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Year 2 Newsletter - Terms One and Two

 

Welcome to Wonderful Year 2!

 

In Year 2 the structure of the day will be quite similar to that of Year 1, with a few changes. Mrs Weller will be in class every morning. Miss Roebuck and Mrs Mills will be in class on a Monday afternoon and Mrs Goodwin will be in class on Wednesday and Thursday and Friday afternoons. In Year 2 the children will learn to be much more independent with their learning.

 

If you have a concern or query that you wish to discuss in detail, please email the office as I am happy to speak to you on the phone, under the current circumstances. Messages can also be given to the member of staff at the door before school. I am also able to talk to you for shorter concerns or queries (socially distanced) at the end of the school day.

 

Home Contact Books:

Book bags and Home Contact Books need to be brought to school on a Monday and Friday.

 

Please write the title of the book and date in the contact book each time your child brings a new book home and make a note of when the book is complete. A brief comment on their reading experience is useful but is not always necessary. As the children are now in Year 2, it would be lovely to see the children writing these comments themselves.

 

Please encourage your child to share a book with you every day to ensure they progress well. The expectation is that they read for at least ten minutes a day. Where confident readers are enjoying reading children’s novels independently, it is not necessary to ask them to read aloud on a daily basis. However, it is still important to spend time discussing their reading, to develop their comprehension skills, and exploring the meaning of more complex vocabulary.

 

Other messages, for example different arrangements for pick up,  may also be written in the home contact books. If you have written a message please ask your child to put their book in the class reading box when they arrive at school, to ensure we see the messages.

 

 

Reading Books:

Initially the children will take a reading scheme book home every Monday and Friday. Books will also be set on the ‘Rising Stars' website for additional reading on Wednesdays. If your child has completed their book they may bring their book to school during the week to be changed, but they need to put their book in the classroom reading box when they come into school so we know the books that are ready to be changed. We are encouraging the children to be more independent with handing their books in.

In Term Two the children will also have opportunity to take a ‘choosing book’ home with them for extra reading. Each reading group will have a relevant book box to choose from, which includes some assorted reading scheme books but also a range of ‘real’ books. The children are not expected to read the latter completely independently as they may be more challenging than the scheme books that they are used to. The school library will not be used in Terms One and Two, due to the current covid situation. We are currently informally assessing the children on their reading and sound knowledge so that we ensure they receive reading/ phonics activities that are relevant to their next steps in learning. We will be reading with the children regularly in school in addition to the books that they bring home.

 

 

Birthday Assembly: 

We will hold a ‘Birthday Assembly’ in our Year Two class every Monday morning. following a child’s birthday. The children will be given the opportunity to talk about their birthday, however we ask that they do not bring in items to show, due to the current covid situation.

 

Achievements outside school:

On a Friday the children will be invited to share their achievements outside school with the class, for example if they have received a certificate or cup, again we ask that the children do not bring these in, but talk to the class about these.

 

Homework:

Homework will work very similar to Year 1. It will be set on a Monday on our class page on the website, to be completed the following Monday. As part of this homework, the children will be given spellings from our new school spelling scheme. ‘Sirlinkalot.’ Initially we will be working on six words from this scheme every week.

The children will generally receive one piece of Maths and English each week, occasionally with a short topic or science based task if appropriate. Maths homework will be set from the website 'Diagnostic Questions.com' in Term One. Homework is set for the child to complete independently and it is helpful if you can indicate where support and guidance has been given. If it is online work, you may wish to write a comment in your child’s home contact book. Please encourage your child to complete their homework by the deadlines. In addition to this, your child will have a reading book with the expectation that they read for at least 10 minutes per night.

 

Physical Education:

During term One the children will be taking part in PE on a Wednesday. Please can the children come to school dressed in their PE kits, If your child cannot participate in PE for any reason please send in a message on the day. Please ensure that children with long hair have a hair band. Finally, for health and safety reasons, earrings and other jewellery should be left at home on our PE day.

 

Dates and events

Year 2 will have their end of Key Stage assessments during term 5. We will send details of these later in the year.

 

Groups

Children are in ability groups for the work given for Reading, Writing and Maths – these groups are pretty flexible and will change regularly. These groups are to ensure that the children are given work relevant to their needs The children are in mixed ability groups for the foundation subjects.

