Reading is the foundation of your child’s education. We spend a great deal of time in KS1 learning to read and spell sounds and reading together. We listen to stories and examine texts daily and we encourage parents to support this work at home by hearing children read each night and signing the contact book. Spelling will also be sent home weekly for children on a Friday to practise with you. These will form their spelling tests each week (also on a Friday).
Children should be heard to read each night. Please sign the contact book and remind your children to put this in the box when they come in each morning. Children will be given a book that is appropriate to their reading and phonics level but it is also important to promote a love and pleasure for reading. Please share other, higher level books with your child by reading them to your child or just looking at the text and pictures.
Pass on any comments you may have about his or her progress through the reading record. Help children to learn to read by :
The children will write with a pencil and on the line. By the end of year 2, we hope that the children will be able to join letters or are beginning to use the lead in and out lines, making cursive letters, ready to start joining in year 3. We support children to write cursively with handwriting lessons and they are encouraged to practise handwriting at home as well.
Spelling tests happen each Friday. Spellings are set on Teams. You can find out what group spellings your child should be practising by checking their book bag for the termly overview of spellings we send out for each child. To support your child with their understanding of the words they are spelling, and to become confident with the word, we ask that the children practise the word at least three times and to write some of these words in sentences. Please help your child to learn spellings as it is a vital part of their language development.
Children will be set maths homework online using My Maths and login details can be found in your child’s reading record. You can help your child with maths by counting everyday objects regularly, going up to 100, beyond and back again. Encourage your child to tell the time with you, add up items on your shopping list and use the correct coins. Read labels to find the weight of things and let them weigh your fruit and vegetables. Try to use metric measurements whenever possible.
Mental arithmetic is an important part of the Year 2 curriculum. Children in Class 2 need to be confident in recalling the addition and subtraction number bonds to 10 and 20 and be secure with the 2, 5 and 10 timestables by the end of the year. Another important skill that we will use a lot in Class 2 is the ability to reason and explain problems. If you find your child is able to complete their maths homework or other mathematical activities you may be doing at home easily, ask them to explain how they got to their answer and explain why they believe they are correct. This will help to develop a deeper understanding of what it is they are doing and the strategies they use.
If you need to speak to the class teacher about any aspect of your child’s schooling, please do not hesitate to contact the office to arrange a telephone appointment.
Class Teacher: Miss L Mitten