Welcome to the Year 2 class page!
This week, we have learned about the amazing story of Ernest Shackleton and his failed expedition to the South Pole. The ship (The Endurance) hit ice and sank leaving him and his crew stranded in the Weddell Sea. Shackleton managed to take his men to safety and then sailed to South Georgia on a tiny lifeboat to go and get help. Not one member of his crew died. We were so impressed that he and his team never gave up – even in the worst situations.
We recreated his expedition outside earlier this week, imagining how it would have felt to pull lifeboats full of equipment across a continent and then to wait and hope for someone to come and rescue you.
Reading at Home
The Reading Objective for this week (21 – 27 November) is: Children can use retrieval skills answer “find and copy” questions. eg “find and copy a word that tells you the character is tired”
Year 2 Homework – 20 November
Maths – Year 2 Maths Homework – inverse
Spelling – Common-Exception-Words-Years-1-and-2
Please see the attached list of spellings. These spellings are called Common Exception Words because children cannot use their usual phonics strategies to spell them. I would recommend dividing the spellings into groups and learn between 5 and 15 a week. How you do this is up to you, but the more the children practise, the more confident they will become. You may wish to write the spellings for them to first copy and then try for themselves. You may want to try the Look, Cover, Write, Check approach. Some children benefit from writing them in sentences to ensure they are able to use the spelling in context. Children will also have opportunities to practise these in school as part of our regular phonics and English teaching.
I would suggest starting with the Year 1 list as these need to be secure before moving on to the Year 2 list, however, if you feel your child is familiar with these and uses the correct spellings consistently then please move on to the Year 2 list. Each child is at a different level with their spelling and may move through these at different speeds to others which is why I have shared the whole list rather than grouping them into ‘weekly’ homework. I will keep the list on here for the Autumn Term, so please work through it at a pace that matches your child’s needs. If they get to a point where all spellings are secure then please email me and I will provide the next stage of spellings. If you have any questions then please do email me.
Curriculum Newsletter: HEROES
Our PE day is Thursday so please come to school in your PE kit on that day (suitable for outdoor PE). You will also need a pair of trainers in a bag on your peg on all other days as we will have opportunities to do other activities such as “The Daily Mile” at other points in the week.
Every child should now have a reading book to take home. We will quarantine the books for 72 hours once the children return them before putting them back into circulation. We will not be sending home reading journals at the moment but we will review this as government guidance changes. Instead, I will put our weekly reading objective on this class page. When your child is reading to you, you may wish to focus on this too. Please try to listen to your child read at least 3 times a week.
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