Regular reading at home will hugely support your child’s progress. Read for 10 minutes each day and make a little note in their reading record book. If you are short on time you could just draw a quick smiley face. There is a huge focus in Year 2 on children having a high level of understanding of what they read. Please ask your child lots of questions about the book. For example:
What do you think might happen next?
What do you like about this book?
Does this book remind you of any others you have read?
What do you think about this character and why?
What kind of story is this?
Can you find any describing words on this page?
Why do you think the author has used these words?
Can you spot any features to tell you that this is an information book?
If you could change anything about the book, what would it be and why?
Can you think of an alternative ending for the story?
Some children are a bit rusty with their number writing after the holidays. Practise writing numbers up to 100 and beyond (if your child is confident with 0-100).
We have been practicing counting in 2s, 3s, 5s and 10s. Once your child is confident with this, start learning the 2, 5 and 10 times tables.
Help your child expand their vocabulary by encouraging them to describe lots of things around them when they are out and about. Using a thesaurus to look up new words is a great way to help them be more adventurous with their vocabulary choices.
Pupils are given many high quality opportunities to develop their curiosity and creativity. They are encouraged to use their imagination, for example when thinking of ways to praise a friend, and are taught to respect the feelings and viewpoints of others.
Pupils are engaged and motivated by the way teachers present and teach the well-planned curriculum. This not only ensures that good learning takes place but makes a strong contribution to pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.
Teaching assistants make a strong contribution to the good learning taking place, especially when pupils with special educational needs are taught in small groups outside the classroom. They work in very close partnership with teachers and bring an additional range of helpful skills and experiences into the classrooms.