 

Learning and behaviour expectations:

We set high standards for children in the learning environment. It is important for your child to remember that they are now the oldest children in Key Stage One, therefore setting an example to the younger children. Good behaviour and learning are rewarded with house points, being star of the day, extra Golden Time, stickers, and Gold Star awards. Sanctions will be used if children repeatedly misbehave, or do not listen to adults/follow instructions. Such consequences will include losing a proportion of Golden Time or missing minutes from their playtime. Children always have the opportunity to gain time back for Golden Time when they are behaving in a positive way.

 

Snacks and lunches

As per the healthy eating policy, please ensure that your child's snacks and lunchboxes do not contain any nuts, as there are children who are allergic to them. Please also try to ensure your child always has a filled water bottle in school and that all snacks brought in must be fruit. The children can alternatively have fruit that is provided by the school.

 

 Reminders

  • If your child needs medication, you must fill in a form at the office.

 

Our Learning in Year 2

 

A brief description of the Year 2 curriculum can be found under the ‘curriculum’ tab on the website. This outlines what we will be learning each term throughout the year in all subjects. However, please note that our assessments guide our planning and teaching for the class, so some pupils may require further support with the Year 1 objectives before they can successfully access the Year 2 curriculum, whereas others will need extending and challenging.

I am very much looking forward to working with you and your children this term.

 

Best wishes from Miss Dargie

 

Monday 19th October

 

Thank you very much for your generous Harvest donations.

 

Thank you for all your hard work with your homework this term. We have continued to be impressed with the quality of work that you have given us, well done!

There is no homework during half term. There are some phonics activities for you to do during this school week. You can also continue with these after half term.

 

 

 English:

 

Rising Stars: A new book will be set on Rising Stars this Tuesday. Please also read your class reading book for a minimum of ten minutes every day.

 

 

Phonics:

 

Please continue to revise your phase two- phase five phonics.

 

 

Everyone is bringing home a ‘sounds’ pack, to continue to work on their phonics. If there are sounds that we still would like you to focus on they will be written in your sounds pack. If you know most of your sounds, please use the cards to make your own words using the cards and different sounds, for example, how many ai, th, ee words can you make? Can you make words using the split digraphs a-e, e-e, i-e, o-e, u-e?   You can make real and alien words too! You can play a game with a partner, you make a word for them to read, then they can make one for you to read.

 

 

You may wish to download ‘Monster Phonics’ on itunes, or an alternative is ‘Hairy Phonics 3’ if you have Android.

 

 

Letters and Sounds website:

You can revise the phase two-phase five phonics by going to the resources section, reading the sounds and the words on the flashcards. You do not need to print them off but you can read them on the screen.

 

 

 

Phonics Play: Please continue with these games.

5a, 5b and 5C phonics.

The link for this is:

https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/resources/phase/5

 

Alphablocks:

There are programmes on BBC iplayer that you can access, that model the phonics very well. To do this you can google ‘BBC iplayer Alphablocks.’ Then select an episode, go on to series three or four, you will find the sounds we have been working on.

 

Spellings:

‘Sirlinkalot’ spellings. Well done for working hard with your spellings this term. After reviewing the spellings this term, we are approaching them in a different way next term. Please keep revising the spellings in the ‘Key Keates’ section. Next term the focus will be on the ‘Great Grimms’ section. You will be working on sections of this section in class and will have an assessment at the end of the week.

 

 

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to ask me.

 

I will be posting a message on the class page on Friday. It has been a pleasure to teach Year Two,

 

Best Wishes from Miss Dargie

 

Year Two Homework: Monday 12th October

 

Well done for continuing your hard work with your homework.

Here is some homework to be completed by Monday 19th October please.

 

 English:

 

Rising Stars: A new book will be set on Rising Stars every Tuesday. Please also read your class reading book for a minimum of ten minutes every day.

 

Sentence work:

We are working hard to use accurate sentences in our independent writing. To gain a thorough understanding of how sentences break up writing, when you are reading aloud, clap your hands once when you come to a full stop. You may wish to do this on two different occasions.

Please can you write six sentences, using the words from your spelling list. 

