SUMMER TERM INFORMATION FOR PARENTS
This term the children will have more opportunities to be actively involved in art projects and sports activities ( linking on to art and sports week). We have also planned in dates when the children will have transition visits to the Juniors.
Meanwhile, the hard work will include:-
This term the children will continue to focus on grammar, punctuation and spellings in their writing. The children will be working on writing recounts, instructions, stories, poems and non-chronological reports which will be shared with the Y3 teachers ready for September.
Please continue to sign the reading diary and add your own comments so that the class teacher knows how much your child has read with you at home. Please remember it does not need to be a school book, but they do need to read. As the children are becoming more proficient at writing stories it is lovely to see the ideas and language they have gained from reading a variety of their own books. Always ensure you check your child has a deeper understanding of what they are reading by asking questions like; why, what if, how do you know, where does it say etc.
(A little plea- the reading diary’s have been used a lot this year and are starting to fall apart.If you could please remind the children to look after their books or do a little fix it job we would be ever so grateful.)
30 new spelling words will be sent home at the beginning of the term and the spelling test will take place towards the end of the term.
We expect the majority of children to be correctly spelling the key words covered and also applying their knowledge of phonics to make choices about the correct letters to use. Please feel free to continue checking these words at home and to continue to spend some time each week helping your child to learn these spellings by the ‘look, say, cover, write, check’ method. For end of year 2 expectations the children need to apply these spelling words that they are getting correct in spelling when writing at all times. You can help by asking your child to write a dictated sentence with the spelling word in it.
A focus on times tables. Please support your child to learn the 2,3,4,5 and 10 times tables so they can quickly access from their memory any times table number fact. When your child has learnt their timetables ask them to work on the related number facts e.g 2 x 4 = 8, 4 x 2= 8, 8÷4 = 2, 8÷2= 4. This makes lots of the maths work easier and also allows the children to complete the work from “Club 99” . We would like the children to have achieved Club 22 by the time they move on to the juniors.
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The teaching of Geography, History, Art and Design and Technology will be taught through the following topic: – Mega Structures and Food around the World
The children will also follow the curriculum in:-
Science: Animals and humans
ICT: Typing and creating an animation
RE: Judaism: How important is it for Jewish people to do what God asks them to do? Islam: Does completing Hajj make a person a better Muslim?
Music: Exploring pulse and rhythm and timbre, tempo and dynamics
PSHE: Relationships and emotions, water and sun safety
From time to time your child may have homework tasks in other subjects. These are aimed to develop their knowledge or support learning from class. The date when this homework needs to be returned will be specified clearly and we encourage children to participate in preparation for the increased homework in Y3, but we do understand that you may be busy with other family commitments so are unable to fully participate.
Timetable for P.E.
Your child will have P.E. on the following days:
Class 2U – Monday and Wednesday
Class 2P – Tuesday and Thursday
P.E will be taught outside whenever possible so please ensure your child has their full PE kit in school. Please include surgical tape if your child wears earrings, although it is always preferable to remove them on PE days.
Our Sports Day will take place on the morning of Friday 30th June and should be finished by 10.40am in time for the junior sports to start at 11am.
During this term the children will be completing the End of Key Stage One Assessments. The results from these assessments will feed into the teacher assessment judgement which will be reported in your child’s report in July. We do not want the children to realise that this work is any different to the other work that we do in school therefore these assessments will be done alongside the children’s normal learning and we will not be mentioning them to the children at all. Please follow our lead!
Diary date- 13th June Y2 parent talk at the juniors 9am. (Details to follow)
Thank you for all your support during this academic year and I hope your child enjoys their final terms at the Infants.
The teaching of History, Art and Design and Technology will be taught through the topic-: The Great Fire of London. The children will also cover:-
Science – Living Things ICT – Coding
RE – Islam- Does going to a mosque give Muslims a sense of belonging? Christianity- Is it true that Jesus came back to life?
Music – Exploring pitch and sounds
Please see what you children are learning year-2-overview-2016-2017
Please see the ‘I Can’ statements which show what your children are learning in Writing, Reading and Maths
It is important that all children continue to read regularly at home as part of the school homework policy. When reading with your child, please ask questions to check comprehension and understanding; getting children to explain parts of the story in their own words or to give examples from the text to back up their answers. Inferring information that hasn’t been directly given and prediction are also very important skills as well as being able to retell the story in a way which reflects the balance of the actual story.
Please sign the reading diary and add your own comments so that the class teacher knows how much your child has read with you at home. If your child is reading a book from their own collection, then please write this down as well.
Spellings will continue to be sent home on a termly basis. This half term your child will have 30 new words to learn and these will be taken from the list of common exception words the children are expected to spell and use correctly in year 2. The spelling test will take place at the end of the half term.
Please spend some time each week helping your child to learn these spellings. Some suggested methods are, look, say, cover, write, check, identifying if the word has a ‘tricky’ part to it, looking for patterns, breaking down into syllables and using mnemonics ( making up riddles and rhymes to remember the letters of a word).
Spellings also give you the opportunity to reinforce accurate letter formation and joined handwriting as your child writes them down. It is very worthwhile to go back and check your child can still write the words they previously demonstrated as knowing. We also encourage the children to spell these words correctly in the daily writing. Spellings will be available on the blog.
For any information on helping your child with their handwriting please have a look at this website: http://teachhandwriting.co.uk
Maths homework is for children to learn their times tables as part of the 99 Maths Club which runs from Y2 to Y6. Start with 2’s, 10’s, 5’s, then move on to the 3 and 4 times tables. There isn’t a right or wrong way to learn them, you are just aiming for your child to be able to answer off the cuff questions such as, four fives, three times five, four lots of two, six multiplied by two and so on. Then use this knowledge to know that twelve divided by two is six and so on. As children are able to complete questions in the allotted six minutes they move up the timetables club from the 11 Club (just x2) to the 99 Club ( 12×12) and receive a certificate of achievement in assembly.
Please can you ensure your child has their P.E kit in school on the following days:-
Class 2P – Tuesday and Thursday Class 2U – Wednesday and Friday
Please ensure your child has the appropriate PE kit; green shorts, white t-shirt and fitting pumps. Could I also remind parents that children should remove earrings whenever possible for P.E or place tape around the earring and earlobe to prevent them catching or falling out and long hair should be tided back for safety reasons.
We develop children’s understanding of learning using what is called the ‘Growth Mindset’ at school and the language we use when we talk to the children is based on the following traits:
I never give up
I like my work to be difficult – it means I am learning
I love challenges
I want people to praise me for the effort I put into my work
I believe I can get more intelligent by working hard
I feel clever when I’m learning something new
I learn from my mistakes
I like my work to be easy
I don’t like to try a challenge
I want people to praise me for how clever I am
I believe I cannot change how clever I am
I don’t like to try new things because I won’t be very good at it
I give up easily
It has been proven that having a Growth Mindset rather than fixed mindset can improve children’s progress and attainment. As a result, we are teaching our children that by having a Growth Mindset they can grow their brains and intelligence and achieve anything they want!
How you can help at home
Praise the amount of effort your child is putting into things rather than how clever they are;
Talk to your children about their brain being like a muscle – the more they use it, the stronger it gets;
Encourage your children to not give up if they are finding something difficult;
Challenge your children to try something new or challenging.
There will be an opportunity this term for you to attend a class assembly. The children in your child’s class will share the work that they have been covering.
Class 2P Assembly –Wednesday 8th February at 9.10am Class 2U Assembly – Friday 31st March at 9.10am
The reading afternoon will be on a Friday 3rd February from 2.50pm until 3.15pm.