Welcome to what I'm sure will be another fun-packed half term! Thank you for attending parents' evening last Wednesday. We hope you found it useful.
To confirm, we will not be sending out the Learning Logs again this half term. Instead, for homework, please continue to focus on reading, spellings and number facts for maths.
Regular reading with an adult makes an enormous difference, especially if you discuss what is being read with your child. The bookmarks we provided in September can help with question starters for key skills like retrieval and inference. Let us know if you need another one. Vocabulary is another key priority at school so please discuss new words and link these to the meaning of existing known words.
Spelling Shed is still being updated with words every week, In addition, we will continue to send home a practice sheet. Please encourage your child to do a mixture of both. Little and often works best. The spelling curriculum for Year 2 is extensive. We carry out spelling lessons every day in school, but this additional home practice makes all the difference.
Maths - children need to practise basic number facts regularly for them to be able to do this fluently. There simply aren't enough hours in the day to practise all facts every day. It would be very much appreciated if you can play number fact games with your child whenever you can. Computer games are ideal (for example Hit the button - see the useful web links page) or if you don't want to increase your child's screen time, board games / other games that you play with your children are great too. Focus on number bonds to 10, number bonds to 20, halving numbers to at least half of 20, doubling numbers to at least double 10 and practising 2x, 5x and 10x tables facts.
A number of you also enquired about the Year 2 SATs which children have to sit at some point during the month of May. I will be setting up a meeting nearer the time to discuss in more detail. Please don't worry yourselves or your children about these. They form just one part of the overall teacher assessment in Year 2.
Mrs Jackson and Mrs Shields
Happy New Year! We've had a busy first few weeks back in Elm Class. Science Week provided a brilliant opportunity for the children to develop their science skills including being curious and asking questions, carrying out experiments, observing and carrying out research. Here are some photos.