, we are more than happy to encourage the children to read books they ‘love’. There are some suggestions of appropriate texts on our class pages, but encouraging the children to read widely and a variety of texts, will certainly help to develop their reading and language skills.
Please could I ask that PE kits are sent into school on a Monday and remain in school all week. It is really important that children have both indoor and outdoor kits in school. With the cold weather, please could you ensure that children have a warm jumper or zip top. However, this cannot have a hood attached.
Reading - Issued on a Friday. Should be returned on Thursday in the clear homework bag.
Spellings - Please log into spelling shed to complete the spelling challenges.
Maths—Please continue to complete Times Table Rockstars.
PE - PE kits should be in school from Monday. Normal PE day is Thursday.
Thank you once again for your continued support.
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