Class 2

Steph Weston
Class Teacher
Karen Ball

Welcome to Class 2

Hello and welcome to Class 2’s web-page.  

We are spending our Autumn term studying the fascinating History topic of ‘The Great Fire of London’.   Where appropriate we will link this topic to other subjects across the curriculum. 

Please do feel free to talk to us about any questions or concerns you have.  We are happy to talk over the phone, respond to emails or make an appointment after school.

Many thanks,

Miss Weston and Mrs Ball

Some Useful Information for Class 2

Reading

We cannot emphasise enough how important reading with your child is when they are developing their reading strategies in Year 2!  Children need to read regularly to an adult for about 10 minutes at home each day where possible. 

The children have been directed to choose a reading book from our selection at school and will bring this home, along with their reading record, every day.    Please make sure that reading books and records are brought into school every day.   Please write a comment in your child’s reading record and let us know how they are getting on.  Sometimes you might find, if they are tired or less confident with the text, that they may prefer to read aloud together with you, or read alternate pages with you.  In class we aim to read at least once a week with each child, two or three times, if possible.

Please do continue encouraging your child to read other texts alongside their school reading book.

You will also notice that reading a bed-time story every night to them, will have a huge impact on their vocabulary and understanding of literature, as well as having many other benefits.

“Reading at home not only increases academic ability, but it also helps to strengthen family relationships and foster a lifelong love of books. This is particularly important for primary-age children who go through a period of great change between the ages of 4 and 11: they are learning to read, discovering their likes and dislikes and taking their first big steps into the world.

A bedtime story can be the anchor to all this, helping children to explore new feelings, new experiences and new knowledge in a safe environment.

Cuddling together with your parents, grandparents, carers or siblings to share an adventure or talk about a story before happily drifting off to sleep is an idyllic image that should be every child’s reality.”   Booktrust, 2018

 

Spellings and Phonics

Spellings will be given out every Friday; your child will have a short spelling test within their spelling session and then they will be given new words which link in with the teaching for the following week.  Phonics remain a crucial part of your child’s reading and spelling development, a handy guide to them can be found in the middle pages of the reading record.

From their first encounters with the letters of the alphabet to confident independent reading, the following web-sites explain the learning process step-by-step, including the technical terms used e.g. digraph, split digraph, consonant cluster etc .  We would highly recommend the children watching ‘Alphablocks’ episodes.   There are links to Apps and activities that the children can enjoy at home on here too.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/grownups/the-alphablocks-guide-to-phonics

https://www.learningblocks.tv/alphablocks/how-it-works

We use the ‘Phonics Play’ website in class and the children love playing the games on there such as Buried Treasure, Flashcard Speed Trial and Acorn Adventures.  The link for this is at the bottom of the web-page.

Maths and Number Facts Homework

The children have daily maths lessons following the whole school ‘Teaching for Mastery’ approach.  We use planning developed by National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics (NCETM). We also have Mastering Number sessions outside of the Maths lesson which helps to build on fluency of number facts and knowledge.

Key number facts will be given out on a Friday and this will come home in the same book as your child’s spellings.  Please support your child with learning the number facts so they can recall them mentally.  These facts will be covered during lessons although regular practice is always helpful!

By the end of Year 2, the children should know their 2x, 5x and 10x tables.  Twice daily ‘sound-bite’ practice of 3 focus facts in built into our daily routines.

The game ‘Hit the Button’ is very popular in Class 2.  There is a link to this at the bottom of this web-page.

We absolutely love ‘Numberblocks’ and have our own set in Class 2.  We really cannot speak highly enough about the Numberblocks episodes! They have been devised with close consultation with the NCETM to ensure that every episode contributes to a confident and rounded understanding of essential mathematical ideas.

They can be accessed on the following web-site:

https://www.learningblocks.tv/numberblocks/home

Writing

We use a combination of ‘Talk for Writing’ and the ‘Write Stuff’ to accelerate progress in writing and have lots of exciting writing topics planned.  The children learn a whole text to recite using a ‘story map’, before using this help them to successfully and confidently write their own independent pieces.

Punctuation and grammar is central to this and follows the school’s progression guide.

PE 

Our ‘PE Ready’ day is currently Tuesday.  Please send your child to school in PE kit (a school jumper, their blue PE top, dark joggers or shorts, socks and trainers).  Please ensure long hair is tied up and earrings removed / tape provided.  The children will stay in PE kit for the whole day.

Our other PE for this half term is ‘Welly Wednesday’ which is a Wednesday. Please send your children to school in their Forest school clothes (long sleeved top and trousers) and bring with them a waterproof coat and wellingtons.

Here are some useful websites with games that will support your child’s learning:

Hit the Button

Mental Maths Train

Smoothie Maths Facts

Balloon Flight

Reading games 

Phonics games

BBC Bitesize Key Stage 1 online learning

Oak Academy Year 2 online learning

Phonics Play

Numbots

 

Class Homework Open this to see the latest homework

Spellings and Maths facts to be tested on Friday 30th September

Here are the spellings and Maths facts that have been sent home today. Have a lovely weekend.

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