It’s been a busy, fun, creative and enlightening start to our brand new Year 2 class!  Your children have been absolute stars when it’s come to learning new routines, showing me what they can do and helping to create a really great atmosphere in class. Everyone is so supportive of each other.

Story maps (drawing the progression of a story), using connectives (and, but, so, because) to add a second idea to sentences and adding amazing adjectives to descriptions are just a few of the things we’ve looked at in Literacy.  We’ve developed our reading skills by learning to chunk long words (or-din-ar-y from Once Upon an Ordinary School Day) and empathize with book characters – how did they feel?  What did they think? If possible you could try to use these approaches when hearing your child read.
We’re really focusing on  improving handwriting at the moment -: we’ve explored tall, short and ‘tail’ letters.  Ask your child to tell you all about it, or better yet, show you!
In maths we’ve started to learn the value of each digit in a 2 digit number (tens and one or units).  Everyone in class is feeling more and more confident about learning the number bonds to 10 by heart.  Ask your child how many possible pairs of numbers there are and check out the song in the video below the photos.
Once your child feels confident with these facts, we’ll use them to learn number bonds to 20 and 100 and much more.  Your child may like to try the games below to reinforce the maths skills learnt so far:
There were some surprises in store when we started to investigate how animals produce their young:  do they have babies that look like their mothers or eggs?  Slowly but surely the children’s papier mache masks of fairy tale characters are starting to take shape.
I’ve really enjoyed our September and I just know it’s going to be a great year.