Spring Term 2024
Welcome to the Year 2 Page.
WELCOME children and families
Mrs Law is your teacher for this year and Mrs Holland and Mrs Akhtar will be supporting the children’s learning.
The family room doors open at 8:45 and the register will be taken at 9.00. Children should be collected by parent/carer at 3.15 pm. Please remember to inform the office if a different person is coming to collect your child.
Phonics and Spelling
Horton Mill has adopted a new phonics and reading scheme called Little Wandle.
All children were assessed for their phonic knowledge at the start of the school year and are being taught in groups that will support rapid progress from their starting points.
Most children have completed a review of phase 5 phonics learning and are now working on the Year 2 spelling words. Some children in this group are having extra catch-up sessions to fill any gaps in their knowledge of phase 4 and phase 5 phonics. Some children who struggled to acquire good phonic knowledge in Reception and Year 1 are working in a separate group to catch up from the start of phase 3 phonics. The rapid catch-up programmes teaches all the sounds (phonemes) at a fast pace and the lessons are very structured. Children are frequently assessed to ensure that they have retained new learning.
It is really important that your child practises the spellings that they are given each week for homework. Their knowledge of spellings builds up over time and the spellings that they are given are based on the ones that have been taught in class during the week.
The Little Wandle phonics scheme also provides us with a wide range of phonically decodable books that are closely matched to children's current phonic knowledge. Children read these books during guided reading lessons in school where they are supported to use their phonics to decode new words and where they are encouraged to read fluently and with good expression.
Your child also has online access to these Little Wandle books on the Collins ebooks website. Your child has been given information about how to login to this site.
If you have lost the login details for the Little Wandle reading books, please ask and we can reissue that information.
Mrs Law adds the new book from the week onto your child's account each Friday and can access information about which books have been read and for how long. Children receive house points for good engagement with these online books.
Please ensure that your child practises their reading book at home and try to ask them questions about their reading to check that they have a good understanding of what they have read. We ask that parents please sign their child’s reading record to show that they have read the book that has been sent home.
There will be lots of opportunities for writing, both in English lessons and for our learning challenges.
Our learning challenge for this half term is “Would you rather live in England or a country in Africa?”
This is a geography topic about the continent of Africa and specifically the country Kenya. Children have already learned about the geography of the United Kingdom but they will now be developing their understanding of the world to know that places have differences and similarities. The story that children will be working on during English lessons is called Lila and the Secret of Rain. They will also be using maps and atlases and other books with stories and information about Africa.
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 will be a focus on children using conjunctions to join their ideas together into longer sentences.
You can support your child at home by talking to them about what they have been learning about.
The main focus for this half term is for children to gain a good understanding of the concept of multiplication and division. We focus on multiplication being a number of equal groups and we consider both the sharing and grouping models for division. Children in Year 2 need to begin to have automatic recall of the 2x, 5x and 10x tables facts. The Hit the Button website is a very useful free resource which can help your child to learn these number facts.
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 am always happy to speak to parents about their child’s learning or any other concerns or matters that you think I should know about. Please try to remember that the morning is the time when I really want to engage with the children and settle them into school for the day so it is better if you try to speak to me at the end of the day. Obviously if it is an urgent matter I will always make myself available to you. Urgent concerns can also be passed on to me by calling the office.
Thank you to all those parents who came to see me on Parents' Evening. If you were unable to see me on that day, please try to arrange a time to see me to discuss your child's learning.
Mrs J Law, Ms A Holland and Mrs Akhtar