Y2 Newsletter Autumn Term 14

We hope your child is enjoying Year 2 and that this summary of the term ahead will be useful.

Developing your child’s reading and writing skills
Literacy is taught throughout the week in differentiated groupings within class. The children will be improving their word and sentence skills on Monday and Tuesday mornings. Weekly spellings concentrate on the different spelling patterns. Spellings will come home on Mondays in a spelling book to be learnt for the following Monday’s spelling test. Regular practice using the ‘Look, Say, Cover, Write, Check’ routine is particularly effective. Spelling tests on Mondays will be completed in a test book and new spellings will come home in a home book.

We will be continuing with daily phonic sessions to continue the children’s learning from Year 1. This will be taught in class using the ‘Phonics Bug’ interactive and systematic phonic teaching programme based on the Department for Education’s ‘Letters and Sounds’ system. Children requiring additional support to develop their phonic reading skills will also be provided in small group sessions. The new ‘Home Support Booklet’ provides you with the phonic patterns and frequent word lists that your child will practice in regular reading and then learning how to spell accurately throughout Year 2.

On Wednesday’s, Thursday’s and Friday’s, we concentrate on writing where the children’s knowledge and understanding of vocabulary, non-fiction and fiction texts is drawn on and developed. You should find the “Getting the best from reading” page of the ‘Home Support Booklet’ useful to help to develop these skills by talking about books they have read, have had read to them or stories and information programmes watched on TV/DVD etc.

Group Reading occurs 3 times a week, allowing children to read as part of a group. This small group work provides opportunities for children to voice their opinions and comment on situations to enhance their speaking and listening skills. Thank you to those who have already offered their help to support in class and if you are able to help with this or with hearing individual readers or even changing books in the library, please see your child’s teacher. We will be contacting you in the next 2 weeks to confirm arrangements.

We would urge you to continue daily reading at home with your child and reading books need to be put into the class tray every morning (regardless of whether the book has been completed or not), as they are read during the day and changed regularly. As you hear your child read at home, please write your comment or initial and state the page number if the book is partially read, in the diary pages of the ‘Home Support Booklet’. If you finish the book with your child and it is not changed that day, where staff are hearing individuals or assessing phonic skills, then please note the library book, comic or the child’s own bedroom book in the ‘Home Support Booklet’. This wide exposure will increase the vocabulary and is so valuable when children are developing their own writing skills. We are happy to deal with any queries in person at the end of the day or by writing these into the ‘Home Support Booklet’ for the staff to respond to as the book is changed.

Numeracy groupings will start the first full week. The groups will cover number work including sequencing, place value, addition and subtraction. We will also cover skills for measure, shape and data handling. Numeracy teaching is in line with the Primary Numeracy Strategy and the children use practical activities, oral strategy explanation, visual representation and written calculations to strengthen their mathematical knowledge at their level. Problem solving is integral to numeracy teaching and within the ‘Home Support Booklet’ there are some useful tips for helping your child at home.

After half term, your child will receive a 15 minute activity to do at home to reinforce the work they have covered during lesson time. It will be sent home in a book marked ‘Numeracy Homework’ on a Wednesday and should be returned by Tuesday of the following week.

Cross curricula learning in Year 2
From the International Primary Curriculum we are covering ‘Buildings and Structures’ and we will also cover the ‘Famous People’ topic after half term.

In geography, we’ll be finding out about different houses, homes and other buildings around the world. In ICT we’ll be learning about eSafety and email (login details will be communicated in the “Home Support Booklet” later in the term). We will also use websites to find out about how people live in different parts of the world. We are testing the strengths of structures and finding out materials used in structures during our science lessons. In doing this work, we’ll be finding out more about how structures are made and how changing the shapes of structures can make them stronger.

In history, we’ll be finding out about how buildings were made in the past, finding out how buildings have been used, and finding out about how people travelled in the past. Towards the end of the term we will focus on the buildings and structures in London which provides the children with opportunities to learn from any family members who may work in London or from any visits that they may have had to London.

In music, we’ll be exploring the structures of tunes and songs; learning about duration and rhythm.

In art we will be looking at colour mixing, tint and shade in the context of graffiti art. We also spend time to discuss that some graffiti style art has been commissioned but unauthorised graffiti is not allowed, should you wish to also follow up this discussion at home. In DT we will cover drawing pictures and designing buildings, making and decorating models of buildings and creating a model of a house interior. An apron or old-T-shirt is useful to cover uniform for these lessons.

In PE, we will be building on the children’s gym skills and they will also receive a lesson a week of PE coaching developing their movement and balance skills through practice and games. Please can your child bring in their indoor and outdoor PE kit to school. The indoor kit include should include a pair of plimsolls or indoor trainers, shorts and T-shirt. Outdoor kit should include a separate pair of trainers, jogging bottoms, spare socks and a warm top. If your child has long hair please can your child bring in a hair-tie. Please check all your child’s clothing is named, as much time can be spent searching for lost property. Jewellery should not be worn for PE; earrings should be removed at home.

Rabbit Class PE is on Mondays and Thursdays.
Salamanders Class PE is on Wednesdays and Thursdays.

If home time collection arrangements change, please write these on the mini whiteboard just inside the classroom or inform your child’s teacher.

We are looking forward to a great term.
Mrs Bates and Miss Ashfield

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Y2 parent Newsletter autumn 1 2014