Dear Parent/Carer

Welcome to year 2. We are really looking forward to teaching the children and to working with you.

Our topic for the first half of term is; What bridges do we have in our locality? (See overleaf for an idea of what we will be covering).

We have set out some further information below:

Homework and helping your child at home

Reading

Every child should read aloud to an adult every day. This is by far your child’s most important homework throughout the year. Children who read at home make noticeably better progress. We will send home reading books (book bags are checked daily and books changed when necessary) which may include story books, non-fiction and phonic activity books and a reading record in which we would be grateful if you would note your child’s reading. Over the course of the week please work on all your child's books, reading and re-reading and talking about the story or information. Repeated reading will help build up your child's fluency, comprehension and confidence. If your child is reluctant to read please talk to us as we have a range of strategies that have worked well in the past at motivating children. We may also send home word or sound cards to practise with your child as appropriate.

We have a reading reward system whereby children put their book in the golden box if they have read to an adult the previous evening. Once all three books are complete, the books will be changed. Children who are reading at least three times a week will be celebrated as a star reader. Reading to your child is also one of the most valuable activities you can do as it builds on their story knowledge. This story knowledge improves their comprehension skills and allows them to become better writers. Reading to your child also increases their vocabulary which leads to better writing and a better understanding of what they read independently.

Spelling

In school, the children will be having daily spelling activities based on the spelling rules and words for year 2. Although they will not be bringing spellings home to learn for a test, I have attached the words the children are expected to know by the end of Year 1 and those they will need to learn by the end of Year 2. This allows you and your child, if you wish, to practise these words and their meanings at home, as well as in school. The expectation is that the children can not only spell these words during the daily spelling session but also within their own independent writing. Fridge magnet letters, whiteboards, scrabble letter tiles, iPad apps etc. are all great ways to practise the spelling of these words.

Maths practice

The maths fact knowledge expected in each year group by the end of the year is attached to this letter.

The key maths fact focus for Year 2 this term is

> Be able to recall Pairs of whole numbers that total 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20

> To know Pairs of multiples of 10 that total 100

> To count in steps of 2, 5, 10, 3 ½ and ¼

> Consolidate and revise doubles of numbers to 20 and related halves

This half term we will read and write numbers to at least 100 in numerals and in words; compare and order numbers from 0 up to 100; use <, > and = signs; recognise the place value in each digit in a 2-digit number; find different combinations of coins that equal the same amounts of money – 10p and 1p; count in steps of 10 from any number forwards and backwards; use number bonds to ten to bridge multiples of ten; recall and use addition and subtraction facts to 20 fluently, and derive and use related facts up to 100; add three one digit numbers and recognise and use the inverse relationship between addition and subtraction and use this to check calculations and solve missing number problems.

As well as helping your child with their number facts, any ‘real life’ experience will really help. Cooking and shopping are particularly valuable. Your child will benefit from counting up their own coins and using them to pay at the shop. They may not yet be able to work out the total price or the change but they will benefit enormously from the experience of needing enough money to pay and getting change when they give too much. Other (less stressful!) activities include, checking the time (o’clock, ), ‘helping’ with measuring tasks, spotting and reading numbers in different contexts (door numbers, road signs, etc.), counting anything including money (counting in 2’s and 10’s).

Topic work

Other home activities that would enhance your child’s learning experience this half term include finding out about and visiting local bridges, drawing, writing or craft activities related to types of bridges, building bridges and engineers.

Other information

We will continue the snack regime from year one; children will have fruit during the morning and will not need any additional snacks. Your child will be able to drink during lessons but this should be water only and should be in a non-leaky water bottle.

The children will have PE with Mr Bain on Wednesday afternoons, and every other Tuesday afternoon. They will have a further session every other Thursday morning but please ensure your child’s PE kit is in school at all times. Please do ensure that your child’s jumper and PE kit is named.

Yours sincerely

 

Danielle Young and Mary Breeze