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Welcome to Year 2

Our first IPC topic in Year 2 is Brainwaves – Metacognition. We are going to find out more about how our brain and memory work to help us learn. This three week unit is all about metacognition! It will help us with all our future learning and actually make us better learners!

English

In English, our lessons are focused around different high quality texts. Over the course of the term we will be writing narratives to inform and entertain as well as writing reports.  We will explore different sentence types and word classes to make our writing interesting.  Also, to extend our sentences we will use co-ordinating conjunctions and, or, but.

Guided Reading and Spelling happens every morning.  Reading is taught through a carousel approach where children will undertake a number of activities linked to reading skills throughout the week- this will include reading with the class teacher and teaching assistant. 

We encourage children to ensure they are reading at home at least 3 times a week and their reading record must come into school daily so it can be checked and books can be changed when needed.

Maths

We follow the White Rose Maths Scheme as a school.  This half term our Maths learning will be based around place value. We will be building on our learning from year 1; recalling our understanding of place value.  Then,  we will explore counting forwards and backwards in tens/ones.  We will then apply our knowledge to order numbers correctly and explore the relationships between them.

It is really helpful if you can practice your timestables at home if you have spare time.

How can you help?

Please spend time with your child reinforcing the correct written formation of all letters and numerals, taking care to ensure these are not reversed into a mirror image. We have also been trying really hard to join our handwriting, so please encourage this at home. Please also work on the Year 1 and/or 2 common exception words that have been sent out this week. The children are tested regularly on these, as they form part of our end of Key Stage assessments. Thank you!

Homework

Please continue to read with your child regularly at home (we recommend at least 3x per week).

Weekly homework will be set every Friday and due the following week. Please ensure all homework is completed in pencil and encourage your child to present their work neatly.

Spellings will be sent home on a half-termly basis for your child to practise the relevant week’s words. They will be tested on the following Friday. We keep the tests very low key and always praise effort. Please encourage your child to apply their spellings, by writing them in a sentence.

P.E

PE for both classes will be on Wednesdays taught by the sports specialist, on this day please send your child into school wearing their PE kit appropriate for the weather.

The second session of PE each week will be taught by the class teacher. 2K will have PE on Tuesday and 2A will have PE on Monday. On this day your child should bring their PE bag into school to change for PE. Your child will then be sent home with their PE bag on the same day.

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