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Year 2

Welcome to Year 2!

Mrs Watson and Mrs Griffiths are the teachers in Year 2.

Mrs Gibson and Mrs Richardson also work in Year 2, with Mrs Isham and Mrs Finch working with us on a Monday afternoon.

 

PE Days this year are Tuesday and Thursday  and children are to wear their kits to school on these days. 

PE where possible will be outside, weather permitting!

 

 

 

Welcome to year 2 introduction

Phonic Screening Test 

As you may already know, next half term, the children will be taking the Year One Phonic Screening Test that they were unable to take in June. The children will be tested on their phonological awareness and ability to blend be being asked to read a mixture of real and nonsense words. We have been working on these during our daily phonic lessons in school, and would like the children to be able to practice these at home too.  The children recognise the nonsense words as they have a picture of an alien next to them!

 

We call the double sounds (such as sh, ai, oi etc) ‘special friends’ as two or more letters together make one sound, and we encourage the children to spot the ‘special friends’ in each real/alien word before they then read the whole word by blending. It doesn’t matter if they blend the word out loud or in their head, as long as the actual word is then said.

 

Below are attached some examples of the real and nonsense words that they can practice with you at home to increase their confidence. This can be an addition to their daily reading, or alternated with their daily reading for the next few weeks.

Thank you for your support.

Year 2 Reading

 

As part of the children's ongoing home learning, children are still encouraged to read at home 5 times a week over different days to work towards collecting their reading stickers and lucky dips. This can be recorded in the reading record books. 

 

We have ERIC time (Everyone Reading In Class)  in our timetables each week to give children more opportunities to read books they enjoy or explore ones they have not read about yet. Children can bring in books from home for this time if they wish too. Our aim is to encourage all children to love reading. We also like to hear about books they read at home and discuss them with the class too. 

 

Reading eggs has recently been launched as another way to encourage and engage children in reading. This app can be downloaded and logged into at home too. Any problems with this please let your class teacher know. 

Active learning 

 

As part of our daily active learning we are using BBC Supermovers to help the children with their learning. 

these are great fun videos the children can join in and learn the songs and dances to whilst reinforcing the key skills and objectives for the lesson. Below is the link to the Supermovers homepage so you can explore and try some at home. 

Maths Home Learning Ideas

 

We feel it is important that your child continues to reinforce what they have learnt during their Maths lessons in school regularly at home. Below is a list of activities that your child would benefit from carrying out on a regular basis: 

 

  • Reading and writing numbers to 100 in numbers and words
  • Counting in 1s, 2s, 3s, 5s and 10s.
  • 2s, 5s, 10s times tables
  • Recalling pairs of numbers (number bonds) that add up to make 10 and 20
  • Recognising and naming a range of 2D and 3D shapes
  • Measuring items and reading scales using a range of measuring apparatus (rulers, kitchen scales, bathroom scales, tape measures, measuring jugs, etc) 
  • Telling the time to o'clock, half past, quarter past and quarter to
  • Making amounts with coins.

 

 

Apps (android/samgung/apple)

Times Table Rock Stars 

Numbots 

 

If you have any trouble using these apps please see your class teacher for more information and login support. 

Year 2 Spelling 

 

This term we have focused on learning the year 1 and 2 high frequency and common exception words. We will be continuously practicing these words in guided reading and throughout English sessions. On a regular basis the children will be given sets of these words to learn so that they can practice these with you every day at home in preparation for their tests. It is important to practice their spellings regularly so they can use them in their independent writing. 

 

Children will recieve their new spellings every Tuesday and tested the following Monday. We will update their spelling scores in their blue spelling books each time they have been tested. 

 

Please find below the electronic version of the year 1 and 2 high frequency and common exception words for your reference should you wish to do additional learning at home. 

 

Later in the year the children will move on to learning the key spelling rules as stated in the national curriculum. These will also be sent home for the children to learn.

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