We have also been learning about nouns. Can you make a list of nouns from your reading book? Please can your list be a minimum of ten and a maximum of twenty nouns. As an extension you could write new sentences using the nouns from your reading books.

 

 

 Phonics:

Please continue to revise your phase two- phase five phonics.

 

You may wish to download ‘Monster Phonics’ on itunes , or an alternative is ‘Hairy Phonics 3’ if you have Android. 

 

A very helpful website is ‘Letters and Sounds.’ You can revise the phase two-phase five phonics by going to the resources section, reading the sounds and also the words on the flashcards. You do not need to print them off but you can read them on the screen.

 

 

Phonics Play: Please continue with these games.

Please continue to Revise phase 5a and 5b phonics sounds.

The link for this is:

https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/resources/phase/5

The games you can play are: Buried Treasure, Dragon’s Den, Picnic on Pluto and Sentence Substitution.

You can also revise two 5C sounds: Investigating alternative spellings:  ai and ee. The 'phoneme spotter' and the 'word sort' in these games will be helpful to cover.

 

All these phonics activities can be done over the rest this term, you do not have to do them all this week. They are just suggestions of where you can find resources to revise them.

 

Spellings:

‘Sirlinkalot’ spellings. Please learn your six spellings for this week. I would encourage you to keep watching the video clips, even of the spellings that you have achieved, so you remember them.

To help learn the spellings write them in different pens and in different sizes to help you remember them.

 

Maths:

You have two quizzes on Diagnostic questions this week relating to number bonds to  twenty. It may help you to have twenty counters to help you solve the questions.

 

The link for Diagnostic Questions is:

 

 https://diagnosticquestions.com/Account/Login

 

 

Geography:

This homework is for two weeks. Please complete this by Monday 19th October. We are covering the

Geography topic, ‘Where Do I live? I would like you to design a poster with facts about the continent that we live in, Europe. You can design your poster in any way you would like to, you may include a map in the middle with the facts around it, or you may wish to write the word, Europe in the middle of your poster and include facts, and your own illustrations around it.

 

These are two websites that you may find helpful. The first one is interactive, so you may enjoy finding out facts about different areas in Europe. The second website has many short interesting facts that you may wish to use on your poster.

 

https://www.dkfindout.com/uk/earth/continents/europe/

 

https://www.kids-world-travel-guide.com/europe-facts.html

 

 

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to ask me. Thank you, parents, for your continued support,

 

Best Wishes from Miss Dargie

 

 

Year Two Homework: Monday 5th October

 

Thank you for continuing to work hard with your homework. We are really impressed with the high quality of work that you are giving in, well done!

Here is some homework to be completed by Monday 12th October please.

 

 English:

 

Rising Stars: A new book will be set on Rising Stars every Tuesday. Please also read your class reading book for a minimum of ten minutes every day.

 

I would like you to focus on your phonics for English this week please.

 

Last week we looked at the sounds kn, oy, aw, au. Can you find words in your reading books, or in books read to you, with these sounds?

 

Phonics:

Please download the ‘Monster Phonics’ app from the itunes store. This will enable you to revise your phase two-five phonics, in preparation for the Year 1 phonics screening, which will take place in Year Two, in November 2020. We are working on Monster Phonics and on all of these sounds in class. If you are able to practise these at home too, you will become very confident with them. The Year 1 phonics screening will be administered on an individual basis and will take place on more than one day.

 

I am also sending home some phonics games that I would like you to play which will help you to read words with a range of sounds. These games are ongoing homework for the rest of this term, so please play them on a regular basis with your family.

 

Another useful website is ‘Letters and Sounds.’ You can revise the phase two-phase five phonics by going to the resources section, reading the sounds and also the words on the flashcards. You do not need to print them off but you can read them on the screen.

 

 

Phonics Play: Please continue with these games.

Please continue to Revise phase 5a and 5b phonics sounds.

The link for this is:

https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/resources/phase/5

The games you can play are: Buried Treasure, Dragon’s Den, Picnic on Pluto and Sentence Substitution.

You can also revise two 5C sounds: Investigating alternative spellings:  ai and ee. The 'phoneme spotter' and the 'word sort' in these games will be helpful to cover.

