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Year Two

Year 2 - Key Stage 1

Miss E Thomas

The school year has begun and in year 2 we will be working really hard and having lots of fun whilst learning!

I have put together some ways in which you could help your child to learn at home:

PE days: PE is on Monday and Tuesday afternoons. Children must remember to bring PE kits on these days; otherwise they miss out on the activities. P.E kits should consist of black shorts (joggers for the colder months), plain white t-shirt and trainers. If your child wears earrings please ensure they are removed on P.E days for health and safety reasons.

Spelling tests: We have weekly spelling tests. Please practice with your children at home to help them gain confidence and feel secure with their spellings. Children will receive new spellings once a week.

Homework: We are continuing with the half termly Homework Menu. Children will receive their Homework Menu at the start off each half term and will be asked to complete 3 tasks, one starter, one main and one dessert. Children will have the chance to show off their homework and it will be displayed in the classroom until the end of every half term.

Reading: Please make sure you read with your child every evening and sign their reading records to say they have read. Children are taught the skills for reading in school, it is important that they practise and read at home to put the skills to use. Your child will need their reading book at school each day. I will try and read with your child once a week. As well as reading individually the children now have guided reading. They take part in a group reading session, answering questions about the book and discussing what they liked and disliked. 

English: This year we will be looking at the structure of stories and learning how to create our own. We will look at the type of sentences and words that draw in the reader and use dictionaries to build on our vocabulary and support our spelling. We will look at different genres including poetry, fiction and non-fiction text. Children in year 2 will work hard on joining their handwriting. This is extremely important when it comes to SATs. In phonics children will be looking at spelling rules and recapping on sounds from phase 5.

Maths: There is a lot to learn this year in numeracy as we prepare for our SATs at the end of the year 2. Please practise number bonds to 20. For example if you say the number 16, children should be able to say the number 4 because these two numbers make 20. You could also count with your child in as many different ways as possible. We are working on counting on and back in 2s, 3s, 5s and 10s. It would be useful for you to look at time with your children. Focus on o’clock, half past, quarter past and quarter to. Another hard concept that you could help your children with is money. Look at the value of coins and allow them to practice paying for things and giving change.

You will receive a Curriculum Map every half term explaining what the children are learning about. Please help your children at home by discussing work done in school and sharing your own knowledge on the topics we are covering.

If you have any questions or wish to know of additional ways to help your child to learn at home, please do contact me, I will be very willing to help.

My aim is to inspire and open the minds of children. I want a classroom full of smiles, laughter and happy children who feel confident and ready to learn.