We have had a very busy week this week and the children are settling very well into the routines and expectations of Year 2.
Over the past couple of weeks we have been exploring some books by Oliver Jeffers and have incorporated aspects of these into our written work. We have been learning how to improve our sentences and add more detail by using expanded noun phrases. The children are also learning how to use a comma when writing a list.
In maths we have continued with our place value work and have been thinking about where different numbers appear on number lines. We have just started to look at addition involving two-digit numbers and will be continuing with this next week.
In our topic work we have been learning about human and physical features of an area. We have compared the different features of the seaside to Market Harborough.
We are working really hard on trying to improve handwriting skills – of both letters and numbers. We would really appreciate your help with this. We need to make sure that the majority of children are able to write their letters correctly before we can move onto learning how to join. We will be sending home some handwriting activities for the children who need to practice and improve correct letter formation.
Next week, in both our English and Topic work, we will be starting to learn about a famous explorer. We will let the children tell you all about this person next week!
Your child has been given a maths home activity sheet today. This is designed to practise and reinforce basic number skills as well as reinforcing some aspects of maths that we have done in our lessons. Some children may find the calculations easy, but our aim is that they can instantly recall addition and subtraction calculations without having to spend time working them out.
Just a reminder that the children can change their reading book on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. If they wish to change their reading book on these days then they need to put it in the box in their classroom first thing in the morning. We do not always manage to hear children read individually during the week but they all take part in a guided reading session which is designed to develop their comprehension skills.
We are planning on having a spelling test at the end of next week and would like the children to learn how to spell the numbers from one to ten as well as the following colour words – red, blue, yellow, brown, black, green.
Please could you encourage your child not to bring toys to school? We have a lot of children bringing things in which have caused arguments outside and distractions in the classroom. Our timetable is very full and we rarely have time to ‘show and tell.’ Children are welcome to bring in books etc that are related to what we are learning about and we will always make time to discuss these.
If anybody would like to come into school to hear children read then please let us know! We would really appreciate having someone to work with children in both classes on a Wednesday afternoon. Please just pop in to see your child’s teacher if you are interested.