 

All these phonics activities can be done over the rest this term, you do not have to do them all this week. They are just suggestions of where you can find resources to revise them.

 

Spellings:

‘Sirlinkalot’ spellings. As this spelling programme is cumulative, the children need to be able to spell every word accurately before moving on to the next stage. The children will be given six spellings that are either new, or they need to work on again if they wrote them incorrectly in their assessment. This means that the children will have different spellings to each other but will be working at the pace and level that suits them. I would encourage all the children to keep watching the video clips, even of the spellings that they achieved, so that they remember them. Each child has their own list of the spellings we would like them to learn this week. Thank you.

To help learn the spellings write them in different pens and in different sizes to help you remember them.

 

Maths:

You have two quizzes on Diagnostic questions this week to compare and order numbers up to 100.

 

The link for Diagnostic Questions is:

 

 https://diagnosticquestions.com/Account/Login

 

 

Geography:

This homework is for two weeks. Please complete this by Monday 19th October. We are covering the

Geography topic, ‘Where Do I live? I would like you to design a poster with facts about the continent that we live in, Europe. You can design your poster in any way you would like to, you may include a map in the middle with the facts around it, or you may wish to write the word, Europe in the middle of your poster and include facts, and your own illustrations around it.

 

These are two websites that you may find helpful. The first one is interactive, so you may enjoy finding out facts about different areas in Europe. The second website has many short interesting facts that you may wish to use on your poster.

 

https://www.dkfindout.com/uk/earth/continents/europe/

 

https://www.kids-world-travel-guide.com/europe-facts.html

 

 

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to ask me. Thank you, parents, for your continued support,

 

Best Wishes from Miss Dargie

Year Two Homework: Monday 28th September

 

Well done, Year Two, for working hard with your homework. Here is some homework to be completed by 5th October please.

I have just set Maths and English this week as I expect that these activities will take you one hour.

 

 English:

 

Rising Stars: A new book will be set on Rising Stars every Tuesday. Please also read your class reading book for a minimum of ten minutes every day.

 

Last week we looked at the ci, ce and cy spellings (pronounced ‘s’.) We read words such as: city, cinema, circle, pencil; cycle, emergency, fancy, cylinder, cygnet; ice, prince, princess, juice, police and face.

 

I would like you to choose four 'ci' words, four 'ce' words and four 'cy' words and put each word in a sentence, so you will write twelve sentences. You may choose ones from those above, or use your own words. Please make sure each sentence starts with a capital letter and ends with a full stop! Please use your best handwriting.

 

Phonics Play: Please continue with these games.

Please continue to Revise phase 5a and 5b phonics sounds.

The link for this is:

https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/resources/phase/5

The games you can play are: Buried Treasure, Dragon’s Den, Picnic on Pluto and Sentence Substitution.

You can also revise two 5C sounds: Investigating alternative spellings:  ai and ee. The 'phoneme spotter' and the 'word sort' in these games will be helpful to cover.

 

Spellings:

‘Sirlinkalot’ spellings. As this spelling programme is cumulative, the children need to be able to spell every word accurately before moving on to the next stage. The children will be given six spellings that are either new, or they need to work on again if they wrote them incorrectly in their assessment. This means that the children will have different spellings to each other but will be working at the pace and level that suits them. I would encourage all the children to keep watching the video clips, even of the spellings that they achieved, so that they remember them. The spellings highlighted on your child’s spelling list are those that we would like them to learn this week. Thank you.

To help learn the spellings write them in different pens and in different sizes to help you remember them.

 

Maths:

 

You have set four new tasks on Diagnostic Questions. This is to consolidate our work on place value and ordering numbers up to 100. The quizzes are Place Value of two digit numbers, Quiz A and B and Representing numbers Quiz A and B. The link for Diagnostic Questions is:

 

 https://diagnosticquestions.com/Account/Login

 

Please also practice skip counting in twos, fives, and tens up to 100. For example 0,2,4,6,8,10; 0,5,10,15,20; 10,20,30,40 etc. You could then do these backwards!

