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Welcome to Barn Owls!

Year 2

 

23rd April 2018

Dear Parents,

Year 2 Barn Owls

Welcome back! This term we will be covering some exciting mini-topics. The first of which is Julia Donaldson books. The Barn Owls are already in full swing with their learning and are really excited to actually meet her on Wednesday at the music concert where we will be singing some of her songs on Wednesday.

Mini-Topics

  • ‘An Island Home’ (including stories from other cultures)
  • ‘Green Fingers’ (growing and observing plants)
  • ‘Amazing Achievements’ (Florence Nightingale and Mary Seacole

Writing and guided reading will be based on stories and texts linked to the various mini-topics.

Spelling, Phonics and Grammar and Handwriting. The children will continue learning spelling through grammar rules. They learn a new spelling rule each week and test each other on these words as well as common exception words and topic words that are sent home each week. (See homework.) We will continue to focussing on joined handwriting, punctuation and making sure our written work makes good sense.

Speaking and Listening Children are expected to listen carefully in class, work well with talk partners, follow instructions and listen courteously to others thus developing good manners. They are encouraged to participate in discussions and express their ideas coherently. Children are welcome to bring things into school to talk about so long as it is related to the topic or something we have been learning about.

Maths
The class will continue working in two small groups this term.  Mrs Bennett will teach greater depth maths with her group although opportunities for greater depth are still given in my group. The topics will largely stay the same.  Please see homework for the week’s main learning intentions with suggestions for ways you can support your child in their learning.

PE: Tennis / Change for Life
Please make sure your child has their PE kit in school including suitable outdoor trainers every day. A cap is a useful addition to their uniform this term for sunny days. Long hair should be tied up and earrings should not be worn.

 

Homework
Reading - Please listen to your child read at least 5 times per week.  This should be during a quiet time at home where ‘book talk’ can take place. Please sign your child’s reading record each time they read so that they can put their book and reading record in the tray for it to be changed.

Spellings - The children are encouraged to practice using cursive handwriting style to aid their ‘muscle memory’ for writing the words. Some children find the ‘Look, Say, Cover, Write, Check’ method most helpful for learning spellings but I am happy to see creative writing used to practise their spellings in homework folders each week. Sentences, a short story, poem or even rainbow writing are acceptable as spelling practice! This is also an opportunity to practice best handwriting so should not be rushed.

I encourage children to use the DoodleMaths app at home to support their learning in Maths as well as confidence in IT.  Just 10 minutes a day is enough to help your child make additional progress.  And remember that they get house points for earning Doodle Stars! (Check the DoodleMaths board to see the winning class and top 3 students each week!)  Do let me know if the questions have got a bit too difficult.  I will be able to re-calibrate their account to a more suitable level.

Finally, please do make sure your child empties their book bag each day after school and gives you any letters.  I may be asking for a few bits and bobs this term to help us with our science experiments!

Please do not hesitate to come for a chat if you have any questions.

Kindest regards,

Hannah Yoshida

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