October 2020 Welcome to the Year 2 Page.
All the children have settled really well into Year 2 and are enjoying learning together with their friends. We hope that this can continue without interruption but we realise that one or more children may need periods of self-isolation due to the Coronavirus pandemic. Please be reassured that we are continuously vigilant to your child’s health, well-being and education.
Year 2 Learning during periods of self-isolation
For each day that your child is at home self-isolating, they need to continue with their learning.
Phonics ( 20 – 30 minutes)
Reading ( 20 – 30 minutes)
Maths ( about 40 minutes)
Listen to a story
Your child should use the materials that we have provided in a paper pack and/or the online resources listed below.
Please ensure that your child does this amount of learning every day. Your child will fall behind others in the class if they do not complete home-learning for every day they are still at home. (If your child is poorly they must rest).
Phonics ( 20 – 30 minutes) Online lessons available – Letters & Sounds
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.
Reading ( 20 – 30 minutes) Online books available – Oxford Owl
Go to the Oxford Owls website where you have the class login. Choose the book band colour you are reading at the moment.
The login for Oxford Owls is the class login (look for this white owl on pink)
class login: 2020y2 password: pink
Your child can listen to the text being read and practise reading themselves.
Maths ( about 40 minutes)
Online lessons available – Oak Academy
BBC Bitesize (click) also has online lessons with short videos and activities.
Hit the Button (click) is also a fun way for your child to practise important number facts.
English (writing/grammar/handwriting/spelling) ( about 40 minutes)
You can also play some fun games on the BBC Small Town Superheroes. Use the arrows on the map to get to different activities.
Topic/science ( 30 – 60 minutes)
Learn some science, history or geography
Listen to an online story or have someone at home read a story out loud.
Julia Donaldson stories on BBC iplayer
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)