Learning Support Assistants:
Welcome to Year 2!
Thank you for visiting our page. Here you will find information on timetables, homework, general expectations and details of your child’s learning. If you have any questions, you can arrange an appointment by contacting the office.
There will no longer be a weekly ‘spelling test’ where children are just expected to learn lists of words. Research suggests that the vast majority of pupils do not benefit from these types of tests as they do not transfer their knowledge used in tests to their writing. Furthermore, such spelling tests do not promote enthusiasm or engagement with spelling. When formal spellings start in KS1, after Christmas, each week, a copy of the weekly ‘focus words’ will be sent home, so you are aware of what spelling rules/patterns children are learning that week. There is still the same expectation for your child to practise these rules as part of their weekly homework (even though there is no longer a set weekly spelling test).
Your child should read at least 3 times a week for 15-20 minutes. Learning to read and understand what we read is paramount and, for children and adults alike, it opens up doors to endless opportunities. Read, Write Inc is our Phonics programme that focuses on developing children’s reading, fluency and understanding. With its repetitive nature it quickly develops the children’s ability to decode unfamiliar words as well support them through any writing process. With this in mind, it is essential that the children read as much as possible at home and ensure that they bring their reading book and record into school on a daily basis. This enables us to change their books regularly and give them access to a wider range of genres whilst developing their love of reading.
Your child should access Numbots regularly throughout week. This gives them the opportunity to develop their skills within number. This will be part of the weekly homework and it will be checked regularly.
English: Our book focus for this half term is “Troll Swap”. Our writing outcome is to write a fiction story with a focus on the characters. We will continue to work on our handwriting as we move towards cursive joins to connect letters together. We will explore new punctuation, such as commas and apostrophes and introduce new co-ordinating conjunctions (and, but, because, when). We will continue to develop the use of expanded noun phrases to describe and specify.
Maths: We will be starting with our topic on Place Value to 100 including counting forwards and backwards to 100 and recognising numerals and words rerpresentations of number. We will then be moving onto Addition and Subtraction up to 100. We will use practical resources to aid childrens progress and when introducing new concepts.
Year 2 will also be taking part in daily arithmetic where they will focus on gaining fluency.
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PE will be taught every Friday by Mr Seary and so children are required to wear their full PE kits to school on this day or they will not be allowed to participate in the lesson. If there are reasons why your child cannot take part in any PE lessons, a written note must detail the reasons why.
Our science topic this half-term is Living Things and their habitats. We will be looking at where different animals live and how they have adapted to suit their habitat. We will also be looking at food chains and different sources of food.
We will be learning all about coastal towns! We will be focusing on the human and physical features of the seaside. We will be visiting a coastal town to see these for ourselves! We will discuss the advantages and disadvantages of living by the coast and observe aerial photographs of different locations.
We will be learning about why Christians think it is important to look after the environment, focusing on the story of creation. We will be linking this to real life Christian movements, such as Harvest collections.