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This half term we have been reading 'Voices in the Park' by Anthony Browne and 'Dogger' by Shirley Hughes.
Our text type has been 'Recount'
We have responded to the texts, discussing some of the emotions and linking those to our own feelings.
We have learned how to identify the main events in a story, and then put them in the right order.
We have learned different ways to remember the events in a story - using movement and drama, rhythm and art.
The children have produced some really amazing writing!
To adapt to the return to school after a long break, we have separated composition (having the idea of what to write) and transcription (physically getting these down on paper). The children come up with ideas, often working in pairs or groups on whiteboards before we create a piece of 'shared writing' which the children then write themselves, making changes so that it is their own work.
Reading and Phonics
The team have been working hard this term to assess all children in reading. We hear every child read at least once each week.
Reading books are changed on Wednesdays, and we will do our best to respond to any of your notes in reading records. Thank you for the continued support with reading!
Fluent reading is our goal! Reading with fluency is essential for building the skills of comprehension and inference.
When we read with children, we encourage them to read and re-read a text until they can read it 'like an actor would do it!'
The teaching of phonics is broken into phases.
The first few weeks of this term have been spent assessing children and then recapping the phase 2 sounds. Phonics is taught daily, before our English lesson.
In the last two weeks, children have been starting phase 3 sounds, beginning with j, v, w, x, y and z. We have also introduced sh, th, qu, ch and ng. These digraphs (2 letters making 1 sound) are consonant sounds, which we learn before moving on to vowel sounds. There are a lot of vowel sounds in phase 3 and we will be working on this phase for the rest of term.
This series of videos covers all the phonics letters and sounds from phase 2 to phase 5.
They are easy to follow, and great for short practice!
In maths, we have completed two units of work. Our first was on position and direction, where children learned vocabulary like 'before, under, behind, next to, beside; as well as ordinal numbers 'first, second, third' etc.
Our more recent work has been on the number system, ensuring that children are familiar with reading, writing and saying numbers. We are doing a lot of counting in 1s, 2s, 5s and 10s. We are also using concrete resources like bead strings and 100 squares to help reinforce learning.
Year 2 are learning strategies for regrouping numbers as well as mental strategies for addition and subtraction.