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We follow the Little Wandle Letters and Sounds revised programme, which ensures children build on their growing knowledge of the alphabetic code, mastering phonics to read and spell as they move through school. We teach phonics for 20 minutes a day and each Friday, we review the week’s teaching to help children become fluent readers. Once children in Year 2 have full knowledge of phonics and are fluent readers, they will move on to the Year 2 spelling and SPAG (spelling, punctuation and grammar) scheme. If any children did not pass the phonics screener in Year 1, they will retake the phonics screener in Year 2, Term 6.
For more information on how to support your child with phonics and reading, please see the links below.
Reading is the foundation of your child’s education. We spend a great deal of time in KS1 learning to read and reading together. We encourage children to read a wide variety of genres and to fully immerse themselves into stories and characters. As well as reading themselves, the children are also given plenty of opportunities to listen to high quality texts, authors and poets to help build on their vocabulary and love of reading. This not only takes place throughout the day but is also timetabled daily for 15 minutes.
We teach children to read through reading practice sessions three times a week. These:
The children have access to a wide range of genres in our class library and can chose a sharing book to enjoy each week. Pass on any comments you may have about his or her progress through the reading record. Those children in Year 2 who are working beyond our new reading scheme, will bring home a reading book linked to the Accelerated Reader scheme AR.
Writing is taught daily in Class 2 and we teach the children a wide range of fiction and non-fiction genres. Often, our writing is based on a class story book and we begin our learning by developing our understanding of the book, use of inference, drama and story-telling to over learn the structure of the story. We then apply what we have learnt into adapting the story and creating our own drafts of a story, based on this learning. In Class 2, the children begin to learn how to edit a piece of writing by making changes to spelling, grammar and punctuation, or making improvements to what they have written by adding in words and phrases.
In Class 2, it is important that we focus on spelling, particularly spelling words from the Year 1 and 2 spelling lists accurately, as well as tricky words. These will be a focus in our homework and new phonics scheme.
We follow the White Rose scheme for teaching and learning of maths. This approach focuses on mastery, supported by developing fluency and a deep understanding of the concepts. We encourage mathematical learning with the use of varied resources, concrete and pictorial, to support your child at all levels of their mathematical journey. This makes maths more accessible and fun for all children and helps to convey abstract concepts in a child-friendly way. 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.
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 times tables by the end of the year. Another important skill that we will use to further the mastery approach is the skill to reason and explain problems. By asking the children to explain how they got to their answer and explain why they believe they are correct, will deepen their understanding of concepts and methods taught to them.
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.
Supporting your child with reading
Although your child will be taught to read at school, you can have a huge impact on their reading journey by continuing their practice at home. ALL children in KS1 will be bringing home two different books each week:
This will be at the correct phonic stage for your child. They should be able to read this fluently and independently. This book has been carefully matched to your child’s current reading level. If your child is reading it with little help, please don’t worry that it’s too easy – your child needs to develop fluency and confidence in reading. Listen to them read the book. Remember to give them lots of praise – celebrate their success! If they can’t read a word, read it to them. After they have finished, talk about the book together.
Your child will also have access to over 120 Big Cat Little Wandle Letters and Sounds eBooks should they wish to complete any additional reading throughout the week. Please continue to record any reading completed at home in reading records.
Children will be sent home with their books on a Friday to share with you throughout the week and brought back in to change the following Friday. Other homework includes Maths set on My Maths and a phonics activity. These will be set every other week on Teams. Our new Little Wandle scheme includes many spelling elements with daily spelling practise. Therefore, we will not be sending home weekly spellings to practise for a spelling test each week. Instead, you will be sent home a termly overview of the spelling words we are focusing on. If you would like to practise at home please feel free to do so but it is not required.
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