Autumn Term – Houses and Homes
Year 2 information
Please find below the key information about Year 2 this year. Year 2 is taught by Mr Mackriell and supported by Mrs Humphreys.
Please can I ask that you ensure all your child’s clothing is clearly named. Having them clearly named helps us to ensure pieces do not go missing. It will also help any other parents to return items, in the event of their child taking home another person’s belongings.
As before, our spelling lists will be given out, every Friday, via this page and can be found at the bottom. We will then complete our spelling test on the following Friday. To help you track your child’s score, the children now have a table in the back of their learning logs where I will record their mark. The learning logs will continue to go home every other week for you to see their marks.
I will upload one set of spellings for the class. If I would like your child to practise a different set, I will send these home with your child.
Please encourage your child to put the words into sentences so they begin to understand definitions and context. This should aid their long-term recall of the spelling rule. It’s very common to find that the children are able to spell the set of words during their tests and whilst practising but if they are not spelling them correctly in a piece of writing, then the spellings are not embedded. Therefore, it is vital to practise them in many ways to help them retain them. See below for fun ideas for learning spellings.
In phonics, we assess the children and group them according to their phonics knowledge. We will be following Phase 5 and 6 from Letters and Sounds which will combine phonics, reading and spelling rules. These will be taught using the Bug Club software where we will be allocating books online for your children to read at home.
Your child will be given one reading book every Friday to bring home. They will have this book for a week and will be given a new one on the following Friday.
Please can I ask that all books are returned to school so we can send new ones home with your child. The children will not bring new books home unless they have returned the ones they had.
The book we are sending home is in relation to where we have assessed their phonics and will be consolidating the skills learnt in class. We would encourage you to read other books as well as their reading book.
When reading with your child, can you encourage them to go through the sounds on the inside of the front cover and answer the questions at the back of the book.
We would be grateful if you could read with your child as much as possible. This continues to be extremely important and will support all aspects of their learning.
Learning Logs and MyMaths
Homework will alternate between a learning log task and MyMaths. Your child will bring their learning log home every other week and during the week they do not, they will have MyMaths tasks.
The learning logs are used at home but still follow the expectations of work completed within the classroom. Your child should use a pencil to write with and their work should be completed neatly and carefully. We want the children to feel proud of the work they do at home.
All homework will go home on a Friday and will need to be completed by the following Friday.
PE kits need to come into school on a Monday and will be sent home on a Friday to be washed.
Please ensure all clothing is clearly named. In KS1 we often have items of clothing that go missing; having clearly named items makes it a lot easier for us to ensure that this doesn’t happen.
Year 2 will hopefully have swimming lessons in the Spring term.
Assessment in Year 2
At the end of Key Stage 1 the children normally sit their SATs to benchmark where they are, ready for entering the Key Stage 2 phase of their education. However, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Government have removed the formal assessment process of SATs in Key Stage 1 this academic year.
The assessment of your child at the end of Key Stage 1 will be based on teacher judgement, as it was before, considering the work your child produces within the classroom throughout the year. As well as carrying out our routine assessment procedures throughout the year, past SATs papers may be used in the Summer term to aid the teacher’s judgement.
Topic – Houses and Homes
The children will be looking at the countries that make up the United Kingdom and where Cuddington is in relation to other places that they know. We will also be looking into different houses and homes around the world, exploring how and why they are built and who might be living in them. We will be looking into what an architect is and the difference between an architect and architecture. They will be able to explain why they like certain buildings thinking about their purpose and whether the architect has designed the building for that purpose. We will investigate changes within living memory around the local area and how the village of Cuddington has changed in recent years.
Thank you for your continuing support,