We are spending time in Autumn 1 recapping and embedding phase 5 phonics from Year 1. We will be focussing on a different sound each day, practising reading it and writing it. We will also be learning to spell Year 1 and Year 2 common exception words.
To start year 2 this year, we are building on our knowledge of numbers to 100. How many ones make a ten? Can we count in ones? Can we count in tens? Can we add tens numbers to any other number? We will also be embedding our knowledge of number bonds to 10 - making sure we know these facts as instant recall.
There are a few maths quizzes that can be completed at home to support this. These don't need to be printed out, you could write them out if you wanted, or have them on a screen and just write the answers on a sheet of paper. If you don't want to write them you could play a game where one person says the question and the other person says the answer as quickly as they can (maybe throw a ball to each other as you are doing this). This also works for number bonds to 10 where one person says a number eg 6 and the other person says what would make it to 10 eg 4. Hit the button is a good game to develop these skills too - the link is below.
Keep reading any books while you are off school. The school reading book, any books you have at home that you enjoy, books online like on oxford owls are good too.
When you are reading it is important that you think about the words so you understand what you are reading. There is a 60 second read for you to have a go at - read the text then have a go at answering the questions about it. (don't worry about the numbers next to the text - that is to work out reading speed). This does not have to be printed out - you can answer the questions on any piece of paper or just ask and answer them orally.
In class we regularly have a 'big write' session where we talk about something like a picture, a video or an activity together and share ideas then we work on our own. This big write is about an animal. Please talk you your child about the picture - what can you see? How could you describe it? What might it be doing? Your children can write in any style they want - story, information booklet, diary, description - it's up to them! Once your child has some ideas, please encourage them to have a go at writing all about it by themselves. Remind them to think carefully about their spelling and punctuation. Remember to use capital letters, finger spaces and full stops. Also think carefully about correct letter formation.