A successful parents evening
It was lovely to see so many parents attend Parents Evening this week. The children love the opportunity to showcase their learning and the teachers find it beneficial when parents continue the children’s learning at home. For those that were unable to attend this time, please find below the key areas in which you can help your child at home.
The children are encouraged to flick the letters out in preparation for cursive writing.
We know you often run out or read the books before change day. So we have started to use Oxford Owl, this is a free website that has a range of e-books that you can read on tablets, iPads and smartphones. The books have quizzes and games to help understanding. If you run out of books, give this a try and record in the Yellow Reading record for us to see.
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We have been doing phonics every day in class, this is to support both reading and spelling. The children need to know all the sounds and alternatives. A copy of the chart we use for both reading and spelling is below. Ask your child to sound this out for you, use for reading and for sounding spellings - it makes a huge difference very quickly. The children also enjoy watching Geraldine Giraffe for phonics so if you are not sure of a sound, look it up and have a watch, she is very funny and a bit cheeky.
Have a lovely weekend,
Thank you to those who managed to get a rock into school.
We painted some lovely rocks and added these to the whole school display.
As we hadn't each painted our own rock (we shared) we decided to use the name Year 2 for ours and Miss Pringle and I have hidden the rocks rather than just picking a few children to do this. We thought it would be fairer.
They have Year 2, #bristolrocks #barleyclose so lets see how far they get!
Thank you for all your help and support with this. We had a chance to talk about poppies and ideas surrounding them which the children were very thoughtful about.
Miss Cripps and Miss Pringle
Monday 2nd October 2017
Thank you to all the parents that came to our first ‘Stay and Read’ session today. We will be running these sessions every day from 3.00 to 3.15. There is no expectation to come every day, just come when you can! Books will be changed on Fridays as normal.
In maths this week we are beginning to look at division and using language such as ‘sharing’ and ‘equal amounts’. We are using lots of pictures and physical sharing to help us.
In English we are continuing to practise using capital letters and full stops. We are also writing sentences with a ‘bossy verb’ to give instructions on how to do something.
Our Big Write topic this week is ‘how to be a good learner’. We will be talking about ‘purple learning’ and our ‘learning gems’ which help us to be good learners.
Enjoy your week,
Miss Pringle and Mrs Cripps
Monday 25th September (week 4).
In maths last week we subtracted numbers with up to 2 digits e.g. 15-3 or 13-10. We used Squiggleworth to help us and our knowledge of the number bonds to 10 and 20. We also used number lines and Numicon to help us count.
This week we are beginning to look at multiplication using vocabulary such as ‘array’, ‘row’, ‘column’ and ‘lots of’. At this stage it is very pictorial.
In English we are developing our character description skills and practising using capital letters, full stops and expanded noun phrases. This weeks Talk Topic is write a character description for a wanted poster.
Please note that the reading sessions previously mentioned will begin next week (the week beginning 2nd October). From 3.00 to 3.15 parents or carers are welcome to come in and share a book with their child. Whether it’s every day or once a week, you are all welcome- every little helps!
We have begun to introduce expected Year 2 spellings and will begin our weekly spelling lists next week in week 5.
Miss Pringle and Miss Cripps
Wow, we have already come to the end of our second week in Year 2!
In Maths the children have begun to apply their number skills to 1 and 2 digit addition and will be looking at subtraction next week. Knowing the key facts listed below is really helpful as the children can use them to quickly answer calculations such as 2 + 2 or 4 + 4.
1+1= 2 1+2=3
3+3=6 4+4= 8
The children should also continue their work on number bonds to 10 and 20. The online game in the link below can be tailored to suit individual needs.
Other useful online maths games can be found at:
In English we have been practising writing in full sentences using ‘Kung Fu’ punctuation and ‘Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Book?’ by Lauren Child. We have also practised Year 2 spellings such as ‘could’, ‘would’ and ‘should’ using helpful mnemonics such as ‘ o u lucky duck’.
Next Weeks Talk Topic is Write a Diary Entry about their day (or a made up day)
Some general reminders:
· Thursday is outdoor PE
· Friday is swimming
· Reading books go home on Fridays
· Spellings and times tables will not be starting just yet. However, feel free to start at home with the 2, 5 and 10 times tables. Some tricky word revision for reading and spelling reminders will come home next week but just to ease the children back into this process.
Have a lovely weekend,
I hope you have all had a restful holiday and are looking forward to starting Year 2.
Below is some important information for your parents to help you get organised for the new school year.
On Thursday afternoons both Year 2 teachers will be busy planning and preparing for the next week, so the children will have PE with a sports coach at that time. They will also have swimming every Friday with their class teachers.
As you know, we want children to be able to read for both purpose and pleasure. By the end of Year 2 children should be able to:
· Read words confidently without obvious blending or rehearsal
· Learn letter patterns so that decoding becomes fluent
· Blend letter sounds, including alternative patterns e.g. Recognising ‘ue’ as the ‘oo’ sound
· Read aloud words which contain more than one syllable
· Recognise common suffixes such as -ing and -less
· Read words which don’t follow phonetic patterns such as ‘one’ and ‘who’
We will be sending books home on a weekly basis so that the children can continue to practise and develop these skills at home. We would also like to invite parents into Year 2 for some end of the day reading sessions with their child- details to follow at a later date.
We will also be starting spellings and times tables homework in the next few weeks - we will keep you updated on these when we are ready to start.
Remember to keep an eye out for details about Big Write topics on the windows near the classroom door.
In Maths we will begin the year with a focus on number work: recognising the place value of each digit in a number, comparing and ordering numbers and reading and writing numbers. There are lots of things you can do to help your child with this at home and plenty of online games and resources- if you’re not sure, feel free to come and ask.
In English we will be reading "Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Book" by Lauren Child. In this story, Herb, the lead character falls into a fairy tale book and has lots of adventures. We will be using this to get our writing going.
I look forward to getting to know you all,