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Welcome to Year 2

Welcome to Year 2. There are two class teachers in our year group, Miss Shard and Mrs Fahimi. We work alongside Mrs Lees-Smith who is our classroom assistant. There are lots of exciting activities and trips, including our Christmas performance and visits to the theatre and Norton Priory. The children in our year group always love the history topics which we cover. We learn about significant people from the past and special events that have helped to shape our country (Great Fire of London). We love to investigate in science and complete a variety of investigations throughout the year which really challenge your child’s thinking.


English and maths homework are sent on alternate weeks. Children bring their homework books home on Tuesdays and are expected to return them on the following Monday. Spellings are sent weekly, following the pattern above. Number bonds continue to be tested on a weekly basis, as in Year 1. Children then progress to learning their times tables (2x, 5x, 10x and 3x) when number bonds to 20 are completed. Children begin using the Times Table Rockstars activity in the spring term to work on their rapid recall of the necessary times tables facts. Maths homework consists of a fluency activity which focuses on the weekly maths objective and an online activity from the MyMaths website. At the start of the year, children are asked which home learning project they would like to complete. They have a choice from Significant Individuals (autumn term) Buildings and Materials (spring term) and Nature all around us (summer term) Information for each project is sent out in the relevant term.


Children are expected to read at home at least three times per week. Each time your child is heard, we wold like this to be annotated in their planner. Planners need to be signed to show that your child is ready to change their book. Planners are checked every week on Mondays. In your child’s planner, you will find examples of questions to ask your child as your listen to them read. This ensures that they can fully understand the text that they read.


Children are taught spelling through a daily spelling lesson, discrete to the English hour. We encourage children to use the ‘word attack’ strategy in school if they are unsure of how to spell a word. For example, they are to write out the tricky word using all the phonemes (sounds) that they know in an effort to identify the correct spelling e.g. to spell coat they would write coat/coet/cote/cowt (oa, oe, o-e, ow) There are word lists in your child’s planners, relevant to our year groups expectations.



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