Please look in your child ‘s book bag today for information about how you can access Oxford Owl’s eBooks to support your child’s phonics. You will find the username and password on the information provided.
Each week we will direct you to a book that will reinforce the sounds that we are practising that week. We realise that the level of the book may be below or above what your child may be reading but we would like you to use these books to reinforce the sounds we are covering in our phonic sessions. You can also look at the levels below this to reinforce previously taught sounds. For Year 2 we will be revisiting previously taught phonics from Year 1 and would like you to select a different text from Phase 5; record this on the sheet that we have provided in your child’s homework folder. Make sure this sheet is returned in the homework folder each Wednesday.
The texts include guidance on how to use them and comprehension activities. For Year 2 we will include a suggestion on their homework. We hope you enjoy using this resource to help support your child’s learning
Click on the links below
This week’s phonics focus
Year 2:Phase 5 (revisiting)-please record on the sheet provided in your child’s homework folder.
We are really pleased with how the children have settled into the new routines, which can be tricky at the best of times, especially for the younger children. We have been so impressed with how they have adapted to the changes since lockdown. We appreciate that this must be difficult for you and appreciate your support with helping us to ensure that transitions in the morning and at hometime can be as smooth as possible.
During our first couple of days back at school the children chose a name for each class. Class 1 chose to become the Charming Cheetahs and Class 2 are the Marvellous Meerkats. We then went on to create a class charter, identify ways of becoming successful learners and thinking about how we are smart.
Our topic this term is ‘Wild’ which we began with an amazing animal day-lots of interesting costumes were worn on the day and the children enjoyed talking about their favourite animals. We have been using the test ‘Wild’ by Emily Huges as an inspiration for our English and topic work. Ask your child to tell you about the story.
As these are still early days, we are spending time getting to know the children as individuals and as a class group. We are looking forward to an exciting year ahead with our new classes.
The Year 2 Team
IMPORTANT PE INFORMATION
Please remember that on the days when your child has PE they need to come to school in a school PE kit and appropriate for the weather. Long hair should be tied back and earrings should be removed or covered with micropore tape (or similar).
Well in what has been a most memorable year, we would like to take this opportunity to say a huge thank you for all the great work you have done in supporting your children’s learning at home during lockdown. Who could have imagined this year would turn out like this. But throughout all of our unexpected challenges, you have all been incredibly supportive of us teachers in these unusual times, and for that we are so grateful to you all. Over the last few months, you have admirably embraced the multitude of challenges we have faced together. We have loved seeing all of your learning, we have enjoyed seeing how creative and active you have been. Thank you for the unresolved support, kind words and gestures throughout. Without your support, none of this would have been possible.
Now it’s time to relax and enjoy the summer holidays. So be sure to recharge your batteries in preparation for a productive new year in September. We will look forward to seeing you all again soon.
Keeping connected-Home School Learning Gallery
Have a brilliant summer holidays, stay safe and we look forward to seeing you all again in September!
We hope you had a good day yesterday. Did you create some bunting all about yourself? Don’t forget to send a picture to the class email addresses and we can then give them to your Year 3 teachers.
As part of our Maths work yesterday we discussed the types of scales we might find at home. Several children talked about the scales they use when baking. Baking is a great opportunity to use your maths and can have a delicious outcome! From the photos we have received during lockdown we know that many of you have been baking…we’d love to see some more!
Remember to checkout the ‘Thinkuknow’ website as it contains a wealth of information about online safety. There are video clips and activities for the children to do as well as lots of information for the grown-ups. Click the link above.
We hope you had a good day yesterday-thankfully the wet weather held off until later on!
We hope you liked the story of the cautious caterpillar, it led to lots of discussions at school. One child stressed the importance of trying not to be scared about change because it can be a good thing! We talked about changes we had experienced and how we feel about them now. We hope you had a good discussion around the story.
As a result of the story we created an image to remind us that change can be a good thing and that we all have the ability to deal with it.
Madame Jolliffe has sent us an end of term message and word search. Check out the PDF below if you would like to have a go.
Please click on the link below to watch a short video from Mrs Colquhoun about the transition into Year 3 (LKS2-Lower Key Stage 2). Remember this video is for your information and not to be shared on social media.
We hope you all had a great weekend and that you were able to get out and enjoy the weather.
It is hard to believe that this is the last week of term; our last week of Year 2 with you! It has definitely been a different year-we enjoyed the time we had in the classroom/at school with you, watching you overcome challenges through developing a positive growth mindset and seeing you progress. We have also thoroughly enjoyed looking at (and hearing about) the achievements you have made at home during the last few months.
From Tuesday 14th July you will be able to collect from the office a small token from us to say ‘Thank you’ for being great! These can be collected between 10am-2pm. If your child is in the key worker group we will give them these. Any packets not collected by 2pm on Friday will be passed up to the Year 3 teachers for you to collect in September.
This week, there will be more of a focus on you-the journey you’ve made through Year 2 and the transition you will make into Year 3.
Keep the photos coming as this will be the last week of our blog!
Summer Reading Challenge 2020
Join Oxfordshire Libraries and The Reading Agency from June to September for a celebration of funny books, happiness and laughter. This year the Summer Reading Challenge is online and children can join today. It’s free!
This is just a possible timetable and you could use it to tick off completed activities. Everyone’s day will look different, please just do what you can do and remember to take regular learning breaks, this might be after 15/20/30 minutes. Remember to have a stretch, have a drink…walk to another room.
Please keep up regular reading, you could use the suggested reading comprehensions in this pack or use your own texts.
We hope that you had a good day yesterday. Huge apologies from me as I wrote the blog post but unfortunately forgot to ‘publish it’!
It was good to see the children from Class 1 who visited yesterday and looked very active on the field. I know that Miss Castle was really pleased to see you all and is looking forward to seeing the rest of you today.
The Russian artist Kandinsky has inspired several of you to create wonderful works of art-full of colour, line and shape. Pollock’s recreations are proving a little ‘messier’ so make sure if you are splatting, dripping, throwing paint that you and your surroundings are well covered! It has been lovely to see some very creative uses of symmetry-combining Maths and art.
Half way through the week already! We hope you are all getting on well at home and would love to see some more work. Please email the class email address so that we can share this with the rest of the year group.
Did you have a go at listening to a piece of music and creating art, like Kandinsky? In school we listened to four very different pieces of music and created our own art. The children weren’t told the title of the music until after they had created their pieces! The music we listened to was:
Zoe-‘Sunshine on a rainy day’
We are still trying really hard with our times tables and trying to beat our highest scores on ‘Hit the button’. It is important that you keep learning your times tables during the holidays so they are still fresh when you join Year 3.
Social Stories and resources for dealing with emotions