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Welcome to Year 2

Welcome to Year 2. There are two class teachers in our year group, Mrs Fahimi and Miss Shard. We work alongside Miss Sampson and Mrs Robinson who are our classroom assistants.

There are lots of exciting activities and trips, including our Christmas performance and visits to the theatre and Norton Priory. The children in our year group always love the history topics which we cover. We learn about significant people from the past and special events that have helped to shape our country (Great Fire of London). We love to investigate in science and complete a variety of investigations throughout the year which really challenge your child’s thinking. Your child will explore the world as they take a tour of the continents and oceans. Further details can be found on the curriculum overview.

Homework

English and maths homework are sent on alternate weeks. Children bring their homework books home on Mondays and are expected to return them on the following Monday. Spellings are sent home weekly in homework books. They are based on the spelling patterns which we have learnt that week in school. Your child will be tested at the end of each half term on a selection of these words. Maths homework consists of a skills-based activity which gives the children the opportunity to revise their arithmetic. There is also a fluency activity which focuses on the weekly maths objective. We expect parents to work on basic counting skills at home including counting forwards and backwards to 100, number bonds to 10 (and then increasing to 20) and counting in 2s, 5s and 10s. Children will begin using Times Table Rockstars in the spring term to work on their rapid recall of the necessary times tables facts. 

Reading

Children are expected to read at home at least three times per week. Each time your child reads to a grown-up, we would like this to be annotated in their Reading Records. There is guidance in these records and some top tips. Please ensure that you ask questions when you hearing your child read. Reading Records are checked every week on Mondays. 

Spelling

Children are taught spelling through a daily spelling lesson, discrete to the English hour. We encourage children to use the ‘word attack’ strategy in school if they are unsure of how to spell a word. For example, they are to write out the tricky word using all the graphemes which represent the phoneme in an effort to identify the correct spelling e.g. to spell coat they would write coat/coet/cote/cowt (oa, oe, o-e, ow) There are word lists in your child’s Reading Record.

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