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Westover Green Community School and Autism Centre

Year 2

Welcome to the Year 2 page 2021-2022. Year 2 consists of two classes:

Pear and Willow.

Pear Class will be taught by Mrs Rossiter, with Mrs Csikos and Mrs Hodson as the class teaching assistants.

Willow Class will be taught by Miss Thompson, with Ms Warren and Mrs Anthony as the class teaching assistants.

Please keep your eyes on this page as we share aspects of your child's learning and experiences throughout the year, as well as letters and updates relevant to Year 2.

We are very excited to see you after the summer break! We can't wait to share lots of fantastic learning with you!

From Mrs Rossiter and Miss Thompson :)

Letters

Curriculum Overviews

Curriculum Overview

Homework

Spellings

A spelling sheet will be sent home every few weeks for your child to practise. We would like them to practise reading, spelling and writing them neatly in pencil.

The children will come home with a paper copy and they will also be uploaded her if you click on the link below.

Thank you for your continued support with their learning.

Reading

When will my child get a reading book?

Due to the new scheme being introduced and the effects, that CV-19 may have had on your child/ren reading all children will be re-assessed at the beginning of the Autumn term according to their phonics ability. This will then determine that your child receives a book matched closely to their phonics ability and provides appropriate challenge.

As a result, children who may previously have moved on to ‘free reading’ books may arrive home this academic year with phonics phase reading books. Please be assured that this is not a backwards step for your child(ren) – our new books offer more challenge than their predecessors and the additional reading scheme books will further strengthen pupils’ progress and understanding.

How often will my child’s book be changed?

Your child/ren will bring home a book and this will be changed once a week. This is to ensure that your child develops fluency (Fluency is the link between recognizing words and understanding them so that readers can make the link between words, sounds, and meaning more quickly), becomes confident at decoding skills, as well as an understanding about what they are reading by being able to comprehend. As we want to promote reading for enjoyment, your child/ren will now be able to choose their own book from a large selection of fiction and non – fiction books aimed at their specific phonics level. By picking their own book, we hope that they become excited about reading and want to share with you their chosen book. We will continue to assess your child/ren at the end of each half term and the appropriate phase of book will be adjusted accordingly.

How often should I hear my child read their reading book?

As a whole school, we are planning to raise the profile of pupils reading regularly at home – “a little and often approach”. We encourage your child to read their book at least five times each week and ask that you sign their reading record each time. A new “Letters and Sounds” phonics reading book will be sent home once their class teacher is satisfied that they are ready to move on.

At the beginning of the week, your child/ren may read their book by sounding out and blending (this is perfectly normal as your child is learning to decode). By reading every day, this will help to build fluency and enable your child/ren to read the book more fluently and with less sounding out. Once they have decoded the words and can read their book fluently, ask your child/ren questions about the book to develop their comprehension skills. Additionally encourage them to ask you if they do not understand a word or ask them what a particular word means. This will help to put the story in context and your child/ren can fully understand what they have read.

READING! READING! READING!

Please continue to read as much as you can!

Here is a link to the Big Cat Reading books.

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Reading Buddies

This week we introduced reading buddies between Elm class and Willow class. The Year 5 children heard the Year 2 children read and then asked them comprehension questions about their story; who was the main character, what happened in that part, what do you think will happen next? It was lovely to see year groups mixing in a positive way, and all involved had a lovely time!

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Practical Maths

We love a practical lesson in Year 2! For the start of our Fractions topic we explored the difference between the equal and unequal parts through different activities.

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The artists we are studying this term create traditional Aboriginal Dream Time paintings. We have loved exploring the paintings and even practised different ways of making the famous dot paintings. This week we did some rubbings with lego and coloured pencils, stamped lego pieces in paint and used a cotton bud to make even dots.

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This year marked the 25th anniversary of World Book Day! The whole school planned activities based on the book One World, Many Colours. Our topic for this term is A Journey to Australia so it was just fitting to look at the Australia page in the book! We created a collaborate piece of art in our own classes using the Australia page for inspiration with colours. We even drew ourselves in the creation so it was like we were actually in Australia!

Look at our amazing costumes too!

Book Swap

Miss Hale planned a fantastic book swap, which meant we could take a pre-loved book we owned and swap it for something we had never read before.

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Step 1: Trying Healthy Snacks
Step 2: Practising Knife Skills & Designing Our Fruit Salad
Step 3: Making Our Fruit Salad

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