 

 

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to ask me. Thank you, parents, for your continued support,

 

Best Wishes from Miss Dargie

Year Two Homework: Monday 21st September

 

Thank you for all the homework you have given in. We are really impressed with how hard you have worked. We will be sharing our Science homework with each other during the week, so we can all learn about all the animals that you have researched, well done! Here is some homework to be completed by 28th September please.

 

 English:

 

Adjectives:

We have been using adjectives in class to describe our favourite toy and the toy from the book, ‘Dogger’ by Shirley Hughes. I would like you to choose your favourite fictional character and draw it in the middle of a page. I then would you to label your character, using amazing adjectives, for example, instead of writing ‘boots,’ write black boots, or even use two adjectives: shiny, black boots. Look carefully at your picture and it will help you to think of adjectives you can use. You could also look at pictures other people have drawn of your character as these may give you extra ideas.

If you have time, I would then like you to write at least three sentences to say why it is your favourite fictional character.

 

Phonics Play:

Please continue to Revise phase 5a and 5b phonics sounds.

The link for this is:

https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/resources/phase/5

The games you can play are: Buried Treasure, Dragon’s Den, Picnic on Pluto and Sentence Substitution.

You can also revise two 5C sounds: Investigating alternative spellings:  ai and ee. The 'phoneme spotter' and the 'word sort' in these games will be helpful to cover.

 

Spellings:

‘Sirlinkalot’ spellings. Please log on to the website and learn the spellings seven- twelve, ready for an assessment on Monday 28th September: field, four, he, her, here, there.

 

Maths:

Your Maths homework is set on Diagnostic Questions this week. Your log ins are the same as last year. If you have forgotten your log in, please ask us and we can give it to you. The link for Diagnostic Questions is:

 

https://diagnosticquestions.com/Account/Login

 

This week we will be completing our topic on place value. You have two quizzes assigned: ‘Writing numerals as words’ Quiz A  and Quiz B.

 

It will be very helpful if you can read written numbers, as well as numbers to 100 as digits, in particular: twenty, thirty , forty , fifty , sixty, seventy, eighty, ninety and one hundred. If you feel really confident with reading them you could write them out too.

 

Snakes and Ladders: We thought you would enjoy playing this game with your family. You go up the ladders and down the snakes! The first player to 100 wins. 

 

Most of the Year Two Maths is based around numbers within 100. If you can get really confident with number order/ recognition/ place value early in the year, it will really help you as you progress through Year Two.

 

As an extension this week you could work on your Mental Maths with number bonds to 20, eg 10+____= 20,  7+__= 20 etc. If you can answer these quickly, move on to higher numbers; number bonds to 30 , 40 etc.

 

 

Geography:

This is practical homework. See if you can identify where we live, from large to small scale on: a map of the world, a map of Europe, a map of the UK, a map of England and a map of Kent. You may have an atlas at home or ask an adult to help you look at images of the world, Europe, the UK and Kent on the internet. I would like you to understand that maps are both large and small scale. You may even be able to find a map of your street! 

 

 

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to ask me. Thank you, parents, for your continued support,

 

Best Wishes from Miss Dargie

 

Year Two Homework: Monday 14th September

 

Well done and thank you, Year Two, for completing the homework that we set last week. You deserved the house points that we have given you for your hard work, well done!

 

This week you have some ongoing work, alongside some new homework. The expectation is that your homework should not take you more than one hour a week. In addition to your homework you have your daily minimum ten minutes of reading. We will inform you once we have resolved our technical issues with ‘Rising Stars.’ Please read your books on Wednesdays until we are able to use ‘Rising Stars’ again.

 

 

English:

 

Alphabetical Ordering:

Can write the name of an animal for every letter of the alphabet? Write the alphabet going down the page and see if you can think of an animal for each letter, good luck!

 

Phonics Play:

This week I would like to to continue to Revise phase 5a and 5b phonics sounds.

The link for this is:

https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/resources/phase/5

The games you can play are: Buried Treasure, Dragon’s Den, Picnic on Pluto and Sentence Substitution.

 

Spellings:

‘Sirlinkalot’ spellings. Please log on to the website and learn the first six spellings, ready for an assessment on Monday 14th September: air, busy, door, floor, easy, last.

