We hope you all had a good summer holiday and feel ready to start the new academic year. We are looking forward to working with you and your children this year. Together we will do the best possible job we can to make sure that your children are always learning, laughing and growing together.
Year 2 is an important year for learning; it is the year when children should become competent and confident in all areas, but particularly in reading, writing and maths. To ensure that the children become the best they can be, your support at home is truly valued. This letter outlines the homework expectations for year 2 along with a few other important bits and pieces.
Reading: Children are expected to read at home as much as possible – daily if you can manage it! Reading with your child at home is incredibly important and has a direct impact on their access of the curriculum in school. Please sign your child’s reading diary each time they read at home. If they read 4 times in a week, they become a reading hero and will be rewarded with a star on their chart. If they read 7 times, they receive two stars. For every ten stars they receive, they will be awarded with a special coloured band in our achievement assembly.
Spellings: Children will bring spellings home to learn every Friday and will be tested the following Friday. It is important that children do their best to learn the spellings so that they can build on them the following week. For the first few weeks of term we will be revising the year 1 and learning the 2 common exception words before moving on to the year 2 spelling rules.
Later in the year, children will be expected to practise times tables at home. The National Curriculum expectation for year 2 is that children will know times table and division facts for the 2, 5 and 10 times table, including knowing these out of order.
Children are not expected to spend hours on homework at a time – family life is important and the children need time to play! Therefore, additional homework to the above will not be sent out. Spending just 10-15 minutes a day reading, practising spellings or times tables has the greatest impact on learning in school and so this is all that is expected.
Other bits and pieces
We will check reading diaries at least once per week to check reading heroes and monitor the children’s progress. Please record any reading at home in these diaries – we love to hear about their progress at home or what they are reading! Although we do check the diaries, these are not always the best way to communicate messages with staff in school. If you have a question or anything that you would like us to respond to, please send a message via Class Dojo and we will respond as quickly as we can. If you are unfamiliar with Class Dojo, please pop in to ask about it!
P.E: Children are required to have their P.E kits in school from Monday to Friday. P.E days this term will be on a Monday and Tuesday.
If you have any other queries or questions, please do not hesitate to pop into the classroom or drop me a message on Class Dojo.
Mrs. Bdesha, Mrs Hood, Mrs Landy and Miss Bullough