Welcome to the Year 2 section of the Queen’s Drive website. In this section of the website we aim to post details that may be useful to parents of Year 2 children, such as homework, help videos, spellings and details of Year 2 routines. We will also showcase a selection of the fantastic work that our talented children have produced.
If you would like to contact us by email then please use the email addresses below. We usually check our emails on an evening, so please use another form of communication if you have a more urgent matter to discuss.
Mrs Snape firstname.lastname@example.org
Miss Wood – email@example.com
The Year 2 Team – Mrs Snape and Miss Wood
Home Reading in Year 2
In Year Two, your child will be given the opportunity to change their home reading book every day. All that they need to do is hand it in to the teacher when they first go in the classroom (don’t worry, the teacher will remind the children). Any book that needs changing needs to be accompanied by your child’s Reading Diary. Please write a comment in the Reading Diary to say that the book is finished. You may also write comments based on your child’s home reading.
We would like the children to change their home reading books at least once per week (but hopefully more often). If your child would like to re-read the book that they have been given that is also fine, as it helps the children to become familiar with words and the patterns of language (please note in the diary if you would like this to happen).
Please make sure that home reading books and Reading Diaries are returned to school every day as your child’s teacher may also want to hear your child read.
The children in Year 2 do work based on the 6th phase of the Letters and Sounds phonics scheme. In addition to this some children receive additional phonics support (usually on phases 2 to 5) to help them become more confident readers and spellers. Children who did not pass the Phonics Screening Test in Year 1 have additional support in Year 2 and retake the test again in the summer term.
What is phonics?
When your child is learning to read there are two crucial things to learn:
the sounds represented by written letters (these are called phonemes)
how to blend the sounds together to make words.
Synthetic Phonics is a way of teaching reading and spelling.
Children are taught to read letters or groups of letters by saying the sound(s) they represent – so, they are taught that the letter l sounds like llllll when we say it. Children can then start to read words by blending (synthesising) the sounds together to make a word. The children also learn which letter or groups of letters (graphemes) make each individual sound (phoneme)
Why might I find phonics difficult?
Adults often find phonics difficult to grasp at first because they probably weren’t taught to read in this way when they were at school! As parents we often pass on the ways in which we were taught when we help our children at home and the phonics approach to reading can seem a bit strange at first. The children seem to get used to the phonics approach quickly as they are exposed to the phonics reading and spelling strategies from the moment they enter nursery. They are ‘phonics natives’. Most adults are not.
The Oxford Owl website contains lots of useful information about phonics. On the Oxford Owl website you can find out how to say individual phonemes and learn how to blend these phonemes together to make words. Mr Thorne’s website also contains good videos for phonics.
Year 2 Class Blog
Hello, Our website has had a spring clean and so blogging will begin again in the Autumn term. We will be sharing lots of exciting news from our classrooms and…