 

Maths:

We will start Diagnostic Questions next week. This week I would like you to do practical work, to consolidate your understanding of tens and ones. In class we have made tens and ones from random numbers up to 100. You all have paper straws. Each long straw represents a ten stick, Cut one straw into ten pieces for the ones, now do the following activities:

 

Activity One:

Write a random number from 0-100, now represent this with your tens and ones straws eg: 25= 2 tens, 5 ones; put out two ten sticks and 5 ones.Once you are confident with this activity, for all numbers up to 100, do activity two. If you find Activity One challenging, just start teen numbers, then twenties, thirties etc before you mix them all up.

 

Activity Two:

Ask an adult to say a random number of tens and ones, for example three tens and five ones. Put the straws out and say the number, eg ‘That makes 35.’ Work on all numbers up to 100.

 

Extension:

Select a number, eg 54. Put out ten more than 54/ 10 less than 54; also one more/ less than 54.

 

Extra  extension: Put out twenty, thirty more/less than a given number etc; put out five more/less than a given number.

 

Target for the class: For everyone to complete activities 1 and 2, only do the extension activities if you are very confident with these first two areas.

Please keep your straws at home, so you can keep using them. You could write how you get on in your contact book for next Monday.

 

Science: 

This was set on 7th September, to be completed by Monday 21st September.

 

Our Science topic this term is ‘Animals Including Humans.’

With an adult I would like you to do some research on the internet about which animals live underground. Choose one animal, draw the animal in the middle of your page and write some facts about it around the picture.

These are facts that you could include: size, if it is nocturnal or diurnal, how it is adapted to survive underground, the size of the group it usually lives with etc.

Please bring your Science work into school on Monday 21st September. You may find this website helpful:

www.worldatlas.com/articles/animals-that-live-underground.html

 

 

Jeans for Genes Day:

A reminder that on Friday 18th September we will be taking part in ‘Jeans for Genes Day.’ We invite all pupils to wear their jeans to school in exchange for £1 towards this charity. School tops DO NOT have to be worn either, thank you.

 

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to ask me,

 

Best Wishes from Miss Dargie

Year Two Homework: Monday 7th September

 

Maths: To be completed by Monday 14th September.

Counting on and back from a given number.

Use a long piece of paper and write numbers from 0-30, make sure they are all written correctly. Find two counters and a dice and ask someone in your family to play a game with you. Start at zero, throw the dice then count on from one to that number. The other player then has their turn When it is your turn throw the dice again and count on from the new number to the next number. Can you play the game backwards, so you are counting backwards?

Now can you point to a number and count forwards and backwards from that number to zero and also up to thirty? Can you also do this without looking at your numbers?

Extension: Write a higher starting and finishing number to play the game, for example 40-70; 60-90 etc.

You do not need to bring your number line to school, but you can write the numbers you used in your home school contact book, eg I wrote the numbers 0-20, 30-50 etc for my Maths homework.

Please complete this piece of homework by Monday 14th September.

 

English: This is ongoing homework throughout this term.

Revise phase 5a and 5b phonics sounds by using ‘Phonics Play

The link for this is:

https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/resources/phase/5

The games you can play are: Buried Treasure, Dragon’s Den, Picnic on Pluto and Sentence Substitution.

 

We are going to start our ‘Sirlinkalot’ spellings next week.

I have asked you to bring your reading bags into school on a Monday and Friday in our curriculum letter. If you have finished your book on a Monday and would like another book before Friday, you can bring your book bag in to change your book. Don’t forget that books will also be set on Rising Stars on Wednesday so please work at your pace. Please do the quizzes after you have read the books on Rising Stars as they help to check your understanding of the text.

www.worldatlas.com/articles/animals-that-live-underground.html

 

Science: To be completed by Monday 21st September. You have two weeks to complete this.

 

Our Science topic this term is ‘Animals Including Humans.’

With an adult I would like you to do some research on the internet about which animals live underground. Choose one animal, draw the animal in the middle of your page and write some facts about it around the picture.

These are facts that you could include: size, if it is nocturnal or diurnal, how it is adapted to survive underground, the size of the group it usually lives with etc.

Please bring your Science work into school on Monday 21st September. You may find this website helpful:

www.worldatlas.com/articles/animals-that-live-underground.html

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to ask me,

Best Wishes from Miss Dargie

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