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Year 2 Summer term letter

12 May 2017

Dear Parent/Carer

Welcome back, I hope you have enjoyed the Easter holidays and sunny bank holidays! As always, I hope you find this letter full of information about what your child will be doing this final Year 2 term.

As you may be aware your child will be taking their SATs tests this term. We will try to make this as normal for the children as possible and keep the word ‘test’ to a minimum! We will be doing a number of papers independently both in small groups out of the classroom and as a whole class over the next 2 weeks. Results from your child’s SATs will be included in the end of year report in July.

At school, we have been covering all the elements your child will need to learn in order to be prepared for these assessments. However, to support their learning further, here are a few ideas:

Reading

Our Sounds Write phonics programme will continue each morning. It is very important that children arrive on time for school as this begins sharply at 9am. I am sure that many of you will have noticed the improvement in your child’s reading both in decoding (sounding out) and comprehension (understanding of the text) as well as their fluency and expression. When you read with your child at home, please ensure that you are talking lots about the book; discussing any unfamiliar words, predicting what may happen and asking questions that require a deeper level of thinking. If you find that your child is finding familiar sight words tricky, try writing them on small pieces of card and using them in a flashcard game such as pairs or snap.

Writing

We have been working on choosing our vocabulary carefully, particularly adverbs and adjectives as well as different types of sentences. Many children are still trying very hard with their handwriting and have made vast improvements! Remembering basic punctuation such as capital letters and full stops this is still a focus and is something which could be practised at home. When your child writes independently at home, read through the piece together at the end. You can highlight any keywords spelt incorrectly, missing punctuation, the repetition of vocabulary (particularly adjectives and conjunctions) and also praise the positives.

Spellings

Your child will continue to receive spellings each week. To help your child with their spellings please encourage them to look at the sound pattern, put the words into sentences and use other words that are similar to help them spell them. Writing the words in even more sentences, finding the meaning or looking for synonyms are very helpful too. I will begin to include words that your child has previously learnt in the weekly tests too in order to revise and keep those words in their minds.

Grammar

In class we have been identifying different types of sentences: command (Clean your room), question (have you cleaned your room?), statement (Your room is very clean) and exclamation (How clean is your room, that’s fantastic!). Encourage your child to include these in their writing, use them in everyday life and spot them in their reading. We have also done lots of work on verbs (action words), adjectives (describing words) and nouns (things or objects). Children should be able to give examples of these as well as change them from the present to the past tense.

Maths

Many of the children are becoming quick at their 2, 5 and 10 times tables and should now work on their 3 x tables too. This will help not only with multiplication problems but also division. Help your child to find ½, ¼ and ¾ of shapes and numbers. You can also help your child to tell the time on analogue and digital clocks.

So for this term, we have been looking at 3D shapes and ways to record data; the children are now familiar with tables and bar charts and have begun to visualise 3D shapes and their properties, which is quite tricky! We will continue our work on addition and subtraction, both in our heads and using written methods. The focus with these operations is on partitioning or drawing the tens and ones to help us. Supporting your child with telling the time at o’clock, half past, quarter of the hour and at five minute intervals will stand them in good stead for when we look at time again shortly.

Unit of Inquiry

Our central idea for the first half term is:

Electricity impacts the world of work and leisure

To gain an understanding of this central idea we will be focusing on the following lines of inquiry:

• How electricity is made
• How electricity is used in everyday life
• How electricity was used in the past

We have thought of different appliances that use electricity and have discussed what we learned from watching the ‘Live Wire Show’ at the Science Museum last term. We will be learning how to construct an electrical circuit and also thinking about how we should use appliances safely. Later, we will consider how our lives would be different if we didn’t have a constant source of power.

Click here for the mind map.

P.E.

P.E will continue to be on Thursday afternoons. It is essential that children have the correct kit at all times, now it is getting a little warmer, children can wear shorts and
t-shirts as well as appropriate footwear. We have asked for P.E. kits to remain in school until the half-term holiday as they do not get very dirty and some children were forgetting their kits regularly.

Dates for your diary

• Half term holiday – Monday 29 May – Friday 2 June
• PTSA Summer Fair – Thursday 22 June
• Class assembly – Friday 14 July 2.45pm
• Sports Day – Tuesday 4 July
• Whole School Photo – Wednesday 5 July
• Language Celebration Week - Monday 10 - 14 July
• Display Evening – Thursday 13 July
• Year 2 Class Assembly - Friday 14 July
• Last day of Summer Term – Friday 21 July

If you have any questions or concerns about your child and their learning please book an appointment with Donna to see me.

Kind regards

Miss V Eastlake
Year 2: Class Teacher