Year 2

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Welcome to Year 2. We have a busy and an exciting year ahead of us, let’s get started!

During the week we have lessons in English, SPAG (Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar), Maths, Handwriting, Science, Computing, and depending on our topic – Geography, History, Art and Design Technology. On Mondays we have PE. Please check your child has a full PE kit in school each term including plimsolls that fit (gosh those feet grow fast!). On Thursdays, Mrs Chamberlain takes the class for Spanish and sometimes PSHE. We also do ‘Run a Mile’ on a Thursday.

Supporting Learning at Home

I know everyone has busy work days and hectic afterschool engagements but any support and encouragement you can provide for your child will benefit their learning. Keep it positive. At this age regular, frequent, small blocks of time may be the best approach.

Reading and phonics – 15 minutes 5 times a week

Continuing to share books with you is very important. Hearing you read and talking about stories encourages your child’s interest in books and developing reading skills. The children have phonics books and ‘corridor books’ to supplement your reading at home. They can change them on any day. We aim to develop fluency so your child’s first read of a new book is focussed on decoding the text (sounding it out and recognising words) it is important to have a second read of the same text to build accuracy and speed (thinking about recognising whole words and how we use our voices). When your child has read to you please ask them some questions about what they have read. Most of our reading scheme books have ideas for questioning. Keep practising the phonics sounds which are shown at the front of the reading planner. Please record reading activities in your child’s reading planner. Buster’s Book Club night is Wednesday night. Please record minutes read on the ‘bookmark’ at the front of the reading planner.

Maths – 10 minutes quizzing 3 times a week

Having a quick recall of basic maths facts helps your child use their number sense to be more accurate and confident in applying their maths skills. We aim to know the addition and subtraction facts for all the numbers to 10 then 20. We will also be tackling the 2, 5 and 10 times tables. The sheet for strategies to help your child learn these is on the website. Your child also has access to the Mathletics website. Their username and password is on the back of the reading planner.

Spelling – 10 minutes playing with words twice a week

We will be continuing to work on those ‘Tricky Words’ that cannot be decoded with phonics.  These are best learnt using letter names and are listed at the front of the reading planner. We also have some spelling patterns to learn. One of the ways we will be doing this is through ‘word sorts’ which the children will bring home. Our first parental engagement session in Term 1 will be looking at how to support this at home. Your child also has access to website. Their username and password is on the back of the reading planner.

Parental Engagement

Our child led ‘lessons’ for you will be happening each term. These will include spelling, maths and ‘Run a Mile’ sessions. We will also be inviting you to see some of our dance work, the nativity, other celebrations and trips throughout the year.

Pearls of the Sea

Year 1 and 2 are very excited to have been invited to join an art project with the Jerwood Gallery in Hastings this year. The project is called ‘Pearls of the Sea’. We will be visiting the gallery twice this year, working with an artist and having our work displayed in an exhibition at the gallery.

Golden Rules, Smiles and Rewards

Of course, Year 2 is a time for lots of growing and changes including regular visits from the tooth fairy! Our class is now the oldest in KS1 so we are role models for the younger children. These are our ‘Golden Rules’:

We are gentle

We are kind and helpful

We listen

We are honest

We work hard

We look after property

The class can earn marbles for a ‘marble jar treat’ by following the golden rules. Individual children are rewarded with merits, awards and behaviour medals.

Take some time to explore our class pages on the website. These provide some information about our topics and will be updated as our ideas develop.

Clare Haynes

Year 2 Class Teacher 

Here are some online games to practise literacy and numeracy.

Right click on the picture and choose open link with new window.