We are pleased to be back to everyone starting at 8:45am and finishing at 3:20pm.
Reading and Homework
It is important to be reading regularly and ideally, each day. Please ensure that your child brings in their books and Homework Diary daily. In the diary, please write what your child has read (to page x / finished the book) and if possible a short comment on how they are getting on (sounds / expression / punctuation / comprehension). These diaries will be looked at daily by one of the staff in Y2 and reading books will be changed and sent home upon reading a completed comment. Your child may receive additional phonics books throughout the term to read at home.
Please encourage your child to read daily and talk about what they have read to check understanding. Feel free to jot down any additional reading they have enjoyed from home and we always welcome book reviews to share with the class.
You can also use Oxford Owl:
( Username: stmaryscannockyear2 Password: year2 )
or your own books from home.
In late November, Y2 children took their Phonics Screening Assessment which was rescheduled from Y1. Any children who did not pass will be able to try again this summer. Additional materials will be sent home and more details will follow for those that will retake.
In school, we use the Read Write Inc (RWI) scheme for Phonics. In Spring 1, all children will continue to have daily phonics lessons in small groups and will also bring a copy of the book home over the weekend to share in addition to their reading books. In Spring 2, some children will move on to a more comprehension / guided reading based approach in their reading lessons, while those that need to will continue to follow the RWI scheme.
Spelling and Maths homework will be given each week on Fridays and an additional English based activity will be given most weeks. Spelling tests will usually be on Thursdays this term and short mental maths lessons / times tables tests will be given throughout the week. Homework folders to be given in on Wednesdays or Thursdays please. Later this term, past SATs questions may be given as homework to help the children get used to the question types. Please do not panic!
Children should practise their reading, spelling, handwriting, number bonds and times tables (x2, x5, x10) as often as possible at school and at home.
You can also use your Spelling Shed, TTR, j2blast (BGFL) accounts to keep improving and show me your progress. Keep those logins safe and enjoy!
Other things to learn at school and home are how to tie your laces, know the days of the week and months of the year in order, tell the time and use a ruler effectively to measure and to draw straight lines.
What to wear?
The Spring term is full of weather surprises and we will be doing lots of outside work, so make sure your child has a coat and appropriate footwear each day. Don't forget you can also wear additional layers and your school hoody, as our classroom can often be cold in winter (especially with the windows open for increased ventilation)!
Please wear PE uniforms and feel free to bring an extra water bottle on PE days (Mondays and Fridays). Make sure long hair is tied back and earrings are taken out before school on these days. Do ensure your child is wearing enough layers to keep warm in other lessons on those days.
Food and Drink:
KS1 children receive free school meals and fruit. They can also bring their own packed lunch and a healthy snack. Children will be given a drink at lunch time, but please make sure they have a water bottle in school each day as the water fountains are still not being used.
Health and Safety:
Please don’t send children in with show and tell objects unless you have been in contact beforehand. Instead, send a photograph via the office or BGFL so that we can share objects / experiences safely. Thank you.
Please read the letter given out on 10th September regarding extra health precautions in Year 2/ vulnerable members of the class. Inform the school if your child has any illnesses, whether or not they will be attending school. Also, please follow the school and government Covid advice regarding symptoms, testing and isolations. In the event of isolations / lockdowns, work will be emailed to you and also available via BGFL.
Please contact the office if you have any questions or queries and they will pass on your messages and ensure your contact details are up to date with the school.