Nailsworth C of E Primary School
Together, inspired by the challenge…
Our Year 2 class is taught by Mrs Howard, supported by Mrs Griffin.
This term we are focusing on living things and their habitats. The children will be designing and creating animal puppets in line with our topic. Please send in any resources or stories you think will tie in with our topic.
Here is a guide that we use to help children develop good quality sentences in their writing:
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.
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.
These are the methods we use for addition, subtraction, multiplication, division and fractions. Please follow these methods at home to support in class learning:
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. Mathletics is still available online, for your child to access Maths games, but no homework will be set.
The children will be having P.E. lessons at least twice a week (usually on a Thursday) so we ask that full (named) P.E. kit is kept 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
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.