Welcome to Year 2 with Miss Kontos and Miss Siekkeris
|Subject Area||Learning||How you can help at home|
|English||This year, Year 2 will do most of our writing through our topic work. Throughout our Spring topics ‘Towers, Tunnels & Turrets’ and ‘Scrumdiddlyumptious’, we will write stories, fact-files, descriptions and recipes.
As well as our cross-curriculum topic writing, the children will also participate in daily spelling, grammar and handwriting lessons in which they will learn the technical skills needed within their writing.
|· take a trip to the library and let your child pick out a topic related book – try to ensure your child experiences a range of different types of texts (non-fiction, fiction, poetry etc)
· talk to your child about any new and unfamiliar vocabulary related to our topic that they may come across and make sure your child understands what each word means
· Try and use lots of new and interesting describing words with your child (ensuring they understand the meaning of your exciting words!)
|Phonics/Spelling||We will start the year by reviewing sounds and spelling rules covered in Year 1. Following this, children will be taught the Year 2 spellings rules as outlined in the National curriculum as well as being introduced to the Year 2 common exception words. A small list of these words will be sent home every week for children to practise for a weekly spelling dictation. These dictations will be written at the back of your child’s homework book so be sure to keep an eye on their progress!||· Ensure your child knows all the 1-5 phase sounds
· Allow your child to engage in a range of phonics and spelling games
· Make sure your child can read and spell the top 100 High Frequency Words ( HFW) – attach list
· Make opportunities to learn the weekly spellings we will send out with homework each week. You can find the whole list of Autumn spellings here.
· Find opportunities to practise fine motor skills, which will help with handwriting. Here are some ideas of activities you may want to try – list
· Make sure your child’s handwriting is using correct Monkfrith style handwriting, with lead in and lead in strokes (joining where possible, except for capital letters).
· Ensure when your child is writing that they are consistently using full stops and capital letters for each sentence.
Encourage your child to read their own sentences back to themselves to make sure their own writing makes sense
|Reading||The children will have guided reading sessions every week. They will also have additional reading sessions with a teaching assistant where possible and will also engage in a certain amount of independent reading daily. We
encourage all children to interact with the reading zone within our classrooms that promote a wide range of texts.
Within reading sessions we will aim to work on the children’s phonic knowledge, building upon the bank of sounds that they recognise, as well as developing their comprehension skills.
|· Children should be engaging in at least 15 minutes of shared and/or independent reading every day.
· Please encourage your child to read a range of texts at home and please do not limit reading experiences to only guided readers. There is a wealth of wonderful reading material out there, including; children’s magazines, electronic articles, children’s newspapers, audiobooks and of course, some fantastic fiction and non-fiction books too!
· Ask your child questions about what they have read, discuss characters, plots, and their predictions for what might happen next.
· Discuss new and unfamiliar vocabulary with your child – have a child friendly dictionary at home for your child to begin to find out new meanings of words independently.
· Allow children to explore online books. Oxford Owl is a great tool in providing a great range of age appropriate books right to your fingertips!
· When you are out and about, get your child reading the signage you see on your way! Get them to help you locate different places and directions by reading signs and words.
|Creative Curriculum||Our first topic this term, ‘Towers, Tunnels and Turrets’ centres around buildings through time and the properties of the materials used to build them.
This topic gives us a wonderful opportunity to be creative and experience working with a range of mediums and materials in our art and D&T lessons. In these lessons we will be sketching , making collages and using construction materials to build our own towers and castles.
|· enjoy the outdoors together, exploring in the dirt, looking under rocks, smelling the flowers and talking to each other about the interesting things you might see!
· Take some time to ask your child questions about what they are learning in topic and encourage them to investigate more at home to improve their knowledge and assist them in being able to contribute more in class.
· Give children opportunities to build their own towers. Discuss what makes them strong or weak.
|Maths||We will begin the Spring term by focusing on 3D shapes and their properties.
Later in the term, children will be introduced to multiplication, division and fractions.
|· Counting! Counting! Counting! Count anywhere you can, anytime you can! Count forwards, backwards, in 2’s or 10’s! Count in 5’s using an accent or your lowest voice! Count in odd numbers or in 3’s starting from the number 11! How many different ways can you find to count?
· Get your child to practise forming their numbers correctly – on paper, in sand, with chalk on the pavement, anyway you like!
· Engage in cooking experiences with your child and talk about numbers, doubling recipes and the number of ingredients, weighing and measuring as your go!
· Allow your child to help you out with the shopping, reading prices and labels on the shelves, paying for items and counting change. Talk about coins as you do.
· Look at the clocks in your home and talk about time – hours and minutes
· Make sure your child knows their number bonds to 10 and 20 (e.g:
· Practise counting in 2’s, 5’s, 10’s and 3’s
· Allow your child opportunities to play maths games online or use MyMaths to practise something we have learnt in class
· Please familiarise yourself with the way the four operations are taught in year two by having a read through of our Year 2 Calculation Policy
|RE||Our RE topic for this term is ‘Special Places’.
The children will learn that we all have or own special places and the will begin to understand that religious people have special places in the home and in the community where they can worship.
We will be asking answering questions such as:
· What makes a place special?
· What makes a place feel special?
· What are special places for religious people?
· What happens in places of worship?
|· Talk to your child about their own religion and try to answer any questions they may have
· Ask your child about the things they are learning in RE
· If possible visit a ‘special place’ of worship first hand with your child.
There are lots of good books about special places in the Religion section of your local library that are very child friendly at an age-appropriate level.
|PE||2S will have their PE lessons on a Tuesday and 2K will have PE on Thursday.||Please make sure your child’s PE kit is clearly labelled (with permanent ink) inside all items of clothing and shoes. Your child’s PE kit should include; a white t-shirt, navy shorts, navy tracksuit bottoms, navy tracksuit top, socks and plimsolls
Encourage your child to practise their PE skills at home – throwing, catching, kicking, jumping, climbing, dancing
Get moving each and every day with 10 minute shake ups! See website:
As well as reading independently for at least 15 minutes every day, as per our homework policy, children in year 2 will also be expected to spend at least 10 – 15 minutes on a piece of maths and/or literacy homework and an additional 5 – 10 minutes on a handwriting and spelling as well. Please note at this point that the homework set is differentiated to a level that your child can complete independently to a high quality standard. It will be an additional piece of work to support what has been covered previously in the week or in preparation for learning in the upcoming week. If your child finds the task difficult, please ensure to let us know, so we can support your child with the task that has been set in school. We are always happy to help!
Homework will continue to be set every Friday and should be returned on Wednesday.(Please also note that guided reading books should also be returned every Wednesday along with homework.)