Nailsworth C of E Primary School
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Our Year 2 class is taught by Mrs C. Tyler-Sell, supported by Mrs J. Amos.
Here are the key writing skills for year 2:
Here is a guide that we use to help children develop good quality sentences in their writing:
For phonics we use:
Exception words are words that work in an unusual or uncommon way. They are not words for which phonics ‘doesn’t work’, but they may be exceptions to spelling rules, or words which use a particular combination of letters to represent sound patterns in a rare or unique way. Some exception words are used very frequently, which is why children are introduced to them very early on in their phonics learning.
This is a list of common exception words that children need to be able to read and spell by the end of year 2:
Rather than having a ‘reading day’, the children will take part in Guided Reading activities on a daily basis. These activities will involve a mixture of reading with adults as well as individual reading activities. Your child is welcome to change their books as soon as they are ready to (by putting them in a box in the class room at the start of the day). We ask that the children bring their books in every day so they can be heard read as often as possible.
Comprehension in our reading, is still a big focus in Year 2. Please can you continue to ask the questions that I provided in the front of your child’s reading diary, these are questions that we use within our guided reading sessions in School, to ensure that children fully understand the text before changing their reading book. Expression in their reading; recognising punctuation, for example full stops, exclamation marks, question marks, speech marks, using the contents page and the index in non-fiction books to find information is equally important. This will ensure that your child fully understands the text and are therefore ready to move onto the next stage in their reading.
Taking time to read with your child at home each day and to hear them read to you is both important for them and a lovely way to spend time with your child. Try to make sure you’re in a quiet comfortable place before you start and not rushed. Please do encourage your child to get their reading book changed regularly – it really helps with their progress.
This is a simplified overview of the curriculum and the methods we use for addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. Please follow these methods at home to support in class learning:
As of 2019-2020, a new statutory government times tables test is coming into affect. This will take place when children are in year 4. This is a timed test, using mental arithmetic, so it will be essential that children are able to rapidly recall all multiplication facts. It covers all times tables up to 12 x 12 – in year 2 we continue to embed the 2, 5 and 10 times tables. Children will be practicing in class and this will need to be further embedded through repetition at home as well.
Knowing times tables is crucial to success in so many areas of maths. You can click on the times table poster image to download full size and use at home. Here are the national expectations for each year group:
In order to help children learn the times tables, we have joined an online programme called Times Tables Rockstars. Times Tables Rockstars is a fun and challenging programme designed to help children master the times tables up to 12×12. It is available as an app or online, just search for Times Table Rockstars or follow the link on this page. We have already had enthusiastic reports from children who have tried it. So, why not try it at home with your child? Click to download the guidance document to get started:
Homework is set in a scrapbook with ideas suggested by the class. Please see letter attached and ideas on the front cover of your child’s scrap book. Homework will continue to be given out on a Friday, to be collected in on a Wednesday.
Spellings and handwriting are a big focus this term. In your child’s scrap book I have included look, say, cover, write, check spellings in line with the Letters and Sounds teaching in class and handwriting packs.
P.E takes place on a Thursday afternoon though sometimes additional P.E. sessions may take place. Please ensure that your child has their full, named P.E kits in school at all times. If your child takes part in an after school sports club, remember that they should bring their PE kit back the following day.
Forest school will take place on a Tuesday afternoon. Please ensure that your child has their forest school kits at school on a Tuesday. They will need:
In cold weather:
In warm weather:
Come rain or shine, we will still go out! The only times a session will be cancelled due to weather is in high winds (>34mph) or if it thunders. This is why waterproofs are so important. The forest school ethos is to promote independence and encourage children to take responsibility for having the correct clothing suitable for the weather that day.
For more information, download the Forest School leaflet by clicking here.
There will be a snack time every morning where the children will be offered a piece of fruit and a drink. If your child would like to bring an additional snack in they are free to do so but we ask that they keep to healthy options e.g. fruit, vegetables, yoghurt and cereal bars. Snacks boxes should be named where possible and put in the children’s drawers or book bag.
As always, if you have any queries about the curriculum or your child’s progress and development, please do come in and discuss it with their class teacher. The best time for a quick word or to arrange a chat is at the end of school day when teachers let the children out. If you feel your concerns are not resolved effectively, please feel free to come and chat with Mr. Southcott or Ms. Geller.