Our D&T week of pizza making has been a huge success! We managed to get all 61 children in the year group to take home a delicious, homemade pizza which they designed and evaluated as part of our Design and Technology lessons.
We hope they shared them at home and they were a edible as they looked!
A huge thank you to those parents who offered their help and support. Without your efforts we would have found it difficult to make it so successful. Thank you also to the parents who also cleaned the kitchen beforehand! Much appreciated!
Some parents have been asking about the national curriculum tests (SATs) that take place in May for Year 2 pupils. Here is the parent information booklet that was issued last year. There have been no new changes this year so the information is still accurate. We will update the booklet when the 2019 one is released - usually at the end of March.
If you would like to donate any snacks the children would be very grateful. Thank you.
Spring term homework!
This term, Year 2 will be getting home learning every Friday. This is to help the children before the May assessments. There is no need to return the activities but we are very happy to look at them if this motivates your child.
Spring Topic - Fighting for Survival
Please see the attached vocabulary list for our new topic. This list is part of a new initiative called Word Aware that we are using in school. We thought it would be helpful to share this list with you so that you can use some of these words at home when discussing the topic. If your child speaks a different language at home it would be helpful to discuss and translate these words using your home language. We may need to add to this list during the topic as new words are introduced.Topic Vocabulary List Spring 2019
BHSA Class Reps
Lesley Cargill (Francesca's Mum)
Katayoun Ameri (Ayman's Mum)
Irene Guasch (Jordi's Mum)
Jenda Martin (Hugh's Mum)
Laura Izard (Annabelle's Mum)
Thank you for your support this year!
Calendar/ Key dates
Wednesday 20th March - Parents evening
Monday 25th March - Parents Evening
Monday 25th March - Creative Home Learning due in
Monday 25th March to Friday 5th April - STEM Enrichment weeks
Friday 29th March - Dress as a Scientist Day
Friday 29th March - Garden Night - see parent mail
Friday 5th April - End of Spring term
Recent and extensive educational research has found that homework for primary aged children has minimal impact unless it reinforces learning and regularly allows children to rehearse and practise skills and facts e.g. times tables and spellings.
Children are expected to read at home regularly (at least 10 - 15 minutes daily) and to discuss their reading with an adult at home to develop language and comprehension. Reading Records must be brought into school every day. Children are able to change their reading book whenever they need to. Children may also borrow books from the Infant Library. We encourage the children to share their library book with an adult at home as well.
Parents often ask for age-appropriate book recommendations. The list below includes many popular books that your child may like. If your child has a particular favourite book/author/series please let us know and we will add it to the list.
In Year 2 there are specific phonetic spelling patterns to learn. In addition to these phonetic spelling patterns there are also common exception words (words that don't follow the phonics rules).
Our weekly spelling words will cover all the Y2 spelling patterns and common exception words during the year.
Please practise reading and writing your spellings. Make sure that you know the meaning of each word. There is a Look, Say, Cover, Write, Check sheet below that you can use to help you. Spellings will be tested through a dictation each week. Spelling words will be added below on a Monday and the dictation will take place the following Monday.
This week’s spellings:
These words all have -ion at the end. They will be tested on Monday 18th March.
These words are all homophones. They will be tested on Monday 25th March.
Number Facts and Times Tables
You can print your child's times tables challenge to practise at home. All children are starting on Level 1. Year 2 will do the times table challenge every Friday and the children will bring home their challenge sheet to share with you.
Creative Home Learning
Learning this week:
The Magic Finger Week 1
Number - Multiplication & Division recap
Learning next week:
The Magic Finger Week 2