Year 2 - 2016/17

Welcome back! We hope that you had a great holiday and are well rested for the new school year. We are very excited to get to know the new Year 2. This year will be jam packed with lots of learning through different mediums; class work, trips, workshops all whilst having fun.

The classroom code is created together by the children and Year 2 teaching team. The children know that we need to keep to these rules so that we stay safe, happy and learning to our full potential. They will be choosing a rule each week on which to focus and children will be rewarded with house points.

  • We are kind and respectful to each other
  • We listen when somebody else is talking
  • We always try our best
  • We work quietly
  • We keep our classroom clean and tidy

A copy of our Autumn Term curriculum overview can be downloaded HERE.

Reading

Please try to hear your children read daily and record it in their reading record book. It is important to check that, as well as becoming more fluent, the children understand what they are reading, especially as they begin to read longer and more complex books. This can be done by discussing the book afterwards, or during reading. Talk about the characters, setting or main events.

It is important that your child has their reading record in school every day as we are encouraging the children to keep a simple record of their reading and to talk to us about the reading they do at home. We have reading time every day, and during the course of the week, children will read independently, with a partner or group and with an adult. Children are welcome to bring their own reading book from home as long as it is of an appropriate level for them to read and enjoy independently.

 

Mental Maths

This term we will also be focusing on quick recall of number facts. The children should regularly practise their times tables at home, beginning with 2, 5 and 10 times tables. Once they are confident with these, they can begin learning their 3x and 4x tables and so on. They should also be confident with pairs of numbers that total 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 and their number bonds to 10, 20 and 100. Please help them to see the patterns (e.g. 3 + 7 = 10, 13 + 7 = 20, 30 + 70 =100). They should also become familiar with doubles of all numbers to 30(15+15=30) and related halves of even numbers (...so half of 30 is 15). The children will have a weekly short mental Maths test focusing on one or more of these areas. The children must know their 2,3,5 and 10 times tables.

 

Home Learning

Alongside their weekly reading and spelling homework they will be expected to complete some extended research work linked to our topic The Earth. The children are required to spend time researching their chosen task and will be asked to present their work in class when they have completed it. They must complete 2 tasks from the grid each week which they hand in on Wednesdays. This will be marked and handed back on Friday.

Spellings

Spellings will be sent home once a week, usually on a Wednesday, and be tested the following Wednesday. They are based on spelling patterns that we have investigated in class during phonics lessons and children should be encouraged to look at the way the pattern fits into the word to help them remember it.

PE

Our PE days Monday and Tuesday.

 

Thank you for your continuing support,

Best Wishes,

Ms Malik and Margaret

Acting Vice Principal/Class Teacher and LSA

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