May 2021 Welcome to the Year 2 Page.
It is so lovely to have school much more back to normal and we are enjoying seeing your happy, smiling faces every day.
Learning Challenge – How can you be the next Master Chef?
For this topic we will be learning all about where different foods come from and how chefs choose their ingredients for the food that they cook. We will be thinking about how to eat a mixture of food so that we have a healthy diet.
The story that we will be reading alongside this topic is called:
Jack and the Baked Beanstalk. This is a lovely story with a fun twist on the traditional tale.
We will also be reading lots of other stories and information texts about different types of food.
We love our school dinners and Mrs Jackson, our school chef has been kind enough to allow the children to interview her about her job.
We are working really hard to make sure that the children have all the most important understanding about counting, place value and calculation skills that they need before they move into Year 3.
It will really help them if they have good recall of key facts related to number bonds to 20 and 2x, 5x, 10x and 4x tables.
There are lots of online games where it is easy to practise these facts. Children love the Hit the Button website (click). This is free to play online and you don’t need to download an App.
For those of you who are isolating at home, please look daily at this class webpage and try to login to Google Classroom where work will be uploaded.
Year 2 Learning during periods of isolation due to covid-19
For each day that your child is at home self-isolating, they need to continue with their learning.
Phonics/spelling ( 20 – 30 minutes)
Reading ( 20 – 30 minutes)
Maths ( about 40 minutes)
Listen to a story.
Please try to ensure that your child does this amount of learning every day.
Phonics ( 20 – 30 minutes) Online lessons available – Letters & Sounds
Year 2 children have already completed their phonics screening but more practice really does help to improve spelling so choose lessons from the list if you have some spare time to practise. Year 2 Revision lessons (click).
Reception Lessons (click) if your child is reading a book that is a red, yellow, blue or green book band.
Learning to blend lessons (click) if your child is reading a book that is a pink, red, yellow, blue or green book band.
Spellings for this week:
fly, cried, dried, tried, replied, why, magnify, satisfy, horrify, terrify
Ask someone to test you on this week’s spellings.
Reading ( 20 – 30 minutes) Online books available – Oxford Owl
Go to the Oxford Owl website (click). The login for Oxford Owl is the class login: 2020y2 password: pink
You can always find extra learning of your own choice by clicking these links:
Oak academy have online lessons available for different areas of the curriculum. You can follow the KS1 links to find lessons that are suitable for your child.
Listen to an online story or have someone at home read a story out loud.
Julia Donaldson stories on BBC iplayer
You can also play some fun games on the BBC Small Town Superheroes. Use the arrows on the map to get to different activities.
Also make time for art & craft and PE activities.
Your child has logins for Purple Mash and Google Classroom
Please also look at our full list of educational websites on School Website.
We have introduced Storytime Phonics into Early Years and Key Stage 1 and we will be using it in Year 2 to support phonics teaching for those children that still need lots of support in their phonics learning. It will also be used to support all children to develop their use of phonics to spell accurately during their independent writing. The phonics fairy reads stories to the children; gives them action captions to help remember the sounds and shows them how to write each sound correctly.
Usually, your child would have been tested with the phonics screening test during the summer term in Year 1. This didn’t happen but assessment of phonics is an everyday part of teaching your child to become a fluent reader. We will be ensuring that all children have the opportunity to improve their understanding of phonics and we will carry out a phonics screening test within school before the end of the Autumn term.
There will be lots of opportunities for writing, both in English lessons and for our learning challenge. Year 2 children will be supported to become more independent in developing their own ideas and to be ambitious in their use of vocabulary. During this half term there is a focus on children writing more interesting sentences using different sentence openers and including adjectives to write expanded noun phrases. You can support your child at home by talking to them about what they have been learning about, and it is very important that they are helped to learn their weekly spellings.
The main focus for this half term is to understand where children are up to with their mathematical understanding. This would normally be the case at this time of year but is even more important because of the missed weeks of learning in Year 1.
Your child needs to develop a clear understanding of the value of numbers up to 100 with a secure understanding of place value and the difference between tens and ones.
We use lots of practical resources in our lessons so that children have a really clear concept of number. Children record their learning in many ways and it may be different from the formal methods that many adults are used to from their own school days. If your child needs to use counters at home to help them with homework, they can use simple household items such as buttons, straws or pieces of dry pasta. It is useful if you talk to your child about using numbers when you are shopping, cooking or looking at the time.
I will be sending out information to parents about the types of pictorial models that we use in school so that you will be able to support your child more effectively with any work that is sent home.
Mrs J Law (class teacher), Mrs L Begum (HLTA) & Ms A Holland (teaching assistant)