Information For Year 2 Parents
Please support your child’s reading by reading with them every night and signing their reading record book. It is also important to check your child’s comprehension by making predictions about the story together and asking them questions about what has happened, including ‘why’ and ‘how’ questions to encourage them to have a deeper understanding of the text.
A spelling test will take place every Monday. The test will take place in the back of their blue spelling book and the new spellings will be stuck in the front. This will allow you to see your child’s results and re-cap any old spellings.
Times Table Rock Stars and 'Bank of Home Learning resources' for maths.
Two pieces of RE homework will be set every half term.
Across the school a half termly project based homework is set. It will relate to our current topic and your child should complete at least two of the given projects over the half term.
PE will take place every Monday and Wednesday so please make sure your child has their named P.E kit on those days (including plimsolls or trainers).
Please also ensure that all items of clothing have been named – including ties, shirts, trousers and pinafores. Please note that skirts are not permitted in Key Stage One.
We endeavour to organise outings or outreach sessions once per term. This year we have exciting opportunities planned for learning about local history with a trip to Lowewood Museum, a ‘History off the Page’ day and a trip to the Cutty Sark! Art days take place every term and are focussed on artists, sculptors and architects.
Other Tips for Parents
Talk to the teacher and let them know if anything happens out of the normal routine
Discuss their reading preferences, what they liked or disliked within their reading book
Talk about the story characters
Talk to your child about what they do in school
Helpful hints for making reading an enjoyable experience.
Choose a time when you can be relaxed and give your undivided attention.
Praise what your child can do - build confidence at every opportunity.
Make it enjoyable for both of you - enjoy the book, it's not just about getting the word right. Even if your think the text is too easy, talk about the story line or characters or find words with letter patterns in them.
Choose a time in the day when your child is receptive.
Encourage your child to concentrate on the meaning of what they are reading and to make a sensible guess at an unknown word.
Remember, this does not have to be reading your child's reading book - they could read newspapers, magazines, recipe books, letters, joke books, invitations, instructions for games and models, reading related to computer games, reference books ...
If your child is a confident, fluent reader they still need to read aloud to help them develop expression and use punctuation correctly. They will benefit from talking about the book - forming opinions, summarising, guessing what might happen next. They also need to be encouraged to read different kinds of texts.